After partnering with PENN Entertainment, ESPN has launched its very first sportsbook, ESPN Bet, going live on November 14, 2023. PENN announced its partnership with "The Worldwide Leader in Sports" on August 8, 2023, following PENN’s sale of Barstool Sports back to its founder, Dave Portnoy.
ESPN Bet is now live and accessible to bettors in Maryland. Bettors who were previously registered with Barstool saw their accounts transition automatically while new players are welcome to register at any time.
In this ESPN Bet MD overview, we’re going to tackle all the key information MD users should know before signing up for the sportsbook. So without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
What is ESPN Bet?
ESPN Bet is the newest big-name sportsbook to hit the market. ESPN and PENN Entertainment signed a 10-year partnership together in August, opening the door for ESPN to launch its first sports betting service.
Although ESPN Bet replaced Barstool Sportsbook under PENN's backing, the site looks and functions a bit differently. The site features a totally different color scheme, as does the mobile betting app, reflecting a modern aesthetic while staying true to ESPN's existing branding.
Is ESPN Bet sportsbook legal and live in MD?
Yes, ESPN Bet is legal and live in MD. ESPN Bet is backed by PENN Entertainment and has rolled out in each of the 17 jurisdictions where PENN has licensing, which includes Maryland. It is the newest online Maryland sportsbook to launch.
How do I open an account at ESPN Bet in Maryland and get the bonus?
You can open an account at ESPN Bet in Maryland by using the link at the top of the page. That link will open in a new tab and take you directly to the registration form so you can keep this page open for reference and convenience.
The welcome bonus consists of $200 in bonus bets following a player's first wager of any type on the sportsbook and will be credited to their account with 72 hours of placing their bet.
Here’s how MD players may be able to open an account with ESPN Bet and claim the welcome offer.