The excitement is really starting to build now. Tennessee sports betting is almost here!
It has been almost a year-and-a-half since Tennessee lawmakers legalized sports betting in the state. Even last week, the Tennessee Education Lottery (TEL), who oversees sports betting, was still hammering out final details regarding the rules.
But all now appears more or less in place, meaning this Sunday Tennesseans will be able to place their first legal real money sports wagers.
In fact, the lone Tennessee-based operator Action 24/7 has gotten things rolling early by making some free-to-play games available to anyone in the US.
Nov. 1 will see four online sportsbooks launch
Recall that Tennessee chose a unique path by legalizing online sports betting only. Tennessee is the only state thus far to rule out retail sportsbooks, keeping all sports betting online via websites and apps.
The good news for sports bettors is that online sportsbooks are available statewide. That means anyone who is at least 21 years old and physically located within the state can make real money wagers at Tennessee’s online sportsbooks.
Four operators have received licenses from the TEL:
- Action 24/7
Announcements by the TEL’s Sports Wagering Committee have targeted Sunday, Nov. 1 as a launch date for all four of the sportsbooks. Sportbooks are able to go live starting at 12:01 a.m. CT.
The Action 24/7 website is up and running, with users already able to start registering accounts. Users are also invited to submit their email address to be sent updates on when Action 24/7 finally launches.
Action 24/7 ‘Freeplay’ games available in all 50 US states
As noted, Action 24/7 got a head start by offering some free-to-play contests with no entry fee and cash prizes. It appears these free games will be a permanent feature at Action 24/7, allowing those in all 50 US states to play.
The free games started mid-week with the Daily Shag. The game involves players making selections in multiple contests playing out in a single day. Those who get all of their picks correct win a share of a $50 cash prize.
Players make their picks on a ticket that resembles a parlay betting slip. There are options to pick favorites automatically. One can also go with popular picks or let the picks be made randomly.
This weekend there are a number of additional free-to-play games listed in the “Freeplay Lobby” with prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000. These games mostly focus on this weekend’s college and NFL football action. Like the “Daily Shag” commemorating a favorite Tennessee dance, a few of the games have funny, Tennessee-specific names.
Fill out a perfect parlay slip, win cash prizes
The SEC “Do They Even Play Football Up North” Accumulator invites players to make point spread picks and totals picks for six SEC games on Saturday. Those getting all of their picks correct win a share of $100.
Tomorrow’s games also include the “Why do I care” Weekly Super Game in which players pick against the spreads in eight college games. Winners also split $100 in that one.
Also on Saturday is the Halloween-themed Spooky Bag of Tricks and Treats. That one involves making picks on college and pro games plus the Gervonta Davis–Leo Santa Cruz junior lightweight title fight. That one features a $1,000 cash prize for those able to get all correct.
There are 12 different free-to-play games scheduled this weekend. Others include the Tennessee Treble Parlay, the Nashville SC Bag of Fun, and the Titans NFL Challenge.
Winning any of these games means hitting a bit of a long shot. Even so, they do provide an early chance to become familiar with the Action 24/7 website.
In any case, the free games perhaps provide an indication of Action 24/7’s strategy to compete with the more established sportsbooks once real money wagering begins in earnest.