At long last, residents of the Buckeye State can see the end of the sports betting tunnel. The Ohio online sports betting bill HB 29 passed the state Senate on December 8, 2021, and Governor Mike DeWine signed it into law two weeks later on December 22. Despite the growing hope that the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) would have regulations in place ahead of the 2022 NFL season, OH sports betting will officially launch on January 1, 2023. Ohio residents still have over half a year to wait, but the additional time between bill approval and implementation should ensure a smooth launch.
The future is exciting for Ohio sports betting markets. There will be a wide variety of different sports betting apps available, dozens of different sports, and hundreds of betting options, promotions, bonuses, and deals right at their fingertips. Here are the best Ohio sports betting apps coming to the Buckeye State on Jan 1.
BREAKING: Ohio sports betting will officially launch on Jan. 1, 2023.
— RLinnehanXL (@RLinnehanXl) June 1, 2022
Ohio is home to 12 million residents, making it the seventh-most populous state, and some estimates project the expected sports betting revenue to be as much as a billion dollars per month. Although they won’t have as big of a handle as the NY online sports betting launch, there should be substantial numbers within the first few weeks. Neighbors like West Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Illinois have already rolled out sports betting, and this was a long time coming for Ohio.
Ohio Sports Betting Apps
Ohio is home to 11 casinos and racinos (casino/race track combo), and most already have an existing affiliation with a major sportsbook. The current sportsbooks we are expecting to launch are in the table below with their expected sign-up promo for when they launch Ohio. Most, if not all, of the books listed below will have brick-and-mortar betting locations as well as sports betting apps.
|BetMGM Ohio||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|PointsBet Ohio||$2,000 Risk-Free Bet|
|Caesars Sportsbook Ohio||$1,500 Risk-Free Bet|
|BetRivers Ohio||$250 Deposit Match|
Expected Ohio Sports Betting Sites
With a brick-and-mortar casino already in place at Northfield, BetMGM should be one of the biggest sportsbooks in the Ohio sports betting launch. BetMGM Ohio will offer friendly new user bonuses and daily Lion’s Boosts for more profitable odds. Ohio bettors should be on the lookout for Lion’s Boosts aimed specifically at teams such as the Bengals, Browns, and Guardians.
Caesars Sportsbook Ohio
Caesars Sportsbook‘s merge with Eldorado Gaming means bettors should expect them to launch on the first day of the Ohio online sports betting launch. Caesars’ origins as a renowned casino have established credibility with bettors, and the generous new user bonus and excellent rewards should keep Caesars Sportsbook Ohio at the forefront of the sports betting market.
Don’t forget that Caesars Sportsbook agreed to a official partnership with the Cavaliers as they plan to open a physical location at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.
The NBC-owned company has made waves since hitting the market, opening up shop in 10 states and attracting spokespersons like Drew Brees. PointsBet has one of the most generous new-customer bonuses out there, offering newbies risk-free bets up to $2000. Ohio bettors will want to stick around for the variety of promotions and special offers.
Along with BetMGM, PointsBet Ohio was the first operator to apply for a sports betting license in the state.
BetRivers is available in 10 states, and it should add another to that list after the OH sports betting launch in the New Year. The Sportsbook and Casino offers users a wide variety of betting options, including player props, regular promotions, odds boosts and a variety of futures.
BetRivers Ohio has yet to find a partnership with a professional sports team in the region. However, if they aren’t one of the first Ohio sports betting apps available, they will be shortly after. User can expect a $250 deposit match when they sign-up with the BetRivers bonus code.
DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio
DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio will make a strong case for one of the more popular sportsbooks heading into the Ohio online sports betting markets. With a large number of customers already signed up and playing DFS, the transition over to their sports betting app will be easy.
Generally, DraftKings sign-up bonus is a $1,050 deposit match. Along with their welcome offer, users can look forward to one of the more distinguished apps in the industry. Easy navigation, tons of daily odds boosts, and dynamic odds for all types of bettors.
The bold and often brash sportsbook founded by Dave Portnoy is owned by Penn National which also owns Hollywood Casino. There’s no doubt Bar Stool will have a major presence in the Ohio sports betting market thanks to the four Hollywood establishments in the state. While Barstool’s offerings are still a bit limited compared to other books, the entertainment is bar(stool) none.
JACK Entertainment has its roots in Ohio, and the company is sure to dip its toes into the sports betting waters for real after January 1, 2023. For now, betJACK offers Ohio residents an online training camp and a free-to-play sports betting app that familiarizes bettors with common sports betting practices and procedures. It’s a win-win for the company which gets to promote its brand while collecting a healthy contact list of potential users.
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An app for Ohio sports fans to practice sports betting for free 💪
— betJACK (@betJACK) April 5, 2022
Others Potential OH Sports Betting Apps
Don’t think the handful of sportsbooks mentioned above will be the only ones included in Ohio’s sports betting fun! There are plenty of other contenders, including some of the biggest books out there. Over a dozen books already have an existing affiliation or deal in place, and bettors will have an abundance of options.
Sportsbooks with some sort of casino/market access deal/partnership in Ohio ahead of Jan. 1 sports betting launch:
— Ryan Butler (@ButlerBets) June 1, 2022
FanDuel Sportsbook is one of the most popular sportsbooks available, so there’s no way it won’t be a major player when Ohio’s sports betting officially launches in the new year. Residents of Ohio can legally play daily fantasy sports (DFS) through FanDuel’s DFS app, so familiarity coupled with FanDuel’s renowned UI and shared wallet between sportsbook and DFS should make it a very popular option.
Fubo is one of the fastest-growing sportsbooks on the market thanks to its unique integration with its flagship product, fuboTV. An exclusive deal is in place with the Cavaliers, so Ohio residents can look forward to special promotions regarding Ohio’s only NBA team.
Fubo Sportsbook, meanwhile, will be the official Mobile Sports Betting partner of the #Cavs when Sports Betting becomes legal in Ohio.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) February 24, 2022
Tipico launched its VIP area at the Crew’s Lower.com Field ahead of the current MLS season, and it will continue as the team’s exclusive sports betting partner for the January 1 launch and beyond. Tipico is a well-established European sportsbook headquartered in Germany, so bettors should expect a quality soccer experience. The partnership with the Columbus Crew is a great start in Ohio!
Global sportsbook operator @tipico has announced a long-term partnership agreement with the @ColumbusCrew, making Tipico the official and exclusive sports betting partner of the MLS franchise.https://t.co/n8wzFDZKMG
— Ohio Sports Betting 🔴 BetOhio.com (@bet_ohio) January 20, 2022
Bally Bet is only available in Colorado, Iowa, Indiana and Virginia, but it has at least one more state that will be joining the fold soon enough, thanks to a partnership with the Cleveland Browns. Ohio bettors and Cleveland residents, in particular, should be thrilled for a potential location within Paul Brown Stadium in addition to a quality sports betting app.
Professional Ohio Sports Teams
The professional sports offerings in Ohio are quite exciting. The Cavaliers were just a play-in win away from a long-awaited playoff appearance without LeBron James, and the future is bright with young stars like Darius Garland and Evan Mobley on the roster. The Cincinnati Bengals narrowly lost to the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 in Super Bowl LVI, and it’s not difficult to imagine them making it back multiple times over the next decade with Joe Burrow at QB and an unbelievably talented receiving corps.
Ohio online sports betting would have made a killing on last year’s Super Bowl if it were legal. Instead, bettors had to drive to Indiana to place legal bets or use offshore betting sites. The OH government missed out on some key dollars from Super Bowl LVI.
Joe Burrow introduced himself to the Rams defense in the middle of the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/TleOmmOvRq
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 16, 2022
The Reds aren’t great, but the Guardians and star Jose Ramirez are. Ohio sports two MLS teams, including the 2020 MLS cup winners, the Columbus Crew. Ohio residents have their pick of excellent betting options among hometown favorites.
Local Teams & Ohio Sports Betting Partnerships
|Team||Sport||League||City||Venue (capacity)||League titles|
Major League Baseball
|Cincinnati||Great American Ball Park||5|
|Cleveland Guardians||Cleveland||Progressive Field||2|
Major League Soccer
|FC Cincinnati||Cincinnati||TQL Stadium||0|
|Cleveland Cavaliers||Basketball||National Basketball Association||Cleveland||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse||1|
National Football League
|Cincinnati||Paul Brown Stadium||0|
|Cleveland Browns||Cleveland||FirstEnergy Stadium||4|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Ice hockey||National Hockey League||Columbus||Nationwide Arena||0|
|Cleveland Rugby League||Rugby||North American Rugby League||Cleveland||Cleveland Rovers RFC||0|
Cleveland is home to 12 major colleges, so if professional sports aren’t your thing, there’s no need to panic. The largest and most prestigious school, Ohio State University, is pushing for limits on collegiate betting, including no player props and limiting the available sports to basketball and football. OH sports bettors are going to be in for a treat.
The head of the Ohio state agency in charge of regulating casinos says sports betting in the state will cover major collegiate sports, including Ohio State football.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 15, 2021
New Jersey has limits on its collegiate betting which prevent residents from betting on state schools while the games are played in-state. There haven’t been any recent updates concerning collegiate limitations in Ohio, so keep your eyes peeled.
|School||Primary conference||Teams fielded||National team titles|
|Bowling Green Falcons||17||4|
|Cincinnati Bearcats||American Athletic Conference||18||2|
|Cleveland State Vikings||Horizon League||17||0|
|Dayton Flyers||Atlantic 10 Conference||16||0|
|Kent State Golden Flashes||
|Ohio State Buckeyes||Big Ten Conference||33||86|
|Wright State Raiders||Horizon League||11||0|
|Xavier Musketeers||Big East Conference||16||0|
|Youngstown State Penguins||Horizon League||21||4|
Are Ohio Sports Betting Apps Legal?
They are, but they won’t be available until January 1, 2023. At that time, Ohio residents should be greeted with a plethora of betting options from at least two dozen sportsbooks. What a time to be alive!
Is it Legal to Online Sports Bet in Ohio?
It is, and residents will be able to do so beginning January 1, 2023. If in-person is more your style, there are 11 brick-and-mortar casinos already up and running.
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Available in Ohio?
While Ohio residents wait for the launch of sports betting, they can roll out DFS lineups on FanDuel, DraftKings or our personal favorite, OwnersBox!
Where Can I Stay Updated On Ohio Sports Betting?
If you’re looking for the latest news, numbers and facts, make sure to visit the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s homepage. You can stay up-to-date throughout the pre-launch process.
What Kind of Bets Can I Make in Ohio?
After the launch, Ohio bettors will be able to wager on:
- Moneyline: A bet on the outright winner of a game
- Point spread: A bet on how many points a team will win or lose by
- Point total: A bet on the total combined scores of each team
- Player props: Proposition or prop bets are wagers on individual player performances
- Futures: A bet on the outcome of a game, player performance or award winner that won’t be settled until a (typically) much later date