Barstool Sports entered the sports betting industry in 2020. By 2022, Barstool Sportsbook reached Maryland (the 23rd state to legalize sports betting) and they quickly became one of the state’s go-to sportsbooks until they closed in November 2023.
In this review, we’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of the former Maryland sports betting site, along with the promo offers for MD bettors and features to consider when you could sign up for Barstool Sportsbook.
The welcome bonus Barstool Sportsbook offered will get you off and running, but there were plenty of other Maryland sportsbook promo opportunities at your disposal through the mobile app.
It’s important to note that Barstool Sportsbook frequently changed what kind of promos they offered. Here are the most common:
From their humble beginnings as a local newspaper in Boston, Barstool Sports has grown into one of the biggest sports and entertainment companies in the United States. In 2020, Penn National Gaming (now Penn Entertainment) acquired a 36 percent stake in Barstool for $163 million, opening the door for the sports and entertainment company to plant their flag in the sports betting landscape. In September of that year, Barstool Sportsbook officially launched in Pennsylvania.
Barstool Sportsbook arrived in Maryland in November 2022 as one of 10 Maryland sportsbooks to be granted a sports betting operator license by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission, and then closed in November 2023 to make way for ESPN Bet.
Whether you were using a laptop or a mobile device, signing up for Barstool Sportsbook was a fairly straightforward process. It didn't take users longer than 10 minutes to complete.
Betting through the Barstool Sportsbook app was easily the most convenient way to place bets with the operator. Both the Maryland mobile sportsbook app and website for the sportsbook were fairly easy to use and looked similar in style, making it easy to navigate through both.
As expected, the Barstool Sportsbook app was available on iOS devices as well as Androids. It was one of the highest-rated sportsbook apps on the market, earning a 4.7/5 rating in the Apple Store. On the Google Play store, however, Barstool Sportsbook had a 3/5 rating, which placed it well below competitors like FanDuel and DraftKings.
The Barstool Sportsbook app was free to download.
How you could download the Barstool Sportsbook app on Apple devices
How you could download the Barstool Sportsbook app on Android devices
Barstool Sportsbook accepted a variety of payment methods, but not as many as some other betting apps. Maryland’s deposit/withdrawal options were similar to those in other states.
Deposit methods for Barstool Sportsbook included:
Withdrawal methods included:
How you could make a deposit
To make a deposit on Barstool Sportsbook Maryland, you opened the app and clicked the money symbol in the top-right corner of the screen. There, you were able to click or tap the blue “Deposit” button right under your wallet balance.
Once you hit “Deposit,” you were asked which payment method you wanted to use. You were given the option to add $25, $50, $100, or a custom amount. After selecting the amount you’d like to deposit into your account, you scrolled to the bottom of the screen and tapped “Deposit [amount].” Any transactions made through the Barstool Sportsbook app (deposit or withdrawal) must have been at least $10.
How you could make a withdrawal
Barstool Sportsbook only offered three methods for withdrawing money, compared to the nine options for depositing. Nevertheless, the withdrawal process was very similar to the depositing method.
Once you opened the betting app, you clicked on the money symbol in the top-right corner of your screen, selected “Withdraw,” and chose which method you wanted to utilize. Then, you were asked to enter the amount of money you wanted to take out.
According to Barstool’s FAQ page, it took up to 14 business days to receive your money if it was a check and 2-3 days if you went the online banking route. Some banks accept Instant Payouts, meaning you could see the money in your bank account immediately upon withdrawal.
Barstool Sportsbook allowed you to bet on nearly every major sport across several different leagues, both domestically and internationally. With 15 sports to choose from, there was something for everyone. Here are some of the top options that were available in Maryland.
On June 6, 2022, Barstool Sportsbook officially opened their retail location at Hollywood Casino Perryville in Maryland, which is owned by Penn Entertainment. The 7,864-square-foot restaurant and sports bar allows customers to place wagers on any sport of their choosing while enjoying a cocktail and a bite to eat. The sportsbook there is now run by ESPN Bet. Hollywood Casino Perryville is located at 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy in Perryville, MD.
No, Barstool Sportsbook is not legal in Maryland. During the 2020 election, MD residents voted to approve sports betting in the state.
Gov. Larry Hogan signed off on the sports betting bill HB 940 in May 2021. Barstool Sportsbook went live in the state the following year, but then closed in November 2023.
Despite launching just three years ago, Barstool Sportsbook was one of the most popular sportsbooks in Maryland and it’s not hard to see why. Their wide variety of betting markets gave every bettor - whether they were new to the betting scene or a veteran - something that interested them. Their app interface was user-friendly for beginners, while still being deep enough to satisfy long-time bettors.
We particularly enjoyed their promotions, namely Barstool’s Parlay+ and Power Hour options. Both promos tweaked established betting formats, while still keeping their essence intact. It’s another example of how Barstool continued to push the envelope without deviating too far from industry norms.
Although Barstool Sportsbook offered a lot of exciting options for bettors, one area where they fell short was in the depositing/withdrawing category. With only three options to withdraw funds from your account and two of them taking multiple days to process, it was an unnecessary obstacle for users.
Nevertheless, this alone didn't deter bettors from giving Barstool Sportsbook a go. Their vast array of betting options and lucrative promotions more than made up for it.