Nashville may be known as Music City, but don’t sleep on the sports betting involvement in the city.  Nashville is home to the Tennessee Titans of the NFL, and then Nashville Predators of the NHL are coming off a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and look poised to a contender for the foreseeable future.

Sports betting is as big as it’s ever been in the Music City with more and more residents looking to wager on sports online through betting sites such as BetOnline and Bovada, both of which are geared towards Americans.  I will try to shed some light on the laws surrounding online sports betting in Tennessee, as well as look at some offline locations that accept bets in Nashville.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Nashville?

The easiest way to answer this question is in two parts.

#1. Sports Betting Operations are Illegal

It is not legal to operate a sportsbook and take peoples bets in the state of Tennessee.  This applies to both land based and online sportsbook operating in the state.

#2. Placing Bets Online From Tennessee Is Legal

While it’s illegal to operate a sportsbook in Tennessee, there are no laws against placing bets through betting sites that are licensed and regulated outside of the USA.  Therefore, if a reputable and trusted offline sportsbook, such as the two I outline below, choose to accept American residents at their site then Tennessee residents can feel comfortable joining up and placing bets through their platform.

Best Sportsbooks for Nashville Residents

The following two sportsbooks are the most popular betting sites online accepts USA residents.  I suggest using one of these reputable sites if you are interested in betting on sports online from Nashville.

BetOnline is our #1 rated betting site for Americans.  They accept players from around the world, but the sportsbook is catered towards Americans, which are a big percentage of their customers.

BetOnline goes above and beyond to ensure that Americans are able to quickly and easily get money into and out of the site.  They accept all types of credit cards and bitcoin as their two main deposit options, but also accept Western Union, Moneygram, Wire Transfer, Money Order, Ethereum, Litecoin and Entropay.

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Offline Sports Betting in Nashville

Offline sports betting in the entire state of Tennessee is non-existent.  There are no land based casinos in Tennessee with residents having to drive out of the state to find a casino.  This is the same for horse racing tracks.

Nashville residents are only a two hour drive from the famous Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, that hosts the Kentucky Derby every year, and there are other top racetracks within driving distance as well, but it’s not currently possible to stay in the State of Tennessee and gamble at either a casino or a race track.

**Nashville does host the Iroquois Steeplechase race, which is held at Percy Warner Park on the second Saturday of May every year.  The race is a Nashville tradition and the track is created each year solely for the one day of racing.

Here’s a video of the 2017 Iroquois Steeplechase:

76th Iroquois Steeplechase Highlights from Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville on Vimeo.

Major Sports Teams in Nashville

  • Nashville Predators (NHL)
  • Tennessee Titans (NFL)