Barstool Sportsbook Online Review & Welcome Bonus

If Horatio Alger and P.T. Barnum – and Jim Cramer, and your favorite pizza shop owner, and Jimmy the Greek – had a child, the result would undoubtedly look something like Dave Portnoy, a.k.a. Davey Pageviews, Davey Day Trader, El Presidente, and probably a few other names not suitable for print.

Portnoy is the founder of Barstool Sports and one of the faces of Barstool Sportsbook.

His media footprint is Bigfoot-like at this point. If he’s not reviewing some pizza joint in the middle of New Jersey, he’s interviewing the 45th President of the United States. If he’s not talking stocks on CNBC, he’s making college football picks on Barstool’s video feed.

He is, simply, everywhere. As of August 18, Penn National Gaming exercised their option to buy 100% of Barstool Sports. The deal values Barstool at a $450 million valuation – making Portnoy a very wealthy man.

But does their sportsbook app meet the hype? Below we will review which states you can play on Barstool Sportsbook, their welcome offer, and if it’s worth your time playing on their sportsbook.

In which states is Barstool online sportsbook available?

Currently, the Barstool online sportsbook is available in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, Virginia, New Jersey, Tennessee, Arizona, Iowa, West Virginia, Louisiana, and most recently, Maryland.

StateCasino partner(s)Launch date
PennsylvaniaHollywood Casino Penn Nat'l Race CourseSep. 2020
MichiganGreektown CasinoJan. 2021
IllinoisHollywood Casino AuroraMar. 2021
IndianaHollywood Casino LawrenceburgMay 2021
ColoradoAmeristar Black HawkAug. 2021
VirginiaN/AAug. 2021
New JerseyFreehold RacewayAug. 2021
TennesseeN/ASep. 2021
ArizonaNASCARSep. 2021
IowaAmeristar Casino Hotel Council BluffsNov. 2021
West VirginiaHollywood Casino at Charles Town RacesNov. 2021
LouisianaBoomtown CasinoJan. 2022
KansasHollywood Casino at Kansas SpeedwaySep. 2022
MarylandHollywood Casino PerryvilleNov. 2022
OhioHollywood Casino ColumbusJan. 2023

Since their initial launch in Pennsylvania, Barstool Sportsbook has shown plenty of promise. Barely a month after launch in PA, the app had been downloaded 310,000 times nationwide. In December 2020 in Pennsylvania, Barstool handled $71.8 million in bets and the sportsbook generated 14.7 million in revenue, or a 20.5% hold percentage. (Not a great month for the bettors!).

Because of this, Barstool is growing rapidly and is poised to continue to make a dent on the sports betting market.

Barstool online sportsbook bonus package

Barstool Promo CodeComing Soon
New Sign-Up OfferGet a $1,000 New Player Bonus
Bonus ValidJune 2023
Barstool Sportsbook T&C21+, Gambling Problem? 1-800-GAMBLER

Barstool has rotated through a few different promotions – as most sportsbooks do. Let’s discuss the details of the current offer below. To take advantage of this welcome offer, you need a minimum deposit of $10.

$1,000 New Player Bonus

The welcome bonus is a $1,000 refund for any first-time bets that are not winning tickets.

There are some terms to consider, however, generally speaking the strings for Barstool’s sportsbook bonuses aren’t as tightly wound as some other books.

So here’s the deal: after your first deposit, your first bet – up to $1,000 – can be refunded in the form of “bonus cash”. What this means in the Barstool world is as follows: let’s say you don’t want to get extra spicy, so you deposit $500 instead of $1,000. Then you decide to put $500 on the Steelers giving five points to the Browns at -110 — and you win. Congratulations! You’ve now got a cash balance of $954.55 – the original $500 you deposited and bet with, and the $454.55 you won.

But let’s say the Browns cover the spread (suppose Steelers win 24-20), and you lost. Many other sportsbooks would credit the $500 back to you as a single $500 “free bet,” meaning you’d have to wager it all at once in an effort to win back your money. This is commonplace.

Barstool stakes a better deal

Fortunately, Barstool offers more flexibility than a single bet, an amount equivalent to your first bet, to win back your stake. If you lose your original initial bet – again, it’s up to $1,000 – you’ll get it back in bonus bets at the sportsbook, which is a better way of crediting back bettors who don’t connect on their first bet. So you don’t need to bet it all at once; you can make 1,000 $1 wagers if you like.

To unlock the bonus cash if you lose your first bet, you do need to play through the full amount. So if you bet and lost $500, you’ll need to bet the full $500 before the bonus money turns into withdraw-able cash.

Any bonus cash will expire 30 days after it is issued, so make sure to use it before you lose it!

Barstool online sportsbook basics

You must be located in any of the 14 legal Barstool Sportsbook states in order to use the app or the web-based platform. Anyone can download the app, but you need to be within the state borders of any of the 14 legal states we discussed above to make a bet.

Additionally, and just like all other sportsbooks, you need to be 21 years of age or older to place a wager, and you cannot share your login information with other would-be gamblers.

The Barstool Sportsbook experience offers everything we’ve come to expect from sportsbooks, from single-game wagers to exotic parlays to special promos to everything in-between.

So if you’re ready to bet, read on … but if you think Barstool – or other sports betting apps – might be a bit of trouble for you, you can always check out how to opt-out of gambling opportunities in your state.

In Pennsylvania, for instance, you can self-exclude from casinos only, or from online-only. You can also set online limits for yourself.

Barstool online sportsbook mobile app

Barstool Mobile App Overview
(Screecaps via Barstool mobile app)

The Barstool Sportsbook app is a delight. A breeze to navigate, no issues with color or typeface, everything from soup to nuts is right there in front of you. It is almost the opposite of Portnoy in character: Simple, easy, inoffensive to a fault.

Let’s break it down …

  • Availability: If you’re an Apple fan, simply head to the app store to download. If you’re using an Android device, you’ll have to download it from the web as the Android store doesn’t currently allow sportsbooks in its hallowed halls. Honestly, the easiest way to get the app on Android is simply to Google “Barstool sportsbook download.” (Good news: this policy changes March 1, when Google will allow sportsbook app downloads in the Play Store. Or so they have announced.);
  • Speed: Oh baby. Login time? No longer than 10 seconds. Switching between screens? Near-instantaneous. Bets populating the bet slip? Quicker than you can say “Akron +27.” In other words? It’s fast. No qualms here.
  • Stability: In all the time we spent playing with the Barstool app, there were no crashes, nothing buggy, nothing at all except some easy swipes and button mashing.
  • Appearance: Listen, it would be fair to think the Barstool Sportsbook app would look similar to the Barstool Sports app, which, if we’re being honest, looks like it was designed by a team of current frat bros. But the sportsbook app? It’s clean and uncluttered. Across the top you’ve got the basics, the navigation menu and your account balance. Click on the account balance, it takes you deposit, withdraw, transaction history, the works. Underneath that is a slider bar with the days’ promos and deposit come-ons. Below that are buttons for Barstool exclusives – such as odds boosts and some truly inspired action, like “total combined turnovers and missed kicks in all Mid-American Conference Games” or, for the Masters in 2021, “total combined score to par for the entire field on holes 11, 12, and 13 at the Masters in round 1 – as well as buttons that take you to individual sports. And underneath there are the day’s top action and links to upcoming and live events.
  • Navigation: Getting around the site is a breeze, no problems, always a back arrow in the top left to get you back. The buttons are responsive, no issues there.
  • Bet slip building: Nothing extraordinary here, just the basics, and that is fine. You click on a bet, the bet goes into your betslip. You click on two bets, two bets go into your betslip. The betslip button is centered at the bottom of the screen, and clicking on it takes you to a clean and neat betslip. It will list your potential parlays first, followed by straight bets. Additionally, across the top, you can customize your parlays (taking some straight bets out), tease games – it appears you can get 6 to 8.5 points on football, for instance – and create Round Robins.
  • Statistics: This is a cool little feature. When you click on a game from most of the major sports – we’ll use the NFL as our “for instance” – the top of the page gets populated with a scrolling bar full of stats pertaining to the matchup. “Implied win probability” starts us off, followed by recent games of the teams playing, past matchups against each other, a “hot tip” – such as, “The Colts have won seven on their last eight road games against the Titans” – season-long cover percentage, recent over/under data, and a handful of other numbers. Are these necessarily actionable? Not really, but they’re there, they’re fun to scroll through, and they don’t interfere with the product at all.

Web-based platform

Barstool Desktop Platform Overview The web-based platform for Barstool Sportsbook is, quite frankly, not as good as the app. It’s a little slower, a little less responsive. The bet slip – which quietly does its job on the app – literally pops out of the right hand part of the screen when you click on a bet, taking up real estate and covering up the other action. You have to manually arrow it back to whence it came.

Navigating is easy enough, with all the sports listed across the top, some of the sports in button form below that, the scrolling bar of promos. Off to the left are even more links to the sports, along with links to accounts, promos, preferences, and the like.

The center of the screen, thankfully, is dominated by odds. So that’s good.

The web-based platform is a little messier and a lot less responsive than the app. There is no contest here; it’s clear the app is the better choice.

Creating a Barstool Sportsbook account

Barstool Sportsbook Registration Form

The process for opening an account cannot be simpler at Barstool.

  • For starters, you give your email, choose your username and password. Please note the password must contain a capital letter, a number, and a special character.
  • Next up is a pair of security questions you’ll set, from “what’s the name of your oldest cousin?” to the Barstool-esqe “where did you have your first kiss?” You’ll also be afforded the opportunity here to click if you want to be asked the questions every time you log in, and if you want an email alert every time you log in.
  • Lastly is your account information, name, address, birthday, phone, and last four of your Social Security number. All of these are standard questions.
  • If you’re registering on your mobile device, you’ll be asked if you want to enable biometric login credentials.
  • And that’s that. You’re in.

Pricing and betting options at Barstool Sportsbook

No matter how pretty a sportsbook app looks and how much you like Big Cat or PFT, for many folks, betting loyalty will come down to pricing. So, is Barstool competitive? Competitive enough, that’s for sure, though some of their numbers start creeping up once you get out of the -110 range.

For instance, in the past, there was an NFL betting week where the majority of spread and moneyline bets were -110, but a few were -105 and — this is the issue — -117 instead of -115. Now, are we going to dither over a few points? Yes, yes we are. We are always encouraging our readers to shop for the best lines, and this is no exception. Every dime counts, so consider all of your options.

Overall, however, betting lines were more or less in line with the other major sportsbooks. This makes sense, of course, as Barstool currently uses Kambi Sports for its risk-management and betting menu — which was formerly of DraftKings (they have switched over to SB Tech) and currently works with BetRivers, among others. Accordingly, you will often (but not always) find the same prices and betting menu at these competing sportsbooks.

Player prop pricing

One area we always check out is player props, where a not-very-liquid market (meaning: less money is bet here as opposed to just the winner/loser, and it can be much easier to find advantages in these markets) can reveal some big swings site-to-site. But Barstool? Just fine and dandy.

In fact, its player props were in many cases better than some competitors. Many books have the standard odds on either/or player props (Derrick Henry over/under 85.5 yards, for example) set at -115 on either side. But Barstool? Most of their player props came in at -112 on either side, or equally priced otherwise (such as one side at -105, the other at -119). These prices were right in line with the big boys at DraftKings and FanDuel.

Here’s a more complete breakdown of what’s offered at Barstool Sportsbook:

  • Moneylines: This is a simple bet, namely “who’s going to win.”
  • Totals: For many sports, there’s an over/under number of points, goals, or runs scored. You can bet either over or under the stated amount, for the full game or just a half, or first five innings, etc.
  • Spreads: If Team A is favored by 6 points, you can bet on them, but if they win by five points or fewer (or lose), you lose. If they win by six, you tie.
  • Parlays: Combining two or more events, such as the Phillies moneyline and the Steelers spread bet. Odds for parlays grow exponentially the more outcomes you add.
  • Teasers: Similar to parlays, but instead you get to add points to your spread parlay bets. Barstool allows you to add anywhere from 6 to 8.5 points, in half-point chunks.
  • Player props: Betting on individual players to hit (or miss) their mark, like “Miles Sanders over/under 74.5 rushing yards” or “Bryce Harper to hit a home run.”
  • In-game bets: Barstool offers the cutting edge of sports betting here, being able to wager on events as they happen. This is not just limited to the big sports; Barstool offers live betting on seemingly everything around the globe.

Betting options: Sports and leagues

For starters, you can bet on everything. OK fine, there’s some hyperbole in there, but really: It’s a long list. Here we go …

  • Australian Rules
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby League
  • Soccer
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

And the above are not limited to the United States. For example, on a weekday afternoon in November, the live betting menu featured a trio of hockey games from Norway and Sweden, soccer from England, Scotland, Venezuela, and Uruguay, and a Russian table tennis match.

Really: If there’s a sporting event happening around the globe, Barstool probably has odds on it.

Other notes and promos

Barstool also offers an array of “only at Barstool” action, such as a “Quick Pick 6,” in which you choose from all the leagues, set a date range, and Barstool will automatically put together a six-leg parlay for you. Is this intelligent gambling? Hell no, but it is kinda fun.

In the past, Barstool offered “Reduce the Juice,” a one-hour window of reduced odds on select standard bets.

Barstool also offers some exotic bets you may not find anywhere else, like “total points scored in all games this week in the Mid-American Football conference” and “total number of eagle putts for Bryson DeChambeau at the Masters.”

And then there’s the off-the-wall promos, like in giving players “Overs” jackets if they bet at least $100 on the over during a Monday Night football game early (during the 2020 seas).

Barstool Sportsbook loyalty/rewards

Barstool online sportsbook introduced a loyalty program that is tied in with all Penn Nationals retail properties, Barstool Online Casino in Michigan and Hollywood Online Casino in Pennsylvania called mychoice rewards. Mychoice reward points are earned for every bet you make at a $10 wagered for 1 tier point on straight bets and 1 point for every $5 bet on parlays. These points help move you up in the mychoice tier system and with each tier you climb, the better the perks.

Tier LevelPoints needed
Owners Club200,000+

While you are earning tier points, you are also earning mycash points as well. Mycash points can be redeemed for Barstool merchandise, free play, dining comps, hotel stays and more. There are over 35 locations in the US including Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada where mycash points can be redeemed. If you are not ready to start traveling, mycash points can also be redeemed for bonus cash on any of the mychoice online casinos or sportsbooks.

Deposits and withdrawals at Barstool Sportsbook

Deposits and withdrawals are industry standard at Barstool. Here’s a rundown …

  • ACH/e-Check: This is a quick and easy direct transfer from your bank to Barstool via eCheck, though withdrawals can take 3-5 business days. Deposits are usually near-immediate.
  • Online banking: Not so different from ACH/e-check, except you’re just dealing directly with your bank on a digital transfer of funds. There is also a 3-5 business day lag when dealing with withdrawals.
  • PayPal: More or less the gold standard, it’s an easy deposit and usually a same-day withdrawal.
  • PayNearMe: This one takes a few steps. If you choose this, you’ll get sent a code, and then you’ll take that code to select stores – usually a 7-Eleven or CVS. You show the cashier the code, you pay the cashier, the magic of a connected world happens, and there’s money in your account. You cannot withdraw via this method.
  • Debit/Credit cards: Debit cards are usually a go, though some credit cards balk at dealing with sportsbooks. May be a trial and error thing for users. Also, you cannot withdraw to your credit or debit cards.
  • Wire Transfer: Pretend like it’s the 1940s and you’re wearing a fedora. Note funds will not be immediately available, and you can’t withdraw via wire transfer.
  • Check: You can’t deposit this way, but you can have a check sent to you in the mail. Allow two weeks for delivery.

More on Barstool’s face, Dave Portnoy

Portnoy is no stranger to controversy – in fact, he seems to welcome it. Furthermore, the filter between his brain and his mouth sometimes seems to be short-circuited. But there is simply no denying the outsize impact he has on American culture, specifically American sports culture. In short: Millions of “Stoolies” can’t be wrong.

In 2016, Portnoy sold a majority stake of his business to the Chernin Group, staying on as, well, as “el Presidente.” Then in 2020, Penn National Gaming took a 36% stake in Barstool, with Portnoy continuing to retain creative control.

And as of August 2022, Penn National bought the rest of Barstool Sports, giving the casino operator all control over the sports and media company.

And Penn National knew what they were buying, as the company immediately launched plans for the Barstool Sportsbook app to be the company’s centerpiece into what’s quickly shaping up as the Sportsbook Wars of 2022 and beyond.

More about Barstool Sportsbook

One area where Barstool absolutely slays the competition is their built-in fanbase. Many sportsbooks would fall over themselves to have access to the millions of “Stoolies” that visit Barstool websites and apps. Obviously, the goal for Penn National Gaming is to turn these millions of fans into millions of fans of the sportsbook.

And quite frankly, it doesn’t look like too heavy of a lift. Barstool fans are usually rabid Barstool fans; it’s a love or hate thing. With that kind of brand loyalty – and, as discussed, competitive pricing – it doesn’t seem like such a longshot that the Barstool Sportsbook becomes a dominant force in the space.

Of course, a lot of this – if not all of it – comes back to Portnoy. The love/hate experience people have with the Barstool brand is really a love/hate experience they have with Portnoy himself. Loud, brash, decidedly non-politically correct, Portnoy is a lightning rod. But really, at this point, with all his success, hating on Portnoy comes off a bit more as jealousy than anything else.

Sure, DraftKings has a deal with ESPN, PointsBet is tied up with NBC Sports, William Hill is with ESPN and CBS Sports, but Barstool Sportsbook is with… Barstool Sports. It is the strongest – and obviously, most direct – connection in the game. The only other potential comparison is the Toronto-based theScore Sportsbook, but they just don’t have the fanbase here in America, at least not yet.

Additionally, Penn National and Barstool are reaching out into the brick and mortar world, with the first Barstool Sportsbook having opened at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk, Colorado.

Customer support

Barstool Customer Support Page We take customer support seriously over here, as there is nothing more annoying than jumping into a live chat for help and finding out your 39th in the queue. Even more annoying? Finally getting through to someone who seems to know less than you do about your question.

So when we say Barstool’s customer support – specifically its live chat – is the best in the game, you should trust us. Every single time we utilized live chat, we got someone within minutes. Even more notable – the chat felt like an actual chat. English words used in sentences that human beings might say to another. Nothing robotic about the exchange, and all questions – no matter how arcane – were answered by the person we were connected with. Never did we have to go “up the chain.” What normally is a bad experience even in the best of times was an easy – and dare we say – kind of fun adventure. Not only should all sportsbook apps take a page from how Barstool is handling its live chat, all companies should see how it’s done right.

Barstool also has an email function, but it’s still in the messaging app format. You ask a question, and an automated response asks for your email address to answer it. Honestly, there’s no reason to use it. The live chat is best in class.

Barstool Review Verdict
Bottom Line
The Barstool sportsbook experience could have been a disaster. It could have been, like the brand’s namesake website, aggressive, in your face, cluttered. But it’s not. We wouldn’t go as far as to call it subdued - after all, Portnoy’s face is all over the place - but it’s not what you might be expecting. Combine a clean app with competitive pricing, a good welcome bonus, and a fantastic overall user experience - and add in the built-in fan base - it would surprise no one here if the Barstool Sportsbook became one of the most popular, and grossing sportsbooks in the nation once they roll out to all the states they promise to enter.
Mobile App
Web Platform
Pricing and Betting Options
User Experience
Deposits and Withdrawals
The Good
Fun bets you won’t anywhere else
Solid welcome bonus
Big range of player, game props
Incredibly fast and useful live chat function
Room For Improvement
Web platform is slower than it should be
Betslip on web platform pops out annoyingly
For differentiation sake, would be nice to have non-Kambi software
Jeff Edelstein

Jeff Edelstein

Jeff is a veteran journalist, working as a columnist for The Trentonian newspaper in Trenton, NJ for a number of years. He's also an avid sports bettor and DFS player. He can be reached at [email protected].