Sports fans across the state of Tennessee celebrated on July 1st, 2019, as state lawmakers made online sports betting legal. After federal law changes gave more freedom to states wanting to set their own laws on sports betting, TN governor Bill Lee allowed the sports betting bill to pass. This bill, which is unique in the US, allows online sports betting while retail sportsbooks are still outlawed.
While Tennessee has had strict laws against gambling for much of the state’s existence, sports fans in the state will no doubt be pleased that they’re finally able to legally place bets. As of November 1st, 2020, the Tennessee sportsbooks finally went live. These sites are all legal to use and offer betting on all major American sports. There are still rules on how and where you can bet, which we’ve explained for you below.
Tennessee Sports Betting Regulations
Sports betting in Tennessee is regulated by the Sports Wagering Advisory Council, which answers to the Tennessee Education Lottery. While sports betting is now legal in TN, you’ll still need to be careful to follow the rules to avoid falling foul of the law.
The main rule to consider is that only online betting is permitted. This makes Tennessee a bit of an outlier, as most US states that permit online sports betting also have brick and mortar sportsbooks. If you want to bet in Tennessee, you’ll need to sign up for one of the available sites.
Bettors must be at least 21 to place a bet. All of the online sportsbooks operating legally in the state must ask for your ID to prove you’re old enough before you can make a bet.
Anyone who wants to bet at any of the Tennessee online sportsbooks must be within the state’s borders. You don’t have to be a resident of Tennessee to sign up and bet. Sites will simply use geolocation software to check your location.
Not all sports are covered, but the Tennessee Education Lottery has approved 27 sports so far plus over 100 different events for bettors to wager on. This may change in the future, but for now, at least, there are plenty of betting options.
Collegiate sports such as football are available to bet on, but you may only bet on the result of the match or the scoreline. Legal sportsbooks in Tennessee can’t offer prop bets on any collegiate sports, that includes any individual actions or statistics.
Where Can I Bet in Tennessee?
Right now, Tennessee bettors have a choice between four different online sportsbooks. All of these sites are accessible on desktops or mobile, and you can sign up for as many as you want.
Action 24/7 – The only local-based sportsbook so far, Action is based in Nashville and so far only operates within Tennessee. It may not have the name power of some of the other sportsbooks, but it certainly offers exactly what you’d want from an online betting site.
BetMGM – BetMGM currently operates eight different online sportsbooks across the US, and the brand is owned by MGM Resorts and Casinos, one of the world’s most famous gambling companies. BetMGM recently signed a sponsorship with the Tennessee Titans as they look to secure a big share of the TN betting market.
DraftKings – A daily fantasy sports giant with 13 million users, DraftKings also offers legal sports betting across several states. The site is accessible on an easy to use app and users can log in with their fantasy sports account. Lots of sports and markets are available for you to bet on at great odds.
FanDuel – Another big name in the daily fantasy sports market, FanDuel is now opening it’s eight sports betting site for Tennessee users to enjoy. As with DraftKings, you can use your fantasy sports login for the sportsbook if you have one, and there are plenty of features to make betting even more exciting.