TwinSpires Sports is the sports betting product of Churchill Downs Inc., the company that owns Churchill Downs Racetrack and runs the Kentucky Derby.
TwinSpires originally launched in 2007 and, at that time, was wholly dedicated to horse race wagering. It dominated the market for many years as the country’s leading online racebook.
However, by early 2021, Churchill Downs Inc. made the decision to merge TwinSpires with its sister sports betting platform BetAmerica, consolidating the company’s gambling products under one brand name — TwinSpires Sports.
Now that the brand has had a little time to refine its services and products since the merger/relaunch, we thought it was high time we took a closer look at TwinSpires Sports to see if it lives up to its claim of being ‘The Kentucky Derby of Online Sportsbooks’.
What is TwinSpires Sports
TwinSpire Sports is an online sportsbook that offers odds on a myriad of sports across both professional and collegiate leagues in the US and across the globe.
TwinSpires offers odds on sports such as:
- Australian rules
- Basketball (NBA, NCAA)
- Baseball (MLB, NCAA, Int’l)
- Football (NFL, NCAAF, CFL, XFL)
- Horse Racing
- MMA / UFC
- Motorsports (NASCAR, F1)
- Olympic Games
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
- Soccer (MLS, International Leagues)
- Table Tennis
Safe to say that TwinSpires covers the most popular sports across the globe and then some.
Welcome bonus and promotions
TwinSpires has really pushed the boat out when it comes to welcoming new players. They currently have a $1,000 super sign-up bonus for all new players although we have a feeling that not too many will qualify for the full bonus.
- Make an initial deposit of $25 or more through the brand’s EZmoney (electronic checking) service within 30 days of signing up.
- Wager a minimum of $5,000 within the first 30 days after sign-up to receive the first $250 in credit.
- Wager a minimum of $5,000 between 31 and 60 days after sign-up to receive the second $250 in credit.
- Wager a minimum of $5,000 between 61 and 90 days after sign-up to receive the third $250 in credit.
- Wager a minimum of $5,000 between 91 and 120 days after sign-up to receive the fourth $250 in credit.
If you’re a serious sports bettor, then this is an amazing welcome offer and, in fairness, even if you’re a casual bettor, you may still hit that first mark.
For those more casual players, there’s also a $200 sign-up bonus that is awarded as follows:
- Make a deposit and wager a minimum of $800 within the first 30 days after sign-up.
- $200 bonus cash will then be credited to your account in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered.
The second welcome bonus is a little more realistic for players who are new to the betting game and it’s good to see that the operator has thought to reward them in some way.
Sportsbook platform and software
We are happy to report that there are three options available for TwinSpires users here in the US.
- iOS app
- Android App
- Desktop website
The options are available in every state that TwinSpires currently operates in.
The apps and website run on software developed by Gan Sports and Kambi who are the developers behind DraftKings’ successful expansion throughout the US.
Overall, both apps and the website are extremely well-designed with everything laid out in a very straightforward manner. In other words, even a complete novice to sports betting would find it very easy to place a bet on a sporting event of their choosing.
For example, once you choose an event and click on who you think will win, your choice is automatically added to your betting slip. You can then insert a bet amount to see how much you could potentially win.
As we said, it’s all very simple and straightforward, and in our testing, the app and website were completely glitch-free.
So, as you can imagine, all the regular types of bets are available on TwinSpires.
- In-play betting (live betting)
- Parlay (accas/accumulators)
- Point spread
- Round robin
In-play betting was one of the strongest features of BetAmerica and TwinSpires Sports has continued that trend.
It’s certainly as good as, if not better than many of the leading sportsbooks in the US that also run on Kambi software. There’s a comprehensive calendar that lets you know exactly what’s coming up across practically every sport the brand offers odds on. The live stats feature really helps bettors make better decisions based on real-time action and there’s even a data visualization tool that shows when a ball is out of play.
The only thing that’s missing here is live streaming video of sporting events. This is something that some of the brand’s larger competitors offer and so we’re surprised that TwinSpires doesn’t match up in this regard. That said, we imagine that this is something that may become available in the future.
TwinSpires Sports offers a cash out option so you can settle your bet before an event is finished. This is a good option if you think your team is in danger of losing and you want to minimize your losses or if you have a futures bet on a team/athlete that has already outperformed expectations.
Cashing out is super simple. All you need to do is hit the green cash out button on your bet slip. You’ll then see how much you will get for cashing out early before you finalize the transaction.
In which states is TwinSpires Sports available?
TwinSpires Sports mobile sports betting options are currently available in the following states:
TwinSpires Sports also operates retail sports betting outlets in the following states:
Withdrawals and deposits
TwinSpires Sports offer the same withdrawal and deposit methods as most major sportsbooks.
- Bank transfer (ACH)
- Online Banking
- TwinSpires Prepaid Play+
- Check or money orders
- Bank transfer (ACH)
- Online Banking
- TwinSpires Prepaid Play+
It’s worth noting that some of the methods mentioned above may depend on your location and that methods may be removed or added in the future.
This is one area where TwinSpires Sports really excels.
There are five different ways that you can contact customer service:
- Phone Number
- Live chat
Not many sportsbooks will give you that many points of access which is a major plus and proves that the company is serious about customer service.
We tested the live chat and email options and both were very fast indeed. Our live chat query was answered almost immediately while our email was answered within 20 minutes.
Fast and knowledgeable is exactly the kind of support we like to see, so needless to say, we were impressed.
The final word on TwinSpires Sports
So is it ‘The Kentucky Derby of Online Sportsbooks’?
We can’t really find any reason to say no. The website and app are a dream to use and everything is extremely well laid out and easy to find. We were able to find odds on some pretty obscure events during our testing and the in-play betting feature worked very well.
The only thing that is missing is live streaming of some sporting events, but as we said earlier, this could be something that will come in the future.
Overall, we can’t see any reason why TwinSpires won’t challenge the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel as it expands into more states and jurisdictions. In fact, we’re looking forward to it. After all, more competition can only be a good thing for us bettors.