Ohio Betting Apps: Best OH Mobile Sportsbooks & Launch Dates

By Adam Warner
Fact Checked by Hunter Hewitt

Ohio sports betting apps are coming. If you're watching Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, Indians or Cavaliers, or the Cincinnati Bengals, sometimes you want to put some money down on your team. Ohio residents will have that chance come January 2023, as Ohio betting sites and apps will officially be legal. 

At a Glance: Best Mobile Sports Betting Apps in Ohio

It's unclear which operators will have sports betting apps in Ohio, but you can expect to see some of the major players. Here are the App Store and Google Play user ratings of some of the expected sportsbook apps you will see in the Buckeye State:

BetMGM Sportsbook App⭐ Apple App Store Rating: 4.8
⭐ Google App Store Rating: 2.5
Caesars Sportsbook App⭐ Apple App Store Rating: 4.6
⭐ Google App Store Rating: 4.1
DraftKings Sportsbook App⭐ Apple App Store Rating: 4.8
⭐ Google App Store Rating: 4.6
FanDuel Sportsbook App⭐ Apple App Store Rating: 4.8
⭐ Google App Store Rating: 4.7
PointsBet Sportsbook App⭐ Apple App Store Rating: 4.7
⭐ Google App Store Rating: 4.6
Unibet Sportsbook App⭐ Apple App Store Rating: 2.9
⭐ Google App Store Rating: 3.5

What Can You Expect from OH Sports Apps

Not only will  Ohio sports betting be available, but you won't even have to leave your couch! There will be a large menu of Ohio sports betting apps and sites to choose from, and we’re going to get you up to speed on matching you with the right app(s) so you can hit the ground running…and wagering. Of course, be sure to take some time and learn how to bet on sports in Ohio!

Top Ohio Sports Betting Apps

When you turn a sporting event on TV nowadays, you get bombarded with ads for sportsbooks, regardless of which professional sports teams are playing. With sports betting legal, expect a lot more. We’re here to help you get going as we’ll go over some of the pros and cons of the Ohio online sports betting apps that let you place wagers.

DraftKings Ohio Betting App

The DraftKings app is both intuitively structured and each is easy to navigate around to find the market you’re looking for. They let you bet on just about everything including the top US sports to Australian Rules Football, Turkish Volleyball, and there’s also a large array of game props.

There are frequent Odds Boosts for Ohio splashed all over, as well as an excellent rewards program. Plus they throw in games and challenges and “missions” that help augment your bankroll, and a unique DraftKings Social tab that allows bettors to interact with other DraftKings users.

FanDuel Ohio Betting App

The FanDuel Ohio app is easy to navigate and offers competitive markets on almost any wager you can name. You can also watch various sports on the Live Streaming app service. 

The FanDuel app also has some unique bets not found on other sites, such as golf bets on top 10, top 20, top 30 finishes on the PGA tour.

BetMGM Betting App Ohio

BetMGM Ohio app will offer a huge array of bets on a great website and easy to navigate app. The operator has tight markets for “deeper” bets like Halves and Quarters as well as for live betting. 

Once you have a mobile sportsbook account, there are several opportunities for unique special offers. You will also find the BetMGM app has an Easy Parlay button on their website that lets you see a huge array of markets at once, so you can quickly click on a parlay that’s right for you.

Caesars Betting App Ohio

You will be able to download the Caesars Sportsbook app Ohio app at either the App Store or the Google Play store. The app is intuitively organized and easy to navigate. When you log on, you will see buttons on the top of the screen that let you click right onto live markets or to the most popular current sports. There’s also a button for the available Odds Boosts. 

The middle of the screen shows markets in a few popular current games. If the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals or Ohio State Buckeyes are playing, you will likely see it right there. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, there’s a button at the bottom that toggles you over to a dropdown menu with every sport as well as a search bar.

PointsBet Betting App Ohio

The PointsBet Ohio app will offer the very unique Points Betting feature, which lets you exponentially improve payouts on a wager based on the margin of victory. Say you bet $10 on the Chiefs to cover a -7 point spread. If the Chiefs win by 21 points, covering the spread by 14, you win $10 x 14 or $140. 

Of course, the downside is that it can work in reverse. If the Chiefs lost by 7 points, you’d lose $140. Thankfully, the operator lets you cap the losses in return for limiting the win. So if you only want to risk $50, you can easily set that before you put in the bet. Fortunately, they have excellent customer support, directly from the app, to walk you through this unique feature.

Unibet Sportsbook Ohio App

The Unibet app will offer good markets in every sport you’ve heard of and even lists odds on all sorts of niche sports you haven’t thought of betting before directly from the Ohio sports app. The deposit and withdrawal mechanisms are quick and easy.

If you like props, you’ll love this operator. They have a large range of offerings and they make markets a bit tighter than most of the other legal sports betting books often -110 or -112 in spots other books show -115. Their customer service, available through the app, gets high marks and they make it very easy to deposit and then eventually withdraw funds quickly.

Mobile Betting Apps vs. Desktop

There’s nothing like going to a physical sportsbook, getting some skin in the game and rooting for your bet. But that’s not always possible or practical. Thankfully mobile apps are right at everyone’s fingertips.

Desktops always can provide a better experience as it's easier to navigate on the big screen. But the geolocators can get a little wonky even if you’re nowhere near a border to a state without legal sports betting, so it's always good to have both a desktop and a mobile device available.

Nothing beats the ease of placing a bet on a sportsbook app, but the books can only squeeze so much into a small screen. If you want to do some quick research, get an overview on props or alternate spreads or just see more info like an Easy Parlay screen, the desktop will work best. Fortunately, every site in Ohio has both an app, or mobile-friendly site, and a robust website for you to enjoy.

Betting With iOS or Android Mobile Devices

As soon as they are legalized, head on over to the App Store or Google Play and you’ll find all of the Ohio sports apps for betting. Once you have them loaded, they’ll work anywhere physically inside the  Ohio state boundaries. And they’ll also let you place bets in any other state that the Sportsbook operates. The geolocators generally work well, but you can get situations where it can’t tell if you’re actually in state, so be cognizant of that.

What To Look For In Ohio Legal Online Betting Apps

There’s a lot for Ohio sports bettors to look for in sports betting apps and mobile betting sites. We need the best markets most of all, but things like speed and ease of use can make a huge difference as well. And you always want to know it's easy to add and withdraw funds.

We’re going to cover all of what Ohio bettors should hope to find in an app. But remember that none of the online sportsbooks are mutually exclusive from each other. You should open accounts at as many spots as you can in order to lock in the best prices at all times. And of course, take advantage of any promos and offers!

Mobile App Speed and Interface

There’s nothing more frustrating than spotting a great live bet opportunity and having your app freeze and then by the time it resets, the moment’s gone. Fortunately, most sports betting apps have good records when it comes to app speed. Unfortunately, quirky stoppages happen and if you see it too often, switch to another book. In addition to speed, make sure you’re comfortable with your books interface. Markets move very quickly so it's crucial to navigate the site comfortably. 

Enticing New User Welcome Offers

Welcome Bonuses, usually in the form of Risk-Free Bets or Deposit Matches, are basically money in your bankroll. Every mobile sportsbook in Ohio is expected to offer bonuses to open and fund an account. A Risk-Free bet doesn’t have the full value of the headline amount, but you can capture about 60% of it. And now with rollovers down to 1x, you don’t have to worry about churning it all away before you truly pocket some of the money. Be cognizant of the terms of the bonuses, as there may be terms and conditions and you may only have a certain amount of time to claim the promo.

Referral Bonuses

Ohio sports betting apps will also offer Referral Bonuses. Not only do all books want your business, they also want business from all your friends. But here’s some great news! If you refer a friend and your friend opens and funds an account, the operator will give you a “referral bonus”, most likely in the form of yet another free bet. 

Wide Betting Selection on Markets

If you want to just bet NFL point spreads and totals with competitive markets you can find that literally on every Ohio sports betting app. But do you want more props or are you interested in wagering on a sport that’s off the grid a bit? If yes, it's important to make sure your book covers all of those markets. Most of the apps have easy-to-navigate search features that direct you right to that team or sport you’re looking for.

Reduced Juice Betting Odds

Getting the best price is the single most important factor in helping you find success as a sports bettor. Reduced juice goes a huge way towards accomplishing that goal. Books make their profits on their “juice”. Standard juice is -110, meaning you need to risk $110 in order to win $100. Every book starts there. Reduced juice is usually a -110 bet repriced to -105. Saving $5 for every $100 of unsuccessful wagers really really helps in the long run, so take advantage at all times.

Wide Array Of Payment Methods

Sportsbooks in Ohio will want your account and offer essentially every payment option out there. Credit cards, checks, wire transfers, Paypal…you name it, they'll take it. Often they’ll even take payment in crypto. Your credit card company itself may not play along, but as sports betting legalization sweeps across the country, that barrier is lessening. There are myriad ways to fund accounts, and withdrawing funds has never been easier. You can expect payment within a day or two from most Ohio mobile sportsbooks. 

Best-in-Class App Security

The first rule on generating a good return ON capital is to make sure you can get a return OF capital. That’s a fancy way of saying that you want to be sure you can get your money out when you want it. And though hacks can happen anywhere, you can feel pretty confident that all the Ohio sports betting apps will have security systems they’ve used successfully for many years. Legal online sportsbooks also offer Two-Factor Authentication, so add that on if you have any concerns.

Number Of Customer Support Options Available

It's often difficult to get an actual human on the other end of Customer Support at any large company. Sportsbooks are no different. Most do have online chat and that’s often a better way to resolve issues. If you’re not satisfied with the response times or the answers that the book provides, get your money out of there and into a book that meets your needs. 

Why Use Mobile Sports Betting Apps in Ohio?

Sports betting is incredibly fun. So long as you wager within your means, it can make any game interesting. And hopefully, you turn it into a profitable experience. Once the official launch is here, the sportsbook apps in Ohio will bring all that excitement to your fingertips. What’s more, you can now Live Stream all sorts of games, which is great for Live Betting or just simply being able to condense everything to one screen.

  • Increased Usability

    Betting apps popped up in the US in 2018 and whatever quirks they had at the beginning are long gone by now. Your goal is to access sports markets quickly and seamlessly and get bets on quickly at times. Their goal is to make that experience as easy as possible and as such, they all have interfaces that are easy to navigate.

  • Live Betting

    When you’re wagering on sports, speed is often of the essence. That’s especially true when Live Betting. And now thanks to the sportsbook apps coming to Ohio, you can make those wagers from your couch, a bar or even the sports venue itself.

  • Mobile-Exclusive Betting Bonuses

    Operators know that the convenience of apps makes wagers as close as your fingertips available at all times. As such, they want to encourage everyone to get used to betting that way, so they offer many mobile-only bonuses. The more you access the app from your phone, the more bonuses you’ll get, so take advantage of this when you can.

  • Stream Sports from Your Phone

    More and more operators stream sporting events right into their apps. This lets you watch and live bet simultaneously without even switching screens, it's a huge win-win for both the book and the player.

  • Ease of Account Funding

    Funding an account, or withdrawing money from an account, has never been easier. Most books let you do it right through your mobile betting wallet so its as close as your fingertips or your face.

  • Quick Connection

    So long as you have a mobile connection, you will have access to the Ohio sportsbook apps. And they can keep you signed in if you so desire This allows you to maybe lip around for some research and then pop back and make a wager.

Live Betting with Mobile Sports Apps

If you like live betting, you will love the sports betting apps in Ohio. Markets update constantly, and you can access them and place wagers instantly via the apps. What’s more, apps now Live Steam many game, providing an even more seamless experience, And you can do this anywhere inside the state borders.

How to Download a Mobile Betting App in Ohio

You can sign up for sports betting accounts from anywhere in the US, but in order to actually place wagers on them, you must be the legal age in the state, as well as physically present in Ohio. You do not have to be a resident. Of course, it must be understood, OH betting apps are not available yet but are expected to be from January 1, 2023. Once legal, simply either go to any of the Ohio sites, or go to the App Store and download the app.

When you go on the app, you’ll be asked for your email. This may become your username, or you may need to pick one, it depends on the app. You’ll also need to give them your birthday, create a password and provide some info such as the last four digits of your social security number. They also may ask for your cell phone number. And finally and best of all, fill in the code you get for promos.

Get Started Betting With Online Betting Apps in Ohio

You’re hopefully now ready to find all of Ohio’s sportsbook apps once the official launch arrives. Once sports betting is available, pick the one(s) that are right for you, and get ready to have fun and hopefully make some money! In the meantime, we’re going to continue to offer more guides on all the types of bets out there and other various sports betting information specific to your state to help you find the gambling operators that suit you best. 

Ohio Sports Betting Apps FAQ

Contributors

Adam Warner is the author of "Options Volatility Trading: Strategies for Profiting from Market Swings" former financial writer for Schaeffers Research, and freelance writer for Minyanville.com and StreetInsight.com. Previously Adam was a Market Maker on the American Stock Exchange and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

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