Tennessee’s Best Betting Sites
THE INS AND OUTS: TENNESSEE SPORTS BETTING
Is Sports Betting Legal in TN?
Yes, legalized sports betting launched in Elvis country on Nov 1, 2020 when WynnBet, Draftkings, Fanduel, Action 24/7, and others launched their operations.
Legal Sportsbook Options:
- WynnBet Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- Barstool Sportsbook
- Action 24/7
What Can I Bet On?
A full slate of bet types are available in TN: prop bets, moneyline bets, totals, parlays, futures, in-game bets and more. One caveat, though, is that prop betting on all NCAA football and basketball games is not allowed.
Do I Have to be a Resident to Bet?
No! Anyone inside the state over the age of 21 may bet on sports, even those simply passing through for a short period of time.
Road to Legalization
The road to Tennessee online sports betting didn’t feature many twists and turns, but it was a long one nonetheless.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down PASPA in 2018, and each individual state was given the ability to determine the legality of sports wagering. Initially, the thought was that Tennessee, like other southern states, would be slow to legalize it. However, realizing the potential yearly tax windfall from regulated sports betting, proponents went to work on making it a reality far sooner than expected.
In November 2018, exactly two years before Tennessee would take their first online bets, the Tennessee Sports Gaming Act was formally filed for introduction to lawmakers. Despite receiving some pushback and undergoing several tweaks along the way, the bill was approved by both the House and Senate, officially passing on June 4, 2019. It was originally rebuffed by Governor Bill Lee, who had been publicly against any gambling regulation, without signature. Lee ultimately deferred to the majority of his legislature, letting it pass into law and making Tennessee one of the first in the southern states to pass legislation. Shortly after the bill passed, Lee issued a statement in which he expressed general concern about gambling, but noted he was pleased with the General Assembly’s removal of brick and mortar establishments from the bill.
Lee went on to publicly call casinos “the most harmful form of gambling”, and promised to veto any future attempts to expand gaming in the state, including the building of brick and mortar establishments. This also likely means we won’t ever see online casino table games or slots as options in Tennssee.
On July 1, 2019, online sports betting officially became legal in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, the entity in charge of regulating the state’s sports betting operation, spent a great deal of time adopting official rules. While other states such as Indiana completed drafting their policies and regulations in under a handful of months, the process proved to be much more deliberate in Tennessee.
The state originally approved DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM and Tennessee Action 24/7 for full operation. They have since added Caesars, WynnBet, and Barstool – we’ll see if more licenses are given in the future but for now it’s one of the least crowded states.
– Caesar’s Sportsbook
– Draftkings Sportsbook
– Fanduel Sportsbook
– BetMGM Sportsbook