Following a lengthy legislative period, Maryland sports betting came to fruition in November 2022. Today, MD has 11 online sportsbooks, including Barstool Sportsbook, which will be rebranding to ESPN BET Maryland in Fall 2023.
While we don't know if the Barstool Sportsbook offer in Maryland will continue when the app rebrands, I took a look at the terms of the latest welcome bonus:
As of September 2023, Barstool Sportsbook is still active but on track for the complete rebrand to ESPN BET in Fall 2023.
Below, we’ll walk you through how ESPN BET came to be and when it’ll be live in Maryland.
While it’s not live with its new name, Barstool Sportsbook is live in Maryland and available to play. The ESPN BET rebrand will take place in the fall of 2023. ESPN BET leaders have said to expect the app to be live by Thanksgiving.
ESPN BET is the rebrand of Barstool Sportsbook Maryland. In Maryland, Barstool Sportsbook is partnered with Hollywood Casino Perryville. It’s owned by Gaming and Leisure Properties (Penn National).
There is a retail sportsbook location for Barstool Sportsbook in Maryland at Perryville Casino. It’s unclear if that will also rebrand as ESPN BET following the relaunch.
Barstool Sportsbook is currently offering new users a 100% deposit match on their first deposit up to $1,000 in eligible cashback. It's unclear if this offer will continue when the book rebrands to ESPN BET.
To claim the current promo, all you need to do is make a new player account and make a deposit. This will trigger an automatic 100% deposit match bonus.
When Barstool Sportsbook completes the brand to ESPN BET, you can expect more Maryland sportsbook promos. Here are the terms & conditions for the current new player promotion for Barstool Maryland:
When ESPN BET launches and a welcome bonus becomes available, you do not need to use it. However, these offers are designed to provide instant, real value to your betting experience, so we recommend taking advantage of them.
When a new welcome bonus becomes available at ESPN BET, we’ll evaluate it then and provide our opinion. Generally speaking, though, we always advocate for using welcome bonuses.
Maryland's online sports betting industry has multiple other sites that players can play at. Let's compare some of the current offers to the expected ESPN BET Maryland bonus.
The Caesars Sportsbook Maryland promo code BETMDGET is a bet-and-get welcome bonus. When you bet $50 using this code, you'll get $250 in Bonus Bets. These bonuses are paid out as an initial $50 bonus bet, and you'll get $50 each following Monday until you reach the $250 limit.
The current BetMGM Maryland bonus code is also a bet-and-get welcome offer for new users. Using code STATESFB200 when you sign up will get you $200 in instant bonus bets when you bet $10.
With ESPN BET coming in Fall 2023, we only have what Barstool Sportsbook has available to go off of.
When the rebrand is complete, there will likely be new ESPN Bet Sportsbook MD promos, but here are some of the offers Barstool Sportsbook currently has:
ESPN BET Maryland may continue offering several of Barstool's parlay promotions, including its Parlay Club. When you place four 4-leg, $10 parlays, you'll receive $5 in Bonus Bets regardless of the outcome of your bet. Barstool also has Parlay+ protection for sports like the NFL and English Premiere League soccer where you can receive part of your wager back if just one of your legs loses.
Barstool Sportsbook is well-known for its prop bets, sometimes driven by personalities and pundits across their digital network. ESPN BET could continue offering specialized prop bets, sometimes even daily specials. Check the Promotions tab of the rebranded ESPN BET app or site when it launches for new prop bets each day.
Barstool Sportsbook just released a new quick betting feature, so it stands to reason that could continue as a part of ESPN BET. Quick betting is limited-time, faster live betting, with wagers only available for a short period as a game is progressing.
The current rewards program is the PENN Play Program. This program could change when the rebrand takes place and new ESPN BET bonuses arrive.
With the PENN Play Program, you’ll earn points and climb multiple tiers to receive new offers. The tiers are the following: Play, Advantage, Preferred, Elite, and Owners Club.
Here are some perks and benefits you’ll receive at each tier:
With the NFL season is in full swing, Barstool Sportsbook has been offering season-long NFL promotions for primetime games, including Anytime TD Insurance, parlay protection, power hours with odds boosts, and overtime protection.
Barstool has also been offering "loose change" parlays on NFL games, small wagers with leftover cash you may have in your account that could yield big payouts.
When ESPN Bet launches during the season in 2023, you should expect some of these promotions—and maybe even new ones—to be available in Maryland.
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While there are multiple professional and college teams in Maryland, there are no partnerships with Barstool Sportsbook and them in the state. When ESPN BET takes over, that could change.
ESPN BET will take over an online sports betting platform that’s already excellent when it comes to user interface design. Exploring the site and finding the sports to bet on is incredibly simple. When you open any page on the site, you’ll see a menu at the top with a search bar and links to the homepage, live betting, bet history, and promotions. Below this is a menu with the available betting markets, which is also available on the side.
To the right, you’ll see the betslip where you can make straight or parlay wagers. The betting markets and games you can bet on populate in the center of the page. Also in the upper right corner, you’ll see an account icon with a collapsible menu with links to Customer Service, About Us, and Responsible Gaming.
The site has gotten a bit more bare, which is likely due to the incoming ESPN BET rebrand.
Below, we’ll cover more information about this online sportsbook and what you can expect in our ESPN Bet Marlyand Sportsbook review.
Yes. ESPN BET paid PENN Entertainment $2 billion to acquire Barstool Sportsbook. You can expect ESPN BET to be a massive part of the sports betting industry moving forward.
ESPN BET will be the online sportsbook that reflects the brand of ESPN, known as the “Worldwide Leader in Sports." ESPN BET will likely feature plenty of ESPN TV content and analysis, as well as its signature red-and-white color scheme.
As far as Maryland sports betting apps go, the ESPN BET Sportsbook Maryland app will likely replicate the desktop site. When you launch the app, you’ll see the sports menu at the top, with the games and betting markets below.
Along the bottom of the app is a menu with links to the homepage, betting history, live betting, and a search bar to browse teams and games.
The ESPN BET Sportsbook Maryland betting app is available for iOS and Android users.
You won't have to download the ESPN BET app to wager with this operator, but we recommend it as the app will be more stable and offer a better internet connection.
The most recent versions of the Barstool Sportsbook app suggest you can expect plenty of consistent patch updates with ESPN BET Maryland. PENN Entertainment switched to an in-house service provider in 2022, and it's shown no signs of loss in quality or performance.
At ESPN BET, multi-factor authentication will likely continue to be available. This will require you to input a code sent to your mobile device when you log in to make your account more secure.
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Here’s how you will be able to download the ESPN BET betting app on either iOS or Android:
The registration process at ESPN BET will be simple and easy. Below, we’ll go over how to do it step-by-step to ensure it goes smoothly.
As with all online sportsbooks, unique features help set it apart from the rest, and here is no different. That said, there is still a transition to come, so we don't know for sure which ones will carry over once ESPN BET launches.
Live betting allows you to wager on games as they’re in progress. There’s a dedicated live betting page currently available with Barstool where you can search between different sports. When you find a game that interests you, you can click on it and browse the live betting markets for that game.
The odds boost section is available on the left-hand menu, as well as at the top of the website's homepage. Here, you’ll find numerous games and parlay options with boosted odds. These boosted odds allow players to win more cash on a bet than you could have before. You’ll find odds boosts available for multiple sports each day.
As I mentioned earlier, the user interface design here is excellent. Having the ability to easily navigate a site can be underrated with an online sportsbook, and we can only expect ESPN BET to be even better. Finding information such as banking, customer support, and betting markets should be simple, and it is here.
There are many ways to fund and take money from your account at ESPN BET Maryland. Below, we’ll go over the deposit/withdrawal methods and provide all the information we know about each.
At ESPN BET Maryland, players will be able to deposit several ways. These include methods such as debit/credit cards, online banking, ACH/e-check, and wire transfers. Still, more “modern” methods exist like Venmo, Apply Pay, Play+, and PayPal.
Below is more information about likely deposits at ESPN BET Maryland:
Like deposits, there will be several ways you can take money from your virtual wallet after a big win. Below are the methods and provide other information about the withdrawal process:
The minimum withdrawal is $10, and the check by mail is $250.
An ESPN BET withdrawal will likely take about 1-3 business days, except for a check by mail, which can take 14.
While you will be able to cash out of bets, you won’t receive the money immediately. Allow for 1-3 business days to receive withdrawn funds.
We don't know if CashApp will be a banking option at ESPN BET Maryland. However, this is not a method currently supported by online sports betting operators here or in other states.
Barstool Sportsbook allowed payments using either, so it is likely that you will be able to use them to fund an ESPN BET Maryland account.
At ESPN BET Maryland, you can bet on all the most popular sports in the United States, such as football, hockey, baseball, and basketball. However, other markets are also available, such as tennis, rugby, cycling, table tennis, and more.
The current Barstool Sportsbook offers futures markets such as the Ravens Super Bowl odds, as well as NFL game lines, specials and player props.
There are multiple ways to bet on games and contests at ESPN BET, which we’ll list below.
Owned by PENN Entertainment, the software at ESPN BET will be all proprietary and developed in-house. When using the app, you’ll find that there’s absolutely no lag or buffering between pages or menus. The app and desktop site, in our experience, run excellently.
At ESPN BET, there’s a section dedicated to Responsible Gaming. Here, you can set check-in times, daily time, deposit, spending, loss, and max single wager limits, as well as access numerous resources to receive the help you need.
In addition to an expansive FAQ section, you will be able to contact ESPN BET via email, live chat, or by requesting a callback. Social media platforms will likely also available, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter/X.
ESPN BET is still amid a rebrand, so we will need time to observe the final product. However, there are some noteworthy features here compared to other sites.
These are just a few features that will make ESPN BET great. Compared to that of DraftKings Maryland Sportsbook, the live betting markets certainly stand out.
In addition to the in-house features ESPN BET offers players, there are resources available within Maryland for you to reach out to, including 1-800-GAMBLER and the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling.
With the rebrand on the way, it’s easy to get excited about what the final product of ESPN BET will look like. Right now, comparing Barstool Sportsbook Maryland to other sportsbooks is tough because of how stripped away it is. However, with the ESPN brand behind it, ESPN BET has the potential to go toe-to-toe with top sites like FanDuel Sportsbook Maryland.
We’re all eagerly awaiting the Fall 2023 launch.
While the rebranded product is not yet live in Maryland, Barstool Sportsbook is available in the state and has been since Nov. 16, 2022. The plan for ESPN BET's launch is to rebrand the current Barstool site and app in Maryland by Thanksgiving.
Barstool Sportsbook Maryland, the current version of ESPN BET Sportsbook Maryland, is legal and live in the state. PENN Entertainment will rebrand the current sportsbook to ESPN BET later this fall in the 16 states where it is licensed, including Maryland.
While there isn't a bonus code in Maryland for ESPN BET yet, Barstool Sportsbook offers a 100% Deposit Match for new players signing up in the state. This offer yields a deposit match up to $1,000 in eligible cashback. It's unclear if this new offer will continue when ESPN BET launches.
Barstool Sportsbook has been live in Maryland since November 23, 2022. The rebranded ESPN BET Sportsbook is expected to launch in Maryland and the 15 other states that Barstool is already live in this fall, ideally in time for Thanksgiving.
Current withdrawal methods at Barstool Sportsbook in Maryland may take up to 72 hours. However, you’ll often receive them faster, within 1-3 business days. These withdrawal methods and times are expected to stay the same when the sportsbook rebrands as ESPN BET.
There will be an ESPN BET app in Maryland once it rebrands and relaunches. Currently, there is a Barstool Sportsbook app operating in Maryland. According to ESPN, Penn Entertainment will rebrand the current sportsbook in states where it's already live.
Richard graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism. He has written for Bleacher Report, among other organizations. For BetMaryland.com, he combines his interests in sports and gambling to seek out the best sportsbooks and casinos.
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