When Bally’s Bets Sportsbook debuts in 2021, it likely will be one of the bigger online sportsbook launches of the year.
Bally’s put together a few major deals toward the end of 2020, signaling a commitment to sports betting going forward. First, Twin Rivers was rebranded as Bally’s, and then the newly rebranded company bought Bet.Works, a sports betting platform that will help create the Bally Bet app for iOS and Android products.
If all that wasn’t enough, Bally’s and Sinclair Broadcast Group came to an agreement to rename 21 Fox regional sports networks, which will now be called Bally’s Sports.
So, while there still is a lot we don’t know about the Bally Bets online sportsbook, in this Bally Bets preview we’re telling you everything we know about the forthcoming sportsbook and making a few educated guesses on the areas yet to be announced. And be sure to check back, as this page will continue to be updated as more announcements happen.
Why choose Ballys Bets Sportsbook?
- Chance to be one of the first users.
- Likely to have good offers for new customers.
- Will be one of the newest Apple and Android sportsbook apps.
- Partnered with 21 regional sports networks.
Ballys Sportsbook welcome bonus
It seems unlikely, when Bally Bets Sportsbook launches sometime in 2021, that there will not be a fairly substantial welcome bonus for new customers. Other sportsbooks in the US may offer players in the range of $1,000 or more in deposit match bonuses and/or risk-free bets.
For example, FanDuel Sportsbook gives new customers a risk-free bet up to $1,000, and DraftKings Sportsbook offers up to $1,000 as a deposit match bonus. So, if Bally Bets is going to compete with those and other top sportsbooks, it likely will want to come up with a welcome offer that is similar.
Bally Bets also might offer players free bets just for signing up to incentivize them to give the sportsbook a try. We definitely will tell you all about Bally’s welcome offer, including whether it will require a code, when we find out more.
Ballys Bets Sportsbook promo code 2021
|Online Sportsbook||Bally Bets|
|Bally Bets promo code||TBD|
|No deposit bonus||TBD|
|Legal states||None yet|
|Last verified||March 2021|
Do I need a bonus or promo code for Ballys Sportsbook?
At this time nothing has been announced as to whether you will need a Bally Bets promo code or a Bally Bets bonus code.
How the bonus works
Since we do not know what the exact bonus will be at Bally Bets Sportsbook, we obviously can’t tell you exactly how it works. What we can do is let you know how most welcome bonuses work, so you’re prepared when Bally’s announces what its bonus will be.
- Risk-free bets: Most risk-free bet offers are for your first settled bet with an online sportsbook, not the first bet you place. For example, let’s say you made your first bet on a Monday night NFL game, and then you made another for a game on the Sunday before. That Sunday game would end first, thus it would be your first settled bet. Then, the way the offer works is this: If your wager wins, nothing changes and in essence you don’t actually get anything extra. If, on the other hand, your wager loses, you receive a refund for your losses up to a pre-set amount. The refund almost always takes the form of a bet credit, not cash. So if you lose, you will need to make another bet of the same size within seven to 14 days or the free bet will expire.
- Deposit matches: Another popular welcome offer is the deposit match. You receive additional money in your account based on the amount of your first deposit. Just like with risk-free bets, these are capped at a certain amount. One of the big things to pay attention to is at what percent your deposit is matched. If it’s 100%, you will be matched dollar for dollar up to the maximum, while other sportsbooks can be as low as 20%.
- Join bonuses: These are among the rarest bonuses you will see, and they’re usually pretty small. With join bonuses, you receive free bets for around $20 to $30 just for signing up. While the amount of money you get is small, the fact that all you have to do is sign up is pretty great. And there’s always a chance to turn that $20 to $30 into a lot more.
Bally Bets loyalty rewards
Whether Bally Bets Sportsbook will have a loyalty rewards program remains to be seen. We are hopeful, though.
There’s no reason online sportsbook customers shouldn’t be rewarded in the same way as casino patrons. We have our fingers crossed that Bally’s will have some type of system in place where loyal users gain benefits for how often and how much they wager at Bally Bets.
Redeeming rewards at retail locations
Since Bally’s does have a couple of casinos currently and likely will be adding retail sportsbook locations, there is at least a chance of having the ability to redeem rewards at retail locations in the future.
If something along these lines were to happen, it probably would mean that Bally Bets would tie in its rewards program to that of its casinos, thus allowing Bally Bets app users to redeem rewards at retail casino and sportsbook locations.
Is Bally’s Bets legal and safe?
When Bally Bets Sportsbook launches in various states across the US, it definitely will be legal and safe.
Not only does it have the backing of a trusted name in the gambling industry, but Bally Bets must obtain a sports betting license in each state it plans to debut in. To do that, Bally’s needs to go through all the legal channels to prove its sportsbook is legitimate, and thus it will be safe and legal online sportsbook for anyone choosing to do business there.
Bally Bets app review
Since the Bally Bets Sportsbook app has not been released yet, we are unable to provide a review at this time.
As soon as we get a chance to try it out, we will let you know all about it. From how fast the app is on iOS and Android devices, to its overall performance, how it works for live betting, what the bet slip is like and of course what banking options are available.
Ballys Bets browser review
Just like with the Bally Bets app, we’re not able to give you a review of the Bally Bets website since it is not yet operational.
One thing that we are optimistic of seeing is a website and app that work well together. Meaning that there’s a seamless transition between using the app and the website. We realize that many users transition between using their phone or tablet and their desktop or laptop. So, ideally, both the Bally Bets website and app would be mirror images of each other.
Ballys sports betting overall user experience
In order for users to have a good experience using a sports betting app, it needs to be easy to navigate and fast. The last thing we want to see is a slow app or website that keeps us from placing our bets before odds change or that prevents live betting from being possible.
Since Bally Bets is going to be able to create its sportsbook app in-house, thanks to acquiring Bet.Works, we have high hopes for the finished product and can’t wait to check it out.
Bally’s Bets Sportsbook: Creating a new account
If Bally Bets is anything like most online sportsbooks, creating a new account should take only a couple of minutes, and you’ll be able to do it from your computer or mobile device.
You will need to give Bally Bets your first and last name, home and email addresses, phone number, date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number. You also will need to create a password and provide answers to one or two security questions.
Also, if Bally Bets does have a promo code or bonus code, this is most likely when you will need to enter it. So make sure you check this page out again when Bally’s has announced its welcome offer to see if you need a code.
One more step for Illinois bettors
For bettors in Illinois, you will need to finish your Bally Bets sign-up in person thanks to the betting laws in the Prairie State. Once Bally’s launches in Illinois, it will either open a retail sportsbook location or announce where you must go in order to complete your registration. Once we know where that is we will be sure to let you know.
How does Bally Bets benefit casual bettors?
One of the ways that Bally Bets Sportsbook can appeal to the casual bettor is to make sure it has promotions that don’t require huge sums of money to partake in.
Some sportsbooks we’ve seen have great promos, but many of them require bets of $50 to $100. While bets of that size are normal to some bettors, it is more than a lot of casual bettors would dream of risking.
We would like to see Bally Bets follow the lead of other sites like FanDuel and DraftKings and have promotions where even if you’re wagering in the $1 to $10 range, you still are able to benefit from the promos.
How does Bally Bets benefit experienced bettors?
In almost the exact opposite of the previous section, for Bally Bets to appeal to experienced bettors, we hope it has promos and/or rewards in which players who are betting more money or just placing many more bets receive rewards in line with how they are gambling.
One of the best examples we can think of is DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports app. You earn DraftKings Crowns based on how much and how often you enter contests. The more crowns you earn, the higher tier you reach each month. And then each day of the month you are able to claim rewards based on the tier you reach. Thus your rewards are more in line with the type of player you are.
If Bally’s follows a similar model, we believe that experienced bettors out there definitely would see the benefit in it for them.
Bally’s sports betting options
The bet types available at most major sportsbooks across the country are usually quite similar.
At Bally Bets, you’ll be able to place moneyline, spread and over/under bets. Bally’s without a doubt will also have prop bets, parlays, round robins, teasers, futures and live betting.
The real question is whether it will have any unique wagering options that you see at other sportsbooks. For example, PointsBet has PointsBetting, where your wins and losses are multiplied based on how right or wrong your wagers are. While at other sportsbooks like FanDuel, you are able to engage in single-game parlays, which some books don’t allow.
It would be nice if Bally Bets had something along these lines because it would help separate it from the crowded sports betting landscape.
What’s not available at Ballys Bets
We don’t know if there will be any specific types of bets not allowed at Bally Bets Sportsbook as a whole, but we can tell you about various forms of betting that will not be allowed in some of the states where Bally Bets could launch. Here’s a look at some of the wagering options that aren’t allowed in specific states:
- Colorado: College prop betting, esports and high school sports wagering are all prohibited.
- Illinois: You can’t bet on college teams from Illinois or on non-sports events, such as the Oscars or presidential elections.
- Indiana: No wagering on esports or on amateur players who are under the age of 18.
- Iowa: No prop bets on in-state college players and no live betting on games involving Iowa schools.
- New Hampshire: Betting is not allowed on New Hampshire-based college teams or on NCAA events that take place in the state.
- New Jersey: No betting on in-state college teams or on any college events that are held in New Jersey.
- Pennsylvania: Betting on amateur drafts, such as the NFL draft, is illegal, as is wagering on esports.
- Tennessee: Live prop bets and prop bets on individual college athletes are prohibited.
- West Virginia: Wagering is prohibited on any contests in which players younger than 18 are playing.
Ballys Bets odds boost
Bally’s most likely will have odds boosts of some sort available on a daily basis.
One thing we believe is important when partaking in daily odds boosts is not to get sucked into increased odds unless you felt good about that particular wager before the odds boost. Just because the odds are better doesn’t make the event any more or less likely to happen.
You easily can end up losing a lot of money just throwing cash at odds boosts, waiting for one of them to hit.
Ballys Bets pricing
One of the biggest areas to watch when Bally Bets debuts will be the odds it offers.
Welcome bonuses and ongoing promotions are great, but if the odds at Bally’s aren’t among the best in the business, it will be difficult to view it as being among the top sportsbooks out there.
The difference between a moneyline of +115 and +120 might not seem like a lot, but it adds up over time. And even more so when it comes to parlay bets.
When you start putting multiple props and/or moneyline bets into a parlay, a few extra points here and there ends up adding up to a lot. And after a year or more of betting, those points can turn into hundreds and thousands of dollars.
Another area that Bally’s online sportsbook will need to excel in is the number of options users have when they deposit and withdraw money at Bally’s.
The more options the better, especially when it comes to being able to do so remotely. While some people will have no qualms about depositing in person at retail sportsbook locations, we know most bettors would prefer to handle all their transactions online.
And that is especially true when it comes to collecting winnings from Bally’s. If you hit a big bet, the last thing you want to do is have to wait two weeks for a check to come in the mail.
How to contact customer support
Just like most things at Bally Bets right now, there are no exact plans as to how you will be able to contact customer service.
The more ways in which you can do so the better, and we also hope that some form of the Bally Bets customer service department is open 24/7/365. There are sports going on pretty much all the time all over the world, so having a help desk that is able to help around the clock is important at any online sportsbook.
We also hope that you will be able to reach Bally’s via phone, text, chat and email, allowing users the ability to use whatever method they prefer.
History of Bally Bets
Bally Bets was born out of multiple partnerships and a rebrand, all of which took place in the second half of 2020.
First Twin Rivers was rebranded as Bally’s following Twin Rivers acquiring the name and the Atlantic City casino property owned by Bally’s.
Then came the announcement that Bet.Works had been acquired by Bally’s Corp. for $125 million. Bet.Works is a sports betting platform supplier, and this deal made it clear that Bally’s was going to focus on sports betting and online gambling.
Next was the deal between Bally’s and Sinclair Broadcast Group in which 21 Fox Sports RSNs would be renamed Bally’s Sports.
And now all that we’re waiting for is the expected debut of the Bally Bets Sportsbook, which is expected to be sometime during the first half of 2021. While there is no official word on which market will be the first to have a Bally Bets Sportsbook, it appears as if New Jersey, Colorado, Iowa and Indiana are the early contenders.