TwinSpires Sports is owned by Churchill Downs, with a name inspired by the famed twin spires at the legendary venue of the Kentucky Derby.
At this time, bettors in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, Colorado and Tennessee can bet with TwinSpires. New Jersey is among the states where the online sportsbook is likely to launch in the near future.
For new users, the sportsbook has a welcome offer of a risk-free bet for as much as $1,000. This page will go over the details for that and other promotions, as well as how to sign up, make deposits, request withdrawals and place bets.
To claim the TwinSpires Sports welcome bonus, create an account as a new player and enter the offer code FREE1000.
|Online Sportsbook||TwinSpires Sports|
|Risk Free First Bet||Up to $1,000|
|Legal States||CO, IN, MI, PA, TN Coming soon: NJ|
|Last Updated||September 2021|
Once you’ve registered for an account and entered the offer code, make a cash deposit and place a real money bet that will settle within seven days. There are no odds restrictions for the bet, but wagers with odds boosts or profit boosts are not eligible.
If your wager loses, TwinSpires Sportsbook will issue a refund for the amount of the bet as a free bet within three days, though typically sooner. You then have one week to use that free bet before it expires.
The main thing to be aware of when it comes to free bets is that you do not receive the value of the bet back if your bet wins.
For instance, if you placed a $500 cash bet with +100 odds and won, you would get $1,000 back in your account — your $500 bet plus $500 in winnings. If you made the same wager with a free bet, you would receive only $500 in return — just the winnings.
Thus, if your initial bet loses, you would need to win a wager with odds of +100 to simply break even.
We consider TwinSpires’ welcome offer to be a good one for new users. While many oddsmakers have similar offers, you’ll find odds limits for most of them. The fact that TwinSpires does not restrict the odds for your risk-free wager or your free bet wager is a point in its favor.
To sign up with TwinSpires Sports, head to the sportsbook website and select the state where you’re located (or will be doing the majority of your betting). That will open the TwinSpires registration form, where you’ll need to enter the following details:
TwinSpires also requires that you pick two security questions from a list and provide the answers for both. You also need to come up with a password and username. After verifying that you’re 21 or older, that the info you supplied is true and that you’re not banned from having a sportsbook account, you’ll click “Join” and be all set to go.
Here are the five states where TwinSpires is licensed and available:
TwinSpires’ app is available for Android and Apple products. To download it, head to the bottom of the sportsbook website via mobile browser. You’ll see two buttons: “Download on the App Store” and “Get it on Google Play.” Click on the appropriate one based on your device, and follow any additional prompts to download and install the app. From beginning to end, the process shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.
Maneuvering around on both the TwinSpires app and website is fairly straightforward, and it does not take long to get the hang of. Somewhat surprisingly, our biggest issue was locating the promotions page.
On both the app and website, you have to click on the TwinSpires logo (upper left) and then scroll down to where you’ll finally see a “Promotions” header. And even then, some of the promos from the main page did not appear on the promotions page.
On a whole, the differences in layout from the TwinSpires website to app, be it on smartphone or tablet, are extremely minimal. You will see listings along the right and left sides of the page when you’re using the website that do not exist on the apps. Instead, the same information is generally available across the top or bottom of the screen.
The sportsbook does this out of necessity since the screen sizes are much smaller when using the app. Overall, we have found that switching between TwinSpires’ website and app is extremely easy and do not believe you will have many, if any, problems.
With live betting, you get the chance to bet in real time on games as they are playing out. Odds change rapidly, and at times by large margins, mostly when game-changing plays occur.
At TwinSpires Sports, you’ll select the “Live” tab (located along the left side of the website and across the bottom of the app) to view the current live events on which you can bet. You can sort by sport, and when you find a game you want to wager on, simply click it and all the wagering choices will appear.
You also will see a video animation of the game that includes stats. You’ll find updated lines for typical betting options (moneylines, spreads, totals), and for some games where you also can bet on what is going to happen on the next play or even the next pitch for baseball.
The one thing we can’t stress enough is making sure you’re watching an up-to-the-second feed of the game on which you’re betting. It’s not unusual for a game to be 30 seconds to a minute behind if you’re streaming it. To check, just compare what’s going on in the animation to what you’re watching on your TV/phone/tablet/computer.
At TwinSpires Sports, you can bet on all the top US sports leagues and competitions: NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, NHL, PGA Tour, MLS, WNBA, NASCAR, college basketball and college football.
TwinSpires Sportsbook also has bets on sports and leagues outside the US. Some of the most popular are for international soccer like the EPL, UCL, La Liga and Bundesliga. Depending on the laws in your state, you also may be able to wager on the Olympics at TwinSpires. And you can always click on the “All Sports” tab to view each sport that you can bet on.
Here are the betting options at TwinSpires Sports:
TwinSpires has a great set of options for making deposits and withdrawals. Here are the choices for depositing:
|Deposit Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|Online Bank Transfer||$10||Instant|
(Visa or Mastercard)
|Prepaid Play+ Card||$1||Instant|
|Physical check||$10||5-7 Days Minimum|
Note: If you choose to send a check, it must be a cashier check, money order or personal check from a US bank. You can mail it to PO Box 8510, Lexington, KY 40533. You also need to print your TwinSpires username on the back.
|Withdrawal Method||Minimum Amount||Processing Time|
|Online Bank Transfer||No minimum||2-5 Days|
|PayPal||No minimum||1-2 Days|
|ACH (e-check)||No minimum||1-2 Days|
|Prepaid Play+ Card||No minimum||1-2 Days|
|Physical check||$10||5-7 Days Minimum|
In states where TwinSpires has retail sportsbooks, you can deposit and withdraw funds from the cashier at those locations. We recommend checking with a customer service rep to be sure you have all the required info (ID, passwords, etc.) before going to the retail location.
Overall, TwinSpires is a solid online sportsbook. The risk-free first bet of up to $1,000 is a very good offer, as long as you understand you do not simply receive cash back if your wager loses. We also like the numerous options you have when it comes to depositing and cashing out at TwinSpires.
One of the biggest things missing from TwinSpires is the ability to place single-game parlays on popular leagues. This could be a bit of a letdown if that’s something you’re interested in. If not, TwinSpires has pretty much everything else you could want from an online sportsbook.
No, at this time you need to have a separate account with TwinSpires Racing. Regulatory requirements prevent you from being able to bet on horse racing through the TwinSpires sportsbook.
This works similarly to TwinSpires Online Casino, where players also need a separate account to play. However, it’s currently only offered in three states.
Enter the code FREE1000 when you sign up at TwinSpires to receive a risk-free first bet of up to $1,000. See above for more details.
Age limits vary by state, but in all the states where TwinSpires is legal so far, the minimum sports betting age is 21.
Yes, TwinSpires offers betting on NCAA football and basketball. In addition, the five states in which TwinSpires is operational all allow you to bet on in-state college teams. Though if TwinSpires expands to New Jersey, you won’t be able to bet on in-state college teams there.
PayPal, an e-check or a prepaid card will all take one to two days. See above for a full list of banking options.
TwinSpires offers both. Odds boosts are available under the “Super Odds” heading, limited to $50 wagers. If a bet qualifies for early cash-out, you will see a green “CASH OUT” box appear between your stake and potential payout.