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What is the ESPN Bet North Carolina promo?

Based on what we've seen available in other states, the ESPN Bet North Carolina promo will likely be $200 in bonus bets after you make your first wager of any type with the sportsbook. Example: Once the operator goes live in North Carolina, register for a new ESPN Bet account, sign into the website or mobile app, make a real-money deposit of $10 or more, and place your first wager at the sportsbook on any stake, sport, or line that strikes your fancy. Within 72 hours of placing your first wager, you'll receive four bonus bets valued at $50 each, totaling $200 in bonus bets.

ESPN Bet NC bonus

Sign-up bonus: Not yet available
Promo code: No code needed
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: November 2023

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: ESPN Bet
Legal in NC: No
Partner in North Carolina: N/A
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In search of greener pastures, PENN Entertainment left its partnership with Barstool Sports in August 2023, forming a new one with ESPN and re-branding the platform as ESPN Bet Sportsbook. Through this industry-shaking move, ESPN gave PENN an identity with the biggest name brand in sports media overnight.

Today, we are going to look at the ESPN Bet Sportsbook that North Carolina will soon be offering, and what bettors there can expect to see once sports betting launches statewide.

What is ESPN Bet?

ESPN Bet is the rebranding of PENN Entertainment’s sportsbooks operation, thanks to a partnership with the sports media behemoth. The new partnership means the end of PENN’s association and partial ownership of Barstool Sports, with their founder Dave Portnoy resuming control of the company.

With Barstool in their rearview, PENN inked a 10-year deal with ESPN worth upwards of $2 billion. In the deal, PENN will hand over $1.5 billion in cash over the next 10 years, with $500 million coming in the form of PENN stock.

The deal is considered to be inclusive of all of ESPN’s assets and talent, as PENN will be the exclusive betting platform that is mentioned on-air.

Is ESPN Bet Sportsbook live in North Carolina?

No, ESPN Bet Sportsbook is not yet live in North Carolina, as online sports betting in North Carolina is not yet live. While ESPN Bet has now fully rolled out with the first wagers accepted on November 14, 2023, the site still has some bureaucratic red tape to navigate before preparing for NC's betting launch.

Unfortunately for North Carolina sports bettors, commercial online sports betting isn’t set for rollout until early 2024, at which time companies like PENN can begin the licensing process. The state had initially targeted a January 8 launch date, though recent reports have confirmed things won't be ready by that time; no firm date has been announced yet.

Registering an account at ESPN Bet in North Carolina and claiming their bonus

It’s likely only a matter of time before ESPN Bet is available in North Carolina, and you’ll want to be prepared to get involved. Below are the few steps needed to get signed up and in on the action at the upcoming NC sportsbook.

  1. Create your account: All you need to start your account is an email and password, plus a phone number to validate the two-factor authentication. There will likely be a security question and answer set that will be needed to get things started.
  2. Enter your basic information: With your account creation underway, it’s time to enter your first name, last name, date of birth, address information, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. With all regulated sportsbooks state-specific, this information is to confirm you are sports betting in North Carolina.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions: Once your information is entered, the time has come to agree to the terms put forth by the sportsbook. Check the boxes agreeing to the terms and conditions and privacy policy, and you’re on to the next step.
  4. Deposit money into your account: With your ESPN Bet North Carolina sportsbook account setup, you now need to put real money into your account. With specifics on ESPN Bet unknown, this section will be updated in time.

What are the leading features of ESPN Bet Sportsbook North Carolina?

Following ESPN Bet's November 2023 launch, we've already seen many impressive features offered by the new sportsbook. Here are a few of the best features that will be available to North Carolinians once the website goes live in the state.

  • Exclusive odds boosts: Featured prominently on their desktop site, ESPN Bet offers daily odds boosts on nearly every sport.
  • Great live betting selection: Live betting relies on bettors being able to watch their games in real-time, much of the time on ESPN. ESPN Bet offers one of the broadest arrays of live options in the industry, likely tied directly to their broadcast capabilities.
  • Best-in-class loyalty program: Known as the “PENN Play Program”, their rewards program is one of the best in the business. Regular players can earn everything from hotel offers, cruise line trips, and other luxury offerings.

What kinds of bonuses will ESPN Bet Sportsbook offer?

Despite being a few months away from the official launch of sports betting in the state, we can likely assume a few types of North Carolina betting bonuses will be available for ESPN Bet Sportsbook users. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the sportsbook bonus types that ESPN Bet offers today in other states that should be ready for NC bettors to claim in the near future.

  • Sign-up bonuses: As the name implies, sign-up bonuses are earned simply for signing up for your ESPN Bet account. They can come in the form of free play money or bonus bets.
  • Deposit match bonuses: Often a percentage of (with a max) of the money you deposit, deposit match bonuses are mostly for new users.
  • Bonus bets: PENN's first sign-up bonus features bonus bets, which are wagers that you can make without putting out your own money.

What time will it take for the ESPN Bet bonus to be credited?

Your ESPN Bet bonus will be credited within 72 hours of placing your initial wager. This is the typical standard across the sports betting industry in the United States when it comes to bet bonuses that rely on a bet being placed.

How do I fix problems if the ESPN Bet North Carolina bonus is not working?

To fix problems related to your ESPN Bet North North Carolina bonus, there are a few routes you could take. Closing your browser or the app and starting over often resolves problems, as does clearing the cookies and cache from your browser. If neither of these solutions works, reach out to the ESPN Bet support team directly on their website.

Will I be able to wager on North Carolina college sports with ESPN Bet?

Yes, you will be able to bet on North Carolina college sports when ESPN Bet goes live in North Carolina. Currently only offered on Native American land, North Carolina sports betting currently allows betting on college sports.

Best sports leagues you will be able to bet on using ESPN Bet North Carolina

ESPN Bet features all of the top leagues in North America as well as many or the elite levels of international competition. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the top sports leagues North Carolinians will be able to bet on when ESPN Bet comes to the state.

  • National Football League (NFL): Far and away the most bet on sport in the United States, the NFL is king, and sports betting in North Carolina will be no different. Residents looking to bet on the home-state Carolina Panthers will be able to from day one.
  • National Hockey League (NHL): The Carolina Hurricanes are one of the state’s favorite teams, and given their recent successes, they should be a popular betting draw following the state's gambling launch.
  • Major League Baseball (MLB): Despite having no team in-state, North Carolina loves its baseball. The Atlanta Braves will likely get the bulk of the baseball betting action in the state through ESPN Bet in North Carolina.
  • PGA Tour: With the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina residents are no strangers to PGA Tour golf. ESPN Bet should be prominent in the golf betting space out of the gates.

The ESPN Bet betting app in North Carolina

An increasing number of sports bettors put their action down via mobile betting apps, with nearly every major US operator seeing the bulk of their revenue received via smartphones.

When sports betting does go live online in North Carolina early next year, mobile betting apps in NC will no doubt be at the forefront of that effort. From the ease of use, ability to bet on the go, and the intuitive design they offer, sports betting apps are here to stay.

ESPN Bet hasn't yet released its mobile betting app, though following a successful debut for the browser-based platform, a mobile version of the bookmaker shouldn't be too far behind.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on iOS

When the ESPN Bet app is available in North Carolina, here are the quick steps needed to take to get it on iOS.

  1. Head to the App Store on your iOS Device.
  2. Search “ESPN Bet Sportsbook” and find the app.
  3. Once you’ve located it, click “Get” and then “Install”
  4. Enter your iOS password or allow your Face ID to scan.
  5. Once downloaded, either register for or log into your ESPN Account.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on Android

Once the ESPN Bet app comes out, Android users likely won’t have to wait long to see it in the Google Store. Here’s how to get your hands on it.

  1. Head to the Google Play Store on your Android.
  2. Search for “ESPN Bet Sportsbook” and select the app.
  3. Click on “Install” and the app will begin to download.
  4. Enter your password as needed.
  5. Now that you have the app, either register for a new account or log in to an existing one.

ESPN Bet Sportsbook North Carolina expected payment options

Though ESPN Bet Sportsbook's payment options remain relatively consistent across the states where it currently operates, North Carolina could be subject to different requirements for payment, such as prohibiting credit card use or limiting certain e-wallets. Let’s take a closer look at a few of those options that North Carolina sports bettors can assume from day one will be available with ESPN Bet.


  • Venmo: One of the biggest benefits of using U.S.-based sportsbooks is the ability to use e-wallet services like Venmo. A mainstay in the industry now, ESPN Bet will almost surely offer this method in North Carolina.
  • PayPal: Paypal is to the payment method industry what ESPN is to the sports media industry. This deposit option is a virtual lock.
  • Credit/Debit Cards: Always a classic, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa are what ESPN Bet offers today, though it remains to be seen whether any of these will be approved for use, especially as withdrawal options as well.


  • Check: For those who want a physical check to cash, ESPN Bet will likely be able to mail you a check. Keep in mind it may take anywhere from 3-10 days for USPS to deliver the check once your withdrawal request is approved.
  • Bank Transfer: Most North Carolina sportsbooks, including ESPN Bet, allow you to link your bank account directly.

Customer support of ESPN Bet Sportsbook NC

PENN offers no shortage of ways to get ahold of their customer support team including email and phone service, both of which are available around the clock. However, much to our surprise, a support chat isn't available on the website at this time.

ESPN Bet also currently offers a robust FAQ section that answers many of the basic questions that sports bettors have.


Can you bet on baseball on ESPN Bet?

Yes, you can bet on baseball on ESPN Bet once it launches in North Carolina. ESPN Bet features plenty of baseball betting options even when the sport is out of season.

Who can bet at ESPN Bet in North Carolina?

Anyone 21 years of age or older will be able to bet on ESPN Bet in North Carolina when it is launched. This is based on the 21+ age restriction at sportsbooks in tribal casinos in North Carolina as of 2023.

When will ESPN Bet launch in North Carolina?

ESPN Bet will launch in North Carolina sometime in 2024. The initial rollout to the 17 states where PENN operates happened in November 2023, and North Carolina is expected to roll out mobile sports betting in early 2024.

Is it safe to bet at ESPN Bet?

Yes, it is safe to bet at ESPN Bet, as it is a fully licensed United States-operated sportsbook.

Will ESPN Bet have any in-person betting locations in NC?

It is not yet known if ESPN Bet will have any in-person betting locations in North Carolina. More plans are expected to be announced in November 2023 following ESPN Bet's launch in the 17 states where it is actively licensed to operate.

Fact checked by: Gary Garry