Disclaimer: Barstool online sportsbook is not currently available in Ohio. This review is speculative based on its offering in other states and will be updated should it launch here.
Barstool Sportsbook could soon be on its way to Ohio. New players will be eligible for $10 in bonus cash just for signing up, and then your first bet will be a risk-free wager for up to $1,000.
Along with Barstool’s welcome bonus, this page will cover the key points of the sign-up process, the various promotional offers you’ll find and the bets you can place. We’ll also go over the Barstool app’s strengths and weaknesses and how to install it on your mobile device.
Even if you’re a loyal Stoolie, we suggest checking out some of the other top online sportsbooks that Ohio has, as well.
Create an account as a new player at Barstool Sportsbook to claim the welcome bonuses. Note, though, that you will need to meet some playthrough requirements.
|Online Sportsbook||Barstool Sportsbook Ohio|
|Barstool promo code||TBA|
|Risk-free bet||Up to $1,000|
|Join bonus||$10 in bonus cash|
|Online since||2021 in Ohio|
|Last updated||January 2022|
Because Barstool technically has two welcome bonuses we will go over both of them separately, starting with the smaller of the two:
To meet this bonus’ 1x playthrough requirement, you will need to place $10 in sports bets with odds of -200 or longer. You can do this either with the bonus funds themselves, or additional funds if you have already made a deposit. Overall, a requirement to wager it once is fairly standard for a small no deposit bonus like this one.
Barstool’s risk-free bet is a solid promotion for new users, though technically it still involves some risk. If the first bet you make with Barstool loses, you will receive a refund in bonus cash.
As we already mentioned, to unlock the bonus cash you must first satisfy the 1x playthrough rate, again on bets at minimum odds of -200, which means a wager with -230 odds wouldn’t count, but a wager with -170 odds would.
The good news with bonus cash at Barstool is that you can wager it just like real money and when your bets using it win, you actually get the value of the bonus cash as part of your winnings.
A final note about Barstool’s welcome bonus is when your bonus cash expires. Most of the time there is a set amount of time, usually 30 or 90 days from when you make your initial deposit. At Barstool, however, your bonus funds do not expire until 30 days after the last day in which you played through any segment of the bonus funds. So, as long as you keep betting, the bonus money will remain active.
All in all, Barstool’s welcome bonuses are decent offers. While the risk-free bet requires you to win at least one additional wager to get anything if your first bet is unsuccessful, this does at least allow you to place your first bet at the online sportsbook at reduced overall risk.
When you click on the “Promotions” header along the left side of the page on both the app and website, the Barstool promotions page opens so that you can see all the ongoing promos. Here is what you’re likely to find:
If you are at all familiar with online sportsbooks, chances are you’ll be surprised at the somewhat quirky nature of some of the Barstool promos. Take this promotion that ran during the 2021 Major League Baseball season and was called Tape Measure Thursdays:
Unfortunately, Barstool is among the online sportsbooks that require you to opt in to its promotions. Thus, you need to be sure to always click on the promotion you’re interested in and then select the opt-in button. If you don’t, you will not receive the bonus.
Barstool does offer a decent number of odds boosts. You can find them by clicking the “Exclusives” button that has the Barstool logo in the center. From there, you will find odds boosts and “bet with Barstool” boosts. The two are essentially the same thing, offering improved odds for select single-game and parlay wagers each day.
While Barstool might generate negative publicity at times, it still will need to be a legal online sportsbook in Ohio, which requires following all of the state’s online gambling regulations. If something goes wrong, you have options to turn to and get help. Additionally, if Barstool knowingly did anything wrong, it could lose its sports betting license in the state.
To gamble at Barstool, or any authorized sportsbook in the Buckeye State, you must be 21 or older. In addition, you need to be within state lines at the time you make any wagers.
Barstool verifies your age during your registration. Then, every time you utilize the Barstool Ohio app or website, it confirms your location. If you are not in Ohio, you won’t be able to bet.
Currently Barstool operates online sportsbooks in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Illinois. It also is planning to launch online books in other states as well, such as Colorado, New Jersey and Iowa.
To get signed up with Barstool, head to the sportsbook’s homepage. Next, click one of the buttons to log in along the left side of the screen, and then select “Create new account.”
If you’re signing up from a state where Barstool is not yet legal, you’ll get a message telling you exactly that and explaining that you won’t be able to bet from that state. However, you still can choose to “continue to registration.” Once you do that, you’ll need to provide the following details:
You also will need to create a username, enter a password and check a number of boxes. The boxes confirm that you’ve read the terms and conditions, that the info you provided is correct, that you’re not a casino employee and that you’re 21 or older.
After doing all that and submitting the form, you can receive a passcode via email or text. Enter that code on the screen and your Barstool Sportsbook account will be live.
The Barstool Sportsbook app is available for both Android and iOS devices, but unfortunately Barstool does not make it easy to download it from its website. We’ve found that the best way is to go to the customer support page and type “App” into the search field. Then select the question “Can I download the Barstool Sportsbook & Casino app on Android and iOS?”
On the following page there are links for downloading both versions of the app. The apps will be on the App Store and Play Store, and the provided links will take you directly there. Then follow the standard download process and you’ll soon have the app installed.
Here are some of the main things Barstool has going for it:
While it is not a true risk-free bet since you do not simply receive a cash refund if it loses, Barstool’s risk-free bet up to $1,000 still is a solid welcome bonus. We especially like the fact that there is not a set deadline for when you have to reach the playthrough requirements to release your bonus funds.
Another good feature at Barstool is that when you sign up, you also automatically become a member of mychoice rewards. For every $10 in straight bets or $5 in parlay bets, you’ll receive a mychoice rewards point. You can redeem points for Barstool merchandise, hotel and dining comps and even a trip to Las Vegas.
It is safe to say, Barstool Sports has some of the most loyal fans for a media entity. And if you consider yourself among the many Stoolies out there, you’ll probably want to bet on the Barstool app if nothing more than to connect with others in that social community.
And here are some of Barstool’s main issues to consider, as well:
Barstool has come under fire in the past in connection with its treatment of women, harassment accusations and responsible gambling practices (including using a child to promote its sportsbook).
Both the Barstool app and website are dual online sportsbooks and casinos. Truthfully, Barstool does better than most by making the sportsbook the focal point instead of the casino, but we still would prefer if they were separate entities.
Listen, we’re all for fun, distinct promos, but we don’t want to have to bust out the calculator and magnifying glass to understand exactly what we’re betting on. Unfortunately, that’s what it feels like with some of the promotions at Barstool. We also aren’t fans of having to opt in to said promos.
Barstool offers plenty of betting options, including spreads, moneylines, totals, props and futures. In addition, you’ll find various parlay and live betting options. Here is how Barstool lists its main odds, followed by how the main wagers work:
|Cleveland Cavaliers||+5.5 (-110)||+185||O 220.5 (-112)|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-5.5 (-110)||-225||U 220.5 (-109)|
The easiest explanation for moneyline bets is this: If the team you bet on wins, so do you. How much you win depends on the odds.
Cleveland is the underdog in this example, which you can tell because the Cavs’ moneyline is a positive number. Odds of +185 mean that if you bet $100 on Cleveland, you would win a profit of $185 if correct. As for Milwaukee’s moneyline of -225, that means it would take a wager of $225 to win $100 in return.
You can also just add a bet to your slip, put in a wager amount and see what you would win that way. At Barstool you also have the option of inputting the amount you want to win, which will automatically fill in the wager amount.
The spread means you need to take the margin of victory into account. In this example, the spread is 5.5 points. If you bet on the underdog Cavaliers, they will essentially gain 5.5 points, while the Bucks will lose 5.5 points if you wager on them. You just need your team to be ahead after adding or subtracting points.
Also, if you don’t like a particular spread at Barstool, you can select an alternate line yourself using a handy slider bar.
Over/unders, also called totals, are bets on a game’s combined score. Just select over (more points than the listed number) or under (fewer points than the listed number), and if you’re right you win. Just as was the case with point spreads, you can use the slider to adjust the over/under for games at Barstool.
Player prop bets are available on each game’s individual page. So, for this example, you would click on the Cavs-Bucks game and then you could choose from player specials, player points, player assists and/or player rebounds. Examples for this game could be for Collin Seton to score over/under 23.5 points or whether Giannis Antetokounmpo will record a triple-double.
A parlay is a wager of two or more individual bets. To win, each of your individual selections needs to be correct. While parlays are difficult to get right, when you do the payouts can be quite large compared to your wager.
Teasers and parlays are similar. The difference is that teaser bets are only for point spread bets for football or basketball. Instead of accepting the original spread, though, you can move the line in your favor for all of your bets. Instead of placing teasers at Barstool, though, we prefer using the slider bar to make the betting lines for each of our selections be exactly what we want. And then placing a parlay using those picks.
A round robin allows you to group wagers together, but in a way that means you can still win some money if you miss a pick. The disadvantage is that your potential payout is lower on round robins compared to parlays.
Yes, Barstool has myriad betting options when it comes to Major League Baseball, including for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. Here are some of the more baseball-specific bets you can make at Barstool Sportsbook:
Barstool also lets you place futures bets and partake in live betting, two options that couldn’t be more different. Futures are bets you place on something that may not take place for weeks or even months into the future. Meanwhile, live betting is when you wager on games that are taking place that very second.
Futures wagers that you can place at Barstool could be for the Cavs to win their division, the Eastern Conference or even the NBA title (hey, we can dream, can’t we?). With live betting, you could bet on what the result of the next play will be during an NFL game, for example.
Here are your choices for depositing and cashing out money from your Barstool Sportsbook account:
|Deposit method||Minimum amount||Processing time|
|Apple Pay (iOS only)||$10||Instant|
|Debit or credit card (Discover, Mastercard, Visa)||$10||Instant|
|Barstool Play+ account||$10||Instant|
|Wire transfer||$10||Up to 72 hours|
|Online bank transfer||$10||Instant|
|Withdrawal method||Minimum amount||Processing time|
|Online bank transfer||None||3-5 business days|
|Barstool Play+ account||None||Up to 48 hours|
|PayPal||None||Up to 48 hours|
|ACH (e-check)||None||3-5 business days|
|Check in the mail||$250||14 business days|
To get help from Barstool, simply click “Contact support” along the left side of the screen while logged into the app or website. That will take you to the Barstool help page, where you can search for an answer to your issue or start a live chat with a customer support agent. You also can click the contact link on the help page and then you can request a call back, send an email through your Barstool account or start a live chat.
To shut down your account or set limits on your betting, you must first be logged in. Then select “Responsible Gaming & Player Protection.”
If you’re looking to limit the amount of funds you can deposit or wager during a set period of time, click the limits header. Then click the hyperlink under the header to actually go to the limit-setting page. From that page you also can take a temporary timeout of either three days or one, two or four weeks.
To ban yourself entirely from Barstool you’ll go back to the responsible gambling page and choose “Close Account.” At that point you’ll be directed to contact a customer support representative to help you officially shut down your account.
Barstool doesn’t have a retail location in Ohio. Keep in mind, though, that the Barstool Sportsbook app lets you bet from anywhere in a legal state. So the app kind of allows you to make your favorite bar or restaurant into an instant sportsbook.
There is a Barstool retail sportsbook at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. So depending on where you are in Ohio that may be an option for you.
Barstool Sportsbook occupies an interesting place in the Ohio online sports betting marketplace. While it is a quality sportsbook, due to some of Barstool Sports’ controversies, it also is a sportsbook that some people may avoid.
Barstool does have decent offerings across the board, but we don’t consider it a better sportsbook than FanDuel Ohio, BetMGM, PointsBet or DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio. The ultimate choice of course is up to you.
At this time Barstool does not require a promo code to claim its sign-up bonus ($10) and risk-free bet (up to $1,000).
Nope, but be aware that the financial institution you are using might.
That is not yet clear. Ohio legislators have yet to decide whether betting on teams from Ohio colleges and universities will be legal in the state.
While both are quality options, our money’s with FanDuel. Each oddsmaker offers a risk-free first bet up to $1,000, but beyond that, FanDuel generally has better promotions and lets you place single-game parlays, while Barstool does not.