The ESPN Bet promo will award bonus bets to your account within 72 hours of placing your first wager on the platform. Users will then have seven days (168 hours) to use the bonus bets, after which time they will expire and won't show up in your account.
As a reminder, each of the bonus bets is valued at $50 and will not be included in the payout calculation for any winning wager. For example, if you use a $50 bonus bet on a line with +200 odds, you'll only receive the $100 profit if your bet wins; this is different than if you had used a real-money wager, where a $50 stake would've resulted in a $150 payout (stake + profit).
If the ESPN Bet Illinois promo is not working, there are a few things you should do to attempt to fix the problem on your own. First, make sure you've waited at least 72 hours for the bonus bets to arrive in your account.
Next, try closing the app or webpage where you’re accessing the sportsbook. If that doesn’t work, you may want to restart your device.
Should all of the above fail to rectify the issue, you’ll need to get in touch with ESPN Bet customer support (instructions on how to get contact them are below).
What is ESPN Bet?
ESPN Bet is the new skin representing PENN Entertainment’s betting platform. The new branding replaced the Barstool Sportsbook label, meaning Barstool will no longer have any presence in the sports betting industry.
Instead, ESPN is the front-facing brand while PENN is operating the sportsbook behind the scenes. This new branding is the result of a 10-year, $2 billion partnership between PENN and ESPN which was announced in August 2023.
PENN also positioned itself to acquire 50% of any money from future sales of Barstool, as well as requiring non-compete clauses keeping the latter from re-entering the sports betting sphere. ESPN’s on-air talent will be heavily involved in the promotion of the sportsbook, and ESPN will be the network’s exclusive betting platform.
While this move has fallen under scrutiny given ESPN’s unparalleled access to teams and players and the potential to provide information to the betting platform before the news is available to the public, it’s important to remember that PENN will be the company operating the betting site and app, not ESPN.
Is ESPN Bet sportsbook live in Illinois?
Yes, ESPN Bet sportsbook is live in Illinois; following the November 14, 2023 launch date for the new platform, Illinoisans can now sign up and register for a new ESPN Bet account.
If they were previously registered with Barstool Sportsbook, users' account information will have been rolled over automatically.
Top features of ESPN Bet Sportsbook Illinois
ESPN Bet Sportsbook Illinois carried over many of the top features which were part of the Barstool platform. As such, here are a few of the best traits we expect will be popular draws for ESPN Bet users.