Barstool Sportsbook Review
Top Takeaways for 2021
After testing 20 online sportsbooks for our 2021 review, here are our top findings on Barstool Sportsbook:
- Barstool Sportsbook’s mobile app is easy to use, great for quickly placing bets, and exceeds the industry standard experience.
- Stoolies will appreciate the “Betting with Barstool” feature which allows bettors to throw down money on bets created by popular Barstool personalities.
- Fans of individual Barstool personalities may wonder why there isn’t more branded content — like video clips from the Barstool Sports Advisors show or Gambling Cave — integrated into the app.
Supported states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania
Casino: Of the states Barstool Sportsbook operates in, Michigan and Pennsylvania have legalized online casino games. Barstool’s selection of casino games features 66 slots, virtual table games (such as roulette, blackjack) and virtual poker. (Note: This review focuses on sports betting and not online casino games.)
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Sports and Bets Offered
Barstool Sportsbook’s built-in hook is its own well-known brand. The site smartly integrates Barstool personalities into the experience, inviting users to follow their favorite podcast hosts and place bets with or against the wonky ones Barstool media personalities create. Beyond that, bettors are will find typical sportsbook fare — an average selection of sports (10 to 15 throughout the year), betting features, and common bet types. Noteworthy features include:
Bet with Barstool: “Bet with Barstool ” allows users to wager on bets made by Barstool Sports personalities. Popular favorites include Dave Portnoy, Dan (Big Cat) Katz, and Marty Mush. These bets — which Barstool brands as “Barstool Exclusives” — are often introduced first via other Barstool media shows. I discovered “The Hanson” (an over/under bet on the total points scored across all NFL games over the weekend) listening to my favorite sports podcast, Pardon My Take.
Some “Bet with Barstool” bets also feature increased odds. For example, Dave Portnoy’s future bet on the Patriots to win Super Bowl LV allowed users to place $10 on the Patriots at 100:1 odds, which were the best odds available at that time. Bet with Barstool is fun, and if you’re a Stoolie like me you’ll get a kick out of seeing what your favorite Barstool personalities are betting.
Quick Pick 6: The Quick Pick 6 parlay builder recommends games with odds between -120 and +200 to build a parlay. (Reminder: A parlay bet is a group of bets, typically spread, moneyline, or total bets, combined into one bet to increase the payout odds. For the parlay to win, each separate bet has to win.) On Barstool’s website, users can select between two to six bets to parlay. However, the feature is more limiting on the mobile app, where bettors are required to choose six bets.
Although parlays are exciting, keep in mind that online betting sites like Barstool Sportsbook focus on enticing users to make more parlay bets because the odds favor the sportsbook.
Cash out feature: Like most sportsbooks, Barstool Sportsbook offers a cash out feature. This allows bettors to amend their original bet and lock in a profit or a loss by settling the bet (or a portion of the bet) before the event has finished.
As denoted by the table below, Barstool Sportsbook offers good odds on NFL moneyline odds, NBA moneyline odds, and soccer moneyline odds. For comparison, if average soccer moneyline odds on a team are +130 at other sports betting sites, Barstool Sportsbook might offer odds at +140. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $1.40 at BetAmerica versus $1.30 at other sites.
Meanwhile, Barstool Sportsbook offers below average odds on spread and total bets for most sports. For comparison, if average NHL spread odds on a team are -110 at other sports betting sites, Barstool Sportsbook might offer odds at -115. In this example, every dollar wagered would return $.87 at Barstool Sportsbook versus $.91 at other sites.
|NFL Spread||Below Average|
|NFL Total||Below Average|
|NBA Spread||Below Average|
|NCAAF Moneyline||Below Average|
|NHL Moneyline||Below Average|
|NHL Total||Below Average|
Methodology: To score Odds, Moneyline.com gathered data from 20 sportsbooks over five months. For our 2021 Sportsbook Review, over 34,000 data points were collected for spread, moneyline, and over/under (bets).
Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
Even though it lacks several common live betting features — there’s no live match tracker, running clocks or live streaming — Barstool Sportsbook will keep you entertained with its exceptional assortment of live bet types.
Instant bets: Barstool offers action on a wide array of instant bets. Instant bets are bets on the next play or the next few minutes of a game. Examples of instant bets include: “What will the result of the Patriots’ next drive be? A touchdown, field goal, punt, or turnover?” or, “Will the Patriots score a first down on their next drive?” For tennis fans, an instant bet would be, “Who will score the next point?”
Prop bets: The variety of live prop bets on Barstool Sportsbook (there are often 10 to 15 live props going on) helps alleviate the absence of features such as a live match tracker. (Reminder: A live prop bet is a prop bet on a game currently being played (e.g., “Who will score the next touchdown for the Packers?”).)
Live match tracker: As noted earlier, you won’t find a live match tracker — an animated graphic that details which team is attacking — in Barstool’s live betting menu, even though it’s standard at most other sportsbooks.
But the live betting feature I miss most at Barstool is a running clock. Without a running clock, it’s harder to determine whether or not live odds are in sync with the TV broadcast. This oversight negatively impacted Barstool’s rating in this category.
Live Streaming: Barstool Sportsbook does not stream live sporting events through its app. Due to the high costs of licensing broadcasting rights, all sports betting sites that offer live streaming only do so for international games and less popular sports such as tennis. If live streaming is a must-have feature, check out FanDuel or Unibet.
Barstool Sportsbook Mobile App
When you’re looking up lines, adding bets to the bet slip, and adjusting account preferences, you want your online sportsbook experience to be seamless. The Barstool Sportsbook app is so easy to use that it instantly became one of my favorites. Creating an account takes less than five minutes (in my experience some sportsbooks take a lot longer), and users get an automatic free $10 bonus during signup , and another $5 bonus for customizing their accounts.
One major missed opportunity on both the Barstool Sportsbook mobile app and desktop website is the lack of integration of even more Barstool media content. Barstool is brimming with unique gambling content on its website and social media platforms. I’m sure fans would like to see more of it on the sportsbook app.
I was hoping to see the Barstool touch extend to the sportsbook’s educational content. Alas, beyond a frequently asked questions section, Barstool Sportsbook offers minimal education. I can’t help imagining what they could have created with personalities like Marty Mush or Big Cat making funny videos to teach newcomers how to bet. Touches like this would give the sportsbook more personality — and a built-in edge over competing sportsbooks.
Bonuses & Promotions
Promotions at Barstool Sportsbook are legit, with standouts like risk-free bets up to four times the amount you’ll find elsewhere. Plus, there are plenty of chances for bettors to win exclusive Barstool apparel.
New customers: Barstool Sportsbook offers new customers a risk-free bet up to $1,000, as well as $15 for creating and customizing an account. Although risk-free bets are a common bonus in the industry, most sportsbooks only offer $250 or $500… a fraction of the value of Barstool’s promotion.
Existing customers: Ongoing promotions are one of Barstool Sportsbook’s specialties. In addition to typical promos (e.g., odds boosts and parlay boosts), Barstool dishes out exclusive Barstool Sports apparel, holds drawings to win cars like a Dodge Challenger, and fronts bonus cash tied to events where Barstool personalities compete.
I cackled when I saw a “DDTG Bets” (Davey Day Trader Global) promotion right after the 2021 GameStop/Reddit stock brouhaha. All bettors (regardless of the game outcome) who placed a minimum $25 wager on the Citadel Bulldogs vs. UNC Greensboro Spartans basketball game received a free t-shirt depicting the CEO of Robinhood as a clown.
Daily odds boosts: Like most sportsbooks, Barstool Sportsbook offers daily odds boosts. Here’s how it works: if Barstool boosted the odds of the Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win by 7+ points from +212 to +250, you would win $2.50 instead of $2.12 for every $1 wagered.
You don’t have to be a Barstool fan to have a great sports betting experience with Barstool Sportsbook. The site’s betting tools and easy-to-use mobile app put it on par with the best sportsbooks around. For diehard Stoolies, features like Barstool-branded bets and promotions from popular personalities elevate gameplay even more.
About Barstool Sportsbook
Barstool Sportsbook is the sports betting app and website of the popular Barstool Sports media company. Dave Portnoy founded Barstool Sports in 2003. On January 29, 2020, Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ: PENN) announced, it had purchased a 36% stake in Barstool Sports for $163 million, giving the company a valuation of $450 million. Read more on Barstool at announced.
What states is Barstool Sportsbook legal in?
Barstool Sportsbook is legal in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
What deposit methods does Barstool Sportsbook offer?
Bettors can currently deposit via credit/debit card, online bank transfer (ACH), wire transfer, PayPal, check, PayNearMe, and Play+ prepaid cards.
|Total Deposit Methods||7|
|No Debit/Credit Card Deposit Fees||Yes|
|Deposit Min/Max - Debit/Credit Card||$10/N/A|
What withdrawal methods does Barstool Sportsbook offer?
Barstool Sportsbook currently processes withdrawals via online bank transfer (ACH), check, wire transfer, PayPal, Play+ prepaid cards, and cash at certain casinos.
|Total Withdrawal Methods||5|
|Check Payout Speed is < 10 days||No|
|No Withdrawal Fees - Check||Yes|
|Withdrawal Min/Max - Check||$250/N/A|
What is the minimum deposit at Barstool Sportsbook?
The minimum amount required to open an account at Barstool Sportsbook is $10. The minimum withdrawal amount is $10.
What kind of customer support does Barstool Sportsbook offer?
Email support, live chat support, and phone callbacks are available at Barstool Sportsbook and the Barstool Sportsbook mobile app. Broadly speaking, callbacks are more of a hassle than dedicated phone support lines, however, email and live chat support are usually sufficient.
What sports can you bet on at Barstool Sportsbook?
Barstool Sportsbook currently offers 16 different sports.
|Total Sports Offered||16|
|Aussie Rules (AFL)||Yes|
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For Moneyline.com’s annual best online sportsbooks review, we collected more than 36,000 data points over five months from 20 sportsbooks that serve 11 states where full-scale mobile betting is legalized. Hundreds of hours were spent testing and scoring each sportsbook (mobile and online/desktop) in seven core categories: sports and bets offered, odds, live betting, mobile betting, education, ease of use, and bonuses and promotions. The results determined each sportsbook’s overall rating.
Data from more than 1,700 bets (including moneyline, spread and total bets) was used to generate each sportsbook’s comparative odds ranking. Leagues and bet types collected include NCAA football moneyline bets, NCAA basketball moneyline bets, NFL moneyline, spread and total bets, NBA spread, moneyline and total bets, NHL moneyline, puckline and total bets, and soccer 3-way result (moneyline) bets. When collecting odds, we made sure to collect the same games at the same time for each sportsbook, ensuring data accuracy.
About Moneyline.com’s chief sportsbook researcher, Joey Shadeck: I’ve been a hobby sports bettor for more than six years, placing hundreds of bets on my favorite sports (football, basketball, MMA) and teams (Packers, Spartans, and whoever is playing the Lions). Beyond sports betting, I’m known for saying “Wanna bet on it?” in almost any situation and that is how I found out I can eat 42 chicken nuggets in less than 20 minutes.
As of February 2021, 22 different states have legalized sports betting to some capacity. Of those 22 states, the following 11 have legalized full-scale mobile betting: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada (must register in-person), New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.
About the author: Joey Shadeck Joey Shadeck is the lead writer for Moneyline.com and content strategist for Reink Media Group. He has closely tracked sports betting in the United States for the last two years, compiling hundreds of data points across dozens of sportsbooks. He has 6 years of online betting experience with hundreds of bets placed during that time.