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What is the ESPN Bet New Jersey promo?

ESPN Bet New Jersey's promo awards new players $200 in bonus bets. Example: Sign up for an ESPN Bet account in New Jersey, make a deposit of at least $10, and place your first wager on any sport and at any odds line. Within 72 hours of making your wager, ESPN Bet will award you four $50 bonus bets (totaling $200).

ESPN Bet NJ bonus

Sign-up bonus: $200 in Bonus Bets
Promo code: No code needed
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: December 2023

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: ESPN Bet
Legal in New Jersey: Yes
Partner in New Jersey: Freehold Raceway
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As of August 2023, Barstool Sportsbook is no more. Parent company PENN Entertainment has sold the Barstool brand and replaced the platform with a new partnership with ESPN, launching ESPN Bet in November 2023.

In this ESPN Bet sportsbook review, we’ll discuss how New Jersey bettors can register with the new bookmaker, highlight some of the key features, and lay out the steps to get started with the bookie.

What is ESPN Bet?

Following PENN Entertainment’s August 2023 sale of Barstool back to founder Dave Portnoy, the betting giant formed a 10-year, $2 billion partnership with ESPN to act as the front-facing brand of the sports gambling platform, which will now be known as ESPN Bet.

Barstool Sportsbook was previously licensed and operating in New Jersey, so PENN did not need to reapply for licensure to relaunch the newly-branded platform. This allowed ESPN Bet to launch as soon as the site was ready for rollout.

The move did not come without scrutiny, as some feared ESPN’s unparalleled access to teams, media, and sports industry insiders could lead to improper betting line management.

However, it is important to remember ESPN is only acting as the brand skin and promoting the sportsbook on its platform. PENN still manages all of the bookmaking operations.

Yes, ESPN Bet sportsbook is legal in NJ. The new bookie launched in November 2023, just in time for Thanksgiving Day NBA and NFL betting in New Jersey which should make for a highly profitable launch.

How do I sign up at ESPN Bet in New Jersey and claim their promo?

You can now sign up at ESPN Bet in New Jersey, with the bonus arriving within 72 hours of placing your first bet on the site. The registration process is a breeze, taking most users around 10 minutes to complete. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Set up your account information: Once you access the registration page through our referral link, you’ll need to enter an email address and password. You’ll also need to provide a cell phone number which will be used for two-factor authentication.
  2. Enter your personal information: Next, you’ll need to type in your personal information, including your legal first and last name, your birth date, the last four digits of your Social Security number, and your street address (P.O. boxes won’t be accepted). This information will be encrypted and safely stored behind firewalls and SSL certificates, so you can feel confident at all times with sending that data.
  3. Check a few more boxes: Thirdly, you’ll need to check boxes that verify the information you submitted is true and complete, and that you agree to the terms and conditions of use. There will also be a box to confirm that you are not prohibited from betting on sports in New Jersey based on your profession.
  4. Make a deposit and place your first bet: Finally, make a real-money deposit with the banking method of your choosing. Additionally, if the welcome bonus offer requires you to place a wager, make sure you find something that meets the odds requirements and is in a qualified market.

Best features of ESPN Bet Sportsbook New Jersey

ESPN Bet Sportsbook in New Jersey carried over many of the same traits from the Barstool platform, but we've already seen some nice new touches, especially in the banking methods. Here are some of the best features on the site.

  • Vast in-play betting selection: PENN Entertainment was aggressive in its expansion of the live betting space with Barstool, and with ESPN acting as a streaming service beyond its multitude of TV channels, ESPN Bet is making a large push to dominate the market. In-play betting is one of the most popular ways to place a wager, and seamless integration into ESPN programming should make for a superior product.
  • Daily odds boosts: One of the most popular features of Barstool was the daily odds boost listing. Most of the time, the boosts would fall somewhere in a range of +25 to +100 on a given line, though seeing as much as a +250 odds boost wouldn’t be out of the question. As a great way to encourage betting action, this is already proving to be an excellent option that ESPN Bet continued.
  • Player-friendly welcome bonus: The remarkably customizable welcome bonus is one of the best values in New Jersey, giving players $200 in bonus bets after they place any wager on the sportsbook site. There aren't restrictions on the sports, markets, or odds to choose from, so a wager as low as $1 could yield a major return as part of the promo.

When will the ESPN Bet NJ promo get to my account?

The ESPN Bet NJ promo will get to your account within 72 hours of making your first bet on the site. This could result in receiving the bonus bets before your first wager settles.

As a reminder, bonus bets will expire seven days after they are awarded if you do not use them.

How to fix problems if the ESPN Bet New Jersey bonus is not working

If the ESPN Bet New Jersey sports betting bonus is not working, there are a few ways you can try to fix the problem. The first and easiest option is to log out of your account, and then log in again. This typically solves the issue right away as it forces a refresh of your account.

Should that step fail to resolve the problem, closing out of the betting app or the browser window, or even a restart of your device, may also clear things up and get the bonus to show in your bankroll. If all of the above fails, you’ll need to get in touch with ESPN Bet customer support (instructions on that are below).

Best sports leagues you will be able to bet on using ESPN Bet New Jersey

ESPN Bet has an expansive 17 sports markets available on the site, and you’ll also find multiple leagues within many of those sports. Complimenting the sports side are markets for esports and entertainment, adding extra versatility for NJ bettors.

Here are some of the best sports leagues you will be able to bet on using ESPN Bet New Jersey:

  • NFL: Far and away the most popular league in the U.S., the NFL dominates sports betting action. In a study from Variety, more than 80% of sports bettors surveyed in October 2022 placed a bet on an NFL outcome. That was nearly 30% more than the next closest league. With the popularity of the New York Giants and Jets in the state, New Jerseyans will likely flock to ESPN Bet to get their NFL wagers in.
  • NBA: The Brooklyn Nets still carry a ton of popularity despite leaving New Jersey in 2012. As a result, NBA betting in New Jersey is still one of the most popular markets among NJ gamblers.
  • NCAA: Betting on collegiate athletics is an intriguing option for New Jersey bettors, but it can be limited at times. Not only is betting on in-state teams prohibited, but betting on college teams playing inside the state borders even if they aren’t New Jersey-based is also disallowed.

Different kinds of bonuses on ESPN Bet Sportsbook

Any sportsbook worth its salt will be frequent and generous in its promotional offerings, and ESPN Bet is showing a strong commitment to bonuses early on. Here are some of the popular different kinds of bonuses you should be able to find on ESPN Bet sportsbook, some of which are already live and ready for claiming.

  • Second chance bets: Most commonly offered as part of a welcome bonus, a second chance bet is awarded as bet credit in the amount of your first bet if that initial wager doesn’t win. However, if your first bet wins, no credit will be awarded.
  • Deposit matches: A deposit match bonus awards bet credit, usually at a 100% match, when you make a real-money deposit into your ESPN Bet account. Credits from deposit matches must be played through and cannot be withdrawn immediately as cash.
  • Bonus bets: Bonus bets are bet credits that are locked in at a predetermined value set by ESPN Bet. Usually, these will be in $10, $25, $50, or $100 increments, though there could be some variance depending on the promotion.
  • No deposit bonuses: Unlike the deposit match, a no deposit bonus awards the bet credits without needing to place funds into your account. These are exceedingly rare, so when you see such an offer pop up, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this bonus type.

The ESPN Bet betting app in New Jersey

Sports betting apps in New Jersey are the preferred way to play for many players. The vast majority of sports wagers are placed online, and with mobile apps accounting for the biggest chunk of digital bets, having a quality app is paramount for ESPN Bet’s success.

Fortunately for PENN and ESPN Bet, the app's rollout already seems like a major success, which is quite a surprise given the lack of buzz around the launch. iOS reviewers have given ESPN Bet a 4.9/5 rating in the App Store while Android users reflect a similar score at 4.8/5.

Our testing so far has already shown reliable geolocation, so playing anywhere in New Jersey should be convenient and capable. We also believe users will find the app aesthetically pleasing and very fluid to navigate. While the app has a long way to go to catch up to FanDuel's vice-grip on the state's market, ESPN Bet looks promising out of the gate

How to download the ESPN Bet app on iOS

The ESPN Bet app is available in the App Store, and free to download. Here’s how you’ll be able to get started.

  1. Log into the App Store with your Apple ID and password on your iOS device.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet Sportsbook.” Note that the app name may be slightly different. We will update this page once the app’s full name is released.
  3. Press “Get” then “Install.”

Once the download is complete, you’ll be able to create a new ESPN Bet account or log in with your existing credentials.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on Android

Now that the ESPN Bet app has launched for Android users, you’ll want to get signed up right away to get the best possible welcome bonus. Here’s how you can get started.

  1. Access the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet Sportsbook.” Keep in mind that the app may have a slightly different name when it is ultimately released. We will update this page once the app’s full name is announced.
  3. Press “Install” and let the download run.

Once the installation finishes, you can log in and make a deposit to your account or register for the first time if you haven’t already done so.

ESPN Bet Sportsbook New Jersey payment options

ESPN Bet kept many of its existing banking methods from the Barstool platform on its new version but also made it a point to pursue e-wallet expansion. Here are some of the top payment options at ESPN Bet Sportsbook New Jersey.


  • Credit/debit cards: Quick, convenient, and secure, credit and debit cards are accepted at nearly every sportsbook in NJ. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMEX are all likely to be viable options at ESPN Bet.
  • ESPN Bet Play+: Functionally speaking, Play+ prepaid cards are very similar to an ATM card. After loading it up with funds from your bank account, you can use the Play+ card to deposit into your ESPN Bet account, then withdraw your winnings at an ATM. This is a great method for self-imposing limits on your betting habits to practice responsible gambling.
  • Venmo: Venmo is quite similar to PayPal as an e-wallet, allowing you to move money through a third-party service from your bank to your sportsbook account. Especially popular among millennial users, Venmo isn't widely accepted at New Jersey sportsbooks, giving ESPN Bet an advantage in this area.


  • Online banking: Linking your bank account to your ESPN Bet account will allow you to manage your transactions in a quick and secure manner. With most national banks, you’ll be able to access winnings in 3-5 days or less, and deposits will appear in your account instantaneously.
  • PayPal: Like Apple Pay, PayPal offers some of the fastest withdrawal times on the platform, with many users able to access winnings in PayPal the same day they submit a withdrawal request at the sportsbook. Keep in mind PayPal will not charge a fee when withdrawing from ESPN Bet, but there may be a fee when moving money from PayPal to your bank account.
  • Check/e-check: This option may take a bit longer, especially if you’re waiting for a paper check to arrive through the USPS. However, a digital check is one of the most secure ways to receive your winnings and shouldn’t be discounted solely because of the wait time.

Can I bet on New Jersey college sports with ESPN Bet?

No, you cannot bet on New Jersey college sports with ESPN Bet. Betting on in-state college teams is prohibited under New Jersey state law, and you also won’t be able to bet on any collegiate event held in the state, even if the participants aren’t NJ-based.

Customer support at ESPN Bet Sportsbook NJ

ESPN Bet Sportsbook's customer support for NJ players should quickly prove to be among the best in the state. Users can parse through multiple FAQ pages addressing promotional terms and conditions, responsible gambling, and account information.

A 24/7 support chat hasn't yet been implemented, but both email and phone support are live and available to cover any more complicated issues that may arise.

Our rating of ESPN Bet Sportsbook New Jersey


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Betting NJ has given ESPN Bet Sportsbook New Jersey an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. This rating is based on the following criteria:

  • Welcome Bonus - Rating 5/5: ESPN Bet’s welcome bonus is arguably the most generous offer in New Jersey, giving players $200 in bonus bets after placing their first wager of any type on the site. Players aren't limited by stake requirements, odds minimums, or sports markets, allowing for supreme customizability. 
  • Payment options - Rating 4/5: The payment options with ESPN Bet are roughly similar to other New Jersey bookmakers, and there will likely be continued expansion once the mobile app launches to allow Apple Pay and Google Pay. 
  • Sportsbook app - Rating 5/5: We've been quite impressed with the ESPN Bet app, with the transition from the old platform being seamless. The app is off to an excellent start. 
  • Variety & Features - Rating 4/5: ESPN Bet offers gamblers 17 different sports markets in addition to esports and TV awards betting options. The PENN Play Program should continue to reward returning players for their loyalty to the site.
  • Customer Support - Rating 4/5: Phone and email support options are the primary communication channels for now as a support chat hasn't yet been added to the website. This keeps the score at a "4" for now.


When did ESPN Bet's New Jersey sportsbook launch?

ESPN Bet’s New Jersey sportsbook launched in November 2023. Parent company PENN Entertainment launched the site and betting app in 17 states on November 14, with early reports showing a smooth rollout.

Can I bet on football at ESPN Bet NJ?

Yes, you can bet on football at ESPN Bet. The platform will carry 17 sports with multiple leagues under each category. However, you will not be able to bet on college football games held in New Jersey or that feature New Jersey-based teams.

Why did Barstool change its name to ESPN Bet?

Barstool Sportsbook changed its name to ESPN Bet because of a partnership deal with PENN Entertainment. PENN had previously purchased Barstool but the sportsbook wasn’t as successful as either side had hoped. As a result, PENN sold the Barstool brand back to its founder, Dave Portnoy, and subsequently announced a 10-year, $2 billion deal with ESPN to act as the face of its rebranded betting platform.

Is it secure to bet on ESPN Bet in NJ?

Yes, it is secure to bet on ESPN Bet in NJ. The bookmaker is licensed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and must comply with rigid cybersecurity standards and gambling guidelines. Your personal and banking information will be protected at all times, and the sportsbook will be run in a manner which is fair and safe for players.

What is the minimum age to bet on ESPN Bet in New Jersey?

The minimum age to bet on ESPN Bet in New Jersey is 21 years old. Those who place, or attempt to place, a bet with the sportsbook while underage will be subject to legal penalties, including but not limited to fines and driver’s license suspension.