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ESPN BET Launch: Everything You Can Bet On At ESPN BET Today

Mark Strotman for Bookies.com

Mark Strotman  | 4 mins

ESPN BET Launch: Everything You Can Bet On At ESPN BET Today

There’s a new entrant in the online sports betting world, with ESPN BET launching in 17 different states earlier this afternoon. It’s a monumental day for both the worldwide leader in sports and Penn Entertainment, which now makes the official transition from its former host Barstool Sportsbook to ESPN. 

That means bettors in states where ESPN BET is now officially operating (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) will be able to use the ESPN BET promo code BOOKIES to unlock $250 in bonus bets when they sign up and place a $1 wager. The five $50 bonus bets are yours regardless—and you’re eligible to earn cash profit on that initial bet.

If you’re a sports fan in any capacity (and we’ll assume you are since you’re reading this), you know that the ESPN BET launch is coming at an incredible time on the sports calendar. November is the sweet spot for all types of sports fans; whether you’re interested in betting on the NFL, college football, college basketball, NBA, or NHL action, you’ll have that opportunity now that the ESPN BET app and website have now gone live. Here’s a quick look at the top sports betting markets available for players around the country.

Two Handfuls of NBA In-Season Tournament Games

We’re into Week 2 of the NBA’s In-Season Tournament, which will crown eight “postseason” teams at the end of the month. There are polarizing opinions on the new jerseys and the brightly colored courts that all 30 teams have rolled out, but something everyone can agree on is that Tuesday’s games will be terrific.

Specifically, we’ll be focused on two offensive juggernauts squaring up in Pacers-Sixers, a battle of length between Victor Wembanyama’s Spurs and Chet Holmgren’s Thunder, and two of the game’s best scorers dueling when Anthony Edwards’ Timberwolves take the floor in San Francisco against Steph Curry’s Warriors for the second time in three nights.

It’s part of a 10-game Tuesday slate of games, with 36 additional games the rest of the week.

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MAC-tion Takes Center Stage In the College Football World

Does it get any better than MAC-tion to fill the sports betting world’s football void on a Tuesday? It may not be the most competitive conference in football, but we love having gridiron betting options.

Toldeo has already clinched the MAC West but will look to earn its 10th win of the season on the road against Bowling Green—which is still alive in the MAC East. Bowl eligibility is still in play for a pair of 4-6 teams squaring off in Western Michigan and Illinois, while Eastern Michigan (also 4-6) looks to break a three-game losing streak as it takes on Akron, which has lost seven of eight.

Of course, the action heats up later in the week, with a couple of juicy top-25 matchups in Georgia-Tennessee, Kansas State-Kansas, and Washington-Oregon State. We’re headed down the home stretch of the college football regular season, meaning these games mean even more as bettors sift through odds at ESPN BET.

Champions Classic and Gavitt Games Kick Off the College Hoops Season

Though the college basketball regular season is officially a week old, we’re now getting to the really good stuff. Tonight’s action includes the annual Champions Classic as top-ranked Kansas battles No. 17 Kentucky after a matchup between No. 9 Duke and No. 18 Michigan State.

The Big East and Big Ten also continue on with the second night of the Gavitt Games, with No. 4 Marquette traveling to Champaign to take on No. 23 Illinois, No. 8 Creighton battling Iowa, and Providence tussling with Wisconsin.

In total, there are more than 80 Division I college basketball games tipping off on Tuesday, including 16 of the top-25 teams in the nation.

Nine Games On the Ice Round Out a Terrific Slate of Games

We can’t forget about the hockey lineup tonight, which features 18 teams in action and a couple of heavyweight battles. We’re focused specifically on Golden Knights-Capitals, Bruins-Sabres, Coyotes-Stars, and Lightning-Blues. 

There are 34 games after that to cap off the week as the hockey regular season pushes on into its second month that all bettors at ESPN BET will be able to wager on now that everything is live.

A Quick Lookahead To the NFL’s Week 11 Slate

You won’t be able to watch any NFL action tonight, but Week 11 odds are already out for what could be the best compilation of games all season long. It begins on Thursday with Bengals-Ravens and continues into Sunday with Steelers-Browns, Raiders-Dolphins, Jets-Bills, and Bucs-Niners. 

The Monday Night Football nightcap is a doozy (and a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl) as the Eagles and Chiefs square off in Arrowhead. 

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About the Author

Mark Strotman for Bookies.com
Mark Strotman
Mark is a veteran sports betting journalist who has covered the Bulls and the NBA since 2012. His work has appeared on ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Chicago Tribune and Yahoo Sports. He regularly provides NBA betting picks, as well as in-depth sportsbook reviews and the latest promo codes for all the major sports gambling operators, including Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and more.