After the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the launch of the highly-anticipated Barstool Sportsbook, one of the most recognizable brands in sports media finally has that sportsbook off the ground as Barstool Sports, in conjunction with their parent company Penn National, formally launched Barstool Sportsbook in September 2020 in the state of Pennsylvania.
The sportsbook passed their three-day test period in the state of Pennsylvania with flying colors, giving Barstool regulatory approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board, making Barstool Sportsbook the tenth online sportsbook available in the booming Pennsylvania sports betting market.
Hollywood Casino in Pennsylvania will serve as the springboard for one of the biggest brands in sports media today. Barstool Sports and their parent company Penn National, of whom acquired a 36% interest in the Barstool company, have plans to take this latest venture into many more states, with Michigan tabbed as the likely second state in which Barstool Sportsbook will operate.
If there’s anything Dave Portnoy and the Barstool Sports brand have proven over the last several years, it’s that this company has an extremely large pull and a rabid fan base to match. Factor in the financial backing of an established gaming brand like Penn National, and the Barstool Sportsbook brand has undeniable potential to, in the words of their owner, “reach the moon.”
If you’re in Pennsylvania or a state where Barstool Sportsbook plans to expand their services into, let this serve as your guide for all you need to know about the new big player in online sports betting and whether or not Barstool should be in your sportsbook rotation, or if you should bench them entirely.
Barstool Sportsbook Welcome Bonus & Promo Codes
Barstool Sportsbook offers new players two bonuses that are right in-line with what you will commonly find amongst their competition in the sports betting niche.
The first bonus that is offered to new users is that of a $10 free bet that you get just for signing up at Barstool Sportsbook. There is no deposit required to make your free bet, the only requirement of course is that you are at least 21 years old and reside in Pennsylvania.
The great thing about this offer is for those who are brand new to sports betting and aren’t exactly familiar with what you’re doing, this gives you a $10 play to allow you to stick your toes in the betting water. Conversely, if you are familiar with sports betting, perhaps this $10 wager will allow for you to take a crack at that long-shot parlay you wouldn’t want to try out with your own money. Either way, it’s a very nice offer to sweeten the deal for signing-up at their sportsbook.
The second bonus offered at Barstool Sportsbook is that of a risk-free bet of 100% of your first initial deposit, all the way up to $500.
You will find a very similar bonus offering at online sportsbooks such as FanDuel Sportsbook or DraftKings Sportsbook, and while it’s not the best first-time deposit bonus in the sports betting market, it’s still a very good offer all the same.
How it works is very straightforward. If you were to make a first deposit of $100, Barstool Sportsbook will match that and allow you to make a risk-free bet on anything you wish of $100. If you deposit $25, you get $25. If you deposit $500, you get the max offer of a risk-free $500 bet, and so forth.
Now let’s say that first bet didn’t go quite the way you hoped it would and it was a loser. Not to worry. Barstool Sportsbook will immediately reimburse the losses to your account and you will continue as though nothing happened. If your bonus wager hits? The money you won from said bet is yours to keep however you wish.
With this offer, it makes more sense to deposit as close to the $500 threshold as possible to truly maximize the potential winnings out of it, but only deposit what is within your bankroll.
Barstool Sportsbook Promotions
One of the immediate bells & whistles you will find at Barstool Sportsbook comes through the multitude of promotions offered on the site. With the many popular media personalities at Barstool, there are promotions tied to them being offered nearly every single day.
For example, bettors can blindly follow (or fade) bets from personalities Dan ‘Big Cat’ Katz, PFT Commenter, Marty Mush, and of course ‘El Presidente’ himself, Barstool founder Dave Portnoy, all from a convenient section within the app.
Another promotion recently run by Barstool Sportsbook came by way of sending over bettor winners’ special jackets to enshrine Stoolies into “The Over’s Club”.
With the sportsbook still in its initial first few weeks of service, we can’t wait to see what other promotions are offered as sports gets back into action from across the United States. We believe the promotions that will be offered at Barstool Sportsbook alone will drive a great deal of attention to the product.
Barstool Sportsbook Bonus Code
As of this writing in October 2020, there are no bonus codes necessary to receive your first bonuses for signing up at Barstool Sportsbook.
Barstool Sportsbook App
Barstool Sportsbook officially launched their online sportsbook betting app in September 2020 to an invite-only stress test of sorts, before making it available to the entire state of Pennsylvania shortly after receiving approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control board to formally launch.
The sports betting software is developed and provided by the Kambi Group, which became Penn National’s exclusive sports betting operator in 2019. Kambi is one of the biggest sports betting service providers in the world, boasting partnerships with the likes of DraftKings Sportsbook, Unibet, BetMGM, and more.
With that being said, Kambi’s fingerprints can be found throughout the Barstool Sportsbook app, as the app is very clean, easy to navigate, runs especially fast, and is just an overall great experience.
If you have had any experience with other online sportsbooks leading into your experience with Barstool Sportsbook, nothing should take you by surprise.
The main screen of the app features all the markets being offered to bet on that particular day, with the Barstool Sportsbook Exclusives advertised at the top of the screen. A sliding menu of the main American sports leagues is directly underneath this, with the ability to filter the board by league.
Another unique feature to Barstool Sportsbook is the “Quick Pick 6” feature which will randomly assign six bets to you for you to make your own parlay on the fly. While we’re not sure how often you would win such a bet, it’s certainly a fun feature that you won’t find at any other online sportsbook in the United States. This feature will be discoverable in that same sliding menu underneath the promotional offerings.
At the bottom part of the screen will be another menu with five different offerings: the home button, an A-Z listing of sports markets offered at Barstool Sportsbook, your Bet Slip, and a button that says “Live” that takes you directly to their live betting options going on at that time. The last button is where you access all your account information, including tax forms if you happen to win a lot.
All in all, this app is very well built and at first glance looks like it will give any of the heavyweights in online sports betting a (pun not intended) run for their money.
Barstool Sportsbook Desktop Site
At this moment in time, Barstool Sportsbook only has their sportsbook available by way of the mobile app. When they have expanded into more states, we expect this to change and for the desktop client to essentially be an enlarged version of what you find within the app itself.
How to Sign-Up at Barstool Sportsbook
Signing up at Barstool Sportsbook is a very easy process.
All that you need to register at Barstool is the following:
- Date of Birth
- Phone Number
- Social Security Number
Who is Eligible to Register at Barstool Sportsbook?
Anyone 21 years of age or older, who resides in a state where Barstool Sportsbook operates.
Where Does Barstool Sportsbook Operate?
As of October 2020, Barstool Sportsbook can only be used in the state of Pennsylvania. However, Penn National and Barstool Sports have ambitious goals to quickly expand their offerings into other legal sports betting markets. In the not so distant future, we expect Barstool Sportsbook to enter the Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey betting markets at the least.
As Barstool Sportsbook becomes available in more locations, we will let you know accordingly.
Barstool Sportsbook Deposit Options
With Barstool Sportsbook still in its very early stages of launch, the deposit methods are slightly more limited than you will find at other sportsbooks across the United States, however, Barstool Sportsbook does offer enough deposit options where this really isn’t a big deal.
As of October 2020, Barstool Sportsbook offers the following deposit options:
- Credit/Debit Cards
- Direct bank transfer
- eCheck (ACH)
- PayNearMe stores
- Barstool Sportsbook Play+
As the sportsbook expands, we anticipate e-wallets like PayPal to also be an acceptable form to deposit funds, as well as cash at a casino cage at the brick and mortar Barstool Sportsbook properties to come.
Barstool Sportsbook Payout Methods
At the initial launch, the payout methods at Barstool Sportsbook will mirror that of the deposit options. Those options include:
- Credit/Debit Card Transfer
- Direct bank transfer
- eCheck (ACH)
- PayNearMe stores (for cash payment)
- Barstool Sportsbook Play+
As mentioned in the previous passage, once the sportsbook expands further and gets into the later stages of their launch we would anticipate additional payout options being made available, most notably that of an e-wallet or cash at a casino cage.
Barstool Sportsbook Betting Options
Barstool Sportsbook has the same traditional offering of betting options and sports from which to bet on. Those sports and leagues you can bet on at Barstool Sportsbook include:
- Basketball (NBA, College, WNBA)
- Baseball (MLB, College Playoffs)
- Football (NFL, College)
- Golf (All Tours)
- Motorsports (All circuits)
- Tennis (All Tours)
- Rugby/Aussie Rules Football
Barstool Rewards Program
Barstool Sportsbook does not currently offer a rewards program, though their parent company Penn National does have a rewards program that rewards their casino players so such a program could be in the works later in the future as Barstool Sportsbook becomes more of a national presence in the online sportsbook world.
Barstool Sportsbook Rating
If you’re a fan of Barstool Sports, you will adore Barstool Sportsbook. Basically, this is the dream for any ‘Stoolie’ that enjoys betting on sports. If you’re not a fan of Barstool, or just not overly familiar with them or their personalities, there are a lot of positives to take from this sportsbook and their mobile app is very impressive.
Dave Portnoy has sworn that he will bring the pinnacle of online sports betting to the United States, and it’s hard to go against his word considering where he has taken this once small underground newspaper into the sports media powerhouse it is today.
We’re excited to see what the future can bring as their product is made more available in other markets. The lack of a desktop site is a slight disappointment, but everything else looks great upon their initial launch.
The Hook Rates Barstool Sportsbook:
Great – 9.0/10
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