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ESPN Bet MA bonus

Sign-up bonus: Coming soon
Promo code: No code needed
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: February 2024

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Sportsbook: ESPN Bet
Legal in Massachusetts: Yes
Partner in Massachusetts: N/A
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ESPN Bet will soon be the newest sportsbook to roll out in Massachusetts, replacing the former Barstool Sportsbook platform. Parent company PENN Entertainment had been running into legal issues getting the Barstool platform launched and live in states where it held a gambling operator’s license and sold the Barstool company back to its original founder Dave Portnoy.

After the Barstool sale, PENN announced a 10-year, $2B deal with ESPN to launch “ESPN Bet,” a state-of-the-art gaming platform that will be integrated into existing ESPN print, online, and on-air products. PENN has announced plans to provide exclusive content from ESPN’s on-air talent which should help to spur sportsbook registrations.

Yes, ESPN Bet Sportsbook is legal in MA; however, it hasn’t yet launched in the state. ESPN Bet is targeting a November 14, 2023 rollout in all states where it is authorized to operate and will replace the Barstool online sportsbook.

How can I open an account at ESPN Bet in Massachusetts and claim their bonus?

Opening an account at ESPN Bet in Massachusetts won’t take you very long; we’re anticipating the process won’t take more than about five minutes for most users. The process for claiming their Massachusetts sportsbook promo will depend on what promo ESPN Bet offers, and thus far, no bonus has been announced.

Here’s how you’ll be able to sign up.

  1. Get to the registration form: Once registrations are live, you’ll be able to use the link at the top of this page to go directly to the ESPN Bet signup form. We’ll also list any applicable bonus codes on this page for your convenience.
  2. Decide on your account credentials: At a minimum, you’ll need to provide your email address, phone number, and a password to use when accessing your account. You may also be prompted to select a security question or two and answer them for an extra layer of protection when logging in.
  3. Verify your identity: Next, you will need to fill in the appropriate text fields with your legal first and last name, date of birth (to verify you’re of legal age), address, and the last four digits of your social security number. This information will be encrypted and secure at all times, and you won’t be able to create an account without it.
  4. Agree to the terms, submit the registration, and make a deposit: Finally, you’ll need to check a few boxes to confirm that you’ve read and agreed to the terms of use and privacy policy. There may also be a box to verify that you aren’t prohibited from betting in Massachusetts.

What type of sign-up promo will ESPN Bet give when they launch?

ESPN Bet hasn’t yet announced what the sign-up promo will be once the platform launches. However, ESPN Bet has a contest available for new players that could result in an exclusive trip to Bristol, CT, to tour ESPN’s headquarters.

To enter the sweepstakes, you’ll need to enter your email address and state on the ESPN Bet site. This offer is available to new players who have never registered with a PENN Entertainment sportsbook platform and players with existing accounts on Barstool Sportsbook. A total of five winners will be randomly selected for the experience, with travel and hotel stay covered in the prize.

How long will it take for the ESPN Bet bonus to be credited?

The length of time it will take for the ESPN Bet bonus to be credited to your account will depend on the type of bonus offered. ESPN Bet hasn’t yet announced what the welcome bonus will be, so for now, the best we can do is base it on the typical time length seen at other operators.

A deposit match bonus would award bonus bets instantly once you fund your account, while a “bet and get” offer would require you to place a wager first. You could find a second chance bet in your account after your first wager on ESPN Bet scores as a loss. Other bonuses would have their timing requirements detailed in the promo terms and conditions.

How do I troubleshoot if the ESPN Bet Massachusetts bonus is not working?

If the ESPN Bet Massachusetts bonus is not working, the first thing to do is to verify you’ve met any necessary requirements to get the bonus. Depending on the promo, bonuses could be instantaneous, land within 72 hours, or require a wager to settle before a bonus can be awarded.

After that, the easiest thing to do is close out of the web browser or mobile app where you are playing and restart your device. In many cases, this is enough to refresh your account and display and the bonus will show up after that.

If those steps still don’t resolve the issue, you’ll need to get in touch with ESPN Bet’s customer support team. Instructions on how to do so are detailed below.

What are the leading features of ESPN Bet Sportsbook Massachusetts?

While ESPN Bet hasn’t yet released its sportsbook in Massachusetts, there are a few features and traits that have already been announced that will be available for MA bettors. Here are some of those leading features.

  • Exclusive content from ESPN talent: You may have already seen ESPN’s teaser commercial with SportsCenter host Scott van Pelt where he is receiving notifications from ESPN and ESPN Bet. The fuller campaign will include fellow anchor Elle Duncan. ESPN will be rebranding its “Daily Wager” show to become “ESPN Bet Live,” and there will be other integration into the ESPN website, fantasy apps, and ESPN+.
  • Live streaming: ESPN hasn’t yet announced whether an ESPN Bet account will allow for a discounted ESPN+ subscription, but those who place in-play wagers, especially for content airing on ESPN channels, may be able to access streams of those games.
  • Early cashout: Early cashout is an excellent option for bettors to collect some of their winnings, or cut potential losses, before the end of a sporting event. Especially for live wagers, this is a great way to help control the overall risk of your bet.

What types of bets are offered on ESPN Bet Sportsbook?

ESPN Bet will offer many types of bets on its sportsbook platform, ranging from straightforward to intricate. Here are some of the most popular options you’ll be able to place.

  • Moneyline: In simplest terms, moneyline wagers are when you pick the winner of the game with no consideration for the type of win or margin of victory. Moneyline bets tend to have much steeper odds for betting favorites and longer odds for underdogs.
  • Spread bets: Spread bets are a variation of moneyline wagering; you’re still picking the “winner,” but the spread acts as a handicap on the betting line by spotting the underdog extra points to get betting action to roughly a 50-50 split on both sides. For example, if the New England Patriots were hosting the New York Jets, you may see a line that reads “New England Patriots -3.5.” For a spread bet on New England to win, the Patriots would need to win AND beat the Jets by four points or more. Conversely, a wager on the underdog Jets would pay out if New York won outright or lost by three points or fewer.
  • Parlays: Parlays are wagers that usually combine somewhere between 2-10 betting outcomes (called “legs”) and roll them into a single bet. The odds are multiplied for each leg added to the wager, which can mean large paydays even on relatively small initial stakes. However, if one leg or more of the parlay doesn’t hit, the entire bet is a loss.

Leading sports leagues you will be able to bet on using ESPN Bet Massachusetts

ESPN brands itself as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” and as such, we would expect to see a vast array of available betting markets. Here are some of the leading sports leagues we anticipate you will be able to bet on using ESPN Bet Massachusetts.

  • NFL: No matter what state you’re betting in, the NFL is virtually guaranteed to see the highest betting handle and the greatest volume of unique wagers. Historically, the New England Patriots have been a solid team to back at the sportsbooks, though recent seasons after two decades of dominance have led to the need for some retooling of the roster.
  • NBA: After the NFL, the NBA is typically the second-most bet on North American league among U.S. bettors. Locally, the Boston Celtics are one of the most successful, iconic franchises in league history, tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most championships (17) in NBA history.
  • NHL: NHL betting tends to lag a bit behind the other leagues in betting popularity, but we think the NHL’s partnership with ESPN and ESPN+ to cover nearly every game, every night throughout the season will lead to a natural partnership with the ESPN Bet platform.

The ESPN Bet betting app in Massachusetts

Betting apps are the go-to option for most sports bettors because they are easy to use and convenient to play from anywhere in the state. Studies suggest more than 60% of all U.S. sports wagers are placed through mobile betting applications.

ESPN Bet hasn’t yet released its Massachusetts sports betting app or in any of the 16 other states where PENN Entertainment holds an operating license. However, with the anticipated November 14, 2023 launch date, the app will almost certainly go live in app stores in the days leading up to the rollout.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on iOS

You won’t yet be able to find the ESPN Bet app in the App Store, but be patient. The app is coming soon! Here’s how you can download it once the app goes live.

  1. Open the App Store on your iOS device and make sure you’re logged in.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet” and scroll until you find the correct app.
  3. After you’ve found the app, press “Get” then “Install.”

After you’ve downloaded the app, be sure to claim the welcome bonus when creating your new ESPN Bet account, or log in with your existing account ID and password.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on Android

The ESPN Bet app isn’t yet available to Android users. However, once it is, you’ll be able to download it by following these steps.

  1. Log into the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet” and locate the correct app.
  3. Press “Install” and let the download run.

Once the app is fully downloaded, you can log in with the credentials you created when registering your ESPN Bet account. Alternatively, you could sign up for a new account and claim the welcome bonus if you haven’t already done so.

Will you be able to bet on Massachusetts college sports with ESPN Bet?

No, you will not be able to bet on Massachusetts college sports with ESPN Bet. Wagering on games and events that feature MA-based collegiate programs is prohibited under state law; however, you can bet on any NCAA Division I event that does not include Massachusetts teams.

ESPN Bet Sportsbook Massachusetts expected payment options

Based on the banking methods that were available on the Barstool Sportsbook platform, we expect the following payment options will be available to ESPN Bet Sportsbook users in Massachusetts.


  • Online banking: Linking your bank account to your ESPN Bet account is a secure, safe option and also allows for some of the fastest transactions on the platform. You will not be charged fees from the sportsbook to set this option up, though depending on how much money you’re moving, there may be a small charge from your bank if you aren’t using a major financial institution.
  • Debit card: Massachusetts does not allow credit card payments to fund your online sports betting activities, but debit cards are permissible under state law. If you’ve got a Visa or Mastercard you should be good to go,
  • Wire transfer: Wire transfers tend to take a little longer than the other methods listed here, but this is because they typically carry much higher minimums ($1,000 is the threshold at most sportsbooks) than the other methods. The delay is so that both the sportsbook and your bank can ensure the transaction is legit, and with that kind of money involved, the extra time should help give you peace of mind in knowing that everything is 100% secure.


  • PayPal: Other e-wallets like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Venmo are starting to become more popular, but PayPal is accepted at more sportsbooks than any of those alternatives. This is likely due to PayPal’s long-standing reputation as a safe, secure online money transfer tool, and the costs for both the bettor and the sportsbook to use PayPal are lower than what other platforms may charge.
  • Play+: Play+ partners with many sportsbooks to function similarly to a gift card in that there are a limited number of locations to offload funds from the card. ESPN Bet is set up with Play+ to allow users to move money into and out of their sportsbook accounts through the card. Bettors can also use the cards to access cash at an ATM when such funds are available.
  • Check (via mail): Check withdrawals are still a secure choice as well and are a decent option when time isn’t as important a factor in receiving your winnings. ESPN Bet checks are sent via USPS mail, so if you’re choosing this method, allow 7-10 days for delivery.

Customer support at ESPN Bet Sportsbook MA

We haven’t yet been able to test ESPN Bet Sportsbook’s customer support channels for MA users and won’t be able to until after the bookie launches. However, we do have some early information on the communication channels that should be available.

Email support is your best bet early on; you can reach the service team by sending a message to [email protected]. A phone number hasn’t yet been listed but will likely be coming soon. The FAQ pages are still being developed but a few are already live, and we expect a 24/7 chat feature to be part of the website and app moving forward.


When will ESPN Bet launch in Massachusetts?

According to PENN Entertainment CEO Jay Snowden, ESPN Bet will launch in Massachusetts on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. If the operator is able to obtain final approvals, the platform will also go live in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia on that same day.

Do you have to live in MA to wager on ESPN Bet?

No, you do not have to live in MA to wager on ESPN Bet. You can place a wager through the ESPN Bet platform as long as you are at least 21 years old and physically located in Massachusetts, or in another state where ESPN Bet is licensed and operating.

What is the minimum deposit at ESPN Bet in Massachusetts?

The minimum deposit at ESPN Bet in Massachusetts hasn’t yet been announced. However, since the minimum deposit with Barstool Sportsbook was $10, it’s safe to assume that parent company PENN Entertainment will keep this minimum in place following the transition.

Does ESPN Bet in Massachusetts charge fees to withdraw?

No, ESPN Bet in Massachusetts does not charge fees to withdraw your winnings. However, your winnings are still subject to tax under MA state law.

Will ESPN Bet have any retail betting locations in MA?

ESPN Bet will not have any retail betting locations in MA at the time it launches. However, PENN Entertainment planned to launch a Barstool facility at the Plainridge Park Casino, so it could choose to pursue that option under the new branding.