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What is the ESPN BET Michigan promo?

The ESPN BET Michigan sportsbook promo is a 200% deposit match on the first deposit made by new players, up to $500 in Eligible Cashback. Example: To claim the promo, simply visit ESPN BET's website and register for a new account. Make your first-time deposit and the bonus will be added to your account automatically. Use the Eligible Cashback on any sportsbook bets or casino games available on the platform, adhering to a cashback rate of 10%.

ESPN Bet MI bonus

Sign-up bonus: 200% Deposit Match Up To $500
Promo code: No code required
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: May 2024

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: ESPN Bet
Legal in Michigan: Yes
Partner in Michigan: TBD
Payment methods:

ESPN Bet Sportsbook is live in Michigan! Following parent company PENN Entertainment’s decision to rebrand its online gambling platform from its previous identity as Barstool Sportsbook via a $2B deal with ESPN in August 2023, the mobile betting app, website, and retail locations all underwent a major overhaul before re-launching in November of the same year.

Here, we’ll review what features are available on the ESPN Bet platform, as well as how to get started with the platform in Michigan.

How can I open an account at ESPN Bet in Michigan and claim the promo?

You can open an account at ESPN Bet in Michigan and claim the promo in a matter of moments. The registration process will take about five minutes, and you’ll need to follow these same steps to complete the signup.

  1. Visit ESPN BET's official website during the promotion period from May 1, 2024, to May 31, 2024.
  2. Register for a new player account by providing the necessary information. Remember, this promotion is available to never previously-registered players only.
  3. Make your first-time deposit into your player account. There is no opt-in requirement mentioned for this promotion.
  4. Receive a 200% deposit match on your first deposit, up to $500, paid in Eligible Cashback automatically after your deposit is made.
  5. Use your Eligible Cashback within 30 days after receipt by wagering on any game available on ESPN BET.

ESPN Bet's welcome offer consists of $100 in bonus bets. The credits will arrive in your account within 72 hours of account creation. After that, you'll have seven days to use the bonus bets, after which time unused credits will expire.

How to fix issues if the ESPN BET Michigan promo is not working

If you're experiencing issues with the ESPN BET Michigan promo not working, here are some troubleshooting tips. Firstly, try uninstalling and then reinstalling the app. This can often resolve any glitches or errors that may be preventing the promo from being recognized. 

Secondly, clear your cache. This step can help remove any stored data that might be causing issues with the functionality of the ESPN BET app. 

If these steps do not resolve the problem, it's advisable to contact customer support directly. You can reach out to them via [email protected]. Customer support can provide you with specific assistance based on your account details and the nature of the problem you're facing.

Is a promo code needed for the ESPN BET MI bonus?

No, a promo code is not required for the ESPN BET MI bonus. New players simply need to make their first deposit to unlock a 200% match up to $500 in Eligible Cashback, automatically added to their account. This straightforward approach facilitates players' access to the bonus without extra steps.

ESPN Bet explained

ESPN Bet is the new brand face of PENN Entertainment’s sports betting platform. The platform used to operate under the “Barstool Sportsbook” label, but legal complications with the controversial Barstool company led to PENN selling the company back to founder Dave Portnoy and following up the sale by entering a massive 10-year year partnership with ESPN.

Hoping to capitalize on the global recognition of the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” ESPN Bet will feature daily betting content from ESPN’s on-air personalities. The hope is that this exclusive deal will help drive betting registrations and lead to a more immersive and unique betting experience.

PENN launched ESPN Bet in November 2023 and has since added a retail sportsbook in Detroit. The ESPN Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Greektown opened on April 24, 2024, just ahead of the NFL Draft; it is the brand's first retail location in Michigan.

Is ESPN Bet Sportsbook licensed in MI?

Yes, ESPN Bet Sportsbook is licensed in MI. PENN Entertainment previously acquired a gambling operator’s license from the Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) when it launched the Barstool Sportsbook platform, and the licensure still applied following the rebrand.

Today, ESPN Bet is available to MI bettors both through its online platforms (website and mobile app) and at its brick-and-mortar location at the Hollywood Casino at Greektown.

What are the best features of ESPN Bet Sportsbook Michigan?

ESPN Bet Sportsbook offers many great features to its Michigan users. Here are some of the best.

  • Content from ESPN’s on-air talent: ESPN Bet has made a substantial effort to create betting content involving ESPN’s on-air personalities, including betting-focused programming across its platforms, exclusive betting trend analyses, and matchup insights.
  • Generous promotions: PENN has made a habit of offering frequent and lucrative bonuses to its players dating back to the Barstool platform days. We're glad to see the trend has continued with ESPN Bet.
  • Early cashout: Early cashout is an excellent tool that can get you your winnings before a score goes final; it can also be used to recoup some of your stake if it appears your wager is headed toward a loss.

What types of bets are offered on ESPN Bet Sportsbook?

ESPN Bet Sportsbook offers many types of bets on the platform, allowing users near-limitless potential when crafting their bet slips. Here are some of the most popular options you’ll find.

  • Spread bets: Spread bets are unique in that they aren’t so much about picking a winner but are instead about the margin of victory. A team that loses a given game can still be a winner against the spread and result in a winning wager. Before each game, ESPN Bet will pick a team that is “favored” to win and set a line of how many points they expect the favorite to win by. Bettors can then choose whether the favorite will cover the spread and win by more than that total or bet on the underdog to cover the spread (losing by fewer points than the spread total).
  • Prop bets: Short for “proposition bets,” prop bets are wagers that aren’t necessarily dependent on the outcome of the game. For example, a wager on whether the Detroit Tigers starting pitcher finishes with more or less than 5.5 strikeouts would be a prop bet because it doesn’t matter whether the strikeout total isn’t dependent on the Tigers winning as well.
  • Parlay bets: Parlay bets combine several different wagers (or “legs”) into one unique bet with the odds multiplied for each additional leg added to the slip. An extension is the “same game parlay” where each of the legs comes from within the same matchup. With the expansive list of sports ESPN covers, the list of same-game parlays offered daily should be even greater than other sportsbooks offer.

Leading sports leagues you can bet on using ESPN Bet Michigan

ESPN Bet Michigan has 18 different sports available to Michigan bettors, with many leagues available as a subsection for each. Here are some of the most popular leading sports leagues you can bet on using the platform.

  • NFL: The NFL is by far the top dog in U.S. sports betting markets and that holds true in Michigan as well. Since Michigan sports betting launched in 2021, the five months with the biggest sports betting handle have all come during football season, especially in January leading up to the Super Bowl. The Detroit Lions are a popular pick to win the Super Bowl in 2025.
  • NBA: While the Detroit Pistons haven’t seen the same success in recent years as they did in the 1980s and 2000s, NBA betting in Michigan remains extremely popular. By handle, it is the second-most bet-on league in the United States, and that trend has held true on ESPN Bet in Michigan.
  • NHL: While the NHL trails the other leagues mentioned here in viewership and betting handle, the league is on the rise, and hockey remains ever-popular among Michiganians. ESPN+ is the go-to streaming option for NHL fans.

The ESPN Bet betting app in Michigan

When PENN Entertainment launched the ESPN Bet betting app, they made the smart decision to offer one app covering all legal states rather than offering multiple state-specific apps. This makes it far easier to use the platform when traveling out of state.

The Michigan betting app is available for download on both iOS and Android devices, holding a 4.8/5 rating among Apple users and a 4.3/5 rating in the Google Play Store.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on iOS

The ESPN Bet app is available for download today! Get the app on your iOS device by following these steps.

  1. Open the App Store on your iOS device and log in with your Apple ID and password.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet Sportsbook.”
  3. Press “Get” then “Install.”

After that, the download process will begin. Once you’ve fully installed the app, you’ll be able to create a new account, make a real-money deposit, claim the ESPN Bet welcome bonus, and begin placing your wagers.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on Android

ESPN Bet’s app is available for public download. You can install it on your Android device by following these steps.

  1. Log into the Google Play Store on your Android device.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet Sportsbook.”
  3. Press “Install” and wait for the download to complete.

Once the installation finishes, you’ll be able to create a new ESPN Bet account or log in with the credentials you used when registering your account.

Can I bet on Michigan college sports with ESPN Bet?

Yes, you can bet on Michigan college sports with ESPN Bet. Part of the verbiage of Michigan’s sports betting bills (bipartisan House Bills 4311-12, 4916-18, 4307, and 4308) included permissions for Michiganians to place wagers on collegiate athletics, including provisions for betting on in-state teams. This means each of Michigan’s seven NCAA Division I programs is fair game on ESPN Bet.

ESPN Bet Sportsbook Michigan payment options

Here is a full list of the payment options available at ESPN Bet's Michigan sportsbook.

Deposit/withdrawal methods include:

  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • E-check/ACH
  • ESPN Bet prepaid gift card
  • Online Banking
  • PayPal
  • Skrill
  • Venmo
  • Wire transfer

Customer support at ESPN Bet Sportsbook MI

ESPN Bet Sportsbook MI has reasonable customer support but there are a few areas where the operator could improve. The FAQ pages are easy to find but aren't always up-to-date (especially for promotions), and they may not contain some of the basic answers you're looking for.

To the operator's credit, ESPN Bet has added a live-chat support option since launch, which wasn't in place when the platform rolled out in November. You can also email "[email protected]for help with your trickier questions.

Contact ESPN Bet customer support:

  • Phone: 1-844-953-2121
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Chat: Yes, available 24/7
  • Twitter/X: @ESPNBETSupport


When did ESPN Bet go live in Michigan?

ESPN Bet went live in Michigan in November 2023. It replaced Barstool as the brand of PENN Entertainment's sportsbook product.

Do you have to live in MI to bet on ESPN Bet?

No, you do not have to live in MI to bet on ESPN Bet. You simply need to be physically located in Michigan or in any other state where ESPN Bet is licensed and operating. Make sure you have geolocation services turned on when trying to place a wager from a computer or mobile device or you won’t be able to get your bet in.

What is the minimum deposit at ESPN Bet in Michigan?

The minimum deposit at ESPN Bet is$10. This is on par with most other Michigan gambling operators.

Does ESPN Bet in Michigan charge withdrawal fees?

No, ESPN Bet in Michigan does not charge withdrawal fees.

Does ESPN Bet have any retail betting locations in MI?

Yes, ESPN Bet has a retail location at the Greektown Casino in downtown Detroit. This facility previously functioned as the retail home for Barstool Sportsbook. It opened in April 2024, days ahead of the NFL Draft which was held in Detroit.