Penn Entertainment recently announced that it was partnering with ESPN to launch ESPN Bet in the 16 markets that Penn is licensed to offer online sports betting. Track the latest headlines surrounding the ESPN Bet launch and be the first to know when the sportsbook is live with bonus offers in your state!
ESPN Bet is set to launch in 16 legal betting markets in the U.S. in November of 2023. The launch should coincide with Penn Entertainment's plan to transition from Barstool Sportsbook to ESPN Bet across the country.
While we expect Penn to announce the initial ESPN Bet promo code offer (whether as an early registration offer or deposit bonus offer) sometime in October, you can track the latest details in the table below. Be sure to take advantage of the early bonus offers when ESPN Bet launches as the best promotions for any sportsbook tend to come with they first launch in a new market.
|Promo Code Offer||To Be Determined|
|Sportsbook States||AZ, CO, IA, IL, INM, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV|
|Casino States||MI, NJ, PA, WV|
|Latest Update||August 15, 2023|
The ESPN Bet launch may be the most-anticipated sportsbook launch in the history of legal sports betting. The iconic brand has several advantages beyond just being the biggest name in the industry. Perhaps the most important advantage is it's unprecedented access to betting markets.
Penn Entertainment and ESPN Bet already has licenses to operate in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, ESPN Bet could gain access to Kentucky this September and North Carolina in January of 2023.
With such a highly-anticipated launch, all eyes will be on the initial ESPN Bet promo code offer. The company has yet to confirm what this offer will be, but we can make some early assumptions about what type of promotions ESPN Bet will feature:
We typically see sportsbooks offer early-registration promotions prior to launching in a new state. With all of the markets that ESPN Bet plans to operate in already live, it seems unlikely that they offer an early registration bonus. However, there is a slight chance we see some sort of registration bonus before the sportsbook goes live in November.
We will certainly see some sort of promo code offer when ESPN Bet officially launches in November. We will have to wait to see exactly what the initial ESPN Bet promo code offer is, but can get some insights by looking at other top sportsbook operators' promotions.
We expect the ESPN Bet bonus offer to be one of the best in the industry at launch. How quickly they transition from the launch offer to a more conservative promotion (like the one currently available at BetMGM) will be worth watching.
We expect to receive plenty of questions with the launch of a massive new sportsbook like ESPN Bet. The answers to the frequently asked questions should address concerns surrounding the ESPN Bet launch, promotions, house rules, and more. If you feel like we missed anything, please contact us directly and we will add it to this FAQ section.
ESPN Bet is scheduled to launch in November of 2023. This launch date will mean that bettors have access to the app in time for the NFL Playoffs, College Football Playoffs, and Super Bowl LVIII.
ESPN Bet will launch in 16 states, including Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This still leaves room for growth as the following states have legalized online sports betting, but Penn/ESPN Bet have yet announced access: Kentucky, North Carolina,, New York, Ohio, and Wyoming.
Looking at potential ESPN Bet promo code offers, we have to consider past promotions at Barstool Sportsbook. The latest offer from Barstool was a $250 second chance bet. However, we expect ESPN Bet to be much more aggressive with their welcome offer when they launch in November.
ESPN Bet will offer betting on every professional and college sport in the U.S. as well as the top international leagues. This includes American football, basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf, UFC, boxing, esports, and more. Live betting will be available for most major sporting events.
ESPN Bet will offer every type of bet that you can currently find at major sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings. This includes straight wagers, sides, totals, parlays, teasers, live betting, player props, and same game parlays.
Penn Entertainment holds online casino licenses in Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. We expect that ESPN Bet casino will be an option to gamblers in all four of these markets. Looking at the current online casino operators in these states, ESPN Bet will likely offer slots, table games, live dealer games, and more.
Given the generous marketing budget ESPN Bet and Penn have, we expect to see a number of different bonus offers. This could potentially include deposit bonus offers, bet-get promotions, and second chance bets.
One thing Penn excelled at with the launch of Barstool Sportsbook was mobile betting. The app was well designed, easy to use, and looked great. We expect them to build on this strong foundation and ESPN Bet should launch with one of the best apps in the industry.
ESPN Bet is available to anyone that is at least 21 years old and is located in a state where ESPN Bet operates. ESPN Bet will verify your age, identity, and location before allowing you to register on the website or in the app.