Ohio Sports Betting: OH Sports Betting Apps Updates As Launch Date Approaches

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.

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.

Sportsbook Expected Promo
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

BetMGM Ohio

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.

PointsBet Ohio

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 Ohio

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.

Barstool Sportsbook

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.

betJACK

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.

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.

 

FanDuel Sportsbook

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 Sportsbook

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.

Tipico

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!

Bally Bet

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.

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
Cincinnati Reds
Baseball
Major League Baseball
Cincinnati Great American Ball Park 5
Cleveland Guardians Cleveland Progressive Field 2
Columbus Crew
Association football
Major League Soccer
Columbus Lower.com Field 2
FC Cincinnati Cincinnati TQL Stadium 0
Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball National Basketball Association Cleveland Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse 1
Cincinnati Bengals
American football
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.

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
Akron Zips
Mid-American Conference
17 2
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
Mid-American Conference
19 0
Miami RedHawks 19 0
Ohio Bobcats 16 0
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