Ohio Launch Weekend Yields Unprecedented GeoLocation Numbers

Ohio Launch Weekend Yields Unprecedented GeoLocation Numbers
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Can you imagine if the kick was good?

These numbers are amazing, but imagine if Ohio State was successful with a winning field goal on the last play and now was preparing to play for the national title?

Here’s the numbers we’re talking about:

Vancouver-based GeoComply announced late Tuesday analytic data from the first weekend of legalized Ohio sports betting when it officially launched at midnight Jan. 1.

To say the launch of Ohio sports betting apps was a success is an understatement.

GeoComply is a geolocation company that does a large share of its work analyzing the gambling industry. GeoComply recorded 11.3 million geolocation transactions in Ohio over the course of New Year’s weekend. That figure topped the list of states with the most geolocation volumes recorded by GeoComply over the New Year’s weekend, even surpassing New York.

Here is the top five:

  1. Ohio (11.3 million)
  2. New York (9.3 million)
  3. Pennsylvania (8.2 million)
  4. New Jersey (6.7 million)
  5. Michigan (5.8 million)

“We are thrilled to welcome another state into the regulated online sports betting sector. As expected, residents of the Buckeye State enthusiastically greeted the market at the moment the calendar changed over to 2023,” said Lindsay Slader, GeoComply SVP of Compliance, in a news release.

“Today, about 44 percent of the American population can bet online with legal and responsible operators. The launch of regulated online sports betting in Ohio will better protect its citizens, with an increased commitment to responsible gambling and new funding for critical state programs.”

Stay close to BetOhio.com for news on the launch month in the state as well as for Ohio sportsbook promo codes.

Be sure to check back for industry-leading insight on promotional offerings like the bet365 Ohio bonus code as well. 

More GeoComply Numbers

Ohio sports betting action on Saturday, Jan. 1 and Sunday, Jan. 2, based on GeoComply’s data features:

  • 17 operators
  • 784k unique accounts
  • 11.3m geolocation transactions
  • 234k geolocation transactions during the first hour (12-1 a.m.) on New Year's Day.

Ohio’s New Year launch pushed it straight to the top of the U.S. market over the holiday weekend.

Out of the top four cities in the Buckeye State, Cincinnati proved to be the busiest, with 1,898,000 geolocation transactions. Columbus, despite having the largest population, trailed with 1,033,000 transactions. Cleveland was third with 772,000 transactions and Toledo was fourth with 619,000.

Fourth-seeded Ohio State lost to top-seeded Georgia, 42-41, in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl just as the clock struck midnight and Ohio sports betting was launching.

It won’t be the same without the Buckeyes when Georgia tries for back-to-back national championships in its game against Texas Christian University. Georgia is a strong 12.5-point favorite at Caesars Sportsbook Ohio.

The Bulldogs are +350 moneyline favorites and TCU is a -450 underdog. 

The over-under is at 62.5 points.

That said, the lines will differ at different operators, so you might see different values offered at places like bet365 Sportsbook Ohio. Be sure to shop around for the best value. 



Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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