Tennessee Online Sports Betting

Legal online sportsbooks and mobile apps in Tennessee

Sports betting is coming to Tennessee!

We expect that the first sportsbooks in Tennessee will debut sometime in late 2020. Given the low barrier of entry for online sportsbooks in the Volunteer State, residents and visitors are likely to have many options at their fingertips in a short period of time.

This page is your one-stop source for information about the impending launch of online sports betting in Tennessee. We have all the latest in updates, information and bonus offers from Tennessee betting apps as they debut. Make sure to bookmark this page and check back frequently.

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Latest updates on Tennessee sports betting

Last updated Oct. 8, 2020

The Tennessee Education Lottery has approved a fourth sportsbook to potentially launch Nov. 1.

Locally developed Tennessee Action 24/7 received conditional approval from state regulators. While homegrown, the operator will have its hands full competing with well-known brands DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM, all three of which have also received regulatory approval.

Investors and employees throughout the state comprise Action 24/7, which boasts a “made for Tennesseans by Tennesseans” approach.

That said, the probability of going live when Tennessee sports betting opens Nov. 1 remains slim for Action, as regulators still await the results of the background check for Action’s provider, Amelco.

Even so, the Tennessee sports betting world is already becoming crowded. And no doubt it will continue to trend that way as we near the industry’s launch.

TN sportsbook free bet offers

Obviously, without any live sportsbooks in Tennessee, there aren’t any free bet offers just yet. However, given the fever pitch that is likely to come as soon as the launches begin, free money and other generous bonuses from sportsbooks are sure to be flying around. As soon as we hear about anything, we will let you know.

Tennessee sports betting apps

Tennessee is not home to any sports betting apps just yet. However, we have some ideas about which will be the first brands to show up in the Volunteer State.

Most of them will have dedicated apps for both Apple and Android users. For the most part, downloading and installing the apps onto your device will be an identical process to downloading any other type of app.

So far, there are reports that four companies have submitted license requests to the Tennessee Education Lottery. We don’t know exactly who they are, but here are our best guesses:

Best TN sports betting apps for 2020

  1. FanDuel — FanDuel is a familiar name for many Tennesseans. The company has been in the state for years as a DFS provider. Additionally, FanDuel Sportsbook has been active in neighboring Mississippi for some time, and many residents of the Volunteer State have crossed over to place a bet. FanDuel is typically one of the first to arrive in most states, so it stands to reason that it won’t waste any time setting up shop in Tennessee.
  2. DraftKings — Like its archrival FanDuel, DraftKings is a known commodity in the Volunteer State due to its DFS services. DraftKings has also shown a propensity for becoming the first or one of the first sportsbooks to open in multiple states, so it would seem that the company likes to be first to market when it can. It should continue that trend in Tennessee.
  3. Caesars — Caesars Online is the sportsbook app for the gambling giant of the same name, and the company’s numerous retail properties have likely laid the groundwork for its expansion into Tennessee. Many Tennesseans live within an hour or two of a Caesars property, so the company has an excellent chance at early success due to brand recognition.
  4. BetMGM — BetMGM is the online sportsbook arm of MGM Resorts International, one of the largest gambling companies in the world. MGM has already expressed its plans to expand to Tennessee, so there’s no mystery about whether the company is coming. MGM also owns the Gold Strike in Tunica, Mississippi, which is just across the border from Memphis.

Pros and cons of Tennessee betting apps

Pros

  • More betting options than a traditional sportsbook.
  • No need to travel or take time to visit a retail location.
  • Easier, more intuitive navigation than browser versions.

Cons

  • May create storage issues, depending on the number of apps on your phone.
  • Service interruptions could result in wagering problems and disputes.
  • Lack of physical support might make conflict resolution more difficult.

How geolocation and remote registration works in Tennessee

Tennessee’s unique online-only situation means that for those who wish to play, remote registration is the only way to register. There simply is no physical location to use.

Nevertheless, the process for registering remotely will be the same as in other states. In most cases, you’ll be able to register from anywhere that you can access the app.

However, part of playing on any online sportsbook in the US is having to verify one’s location. You must be able to prove to the sportsbook and — indirectly — regulators that you are, indeed, inside the state lines of Tennessee before you’ll be able to bet.

Sportsbooks answer this question by using geolocation software to verify each account holder’s current spot on the map. The software uses your device’s onboard GPS to triangulate your position.

In case you are able to use a laptop for your betting, you will have to download a similar program and allow it to work. The risk of fines and sanctions means that no sportsbook can afford to let this verification slide, and sportsbooks will err on the side of caution in terms of accepting or denying your request.

How legal sports betting works in Tennessee

Tennessee’s legalization of sports betting came as a bit of a surprise to many observers. After all, the Volunteer State is not terribly friendly to gambling in general, so its desire to join the sports betting fray after the fall of PASPA seemed a bit out of character.

However, Tennessee is soon to be a sports betting state. It is also a unique situation due to the fact that it will be the first state to offer sports betting exclusively online. This reality is because Tennessee has no legal gambling locations in the state, and aside from the state lottery and some online horse betting, does not entertain gambling endeavors.

Nevertheless, Tennessee residents and visitors will soon be able to bet on sports with the following types of wagers:

  • Point spreads — Point spreads, or spread bets, are wagers about the eventual margin of victory in a game or match.
  • Moneylines — A moneyline bet is a wager regarding the winner of the game. However, based upon the strength of each team, a winning bet pays different amounts, as determined by the three-digit number next to each team name.
  • Totals — Totals bets are best known as over/unders. They are wagers about the total number of combined points, goals or runs that the two teams in a game will score.
  • Propositions* — Propositions, or prop bets, are bets on events external to the outcome of a game or match. Any type of bet regarding a partial game result or the achievement of a milestone during gameplay is a prop. Most informal, friendly or unusual bets are prop bets, too.
  • Live betting** — Live betting is a type of proposition bet that takes place once the game is already in progress. This type of betting is also called in game wagering and often involves microevents during the game, such as the outcomes of periods of play or individual plays themselves.
  • Parlays — Parlays are combination wagers that fold several of the bets above onto a single wager. Each part of a parlay is called a leg, and in order for bettors to win, every single prediction that they make must come true. Parlays are a high-risk, high-reward bet.

* Tennessee’s sports betting law included an amendment from state Rep. Bob Ramsey that prohibited sportsbooks from accepting any kind of proposition bet on college sports, regardless of the teams involved.

** Tennessee lawmakers are requiring that sportsbooks contract with official league data providers for live betting in the state. This provision, which is the first of its kind, is a major win for the sports leagues.

Betting on futures markets in Tennessee

DraftKings SPortsbookOne other kind of bet you will be able to make when Tennessee sports betting launches is the futures bet. This type of wager calls for bettors to predict the outcome of an entire season of play, either in terms of individual players or teams.

So, UT or Vanderbilt fans who believe that this year could be the time for a College Football Playoff championship will now have the opportunity to put some money on the line. Or, if it seems like the year for the Grizzlies to win the Western Conference or the Titans to return to the Super Bowl, you’ll be able to put down a bet to that effect.

Here is a partial list of typical futures bets:

  • Super Bowl champion
  • NBA Finals champion
  • World Series champion
  • Stanley Cup champion
  • NCAA football national champion
  • NCAA basketball national champion/March Madness winner
  • Conference champion
  • Division champion
  • Team(s) to make playoffs
  • Regular season win totals

Futures are also available for individual player achievements, too. Generally speaking, if a player is approaching a career milestone, there will be betting options surrounding it. You will also have the chance to bet on which player(s) will win season awards, like MVP or Rookie of the Year. Here’s a list of common individual futures:

  • Super Bowl MVP
  • NBA MVP
  • NL/AL MVP
  • NL/AL Cy Young Award winner
  • Heisman Trophy winner
  • MLB home run champion
  • Player with most touchdowns in an NFL season

The lists above are not meant to be exhaustive, either. There are always other options for futures wagers to use.

Now, one thing to keep in mind is the fact that it is not uncommon for the entire field of options to be long shots. Futures are usually listed in moneyline format, and the plus sign next to each number means that the event is less likely to happen than it is to not happen.

The reason for this is that too many variables play into the determination of these season-ending events. Even the favorite to win can be derailed by a number of issues, including injuries, bad matchups or plain bad luck.

On the other hand, successful futures bets are sometimes the subject of news stories after the fact, both due to their unlikeliness and the faith that the bettor had to display. If you can pick a futures bet correctly, you might even get a bit of fame to go with your payout.

What you cannot bet on in Tennessee

As glorious as the coming of sports betting is to Tennessee, it does not arrive unfettered by restrictions. There are a few classes of wagers that bettors will not be permitted to make, as outlined by state law.

The first type of wager is no surprise. It is illegal to bet on high school sports events in Tennessee, but this prohibition is universal to all states with sports betting.

You are also not allowed to place in game, or live bets on any type of collegiate sporting events. So, although it is possible to place action before a University of Tennessee game begins, there will not be any more opportunities once the opening kickoff or tip occurs.

Finally, Tennessee law restricts sports betting to sports only. Any non-sports betting on events like political elections and awards ceremonies is prohibited.

Current Tennessee sports betting options

Though there are no plans for retail sportsbooks in Tennessee, it’s an exciting time to be a sports bettor in the Volunteer State. Online sports betting in Tennessee means anyone inside the borders can place a bet online.

However, you might be at a bit of a loss as to what to bet. If so, the sections below should give you some ideas.

You might also be a bit intimidated at the notion of putting a sports betting app on your phone. The whole idea of creating an account can be unsettling. If so, we’re going to walk through the typical procedure that you’ll use to get started.

We are also going to talk briefly about betting on horse races in Tennessee. It’s not easy to bet, but it is possible.

Overview: Popular legal sports to bet on in Tennessee

Tennessee is fortunate to have two large cities inside its borders. Both Nashville and Memphis are major metropolitan areas and, as such, can command the attention of the top sports leagues in the country.

Tennessee also has two well-known universities in the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt, and has several other sizable schools that play in Division I athletics. The long and short of it is that Tennesseans have several options for homegrown betting.

However, one thing to note is that the betting types for certain sports have to be altered due to their formats. Here is a list of all the top teams you can bet and some sport-specific information about how to wager on them.

NHL betting in Tennessee

Tennessee is home to a single NHL team:

The Predators are one of the newest NHL teams to come into existence. The team was founded as an expansion team in 1998. In its short history, it has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final once and has won the Presidents’ Trophy a single time.

Hockey betting differs from typical sports betting on point spreads. Because hockey games tend to be low-scoring affairs, it’s problematic for sportsbooks to attempt to assign a spread based upon the margin of victory. Instead, they use the “puck line,” which sets the spread at a fixed 1.5 goals. The book then offers different payouts based upon this spread, effectively making the spread bet into a sort of moneyline hybrid.

NFL and college football betting in Tennessee

Tennessee has a single NFL team:

The Titans came to Nashville in 1997 as the former Houston Oilers. The team played its first two years as the Tennessee Oilers but switched to its current mascot in 1999. The Titans have a single Super Bowl appearance to their name and often make the playoffs at the end of each season.

There are also two college football teams from Power Five conferences in Tennessee. They are:

  • Tennessee: Neyland Stadium, 1300 Phillip Fulmer Way, Knoxville, TN
  • Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt Stadium, Jess Neely Drive, Nashville, TN

The Tennessee Volunteers football team is one of the more successful programs in the nation. The team has an all-time winning percentage approaching .700 and six national titles on its resume.

The Vanderbilt Commodores football team has had a less-illustrious career. The group’s all-time record is below .500, and the school’s membership in the SEC has not made things any easier for the Nashville-based university.

Needless to say, the football seasons are sure to be big-ticket items for sports bettors in Tennessee. Football itself is a great sport for betting, due to all of the scoring and statistics inherent with the game. There are always scads of opportunities to bet, including propositions and parlays.

MLB betting in Tennessee

Tennessee does not have any Major League Baseball teams. However, Tennessee bettors should be able to place wagers on college baseball games for in-state teams as well as MLB games around the country.

Baseball, like hockey, is often a low-scoring contest. So, sportsbooks have devised the “run line,” which works the same way as the puck line. The run line for games is established at 1.5 runs, and the payouts are the source of the variance in the wager.

NBA betting in Tennessee

There is a single NBA team in Tennessee:

At first glance, a grizzly bear might seem a strange mascot for a Memphis-based team. However, the franchise began life in Vancouver, moved to Memphis in 2001, and never looked back.

Since the move, the team from Memphis has made the playoffs 10 times. The Grizzlies have made it as far as the conference finals, but are still in search of their first trip to the NBA Finals.

Tennessee is also home to a slew of NCAA Division I basketball programs. Possible selections for homegrown betting include:

  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Lipscomb University
  • University of Memphis
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technological University
  • Vanderbilt University

Obviously, the University of Tennessee comes to mind as the big name on that list of schools. However, the University of Memphis has a far superior level of prestige when it comes to college basketball. The Tigers have had a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament twice, have reached the Final Four three times and have played for the national championship twice.

Other schools in Tennessee have combined to visit the Big Dance 65 times. So, there are plenty of opportunities for wagering on colleges in the Volunteer State, and not just on the Volunteers.

Betting on basketball, regardless of the level, is a pretty easy thing to do. As is the case with football, there is plenty of scoring and statistics to use as fodder for a wager. Along with the standard bets, basketball bettors also like to wager on the outcome of quarters and halves of play.

How to sign up for a Tennessee online sportsbook

Signing up for an online sports betting account in Tennessee should be the same or a similar process no matter which sportsbook you choose. Although the books are in fierce competition with one another, the last thing they want to do is create a learning curve for signing up, so all of them fall in line with one another.

The first thing you’ll need to do is download the app to your mobile device. The easiest way to start the download is to click through our link above. As a side benefit, some bonuses are only triggered if you use our secure link, so it’s a good idea to go through us.

Once you’re on the download page, you’ll need to choose the appropriate format for your smartphone or tablet. It’ll be pretty self-explanatory, but there will be options for Apple (iOS) and Android users.

Apple customers should not detect much difference in downloading a sportsbook app. The only thing to watch is that you need to make sure to choose the appropriate version of the app. Make sure the app is either universal or is specific to Tennessee.

Android users will need to download the app directly from the sportsbook website in order to get the process started. However, before you do so, make sure to set your phone to allow for downloads from unknown sources. Then, install the app as you normally would.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, pay attention to the top right corner of your display. There should be a large button that says “sign up,” “register,” “join” or some other similar phrase. Press the button to go to the registration screen(s) for the app.

You’ll need to submit various pieces of personal information to the site in order to create your account. Typically, the sportsbook will want the following:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Home address
  • Social Security number

You may also need to choose a username, password and some security questions and answers, too. Keep this information secure, as your account will eventually have banking data associated with it.

Lastly, make sure to fill in any bonus codes you get from PlayUSA before you hit the button to submit your info to the site. Then, hit submit, and you should be good to go.

How deposits and cashouts work when betting online in Tennessee

After you look around the site and/or use your welcome bonus money, you’ll probably want to deposit some funds into your account so you can bet. Thankfully, most sportsbooks in Tennessee will happily provide you with several options for financial transactions.

Generally speaking, you will find some combination of the following methods of transfer:

  • Debit or credit cards
  • Electronic checks (ACH)
  • Electronic wallets (PayPal, Skrill, etc.)
  • Bank or wire transfers
  • Prepaid cards
  • Cash (PayNearMe, retail locations)

Many of these methods will be available for withdrawals, too. However, it is common for there to be fewer ways to withdraw than to deposit, so don’t be surprised if it’s a bit more of a hassle to get your cash back.

Betting on horse races in Tennessee

Tennessee presents a bit of a quandary for horse bettors and handicappers. Although betting on races is legal, there are no live racing tracks, off-track betting facilities or venues for simulcast betting in the state.

The only refuge for Tennesseans who want to bet the ponies is the internet. Tennessee residents and visitors are allowed to bet on horse betting sites if they so choose.

Tennessee sports betting law and framework

Under the law, Tennessee regulators require an annual payment of $750,000 for licensing, and the state will levy a 20% gross gambling revenue tax. Operators will also need to purchase official data from leagues in order to accept in-game wagers.

Only those 21 or older will be authorized to place wagers. The state also prohibits people from the following groups from participating:

  • A member or employee of the commission.
  • A principal owner, partner, member of the board of directors, officer, or supervisory employee of a licensee, vendor of a licensee or a professional sports team.
  • A coach or player of a collegiate or professional sports team.
  • A person who is a member or employee of any governing body of a sports team, league or association.
  • A person who has the ability to affect the outcome of a sporting event directly.
  • Any other category of people the commission establishes by rule that if allowed to place a wager would affect the integrity of sports wagering in the state.
  • Regulators allow for wagering on professional sports, including motorsports and esports, as well as on college sports and the Olympics or any athletic sports event sanctioned by a national or international organization.

That said, lawmakers elected to forbid wagering on any “individual actions, events, statistics or non-occurrences” during a collegiate event. In other words, Tennessee does not allow college prop betting.

The future of sports betting in Tennessee

It’s unclear if sports betting is going to be the financial boon for Tennessee that it is in other states. The lack of an existing gambling infrastructure means that things might take longer to get going than usual.

It’s also worth mentioning that Tennessee features a population of fewer than 7 million. Coupled with a lack of land-based casinos to drive up revenue more, the cost of operating in the state certainly appears burdensome for many companies.

That’s not to say that sports betting is doomed to fail or anything. There are just some challenges on the horizon for the fledgling industry in the Volunteer State.

Tennessee Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Tennessee?

Yes. Online sports betting became legal in Tennessee in May 2019. However, retail sports betting remains illegal in the state.

Are FanDuel and DraftKings legal in Tennessee?

FanDuel and DraftKings are legal operators of daily fantasy sports contests in Tennessee. They are likely to add their sports betting offerings to the mix in the Volunteer State quite soon.

Are offshore betting sites legal or safe?

No. Offshore betting sites, in general, are not a safe bet. They operate outside of the framework of state and federal law in the US, and you do not have the same level of legal protection that you do with regulated sites.

Furthermore, in a state that generally frowns on gambling like Tennessee, it only takes an overzealous prosecutor to reinterpret a law and create a major headache for you. With so many reputable companies likely to set up shop in Tennessee, it’s best just to wait.

How do I download a TN sports betting app?

By and large, you download a TN sports betting app like you do any other app. The only thing we’ll say is that you should use our links above to access the download page. Doing so will ensure that you maximize your opportunities for any welcome bonuses or other bonus offers that you could use.

Is it possible to cash out at TN betting sites?

Until Tennessee launches its first sportsbooks, we won’t know for sure. However, given the companies that are most likely to launch first in the state (DraftKings, FanDuel, etc.), it is almost certain that the option to cash out will be available to Tennessee residents.

Is it legal to bet on horses in Tennessee?

It is legal to bet on horse races online in Tennessee. There are no retail or live venues for betting on horse racing in the state, however.

Is PayPal accepted at TN online sportsbooks?

The exact payment methods will vary from sportsbook to sportsbook. Not every sportsbook will accept PayPal, but you will almost certainly be able to find one that will.