Tennessee Sports Betting

Recent news and details about sports betting in TN

Tennessee is officially sports betting state! Both houses of government passed a bill in May that allows the Volunteer State to offer sports betting to citizens and visitors. The bill went unsigned by Gov. Bill Lee but it became a low without his signature anyway.

Projected TN sports betting launch date

The new law specifies that each county must hold a special election in order to allow sports betting to proceed inside its borders. Conducting those elections will take some time.

Additionally, operators will need to receive their licenses and build their infrastructures before they can begin accepting wagers. Based on the timeframes from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, sportsbook operators can usually go from license application to launch in about 3 months.

It’s unlikely that Tennessee will be accepting bets by the time college football starts on Aug. 24 and the NFL season begins on Sept. 5, but it is probably a good guess that the first Tennessee sports bets will be taken by Jan. 1.

TN Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Tennessee?

Yes. By virtue of H-1, sportsbook operators can obtain licenses and run sportsbooks in Tennessee. However, they must receive a favorable vote from a resident county before they may operate in that county.

When will sports betting be legal in Tennessee?

It is legal right now, but there are no rules or regulations to govern the actual activity itself. So, based upon how quickly other states moved, Tennessee will probably have active sportsbooks by the beginning of September 2019.

Is any gambling legal in Tennessee?

A few types are available. Tennesseans may play in lottery games and daily fantasy sports.

However, there are no casinos within the state lines.

Are there any casinos in Tennessee?

At this time, none. The nearest casinos to Tennessee tend to be the properties in Tunica, Mississippi. Tennessee residents on the eastern side of the state can also visit the two Harrah’s tribal casinos in North Carolina.

What is the legal gambling age in Tennessee?

18. Since lottery and DFS are the only types of gambling in the state, Tennessee’s gambling age is lower than in other states. However, it is probable that the newly-formed sports betting commission will require persons to be 21 if they wish to play.

Is Bovada legal in Tennessee?

Bovada, MyBookie, and other “grey market” sites are mostly illegal. These types of sites are headquartered and hosted offshore, so they do not conform to US regulations.

As such, there are always the dual threats of restricted access and lack of legal recourse. The US government could theoretically restrict access to the site, locking US players out, at any time.

Additionally, any disputes between US players and these types of sites are not subject to the American court system, and that can make it difficult to pursue any grievances. That could result in player funds being locked on the offshore site.

Which states have legal sports betting near Tennessee?

The nearest location for legal sports betting to Tennessee would be West Virginia. West Virginia opened its first sportsbooks in December 2018, and there are now three in operation throughout the state.

Hopefully, online sports betting will return to West Virginia in the very near future, too. West Virginia did have one online book, BetLucky, for a time. However, BetLucky’s operations are suspended indefinitely due to some contractual disputes with its owner and vendors.

How to gamble in Tennessee?

While sports bettors wait for sportsbooks to launch, gambling is currently running in Tennessee in the form of daily fantasy sports. DFS was legalized in 2018. DraftKings and FanDuel are among the legal operators in TN.

Tennessee Sports Betting News

Ohio Sports Betting Bill Holds The Line On Official League Data Mandate Ask

October 9, 2019

An Ohio committee approved an amendment that allows sports leagues to request that the Lottery Commission restrict betting on events and wager types.

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Wait, Lawmakers Did What With Sports Betting Bills in 2019?

September 2, 2019

Here are some of the most memorable -- and lamentable -- storylines involving state lawmakers and sports betting bills throughout 2019

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Sports Betting Finally Expands South As Tennessee Bill Becomes Law

May 24, 2019

Tennessee officially legalized sports betting on Friday, setting more than one precedent for the young industry in the US.

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