Getting in under the wire in August 2023, PENN Entertainment was able to secure a Kentucky sports betting operator’s license just a few short weeks ahead of the state’s September 2023 sports gambling launch.
This meant the new ESPN Bet sportsbook platform was able to minimize the time gap between its own launch and that of other Kentucky sports gambling operators. Here’s what the new bookie on the block will bring to the state and how to get started making wagers with ESPN Bet.
Is ESPN Bet sportsbook legal in KY?
Yes, ESPN Bet sportsbook is legal in KY. PENN Entertainment, the parent company of ESPN Bet, obtained a license from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in August 2023.
With sports betting launching in September 2023, PENN had to work quickly to rebrand the gambling platform after selling Barstool Sportsbook back to Dave Portnoy and entering a $2B partnership with ESPN to be the face of the betting operation. PENN was able to roll out the new ESPN Bet site on November 14, just two months after Kentucky went live.
Registering an account at ESPN Bet in Kentucky and claiming the bonus
Registering an account at ESPN Bet in Kentucky shouldn’t be too tedious of a process. Most users will be signed up in 10 minutes or less and will be able to claim their Kentucky sports betting bonus shortly thereafter. Here’s how to get started.