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Where is Barstool Sportsbook Legal?

22 April 2021

Digital sports media brand, Barstool Sports has gone and launched its own sportsbook. This article lists the states where you can use Barstool Sportsbook in the US.

Where is Barstool Sportsbook Legal?

Barstool Sportsbook Legal States

Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana are four states where Barstool Sportsbook is legal and available, as of August 2021.

Barstool Sportsbook’s debut came in Pennsylvania in September 2020. Barstool is licensed in each authorized state through the sportsbook’s partnership with American casino and racetrack operator, Penn National Gaming.

Penn National has secured market access for Barstool in New York and Virginia, while Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia are also states where Barstool is expected to be available going forwards.

Barstool Sportsbook States

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What states is Barstool Sportsbook Legal?

Barstool Sportsbook Pennsylvania

  • Launched: September 2020
  • Land-based partner: Hollywood Casino
  • Regulated by: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The home of Penn National was always the target for Barstool's debut. The rollout of Barstool’s mobile app and online sportsbook in September 2020 was the tenth operator to go live in PA.

Barstool Sportsbook Michigan

  • Launched: January 2021
  • Land-based partner: Greektown Casino Detroit
  • Regulated by: Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB)

In partnership with Greektown Casino Detroit (operated by Penn National), Barstool was among the first wave of sportsbooks to go live when Michigan officially cut the ribbon for online sports betting to commence in January 2021.

Barstool Sportsbook Illinois

  • Launched: March 2021
  • Land-based partner: Hollywood Casino Aurora
  • Regulated by Illinois Gaming Board (IGB)

Legal state number three quickly followed with the rollout of Barstool’ss online sportsbook and mobile betting app in Illinois. Barstool became the state’s sixth sports betting operator. The issue of in-person registration has swayed back and forth since Illinois’s online betting market went live in 2020 - as it stands, bettors must visit a land-based casino owned by Penn National before they can wager remotely.

Barstool Sportsbook Indiana

  • Launched: May 2021
  • Land-based partner: Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg
  • Regulated by Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC)

Barstool launched in time for the Indy 500 and is the second mobile skin of Hollywood Casino. 'Stoolies' in the Hoosier State can download the Barstool Sportsbook app on iOS and Android devices, or, bet using the desktop website.

Barstool Sportsbook Legal States: The Future

Barstool Sportsbook New Jersey

NJ has also been confirmed as another soon-to-be legal state for Barstool Sportsbook. Industry experts anticipate that Barstool will prove a competitive addition to the crowded NJ online betting industry despite the clear advantage already established operators hold.

Barstool Sportsbook Legal States (potentially)

Early on, Barstool outlined its vision to launch in the US where possible and this is proving to be the case. Successful launches in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Illinois are expected to be replicated in Colorado, Iowa, Tennessee and Virginia, and West Virginia, potentially before the NFL season gets underway in September 2021. However, with New York mobile sports betting now signed off and Barstool having already secured market access, The Empire State may well take precedence over those mentioned.

Barstool Sportsbook: What to expect


The hype surrounding the launch of Barstool superseded any sportsbook launch that has gone before. And justifiably too, this is Barstool Sports, after all. But how good is Barstool Sportsbook, the product?

For starters, it truly reflects the fun and exciting feel of the Barstool Sports brand. The familiar faces of Dave Portney and Dan “Big Cat” Catz are used throughout the site to front promo offers and daily boosts and in general, keep the Barstool Sports Brand in the mind of the user.

On top of this, unique features like ‘Bet with Barstool’, which allows you to pick wagers based on the predictions of Barstool personalities, and ‘Quick Pick 6’, which sees Barstool auto-generate six different bets from six events, are innovative betting features we’ve yet to experience.

And with leading sportsbook provider, Kambi, running the show behind the scenes, users of Barstool have an online betting platform both highly responsive and easy to use.

Time will tell whether Barstool can prise enough bettors away from industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings. But a strong product coupled with the company’s licensing agreement with Penn National points towards Barstool becoming a serious player in the sports betting sphere.

About Barstool Sportsbook

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Founded in 2003 by David Portney, Barstool Sports began life as a newspaper/magazine focusing on sports, gambling, and fantasy football that was read primarily, in the state of Boston. Barstool went online in 2007 after a fan of the paper built Portney a website to showcase his publication.

Chernin Sports acquired a 51% stake in Barstool Sports in 2016 and introduced the sports brand to the world of television and podcast to which Barstool received widespread acclaim.

In 2020, Penn National Gaming (PNG) purchased a 36% stake in Barstool Sports for $163 million. In the same year, Barstool launched its own sportsbook and mobile betting app in Pennsylvania. Launches in Michigan and Illinois followed in the first quarter of 2021.

Barstool Sports Betting States - FAQS

Where can you use Barstool Sportsbook?

Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana are the only states where you can use Barstool Sportsbook at this moment in time.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legit?

Indeed, Barstool Sportsbook is an authorized online gambling operator in three US states having met regulatory requirements and acquired the necessary licenses.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legal in New Jersey?

No. Right now, Barstool sportsbook is not a legal sportsbook in New Jersey. Barstool is expected to launch in the Garden State at some point in 2021 however.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legal in New York?

No. There aren't any online sportsbooks in New York because the state hasn't yet launched online sports betting.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legal in Virginia?

No, at this point, Virginia is not a state where Barstool is legal.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legal in Tennessee?

Unfortunately, Barstool isn't a legal sportsbook option in The Volunteer State right now.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legal in Indiana?

Yes, Barstool is legal and live in Indiana having launched in May 2021. The Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg is Barstool's land-based partner in the Hoosier State.

Is Barstool Sportsbook legal in Florida?

No. Barstool sportsbook is not available in Florida because legal sports betting doesn't exist in The Sunshine State.

Who is the owner of Barstool Sports?

The Chernin Group and Penn National Gaming each own 36% of Barstool Sports.

What is Barstool Sports?

Barstool Sports is a digital sports media company. Barstool started out as a newspaper with content about sports, gambling, and fantasy sports. Today, the company has grown into one of the most popular brands in the US through its website, radio shows, and podcast.

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