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If you're into sports at all then you've probably heard of Barstool Sports. While their content may branch beyond sports, there's no doubt that they've been a sports media juggernaut over the past few years. They've now parlayed that success into launching an online sportsbook in Pennsylvania, powered by the Barstool Sports app.
Since this is such a new product in the Keystone State, many people are asking if it's worth it to sign up for the Barstool app, especially when compared to other more established names that have been around longer. We take an extensive look at Barstool to see if it's worth your time.
What Is The Barstool Sports App?
The app is the sports betting app you use to gain access to Barstool Sportsbook in Pennsylvania. This gives you mobile access anywhere in the state to wager on sports, whether you're using an Android device or an Apple product like the iPhone or iPad.
Is The Barstool App Worth It?
If you're reading this, the biggest question you may have is, is it worth your time, effort, and money to download and use the app in Pennsylvania? Our answer is simply no.
There are other more well-known brands that have a foothold in the state that Barstool doesn't match up well with. Besides slight name recognition in the industry, going up against powerhouses like DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and FoxBet Sportsbook means Barstool should bring something new and exciting to the table.
Instead, Barstool Sportsbook offers very little difference compared to sites like DraftKings. The odds and features are very similar, and while Barstool could have blown other sites out of the water by offering a huge welcome bonus, they fall short there as well.
Alternative To Barstool Sportsbook
Both DraftKings and Barstool Sportsbook have two welcome bonuses. Barstool gives you a $10 free bet and offers you a risk-free bet on your first wager, up to $500.
However, DraftKings Sportsbook gives you $25 in free bets just for signing up. And instead of a risk-free bet, you get a tangible bonus in the way of a match on your first deposit, up to $1,000!
That's why we currently recommend DraftKings over Barstool. You'll see plenty of similarities between the two when it comes to betting, including the number of markets available and the odds being about the same. But DraftKings has always been the place to get the best promotions, whether you're a new customer or a recurring one.
Case in point, you can get a profit boost on NFL action most weekends at DraftKings; up to a 25% profit boost some weeks. Barstool currently will give you a free sandwich coupon if you win a bet against the spread for either the Steelers or the Eagles. If you bet this at DraftKings, you win extra money. If you bet this at Barstool, you've won a sandwich.
How To Download The Barstool Sports App
If you would still like to download the Barstool app, we'll tell you how.
Like any online gambling app, you need to "sideload" the Barstool Sportsbook Android app since the Google Play Store prohibits online gambling apps from being installed directly from its store. Barstool gives you a link on its site after you sign up to install the Android version yourself, which is an easy one-time process:
- After signing up, navigate to the Barstool Sportsbook PA site on your Android device
- Tap the "Android Download" option to begin downloading the Barstool Sportsbook .apk file
- After it downloads, tap the notification to begin the installation. You will be prompted to temporarily allow for app installations from unknown sources. Barstool Sportsbook is a trusted source and you can trust the .apk file from it, so allow this temporary change to complete the installation
- The app icon will show up on your home screen. Every time you launch it, it will check to make sure you have the latest version installed and allow you to easily update to the latest version if you don't
If you're an Apple user, you won't have to go through this process because the App Store does not prohibit online gambling apps. After signing up, tap the iOS Download button on the Barstool Sportsbook site and you'll be taken to its entry in the App Store. Or you can search the App Store yourself for Barstool Sportsbook and use your credentials to log in.