Tennessee online sports betting is finally launching in November 2020, and with it comes new knowledge you may not have experienced before if you're looking to bet on sports online in Tennessee. If you've never done it before, there are a few items to learn before you immerse yourself in new and exciting online sportsbooks.
Tennessee sports betting sites like DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook will be launching in the Volunteer State, complete with high-quality mobile apps to use and great bonuses and risk-free bets to get you started off right.
One way these sportsbooks will have to regulate sports betting in Tennessee is ensuring you are located within the state to legally wager. A third-party app is sometimes necessary on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices that run iOS to relay your location.
That's where the GeoGuard Geocomply Location Validator comes into usGeoGuard Comply is software that protects the sportsbooks from fraudulent betting by pinging your exact location and relaying it to the site to verify you are within the betting boundary. Let's talk more about GeoGuard and how it works with you to allow you to bet easily and swiftly.
What Is Geoguard And How It Works?
The GeoGuard Location Validator focuses squarely on geolocation-based security, which includes location fraud detection. This is necessary for sports betting sites who are licensed and regulated in the state of Tennessee, as they have to verify that any bet on their sites was made within the state's boundaries.
Whether you are asked to use the GeoGuard Location Validator or GeoGuard Geocomply, it still plays the same role: establishing your true location and relaying that information to the sportsbook to verify you are compliant with the rules and regulations set forth by the Tennessee Sports Wagering Committee.
After you sign up for a Tennessee online sportsbook, you'll be prompted to add the GeoGuard extension to your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) or to download and install the GeoGuard app on your mobile device if necessary. It's an easy one-time process that will ensure the accuracy of your location.
Typical Problems With GeoGuard Comply App
The biggest issue we've seen with the GeoGuard Comply App is it simply not relaying your location to the sports betting site. While most of the time a simple reboot of your mobile device or clearing your browser cache and restarting it will solve it, you can use the following methods to keep yourself from having issues or to solve i
- If you live close to the Tennessee border, you may receive an IP address that doesn't show you live within Tennessee.
- Check your IP address online and if it doesn't come up with your actual location, contact your Internet Service Provider for them to adjust it.
- Software on your desktop or mobile device, like VPNs, GoToMeeting, Zoom, and more that allow your computer to be controlled remotely or give you a chance to mask your location will conflict with GeoGuard GeoComply.
- Make sure your Wi-Fi is turned on your phone.
- You don't need to be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi but if you have the functionality turned on, it could help give an accurate location reading for the GeoGuard Location Validator.
Betting On Sports In TN From Surrounding States
While you have to be in the state of Tennessee to bet on sports online, you don't need to be a resident of Tennessee to do so. This is where the GeoGuard Geocomply program helps you, as you can live in one of the surrounding states and travel to Tennessee to make your wagers.
The GeoGuard Comply or Location Validator program will relay your proper location once you're in the state and give you access to your account via Tennessee sportsbook apps.
How To Bet On Sports In Mississippi
While you can bet on sports in Mississippi, you can only do it inside the confines of a casino. Since much of the state borders Tennessee and doesn't have a casino close, you could easily drive over the border and place your bets in Tennessee.
Sports Betting In Alabama
Alabama currently does not have any legal sports betting in the state. Large cities like Huntsville and Decatur are within reasonable driving distance of Tennessee and can drive over the border to bet on sports. Even Birmingham residents can grab their phones and drive a little more than an hour to do so.
Georgia Sports Betting In Tennessee
Voters in Georgia have been in favor of legalized sports betting for years now, legal sports betting in the state isn't anywhere close to finalized. A good chunk of the state borders Tennessee, making it a viable option for anyone interested in online sports betting. If you're in Atlanta or the surrounding area, even though it's not convenient, you could drive to Tennessee within 2 hours and make your sports wagers. Depending on the famed Atlanta traffic, of course.
Bet On Sports In Kentucky
Kentucky lays across the northern border of Tennessee like a blanket and gives mobile sports betting access to anyone who would like to wager and drive to Tennessee to do it. While Louisville is closer to Indiana, which has sports betting capabilities, much of the southern part of the state can take advantage of their proximity to legal sports betting too.
North Carolina Sports Betting In Tennessee
Western North Carolina fits against Eastern Tennessee like a puzzle piece, giving that entire border easy access to online sports betting in Tennessee. While North Carolina has legal sports betting, there are no mobile sports betting and the two casinos that have sports betting are both fairly inconvenient.
Missouri Online Sportsbooks
While only a sliver of the state borders Tennessee, it still gives residents of Missouri an option to drive and bet on sports in the Volunteer State. This is a viable option for those who are waiting impatiently for Missouri to legalize sports betting.
Arkansas Mobile Sports Betting
While you can bet on sports in Arkansas, you can only wager in person. If you're not near a retail sportsbook, a good portion of the state is within the driving range of Tennessee. Once you're within the Tennessee boundary, you can wager via your mobile device.