Ohio Online Sports Betting – News and Updates on Sports Betting Legislation
Ohio Pre-Registration Offers
On October 1, FanDuel introduced a pre-registration offer to anyone who signs up for an account before the January 1 Ohio launch date. Sign up today to get $100 in free bets on launch day! No promo code needed. You don’t have to be a resident of Ohio to get this offer, but you do have to be in Ohio to use the free bets. What a deal! Click here to take advantage of this generous offer.
On October 27, Caesars introduced its own pre-registration offer, also available to anyone who signs up for an account before the January 1 Ohio launch date. New customers who sign up for an account and deposit $20 or more automatically get $100 free and a chance to win Cavaliers tickets. Just use promo code GRINDERSTIX when prompted. Click here to sign up for this awesome promotion.
On November 2, BetMGM joined the pre-launch party, offering $200 in free bet credits on launch day to anyone who signs up for an account prior to January 1, 2023. Click here to sign up for an account and be sure to use promo code RGOHIO to take advantage of this great promotion.
The pre-launch offers are rolling in. On November 3, bet365 announced its pre-launch offer. Anyone who signs up for an account with bet365 can get $100 in bet credits on launch day. Click here to sign up for this great offer. No promo code needed.
Ohio Sports Betting
Ohio is one of a growing collection of states that have legalized sports betting. The state is home to over 11 million residents, making it one of the nation’s biggest untapped markets. After years of deliberation, finally, on December 8, 2021, Ohio residents and sports bettors alike saw lawmakers officially approve sports betting in the Buckeye State.
The state of Ohio has long shown that it is not averse to gambling, with 11 casinos/racinos having opened their doors since 2012. Now that sports betting is legal in the state, it appears that retail sportsbooks will not be too far behind in joining their counterparts.
This page will function as an overall summary of legal sports betting in the state of Ohio – we’ll cover eligibility requirements, the launch date, which sportsbooks will be in the state, bonus offers, promo codes, and more. Let’s take a look at what’s going on:
Outlook and Timeline for Sports Betting In Ohio
Sports betting will be available in Ohio on January 1, 2023. There were hopes that the regulatory and rulemaking process would finish prior to that date, but that didn’t pan out. Sportsbooks are currently applying for licenses, and all approved operators will go live on the same day, January 1.
The Long Path to Legal Ohio Sports Betting
Ohio is at the finish line of what has turned out to be an extremely lengthy process toward legalizing sports betting. But how exactly did we get to this point?
It all began back in 2011 when New Jersey voted in favor of allowing sports betting to take place at the state’s casinos and racetracks. The mere idea of this happening would jumpstart a legal battle between the Garden State and the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA, with their argument being that a repeal of PASPA (Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act) would harm their leagues and players. The four leagues and the NCAA collaborated to sue New Jersey, thus stopping any momentum towards legalization. After losing the case, New Jersey appealed the decision in September of 2013, once again to no avail.
It would take another four years and at least three failed attempts to finally break any ground on the matter. In June of 2017, the US Supreme Court took matters into their own hands and allowed the state of New Jersey to plead their case. This would be their final time doing so.
In May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to abolish the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the original legislation that imposed a nationwide ban on sports betting. Following this change, Nevada would no longer be the only state permitted to accept legal wagers.
Ohio would unfortunately still face a few bumps in the road despite the groundbreaking legislation. After failing to reach a consensus for years, and even a unanimous rejection in June, an agreement was finally reached in December of 2021, thus paving the way for legalized sports betting to take place in Ohio.
It may have taken a bit longer than some of the other nearby states, but Ohio is now set to join the legal sports betting community on January 1, 2023.
Ohio Age and Location Requirements
Before you can bet on sports in the state of Ohio, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old. Additionally, you’ll need to be inside the state of Ohio. Sports betting legislation throughout the U.S. is done at the state level, meaning the rules are different in every state. Therefore, in order to legally engage with online sports betting in Ohio – you must be physically present in the state.
Ohio sports betting operators will require the use of geolocation tech, either through computer plug-ins or GPS chips (built into your phone) for proof of location. If you can’t prove where you are, the sites won’t let you wager.
OH residency is not required to place a legal bet. Anyone that is of age and in Ohio is eligible to take part.
Online Sportsbooks in Ohio
Once fully legalized, which online sportsbook companies will be available in the Buckeye State?
There are eleven retail sites in Ohio (four casinos, seven racinos) that are eligible to hold a sports betting license. Plus, each professional sports team is also eligible for a betting license. Each license includes up to two different online sports betting skins/brands. The first skin would cost $3 million, with the second coming in at $10 million. A second skin will only be awarded to a casino or sports team that can showcase how their skin provides an incremental benefit to the local economy.
While there’s still plenty of uncertainty, the market is starting to take shape already:
|Site/App||Projected Casino/Racetrack Partner(s)||Sports Betting Service Provider||Launch Date|
|BetMGM||MGM Northfield Park||IGT||TBD|
|bet365 Sportsbook||Cleveland Guardians||bet365||TBD|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Scioto Downs Racino||Liberty||TBD|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Toledo||SBTech||TBD|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center||IGT||TBD|
|Hard Rock Sportsbook||Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati||Scientific Games||TBD|
|PointsBet||Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course||PointsBet||TBD|
|Unibet||Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway||Kambi||TBD|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino Columbus||SportsGenius||TBD|
|FOX Bet||TBD||The Stars Group||TBD|
|BetRivers Sportsbook||Pro Football Hall of Fame||Kambi||TBD|
|Bally Bet||Cleveland Browns||Bet.Works||TBD|
|BetFanatics Sportsbook||Columbus Blue Jackets||BetFanatics||TBD|
|Betfred Sportsbook||Cincinnati Bengals||SG Digital||TBD|
|Fubo Sportsbook||Cleveland Cavaliers||Fubo||TBD|
|SuperBook Sports||FC Cincinnati||Stadium Tech||TBD|
|WynnBET Sportsbook||TBD||Scientific Games||TBD|
|MaximBet Sportsbook||TBD||Carousel Group||TBD|
|betJACK||Jack Cleveland Casino, Jack Thistledown Racino||Jack Casino||TBD|
|BetPARX||PGA Tour/Memorial Tournament||Kambi||TBD|
|Underdog Sports||Cincinnati Reds||TBD||TBD|
BetFanatics is by far the biggest sportsbook that doesn’t exist yet. Fanatics is a huge sports apparel brand that you’ve probably heard of, and the company decided in 2022 to get into the sports betting game. BetFanatics isn’t operating in any states right now, but the company has big plans and is assembling a talented team of sports betting industry veterans in preparation for launch. Its first state may end up being Ohio, where it has already partnered up with the Columbus Blue Jackets for an online and retail sportsbook and the Cleveland Guardians for a retail sportsbook. We expect big things from BetFanatics, so stay tuned.
Underdog Sports is another sportsbook that doesn’t exist yet. Underdog Fantasy is a very successful DFS operator that offers pick-em’ and traditional DFS contests in many states. The company has decided to expand its offerings to include traditional sports betting, and it has its sights set on Ohio as one of the first states for Underdog Sports. Underdog Sports has already signed a partnership agreement with the Cincinnati Reds for a digital sportsbook. Underdog is one of our favorite DFS sites, so there is no reason why their sportsbook won’t be just as successful.
As one of the few sportsbook brands to already land a market access deal with Penn National Gaming, DraftKings should be open for business in Ohio on day one. DraftKings is typically one of the first brands to pop up in each new state that legalizes sports betting, and the deal with PNG basically confirms that it will soon be available to Ohio bettors.
FanDuel is the biggest sportsbook in the country for a reason. Its app is superior, banking is a breeze, and the company offers the most sports and wagering opportunities. It is also available in just about every state with mobile sports betting. There is no doubt that FanDuel will be a top operator in Ohio. FanDuel has already lined up a partnership with Boyd Gaming’s Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center to give it access to the Ohio market.
FanDuel is offering a generous $100 in free bets pre-registration offer to anyone who signs up for an account between now and the January 1 launch date. Sign up today to get $100 in free bets on launch day!
PointsBet was also confirmed as one of the sportsbook brands that will collaborate with Penn National Gaming once Ohio sports betting is fully functional. PointsBet will operate as a mobile skin for PNG’s Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.
Rush Street Interactive, the parent company of BetRivers and SugarHouse Sportsbook, struck a deal with Penn National Gaming in February of 2021. Their strategic market access partnership grants Rush Street Interactive the ability to implement its services in the state of Ohio for the next 20 years. The deal makes BetRivers Ohio a reality on day one.
In September 2020 the Kindred Group, and their primary U.S.-facing sports betting brand Unibet, announced a deal with Penn National that covers both Ohio and Illinois. The deal will place Unibet under the wing of the Hollywood Casino at Dayton Raceway, a property owned by none other than PNG.
As the owner and operator of the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Racino, Caesars Sportsbook has already established the market access necessary to open up for business once Ohio is ready to roll.
Much like Caesars, BetMGM already has its own ties in the Buckeye State. BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio will operate out of MGM Northfield Park, likely making the transition smooth and seamless.
Hard Rock Sportsbook
The third and final sportsbook brand with pre-existing ties to Ohio is none other than Hard Rock. Considering that they own the famous Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, Ohio bettors can bank on this underrated book coming to their state.
Considering that the wildly popular media company is owned by Penn National Gaming, Barstool Sportsbook is an obvious contender to dominate the Ohio market. Barstool is coming to Ohio through PNG’s Hollywood Casino Columbus, and we expect retail Barstool Sportsbooks to dot the state due to PNG’s heavy Ohio presence.
Bally Bet has been a force so far in 2021-2022, going live in five states with an additional six to come. It offers an appealing user experience and integrates well with the Bally’s sports channels familiar to many in Ohio. Bally Bet has partnered with the Cleveland Browns NFL franchise to gain access to the Ohio market. We expect great things from Bally Bet in 2023 and beyond.
Tipico Sportsbook is a smaller sportsbook that is currently live in just New Jersey. It’s actually a German company, which is unusual in itself, but Germans like to bet on sports as much as any other country. Tipico is a fine sportsbook but it is rather unexceptional and hasn’t made a major impact in the American market. That may change when it comes to Ohio through a partnership with the Columbus Crew MLS team.
SuperBook is famous for its Las Vegas retail location that has one of the biggest betting boards in the country and is a destination for those serious about their sports betting and prop bets. SuperBook is known for its wide variety of prop bets, which are offered on the SuperBook Sports app that is now available in a few states. SuperBook Sports will be online in Ohio thanks to its partnership with FC Cincinnati, the new-ish MLS side (team).
Parx is a well-known online casino brand that operates online in Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. BetPARX is the re-launched Parx Casino brand that includes a sportsbook. The online casino has done quite well, but the sportsbook has had limited success in the three states in which it operates. BetPARX will be in Ohio thanks to a partnership with the PGA Tour and Memorial Tournament that takes place each year at Murifield Village outside Columbus.
JACK Casino is a well-known brand in Ohio, with four locations throughout the state. The casino company decided to create their own sportsbook brand instead of partnering with an established operator. Enter betJACK, which will be closely watched and should be quite successful thanks to the high brand recognition of the JACK casinos.
Last but not least on our list of Ohio sportsbooks is bet365. The company is one of the biggest sportsbooks in the world but only operates in New Jersey and is barely a blip on the US sports betting radar. Perhaps coming to Ohio will be the kick bet365 needs to increase its profile and arrive in additional states. Either way, bet365 will be in Ohio thanks to its partnership with the Cleveland Guardians MLB team.
Additional Potential Operators
Similar to MaximBet, WynnBET Sportsbook also confirmed a recent market access deal. Aside from their initial statement, few details were provided. WynnBET has already launched in a number of states and continually provides its users with world-class service.
The Stars Group was also mentioned as one of the companies to land an early market access deal with PNG. It remains to be seen which physical location will be tied into FOX Bet, but Ohio players can definitely expect to have this iconic app at their disposal at some point in 2023.
Ohio Sports Betting Legislative History
Legal sports betting discussions in Ohio began in 2018 and continued on until December of 2021.
- PASPA was deemed unconstitutional in May 2018, opening the door for states to begin legal sports betting.
- In July 2018, Ohio State Senators John Eklund (R) and Sean O’Brien (D) introduce Senate Bill 316, a one-page, one-section bill “To express the intent of the General Assembly to develop and enact legislation legalizing sports wagering.”
- Senator O’Brien said that they left the bill extremely vague on purpose to let the people know that they are working on legislation and to chime in if they have any opinions. There were no specifics in the bill, and it was used as a placeholder for future discussions.
- Senator O’Brien believed that the best option for offering sports betting was through the states existing 11 casino/racinos.
- On March 14th, 2019, State Senator John Eklund (R) and Sean O’Brien (D) introduced a 146-page bill that would have regulated online and live sports betting.
- In the proposed bill, sports betting would be taxed at 6.25%, and application fees would be $100,000.
- Deliberation continued throughout 2019.
- In May 2020, the Ohio House passed a version of HB 194, which would officially legalize sports betting in the state – in-person, online, and via mobile.
- House sponsors backed the Ohio Lottery as the regulatory body, while the Senate wanted the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) to be in charge.
- In September it was reported that the House would cede to the Senate, paving the way for the OCCC to control sports betting in the state.
- The legalization ultimately stalled in December of 2020 when time ran out. The House and Senate couldn’t come to an agreement regarding the number of skins allowed by each licensee.
- On May 12, 2021, Senator Schuring debuted a new bill, SB176. This legislation bumped up the total number of available licenses to 40, splitting them evenly between mobile and retail operations. The bill passed through the Senate with a 30-2 vote.
- Upon realizing that SB176 would not meet the summer break deadline of June 30th, Schuring implemented a new amendment to HB29, which included the legalization of sports betting.
- The new and improved HB29 would pass through the Senate, 31-0, on June 25, 2021. Unfortunately, the House was unable to make any decisions before summer break, pushing it back yet again.
- After months of ongoing negotiations, both sides finally agreed and officially passed HB29 in December 2021. The bill was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine, and sports betting is now officially legal in Ohio!
Banking with Ohio Sportsbooks
Once live, adding money to your Ohio online sports betting account will be really easy. Each site will have numerous options that both they and the state government have vetted. These payment processors will be fast, efficient, and, most importantly – safe.
Expect Ohio sportsbooks to utilize many, if not all, of the following banking options:
- Credit Card
- Debit Card
- Online Banking Transfer
- Bank Wire Transfer
- Gift Cards
- PayNearMe (pay with cash at your local 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, or CVS)
- Prepaid Play+ Card
- Paper Check
- Cash at the casino cage
Reasons To Bet With a Legal Online Sportsbook
Legal sportsbooks offer a ton of advantages. Here are a few of the main reasons you should be entrusting your action to a regulated book once they arrive in Ohio:
Legal books are legal. They’re licensed and regulated through the state government and will be monitored closely by state regulators. Because of this regulation, you can trust a regulated online bookmaker the same way that you would trust a mega-casino in Las Vegas with your bet. They are 100% legitimate.
Online sportsbooks that come to Ohio will do so with excellent, high-tier mobile betting apps. You can take a fully functional sportsbook with you anywhere in the state. Bet from your car, an airport, at work, or while sitting on your couch. As long as you have your phone and are physically in Ohio, you’re able to place a wager.
The online sports betting market in Ohio will be a competitive one. With what looks like it will be room for 30+ betting sites, it could get crowded. This is great for bettors. When there is competition, there is value. Every site will have to bring its A-game, offering lucrative promotions and extras to entice players to stick with them. When sports betting sites square off, you win. There are more bonuses, free bets, odds boosts, and other extras to go around.
Ohio’s Betting History
Ohio isn’t the first state that comes to mind when you think of gambling. Before 2009, all forms of gambling were illegal in the state. However, everything changed in November 2009 when Ohio residents voted in favor of a measure to allow four casinos in the state. The plan was to allow one casino in each major city, including Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, and Cincinnati. It took a few years to make this dream a reality, but on May 14th, 2012, the Jack Cleveland Casino opened its doors, and with it, Ohio had joined the list of states to offer legal gambling within their borders. The other 3 casinos opened shortly after in 2012.
Since 2012, Ohio has approved seven additional racinos, bringing its total number of gambling facilities to eleven. The gambling scene is alive and well in the Buckeye State and has grown into almost a billion-dollar industry annually. Tax revenue is divided between local communities, schools, and statewide funds.
Ohio Sports Betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Ohio?
It is legal, just not live yet. Applications for sports betting licenses are currently being processed, and it is widely expected that sports betting will be up and running on January 1, 2023.
Where will I be able to place a sports bet in Ohio when it does become legal?
Ohio is set up to have both online and retail sports betting. It looks like each of the state’s four casinos and seven racinos (eleven total sites) will be eligible to house a retail sportsbook.
In addition, online/mobile wagering will be available throughout the state through a wide variety of online operators.
What sports can I bet on?
Ohio’s sports betting legislation does not contain any major restrictions. All major sports leagues, including both professional and collegiate sports, will be available on betting sheets. Wagers on the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Crew, and even the Ohio State Buckeyes will be fair game. Football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, and plenty more – you name it.
What types of bets will I be able to make in Ohio?
Once sports betting goes live in Ohio, you will have a wide array of options at your betting disposal, including:
- Moneyline bets
- Prop bets
- Live, in-play wagering
- Round Robins
Which sports teams are eligible for an Ohio sports betting license?
All professional sports teams based in Ohio are eligible to obtain a sports betting license, and most have already announced sportsbook partnerships. This includes all of the following teams/facilities:
- Cleveland Browns
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Guardians
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Columbus Crew
- FC Cincinnati
- PGA Tour
- Pro Football Hall of Fame (really)