Ohio Sports Betting: Legal Ohio Sportsbooks Launching January 2023

It's almost here! Ohio sports betting is set to officially launch on January 1, 2023. In the meantime, multiple Ohio sportsbooks are already accepting early registration as well as offering launch promotions.

By Brian Dermody
Fact Checked by Nate Hamilton

Early Registration: Ohio Sports Betting Sites Available Today

Below you'll find a list of Ohio betting sites offering pre-registration ahead of the January launch.

Some Ohio sports betting operators will offer early registration promotions leading to the New Year's Eve launch. The most popular operators are allowing in-state bettors to register early. Other operators will likely be offering a similar pre-registration option in Ohio at some point in the near future.

Ohio Sports Betting Launch Updates: Key Developments December 2022

Legal Ohio sports betting is coming to the Buckeye State on January 1, 2023. While there's a lot of work to be done over the next several months for casino and sports betting operators, the state government, and the Ohio Casino Control Commission, the bill has passed and it's now just a waiting game.

  • ๐Ÿ“† December 5, 2022: It was a big week for NFL in Ohio. The Bengals playoff chances improved to 91.3% after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cleveland Browns improved their playoff odds with Deshaun Watson under center for the first time and beat the Texans 27-14.
  • ๐Ÿ“† December 2, 2022: The State of Ohio is just 30 days away from its highly anticipated launch day for sports betting. Be sure to continue checking back with us for the latest news and updates regarding Ohio sportsbooks and all things Ohio sports betting.
  • ๐Ÿ“† November 28: Although the Browns playoff chances have dwindled down to just 9.1%, they are coming off an upset win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland is expected to have quarterback, Deshaun Watson under center for NFL Week 13.
  • ๐Ÿ“† November 21: The Bengals and Browns continue going in separate directions as Cincinnati has won four of their last five games while Cleveland has lost seven of their previous eight. The Bengals playoff chances stand at 63.5% while the Browns fall to just a 7.1% chance.
  • ๐Ÿ“† November 14: The Cleveland Browns returned from their Week 9 bye and lost 39-17 against the Miami Dolphins. The Browns playoff chances have fallen to 11% while their Super Bowl odds fell to under a 1% chance.
  • ๐Ÿ“† November 3: FanDuel Ohio is offering $100 in free bets plus three free months of NBA League Pass to those who sign up during the pre-register period ahead of the January 1, 2023 launch.
  • ๐Ÿ“† November 2: BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio is offering $200 in Free Bets (no deposit required) for those who pre-register with the Ohio sportsbook ahead of the official launch.

Each day our experts track updates breaking in the world of OH sports betting and list them here. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly to stay up-to-date on when sports betting launches in Ohio.

Is Sports Betting Legal in Ohio?

Yes, sports betting in Ohio has been legalized, but the infrastructure is not yet in place to accept wagers. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill to legalize sports betting in December of 2021, The Ohio Casino Control Commission expects to start taking applications for licenses this summer at the earliest, and could issue licenses to up to 25 operators. The law calls for the first batch of books to launch on January 1, 2023.

Can You Sports Bet in Ohio Yet?

Not yet. The complete launch of all retail and online sports betting will take place on January 1, 2023. But bettors looking to get a head start on everything can take advantage of early sign up offers, now. 

 

When is Sports Betting Ohio Expected to Launch?

The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced an official universal launch date for all online and retail sports betting which will take place on January 1, 2023.

Number of Sports Betting Sites Expected to Launch in Ohio

There will be up to 25 sports betting licenses that could allow up to 50 online sports betting operators! Ohio is expected to be among the top sports betting markets in the country.

Can You Bet in-Person in Ohio?

Not yet, but you will be able to as soon as sports betting goes live in Ohio. Gaming regulators have approved 200 betting kiosks in Ohio. These will be placed throughout the state, including at Krogers grocery stores. In addition to the kiosks, Ohiosโ€™ casinos will have sportsbooks for in-person betting. 

Where Can I Bet on Sports in Ohio?

Ohio bettors can place a legal wager in-person and online, via licensed sportsbooks, once betting officially launches on January 1, 2023. 

Do All Ohio Sportsbooks Have an Ambassador?

Not all sportsbooks have ambassadors, but many of the most popular do. Think Warren Sharp, Amanda Serrano, and Steve Aoki. These celebrities and sports stars will put their personalities behind the brand, adding a little extra fun to the experience. 

News and Updates Impacting Sports Betting in Ohio

Our staff of veteran gambling reporters keeps you up-to-date with the latest Ohio sports betting news. Our staff of experts pride themselves on bringing you breaking news and analysis of all developments from the world of online sports betting in Ohio.

Best Ohio Sportsbooks Expected to Launch 2023

Ohio sports betting sites and apps are coming in early 2023. Here's a list of the top sportsbooks expected to launch in Ohio on or after January 1, 2023.

๐Ÿ‘‘ BetMGM ๐Ÿ‘‘Top Ranked Ohio Sportsbook
โญ๏ธ CaesarsBest for Livestreaming
โญ๏ธ TipicoBest NFL Odds
โญ๏ธ DraftKingsBest for Rewards & Perks
โญ๏ธ Bet365Huge Range of International Sports
โญ๏ธ FanDuelMost Downloaded Sportsbook in Ohio
โญ๏ธ PointsBetEasy Navigation for New Players
โญ๏ธ SuperBookBiggest Vegas-Style Sportsbook
โญ๏ธ WynnBETImmense Single Game Parlay Options
โญ๏ธ Hard RockMany Withdrawal & Deposit Choices
โญ๏ธ BetRiversExclusive Offers for Players
โญ๏ธ BetParxEasiest Betting Platform
โญ๏ธ BetfredBest Live Odds

We ranked these Ohio sportsbooks, all are expected to launch in the state in 2023. We will continue to analyze each operator in Ohio and break down their top features and promotions. 

Stay locked in with BetOhio for all of the Ohio sports betting promos as we will continue to update the latest and best deals for each sportsbook as they change. 

Top Ranked Ohio Sportsbook

We have BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio listed as the top sportsbook in the Buckeye State. New and veteran bettors can look forward to a state-of-the-art betting platform, great odds, and an all-around enjoyable user experience. They are one of the most recognizable brands with endless sports betting options for its users.

Best for Livestreaming

This sportsbook continues to lead the way when it comes to improving a bettor's experience. Caesars Sportsbook Ohio is the first US sportsbook to live stream NFL games which makes it convenient to bet while you're watching games at the same time.

Best NFL Odds

As one of the biggest sportsbooks in the world, Tipico Ohio will bring you all of the best-betting markets on one platform. The Ohio betting site sets its own odds rather than pulling from those in Vegas, which is the main reason they have some of the best NFL odds in the market.

Best for Rewards & Perks

Its one of the most recognized brands for all sports bettors,  DraftKings Ohio is getting ready to launch. The Ohio betting site has some of the best perks in the industry for its bettors. It's no wonder they find themselves among the top operators in Ohio and anywhere else they have a presence.

Huge Range of International Sports

With a partnership with the Guardians, Bet365 Ohio will bring bettors a straightforward betting experience. The sportsbook offers one of the most comprehensive betting markets on an international range of sports. You will also find unique odds thanks to their in-house oddsmakers, as well as attractive offers.

Most Downloaded Sportsbook in Ohio

Leading the way as the most downloaded sportsbook is FanDuel Ohio. The site has partnered with Boydโ€™s Belterra Casino Resort and brings to bettors a user-friendly interface with one of the best single-game parlay features.

Additional Ohio Sportsbooks to Look Out For

Bettors are not limited to the above Ohio sportsbooks. The state will have one of the largest selections out of all legal states. Expect to see betting sites from WynnBet Ohio, Betfred Ohio and more. 

 

Choosing The Best Ohio Online Sportsbook?

When the time comes for you to choose which legal online sportsbook or books to use, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind. Any of the operators licensed by the Ohio Casino Control Commission will be safely regulated, but there are differences that are going to set them apart, and may make one or more look better to you. Ultimately the final decision lies with the individual bettor, but here are some of the thing we look for when we make our call.

Great Reviews

Ohio's legalizing sports betting comes at a time when many other states have already gotten in the game. The upshot is that by the time anyone's actually accepting bets, the bugs should be worked out, and the word will be out as to which operators are bettor friendly, quick to solve customer issues, and most of all, fun. And if that's not enough, we'll have up to date reviews for every game in town.

Bets Allowed

Can you play your way? If you can't you're probably not going to stay with one place long. We always like to see ample betting options across the apps, with plenty of ways to play across plenty of sports. Everyone's going to have football, basketball, baseball and hockey, but if you want to go beyond the usual sports and most popular wagers, you may need to dig a little harder. The books that go above and beyond, with pools and special promotional games can be a lot fun too.

Great Pricing On Betting Lines and Odds

Every operator has a different method for coming up with their odds. Because the lines themselves are the heart and soul of the betting experience, you want to make sure you're getting odds you can live with at your preferred Ohio sportsbooks. We're always on the lookout for the best lines so you can get the most bang for your buck. But you may find more favorable odds for, as an example, hockey in one place and football at another. Depending on how you like to play, you may even decide to keep accounts with more than one sports betting operator.

Briefly, the plus sign and minus sign on the betting line tells you how likely the oddsmakers think an outcome will take place. Putting $100 on an underdog (indicated by the plus sign) will give you winnings over your initial stake equal to the number on the line. Conversely, a wager on the favorite would have to equal the number after the minus sign to return winnings of $100.

Frequent Sports Betting Bonuses

As you've no doubt picked up, the welcome bonuses that the Ohio sportsbooks are set to offer are going to be pretty juicy. But the promos that extended past that first deal are designed to keep you coming back for more. You can expect to see some of the houses offer free bets and other bonuses for players who bet a certain amount or with regularity. Because the competition is going to be intense, there's simply no good reason to bet with an operator that doesn't offer some form of a risk-free bet or bonus around your bankroll.

Excellence In User Interface

If you're getting great odds at an Ohio sportsbook and the promotions are giving you a great bump to your bankroll, it doesn't mean anything if you can't get to the bet you want to make and lock it in. We prefer a clean, streamlines experience without a bunch of junk cluttering up our screens, but even more important is the stability and speed of the software. If the website takes too long to respond to secure the bet you want to make, or the app crashes when you're trying to get your parlay squared away, all you're going to get for your money is a headache.

Easy Deposits & Withdrawals

Some of the best Ohio sportsbooks are the ones that give the widest array of banking options. Most places will take a wire transfer from your online banking system or a debit card payment, provided your bank will do that. You'll also commonly see options for e-checks and PayPal, and some places will also accept Venmo or credit cards, though not many places take American Express.

You'll also want to know how quickly you get your money back in your hands when you want to withdraw your winnings. Some electronic methods can take as little as a few minutes, but if you don't have favorable banking options with your book, you may have to wait for a check in the mail, and that can take weeks.

Variety of Customer Support

Any of the Ohio sportsbooks will offer some form of customer support in case of some kind of error, or should you need assistance. At the very least you can expect to see a FAQ file and an option to contact a staff member. Our preference is a live chat feature for speed of reply, especially good if it's staffed 24-7. We also like to see an email support option for Ohio betting sites. While those tend to move more slowly, it's better for ease of keeping records.

Mobile Sports Betting Apps in Ohio

One of the great advantages to betting online is the ease and convenience of the Ohio sportsbook apps, which should be a major part of the rollout when betting rolls out. Having these at your fingertips on your iPhone or Android device makes the whole experience that much easier to access, and allows sports bettors to place wagers from anywhere in the state at any time.

Ohio Legal Sports Betting Legislation Timeline

  • ๐Ÿ“…  November 16, 2022: Four more Ohio sportsbooks have been approved by the Commission. Betr, Fanatics, Gamewise, and Parx Interactive.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  November 2, 2022: The OCCC approved online sports betting provider licenses for BetMGM, DraftKings, BetRivers, Hard Rock, and Tipico.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  September 7, 2022: The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Reds, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley, JACK Thistledown Racino, JACK Cleveland Casino, Muirfield Village Golf Club, and the Columbus Crew to host online sports betting and retail operators.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  August 3, 2022: Commission Executive Director Matt Schuler made it known that sportsbooks in Ohio can begin accepting bets at midnight on January 1, 2023.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  July 15, 2022: The July 15 deadline to apply for Ohio sports gambling licenses arrived, and several potential Ohio sports betting operators submitted their applications.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  July 13, 2022: Soon after applying for a special license, the Cincinnati Bengals announced a partnership with Betfred Sports, a signal of many partnerships expected to begin in 2023.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  June 1, 2022: Gov. Mike DeWine confirms January 1, 2023 launch date.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  December 22, 2021: Gov. Mike DeWine signs House Bill 29, with the Casino Control Commission drawing up rules ahead of a January 2023 launch.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  December 2021: Conference committee agree to changes in House Bill 29, which clears chambers after the conference report is accepted.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  November 2021: State Sen. Kirk Schuring announced plans were still in place to get House Bill 29 passed.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  June 2021: An amended version of Senate Bill 176 becomes a part of House Bill 29, is passed by state senate, and is then introduced to the house.
  • ๐Ÿ“…  May 2021: Senate Bill 176 was introduced to legalize sports gambling in Ohio.

The legality around the Ohio sports betting bill goes back to 2018 when the US Supreme Court ruled an existing law outlawing sports gambling was unconstitutional. While the gears ground slowly, a bipartisan committee drafted the regulations that led to legalizing sports betting in Ohio. It was only in December of 2021 that Ohio lawmakers finalized the bill. Governor Mike DeWine signed the bill shortly thereafter, and now it's a matter of the operators being approved to do business.

Ohio Sports Betting Licenses

The language of the law in Ohio creates the opportunity for dozens of sportsbooks to open in Ohio. Three types of sports betting licenses are available. 

Type A Betting License - 25 spots are available for the Type A license. These are reserved for companies operating within Ohio, as well as Type B licenses. The language of the license can be interpreted in many ways; however, it is thought that this license is for the stateโ€™s casinos and professional sports. 

The Type A betting license comes with one online skin; however sports organizations and casinos may apply for two provided they can demonstrate a need for a second one. 

Type B Betting License - Type B sports betting licenses in Ohio are reserved for physical operators within the state. There are 40 of these licenses available. The number of issued licenses will be determined by the population of the county for which the brick-and-mortar sportsbook would reside. The most populous counties can have no more than 5 retail sportsbooks. Counties with less than 50,000 people are not permitted to have a retail operator. 

Type C Betting License - The largest number of licenses is Type C. These are reserved for establishments with a Class D liquor license, such as bars, restaurants, and other places that serve alcohol. Retailers that sell lottery tickets, such as Kroger, can also apply.

Ohio Sports Betting Revenue Projection

The state legislature crunched a lot of numbers before they were able to get Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to sign off on the state's sports betting bill. The Legislative Budget Office believes that the licenses alone will generate upwards of $10,000,000 for fiscal 2023 and will net revenue of $3.35 billion for the state over the first few years. That's a pretty nice chunk of change, and Ohio plans to use their taste to mostly to help fund the state's schools.

Ohio Legal Online Sports Betting Tax Rate

With an estimated gross gaming revenue of $900 million at full capacity, you'd better believe Columbus is going to come for their cut from the operators. The Ohio sports betting tax law provides for a 10% tax rate from the houses. That's honestly pretty easy on the house, especially compared to places like New York (51%). Even the traditionally gambling-friendly New Jersey takes 13%. The money will mainly go to the General Revenue Fund for schools, with 2% toward problem gambling assistance and .5% of license fees to a veterans' fund.

Who Regulates Ohio Sports Betting Sites?

Without the regulatory boards overseeing the action in the Buckeye State, you may as well be handing sweaty bet slips to your jerk brother-in-law and hoping for the best. Online Sports betting legalization means someone's always minding the store.

Retail SportsbooksIf you place a bet with a live person in a brick and mortar casino, that's overseen by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Sportsbook Websites & AppsThe sites and apps are also handled by the Ohio Casino Control Commission since the online operators frequently partner with casinos.
Betting Kiosks Sports betting kiosks will be available in certain locations such as bars, bowling alleys and some restaurants. These kiosks will be handled by the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Should I Use an Offshore Sportsbook?

No. Offshore sportsbooks are not only illegal, but they offer no protection for the bettor. This means, you could place a bet and win but have no guarantee that you will actually ever receive your winnings. Moreover, if you were to get caught, federal criminal charges could be filed against you. 

In addition to the above, by sticking to regulated, licensed Ohio sports betting sites, you can feel peace of mind in knowing your personal details and winnings are safe. Moreover, you are supporting local businesses, as well as a number of jobs in the American economy. 

Ohio Teams to Bet on

Ohioans' love for football, both Ohio State and their beloved NFL teams, rivals any other state, however, they do not shy away from their fanatic love for all of the Ohio-based sports organizations.

Ohio State FootballNCAAWin National Championship +1000
Cincinnati BengalsNFLWin Super Bowl +1700
Cleveland BrownsNFLWin Super Bowl +18000
Cleveland CavaliersNBAWin NBA Championship +1900
Cleveland GaurdiansMLBWin World Series +4000
Cincinnati RedsMLBWin World Series +12000
Columbus Blue JacketsNHLWin Stanley Cup +30000
FC CincinnatiMLSWin MLS Cup N/A
Columbus CrewMLSWin MLS Cup N/A

Our experts will continue to monitor all of Ohio's professional sports teams and update their odds as they will most certainly change often. If you want all of the latest news surrounding Ohio sports betting, there is no better place to be than right here. Bookmark this page to stay up-to-date.

  • The Ohio State University

    A survey conducted by the New York Times in 2011 reported that Ohio State had the most fans of any college football team. Unlike some of the pro teams, the love goes statewide and extends far beyond the borders. If you are beyond borders and in a legal sports betting state, here are the latest C.J. Stroud Heisman odds you can consider betting on.

  • Cleveland Browns

    The Cleveland Browns playoff chances have a less than thrilling track record since they returned to the NFL in 1999, only reaching the playoffs twice. And there are plenty of question marks as the 2022 campaign ends. The Browns are likely to go after a quarterback in the draft, but that is just one of many things that need to be addressed as Browns fans look ahead to next season, when they'll finally have the chance to take advantage of legal sports betting.

  • Cincinnati Bengals

    The Cincinnati Bengals are another franchise full of history and hard luck, but 2021 saw them notch their first playoff win since the early 90s and a surprise Super Bowl visit. Led by Joe Burrow, the Bengals should bring plenty of attention when Ohio sports betting launches, and the team has already announced a sports betting partnership with Betfred Sports.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavs may be putting their recent woes behind them, when the pundits start asking if an NBA team is "for real", that's certainly better than the team being ignored or laughed at. The defense is strong and the mix of young players and vets have been coming together well as a team. Don't expect to be able to bet on them this season (or dare we say playoffs?), but look ahead to the 2022-23 campaign for your action.

  • Cleveland Guardians

    No longer the Cleveland Indians, it's going to be fun to see the Guardians take the field in the new uniforms, but Chicago has turned itself into a juggernaut in the AL Central, and there wasn't a whole lot of daylight between 2nd place and 5th. But any professional baseball team that can run Shane Bieber out there every fifth day is a team worth watching, and it seems plausible that legalized betting will finally kick off before the end of the regular season. Especially if the regular season starts late.

  • Cincinnati Reds

    The only MLB team in Ohio to strike a betting partnership thanks to their deal with WynnBet, the Cincinnati Reds are poised to be the face of baseball betting in the Buckeye State. Expect to see a wealth of promotions centered around the Reds including from Ohio betting sites other than WynnBet looking to capture the team's loyal fanbase.

  • Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Blue Jackets finally won their first playoff series in 2019, and have shown a notable tenacity with come from behind wins. It's more likely that in Ohio the launch sports betting apps have been waiting for won't hit until next season, but being able to place live wagers from your seat at Nationwide Arena will be worth the wait.

  • FC Cincinnati

    Can you bet on soccer? Oh yeah. Sure the NFL is the #1 sports betting market in the US. But go anywhere else and it's probably going to be soccer. And FC Cincinnati still being a new addition to MLS could take some time before achieving success. But put a couple of bucks on a match and you'll see why the game is as big as it is around the world.

  • Columbus Crew

    The Columbus Crew is Major League Soccer team that has been in operation since 1994. The Crew have won six major trophies including two MLS Cup Trophies most recent victory in 2020. The club is coming off a down season in 2021. Get ready to get those futures bets in for 2023.

Sports You Can Bet on in Ohio

Like most states offering online betting, Ohio sportsbooks are expected to offer bets on all the most popular leagues and events. 

  • NFL Betting

    The sports biggest betting market in the US by far is NFL Football. The league just owns nearly half of the Sundays out of the year, and even more if you're one of those maniacs who cares about the preseason (We're not judging, but yes, you're maniacs). And Ohio is one of only seven states that fields more than one NFL team, which is yet another reason every operator wants to set up shop here. The Super Bowl promises to be the biggest sports betting event of the year, so bettors in Ohio should start looking toward Super Bowl LVII, which will have all kinds of perks and promotions around it when the time comes.

  • NBA Betting

    The NBA clocks in as the #2 sports betting market in the United States. The long season and fast moving action during the games lends itself to the live wagering experience offered by a majority of Ohio betting sites. The Cavaliers fans can also look forward to a large array of NBA parlays, and basketball is one of two sports that you'll typically find action in round robin betting games.

  • MLB Betting

    When we talk about betting on MLB, the pace of play is a double edged sword. The games aren't as all-action as some of the other sports offer. The advantage is that the relaxed tempo gives bettors more time to find better odds for their live bets as the game moseys along. And Ohio enjoys the advantage of two MLB teams, so as long as the lockout is resolved, there'll be great chances for wagering for baseball fans of all sorts.

  • NHL Betting

    The NHL brings another sport full of fast action and opportunities for plenty of wagering. The pace of the game is great for live in-game bets through the legal sportsbooks. And the sport itself has the advantage of being big enough that the dedicated fans make it exciting, but the chances for good odds still come up, as it doesn't get the books' attention the way basketball and football do.

  • College Sports

    Betting on college sports will be legal in Ohio as well. Several other states have restrictions around wagering on collegiate teams who play home games in-state, but there will be no such restrictions here, which is great news for fans of THE Ohio State University.

Promotions & Offers At New Ohio Sports Betting Sites

When the Ohio sports betting operators open their doors, there will be a rush to get you and your gambling dollar. You're going to see a stampede of promotions as the books compete to get you to place wagers on their platforms. You'll see plenty of Ohio sports betting promo codes, so it's important to know what you're getting to get the most out of the promotions.

  • Risk-Free Bets

    One of the most popular introductory offers is the large risk-free bet. This is a cash bet where if you won, you've won and good for you. If the bet doesn't hit, you get your stake kicked back to you. It's worth noting that this is almost always in the form of credit to use on more sports bets, as opposed to a cash refund. If you're planning on taking a big swing out of the gates, an intro deal like this can look pretty appealing. Risk-free bets come up frequently, but the dollar limit is going to be highest on that initial bet.

  • Deposit Match

    The Deposit Match is another popular promotional offer, and will likely appear in a lot of the OH sportsbooks as an intro promo. It's pretty much what it says it is - the house kicks in an equal amount to match your deposit. This is another situation where the best match is going to be that first time out, but matches and other bonuses on deposits still pop up afterwards, depending on the house. The other piece of business to keep in mind is that the house's credits will have a "rollover requirement" - a number of times you'll have to bet with the bonus before you're allowed to withdraw any of it. Fortunately, with the heavy competition among the books, the rollover requirement has been reasonably bettor friendly - only 1-3 times before you can take it out.

  • Referral Bonuses

    Referral bonuses can net you a pretty nice chunk of credits if you have a network of friends or co-workers also want to get in the game. You'll get a link you can send to people you know, and if they sign up through the link (and here's the important part) make a deposit to their bankroll, you both get a bonus for the referral.

  • Odds Boosts

    You're less likely to see Ohio odds boosts as a welcome bonus than an ongoing promotion, with a couple of the books even rolling out a new slate every day. The odds boost allows you to place wagers with the betting lines titled toward a more favorable payout for the bettor. So if the odds of a particular Browns running back scoring a TD were set at +140, an odds boost could kick it up to +175. It's the same circumstance to make the bet pay off, but a better figure if it does.

  • Parlay Insurances

    Everyone likes parlays. They're exciting for the bettor and tend to be pretty lucrative for the books. One way they like to encourage you to lay out for one is to offer parlay insurance. Suppose you have a five-leg parlay. With a parlay insurance promo, if only four legs hit, you get your stake back. So you don't win, because you didn't win. But getting your bet returned to you can cushion the blow, just make sure you read the fine print. You can only reasonably assume that you can only miss one leg, and the parlay itself will need a minimum number of legs and length in odds. Also, a returned stake could be credits or cash, you'll need to check with your operator to see how they do business.

Why Sign Up For Multiple Ohio Sportsbooks

As the old song goes, "You better shop around". You could have two dozen Ohio sportsbooks to choose from by this time next year. Not everyone is going to be right for your style of playing, and you owe it to yourself to kick the tires on a few of the different options to make sure you get to play your way.

Get The Best Line

Even if the only wagering you're planning on doing is betting on the Browns to cover week in and week out, you may find it useful to shop the lines. If everything else is equal, and you can get the Browns at -4.5 points, -118 odds at one place, there's not much sense taking them at -5.5 points at -115. When you've found two or three operators you're comfortable using, you may start even to notices trends and patterns in the types of bets you like.

Intro Betting Bonuses

You've seen the introductory offers by now. You know they're basically giving free bets away. But you can still treat it like a new relationship when your date is trying everything to impress you. Work your way through one of these signup bonuses and then maybe a couple more. You can use the incentives they're throwing at you to figure out for yourself if it's an OH betting site that deserves your attention and more importantly your money.

Bet Offerings

You may have noticed that some of the Ohio sportsbooks offer the same kind of bets on the same betting markets and the same odds. Well, there are only so many kinds of oddsmaking software out there, and especially when you get into options like futures and props, a lot of it can look the same. A little research into who uses what software can get you around this and help improve your odds by using a couple of books running different backends.

Feel The Sportsbook

Is it fun? It's supposed to be fun, remember. If you're buying a car, they'll all take you from point a to b, and you might find one with a couple of the bells and whistles you're looking for. But when you get out on the road and something about it just doesn't feel right? You don't buy the car, right? Same idea. Even if you find one you like right out of the gate, you might try a couple more, at least playing through the intro offers. You might find another book will offer sports betting styles you hadn't considered.

Sportsbook Rules

Make sure you know what the house rules are, because that could affect if you want to bet a certain sports on a certain book. If you like betting a prop on who'll score the first touchdown, you need to know that one Ohio sports betting site will refund you if there aren't any touchdowns scored, but another one won't, because they offer an option for nobody scoring one. If you like a sport where ties are normal, what does that mean for your wagers? Do your MMA prop bets include the prelim fights or just the main card? This can vary from place to place, and if know where the differences are, you can gain an edge.

Available Sports Wagers At Legal Ohio Sportsbooks

Expect a wealth of bet types on offer when Ohio sports betting launches on Jan 1, next year.

  • Moneyline

    Pick a side, if they win, so do you. The odds are right in front of you - plus sign for the underdog, minus sign for the favorite, the higher the number you see, the bigger the payout on an underdog, and the more you'd have to stake to get a real return on a favorite.

  • Parlays

    Bundle two or more single wagers together into a single bet where each piece is dependent on the other. What does that mean? Every leg of your parlay makes the odds longer and the potential payout bigger. But if even one leg misses, well, that's why they call it gambling.

  • Totals

    This is also known as the over/under. The oddsmakers set a number indicating what they think the combined final score will be. You choose whether you think it'll be higher or lower than the number given. Some places will list in terms of half points, like 30.5 points. This is to prevent having to refund in case of a push.

  • Point Spreads

    Spreads are a way to level the playing field if one team is likely to beat the other. Instead of picking a winner, you're betting on the difference in the final scores. If you see a 5.5 spread on a game that favors the Bengals over the Browns, that means that to cover the bet the Bengals would have to win by 6, while the Browns could cover even if they lost by as much as 5.

  • Futures

    Futures bets refer to events that are further down the road than a couple of days. These can be somewhat short term - some places offered action on the Bengals to win Super Bowl LVI after their Wild Card Weekend win. They can also be further out - such as picking the Guardians to win the World Series prior to pitchers and catchers reporting.

  • Prop Bets

    A prop bet is a wager around something other than the final outcome of the sporting event. For instance, you can wager on which basketball team will be the first to thirty points, or an over/under on how many strikeouts Shane Bieber will rack up in his next start. The amount and types of props can vary a lot between the operators, so make sure you're getting the prop action you like.

  • Live Bets

    One of the most fun pieces of Ohio sportsbook apps is the ability to place in-game bets while an event is in progress. The odds will react in real time to what's happening on the field, and you'll see the numbers flip up and down from your seat at the game. That's why stable software is crucial - if you see odds you like, you need to be ready to jump before the lines move again.

  • Prohibited Bets

    Fortunately for fans of college sports, the common restriction against betting on in-state collegiate athletics found in several states doesn't apply in Ohio. You'll find you won't be able to bet on high school sports, and that the Casino Control Commission has to issue prior written permission to wager on an event if any athletes are under 18.

Other Ohio Betting Options

While we wait for sports betting to go live, here's a breakdown of other forms of wagering in Ohio.

Daily Fantasy Sports

Daily Fantasy Sports are another way to win money based on sports - build your team and score points based on how they play. It is legal in Ohio and will be at the most popular sportsbooks. If you already have an account for DFS, you will not be eligible for any welcome offers. 

Horse Racing

Wagering on horse races is also legal in Ohio, at racetracks, OTB parlors and through online wagering methods. It's worth noting that the laws keeps the Ohio sportsbooks and horse racing wagering in separate areas. So while you won't be able to bet on horses through the new sportsbook websites, it's perfectly legal to do so through the existing methods.

Elections

Betting on political elections is illegal in Ohio, and everywhere else in the United States. It was legal in West Virginia, but only for a few hours before the lawmakers admitted that they "screwed up". Point being, it's not legal and you shouldn't hold your breath waiting for it.

Pop Culture Ceremonies

Some people like to bet on pop culture ceremonies, such as awards shows. In 2021, New Jersey, Indiana and Michigan allowed customers to bet on the Academy Awards. Obviously the infrastructure won't be up in Ohio in time for this year's ceremony, but the sports betting bill signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine did provide for "special events", which could clear a path for awards show wagering.

eSports

Betting on eSports events is allowed under the new sports betting bill. Maybe the entire operation flies under the radar for you, but the betting market is big business. Bettors in Ohio will be cleared able to bet on the major eSports leagues and tournaments through the new sportsbooks.

Deposit and Withdraw from OH Sports Betting Sites

Different operators all accept different kinds of payment. The most common you'll see are debit cards, online banking, PayPal, Play+ and other branded prepaid cards, and ACH e-checks. Depending on where you choose to play, you may see credit cards, Venmo, PayNearMe. Any operator licensed by the state will have secure transactions, so you won't have to worry about your money - at least until you build a 12 leg parlay.

It's worth noting that if you're trying to use your online banking or debit card, not every bank sees fit to do business with gambling operators. Check with your bank and have a backup plan if they don't allow for transactions with the new sportsbooks. Withdrawal methods are similar, but watch out for wait times. The electronic transfers move fastest, not surprisingly, but you may be waiting for a check in the mail for a couple of weeks.

VISAInstant Deposits1-5 Day(s) Withdrawals
MasterCardInstant DepositsNo Withdrawals
American ExpressInstant DepositsNo Withdrawals
VenmoInstant Deposits2-5 Day(s) for Withdrawals
PayPalInstant Deposits2-7 Day(s) Withdrawals
Bank Transfer1-3 Day(s) for Deposits3-7 Days for Withdrawals

How Ohio Sports Betting Compares to the Other Legal States

At a long-range distance, it looks as though the Ohio sportsbooks have taken some of the lessons that other places have learned the hard way. They have a competitive market structure in place and a tax rate that's comparatively friendly to the operators, so their net revenue shouldn't have too big a bite taken out of it. The accessibility of the apps should make getting started a snap. And getting the sports betting bill passed with an eye toward markets like esports and "special events" suggests the people overseeing the business are looking toward a long-term revenue stream as those markets open up.

Retail Sports Betting vs Online Sports Betting

The Ohio sports betting sites are a great way to get into the game, but are in-person retail sports betting right for you? We encouraged you to shop around and we meant it. No matter where in Ohio you are, you won't be far from a retail sports betting location for long, so it's worth experiencing to see how you like it. What we found is that the online experience is one that makes it easier to shop for favorable lines and a broader array of sports to wager on.

Where do the retail sportsbooks have the edge? The atmosphere is better for one thing, unless you live in a sports bar. It's also easier to pick up your winnings, since you can just go right to the cage with your bet slips, and if something goes wrong, the support services at the retail location are going to be much easier to reach.

Where To Bet in Ohio Now

Right now in Ohio, you can go to any of the many casinos or racinos for table games, slots, and betting on horse races. Below you'll find an active map to help you locate all of the places in Ohio you can go to place bets.

This map will be updated every time there is a new betting location for you to explore. If you're looking to legally bet on sports, you'll either have to wait or go to a neighboring state. Depending on where you are, that's a short drive or a big hassle, but betting on sports is legal in Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Responsible Gambling

Gambling is supposed to be an enjoyable pastime, but gambling can be addictive and players can get in over their heads. As part of regulating the industry, each of the operators will have tools in place to encourage responsible betting. Depending on the book, you may be able to set limits on time and money spent through an app. You can also opt for a "cool off" period where your accounts will be temporarily locked. If that's not cutting it, self-exclusion programs exist in some states that will keep you from using any internet-based gambling operator. If you believe you may need problem gambling assistance, programs exist that can help. Please contact The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio or the National Council on Problem Gambling.

Ohio Sports Betting FAQ

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Brian Dermody relentlessly tests and reviews all the top sports betting apps available in the US to ensure bettors know exactly what they are getting into when they sign up with a new online bookie.

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