Tennessee Sports Betting 2020

Last Updated: Nov 23rd, 2020
Tennessee legalized sports betting, but just wagering online, and sportsbooks went live on Nov. 1, 2020.
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There are absolutely no physical sportsbook locations in Tennessee. The state’s sports betting provision permits online-only betting, which went live Nov. 1, 2020.

Tennessee doesn’t have any casinos within its borders and there are definitely no physical sportsbooks. Because of this, there will be no physical locations where you can bet on sports. This means you’ll have to connect to a sportsbook’s online platform if you want to bet.

Very much a conservative Southern state, Tennessee has outlawed almost all forms of gambling for a very long time. That’s why state residents who are interested in gaming have been crossing into other states for a chance at winning real money.

The only thing close to gaming the state has permitted in the past has been solely for the purposes of raising money for charity. Now that there’s a way to bet on sports anytime from anywhere in the state, all that has changed for residents of the Volunteer State.

Online betting sites and apps are now live and include big-name bookmakers FanDuel, DraftKings and BetMGM. Anyone in Tennessee who is above 21 can bet from their computer or smartphone anytime, and more sportsbooks will continue to join the fray, including William Hill and PointsBet. We’re excited to see this new market for online gaming open up.

With sports betting now legal, Tennessee is on its way to being home of some of the best sportsbooks in the country.

Gambling in Tennessee Timeline

Nov. 1, 2020

Online sports betting goes live in the state.

2019

Tennessee passes a sports wagering bill approving of online-only sports betting. The bill was an unprecedented measure for the traditionally conservative state. Gov. Lee is not a fan of gambling but does let the bill become law without his signature.

2016

The state legislature officially legalizes Daily Fantasy Sports in Tennessee.

2011

The Tennessee legislature passes a measure permitting charity gambling to raise funds to assist with food relief.

2003

Tennessee introduces the Education Lottery, which sends all of its profits to the development of education within the state.

1906

The State General Assembly passes a law to ban all forms of gambling in Tennessee, which includes betting on horse racing.

1804

Tennessee holds its first official horse race in Gallatin, sparking a flourishing culture of horse betting in Tennessee that lasted over a century.