Dave Portnoy, Big Cat Coming To Mass For Barstool Sportsbook Launch

Written By Matthew Bain on March 9, 2023 - Last Updated on March 10, 2023
Dave Portnoy, Big Cat in Massachusetts for Barstool Sportsbook launch, from playma.com

Dave Portnoy, Big Cat, Hank and other Barstool personalities will be in Massachusetts on Friday as Barstool Sportsbook and five other apps launch when MA online sports betting goes live at 10 a.m.

Other Barstool personalities who will be in Massachusetts include Jersey Jerry, Elio and Ryan Whitney. All listed personalities will be in Massachusetts on Friday and Saturday. The crew will host live streams on Barstool.tv and Barstool’s various social media channels. They’ll watch sports throughout the weekend and provide their live commentary and betting analysis for those looking to take part in legal MA online sports betting.

Barstool’s popularity in Massachusetts

Massachusetts will be Barstool Sportsbook’s 16th state with legal operation. It serves as the company’s best chance for a top-four market share. Portnoy, Barstool’s founder, is from Massachusetts, and Barstool Sports is wildly popular in the Bay State.

Owned by PENN Entertainment, Barstool Sportsbook also has a retail sportsbook at Plainridge Park Casino. That facility opened when in-person sports betting launched in Massachusetts on Jan. 31. It reported the second-highest handle of Massachusetts’ three casinos sportsbooks that day.

Barstool Sportsbook Massachusetts is one of six apps launching in MA on Friday. The other five:

  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • BetMGM
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • FanDuel
  • WynnBET

Betr plans to launch in late March or April. Bally Bet and Fanatics Sportsbook will launch in May. And Betway expects to launch in January 2024. That’s 10 total sportsbook apps. Current state law allows for up to 15 online sports betting operators.

What is Barstool offering new customers?

Barstool Sportsbook new Massachusetts customers a first bet refund of up to $1,000 if that first bet loses. It is also new bettors two $50 bonus bets — one on the Boston Celtics to win the NBA Finals and one on the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup — if they place a wager of $5 or more by March 17.

Winnings will be paid out in bonus cash, not cash that can be withdrawn.

If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, call 1-800-327-5050 or visit www.mahelpline.org/problemgambling to speak with a trained specialist for free, 24/7

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Matthew Bain is currently the Content Manager at Catena Media’s national online lottery site, PlayiLottery. He used to be the News Content Manager at Catena Media, overseeing news content for the network’s highest-priority regional sites. Massachusetts is a young, promising gambling market, so PlayMA was one of his focuses. Prior to joining Catena Media in 2022, Matthew won 10 statewide and national journalism awards during six years as a reporter and editor for the USA TODAY Network. Matthew's work primarily appeared in the Des Moines Register, but he was also featured in the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star, Arizona Republic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA TODAY. Throughout his career, Matthew's bylines have also appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and Orange County Register.

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