Best Ohio sports betting sites available in January 2023


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Promo Code: LSR1BET
Caesars Sportsbook is Now Live in Ohio!
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What’s happening in Ohio sports betting right now

Is sports betting legal in Ohio?

Yes, Ohio sports betting is legal and available for play in the state. A number of online sportsbook apps and physical sports betting locations went live on Jan. 1, 2023. The Ohio sports betting law, HB 29, passed both chambers of the Ohio Legislature in December 2021 and was signed by Gov. Mike DeWine.

Ohio sportsbook apps

There could be as many as 25 online sportsbooks in Ohio from the outset. The casinos and sports teams with those licenses can apply for a second skin if they can demonstrate to the OCCC that the second skin will benefit Ohio on an incremental basis.

On Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m., sportsbook apps in Ohio began taking bets, including DraftKings and Caesars. The OCCC announced in December that 16 Ohio sportsbook apps were ready to launch on New Year’s Day, but more are on the way.

Here is a summary of the application status and partnerships for incoming Ohio sports betting apps:

Online SportsbookOhio PartnerApplication Status
Bally BetCleveland BrownsConditionally Approved
BarstoolHollywood Casino ColumbusLaunched
Bet365Cleveland GuardiansLaunched
BetfredCincinnati BengalsLaunched
BetJACKJACK CasinosLaunched
BetlyMiami Valley Gaming & RacingLaunched
BetMGMMGM Northfield ParkLaunched
BetPARXMuirfield Village Golf CourseConditionally Approved
BetRiversHollywood Casino ColumbusLaunched
BetwayBelterra ParkLaunched
CaesarsScioto DownsLaunched
DraftKingsHollywood Casino ToledoLaunched
FanaticsColumbus Blue JacketsConditionally Approved
FanDuelBelterra ParkLaunched
Hard RockHard Rock Casino CincinnatiLaunched
Instabet/BetrPro Football Hall of Fame VillageLaunched
Out the GateSpire InstituteConditionally Approved
PlayUpJACK Cleveland CasinoConditionally Approved
PointsBetHollywood Gaming at Mahoning ValleyLaunched
Prophet Exchange (Stake Trade)Columbus Blue JacketsConditionally Approved
SuperbookFC CincinnatiLaunched
TipicoColumbus CrewLaunched
UnderdogCincinnati RedsConditionally Approved
WynnBetJACK Thistledown RacinoConditionally Approved

Here is a closer look at some of the top sportsbook apps now available in Ohio:

FanDuel Ohio

FanDuel is live in Ohio. FanDuel is a known commodity in the Buckeye State because of its DFS operations, but its sportsbook app earns high marks for its innovations and navigation. FanDuel, partnered with Belterra Park, is well-known for its same-game parlay and its slate of ongoing bonuses for new and existing customers. If it has a downside, it’s that sometimes the options for any one betting market can be slim.

BetMGM Ohio

BetMGM is live and available for betting in Ohio. BetMGM Sportsbook is the sportsbook app representing MGM Resorts, one of the world’s largest gaming companies. MGM already has a presence in Ohio through its ownership of the MGM Northfield Park. Its “Edit My Bet” feature allow users to change a bet after submitting it. BetMGM is also a popular option for unique betting markets such as table tennis and snooker, but the navigation on the app can be clunky.

DraftKings Ohio

DraftKings Sportsbook launched in Ohio on Jan. 1. DraftKings has served Ohio for several years as a daily fantasy sports provider. It now offers sports betting in the Buckeye State. Via a partnership with Hollywood Casino Toledo, DraftKings Sportsbook comes equipped with unique features such as a custom bet slip and a slate of free-to-play betting pools. DraftKings is probably most well-known for its live betting features, though its ongoing promotions for new and existing users can be somewhat thin.

PointsBet Ohio

PointsBet Sportsbook is live and legal in Ohio. PointsBet is an Australian sports betting operator that has made a splash in the US in the past few years. Its unique PointsBetting feature makes it stand out among the crowded US sports betting space. However, it can be difficult finding bets on the app as the menu is hard to navigate.

Caesars Ohio

Caesars Sportsbook in Ohio is live in the state, representing the hotel and casino company of the same name. The company’s massive portfolio includes Ohio’s Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs. In addition, Caesars has a retail partnership with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Caesars also recently debuted a horse betting app in Ohio. The Caesars app is basic in design with few innovative features, but it comes with a slew of options for bettors.

How to sign up at an Ohio sportsbook

No matter the sportsbook app you ultimately choose to use in Ohio, the procedure for getting started is going to be remarkably similar and fairly quick. In fact, signing up goes through the same steps everywhere. Here’s what to do:

  1. Download and install the app on your mobile device.
  2. Register for an account.
  3. Fund your account.
  4. Make your first wager.

Bonuses and promotions definitions

With Ohio online sports betting live, bettors can take advantage of bonuses and promotions. Although the offers will always change, they typically fall into one of the categories listed below, and it’s helpful to know how to recognize the offers and what they mean for you.

As mentioned, some of these offers will yield site credits or bet vouchers that require you to play before you can withdraw the funds. This requirement is called a playthrough or wagering requirement. It is a multiple of the amount of bonus dollars you receive. Make sure to read through the terms and conditions of any bonus offer before you accept the promotion.

Latest Ohio sports betting news

Ohio sports betting law

Ohio is a legal sports betting state after the passage of HB 29.

The language of the law creates the potential for dozens of sportsbooks to set up shop in Ohio. There are several different types of sports betting licenses that companies may pursue, and Ohioans are soon to see legal options pop up close to them, wherever they might be. Here’s the structure for the licenses that companies can pursue:

Online sportsbook operators that partnered with Type A licensees must apply for a mobile management services provider license in order to be eligible for such a partnership.

Other legal betting options in Ohio

Aside from betting on horse racing and sports betting, Ohio is also home to a robust list of casinos and racinos.

With the advent of legal betting sites in Ohio, it is important to bet only on regulated sportsbooks. There are illegal offshore sports betting apps that accept bets from people in Ohio. Without holding a license from any US jurisdiction, these offshore websites can’t be counted on to pay out winnings.

The only safe and protected way to bet on sports in the US is to do so with a licensed operator, of which Ohio now has several.

Most popular sports to bet on in Ohio

Championships might be few and far between, but Ohio has a long history in professional sports and at least one team in every major league. Fandom in the state is divided between Cincinnati in the southwest and Cleveland in the northeast.

NFL betting in Ohio

The Cleveland Browns played in the league championship game their first 10 years in existence. Yet, the Browns have never won a Super Bowl, which started in 1967.

The last of their four NFL championships was in 1964. Worse, what was previously the Cleveland Browns won two Super Bowls after moving to Baltimore and becoming the Ravens in 1995. The Cleveland Browns started anew in 1999 and have only made the playoffs once since. Despite the struggles, the Dawg Pound remains rabid.

If it makes Browns’ fans feel any better, the cross-state Cincinnati Bengals have never won a Super Bowl — though they did appear in one in 2022. The Bengals were the worst team in the league in 2019, landing the top pick in the draft and reason to be optimistic about the future with Heisman-winning QB Joe Burrow at the helm.

NBA betting in Ohio

LeBron James put his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers on the map, winning them the NBA title in 2016. Since King James left, the Cavaliers have been a team in transition, slowly building the team back to contender status.

MLB betting in Ohio

There’s more than 200 years of combined Major League Baseball history in Ohio, which could be considered the birthplace of professional baseball. The Cincinnati Red Stockings became baseball’s first all-professional team in 1869, a year in which they went a perfect 57-0.

A Cincinnati Reds team was a charter member of the National League in 1876. However, that team was kicked out of the league four years later for refusing to agree not to sell beer at games. The modern Cincinnati Reds were formed in 1881 and have won five World Series titles, the latest in 1990.

Fans of the Cleveland Guardians don’t feel the least bit bad for their cross-state counterparts. The Guardians (formerly the Indians) haven’t won a World series in 72 years. They flirted with breaking the streak over the last few seasons, winning the AL Central four times from 2016-2022 including a World Series appearance in 2016.

NHL betting in Ohio

Columbus technically has the largest population of any city in Ohio, but the only major professional team it has is the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. The newcomer to Ohio professional sports, founded in 2000, has yet to kiss the Stanley Cup but did finally win its first playoff series in 2019.

NCAA betting in Ohio

While fandom around the state is divided into regions in the professional sports, most of Ohio can come together to root for Ohio State in NCAA football. One of the most prestigious programs in the country, the Buckeyes have won eight national championships since their founding in 1890, including taking the first College Football Playoff National Championship in 2014.

The Cincinnati Bearcats also have made some noise in football of late, appearing in the 2021 Cotton Bowl vs Alabama (one of the two CFP semifinal games) and finishing with nine or more wins in five straight seasons.

The state of Ohio hasn’t had as much success in NCAA basketball. The Buckeyes do have 11 Final Four appearances and an NCAA Tournament Title back in 1960. And the Bearcats have an active streak of nine consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Not to be outdone, the Xavier Musketeers make the tournament pretty much every year, though they have yet to make a Final Four. The Dayton Flyers and Miami Redhawks play occasional Cinderella come March Madness.

Ohio and Daily Fantasy Sports

Ohio legalized daily fantasy sports in 2018. The industry-friendly law set a $10,000 maximum annual licensing fee and installed no tax on operators.

Interestingly given the Ohio sports betting debate, the Ohio Casino Control Commission was granted oversight of DFS.

With the legal clarification, major DFS sites such as DraftKingsFanDuelYahoo!, and Fantasy Draft operated in Ohio.

Ohio sports betting timeline

2022

In the wake of DeWine’s signature on HB 29, the Ohio Casino Control Commission spends the first half of 2022 preparing its rules for administering sports betting in the Buckeye State. It releases several different sets of rules for public comment and adjusts the language in the proposals according to feedback from stakeholders. In addition, the licensing applications are subject to the same type of public comment.

In early May, the OCCC announces that it will accept license applications for most types of sports betting licenses during a month-long window in June 2022 and July 2022. The remaining licenses will gain access to the process in their own window, a month-long opportunity immediately following the first window and stretching into August 2022.

The commission confirms on the first day of June that sports betting will begin in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023, as previously suggested. Two weeks later, the OCCC begins to receive the first of the sports betting license applications. The first companies to apply for licensure are BetMGM and PointsBet, but they are quickly joined by other interested parties. The Cincinnati Bengals become the first Ohio sports franchise to apply for its own license in July 2022. On Aug. 3, OCCC Executive Director Matt Schuler said sportsbooks can accept bets at midnight on January 1.

2021

With new legislators, like State Sen. Kirk Schuring, taking up the cause of passing an OH sports betting bill, the process essentially started over again in Ohio.

Schuring introduced his own sports betting bill, SB 176, in May 2021. The bill passed through the Senate after about a month of discussion, but its momentum stalled when it reached the House.

Schuring realized that the chance of a hearing for SB 176 in the House before the summer 2021 recess was very low, so he took the guts of the bill and grafted them onto an unrelated measure, HB 29, that had a better opportunity to move forward.

After several months of debate, HB 29 passed through the House and Senate with several amendments in place to allow sports betting. Although several of the particulars of the bill changed from Schuring’s initial vision, the basic shape of SB 176 was signed by DeWine in late December.

2020

After multiple delays, the House Finance Committee finally advanced an Ohio sports betting bill on its ninth hearing. The House promptly passed the bill a day later, prior to its summer recess.

Rep. Dave Greenspan said that he planned to reach out to Senate sponsor Sen. John Eklund to discuss the differences between their bills over the summer with the hope of coming into the fall session in September ready to pass the legislation.

In addition to oversight, the key differences between the bills are the tax rate (House 10%, Senate 6.25%), that the House bill allows veterans’ and fraternal organizations to have sports betting while the Senate bill limits it to state casinos and racinos, and that all proceeds from sports betting go to education in the House version while the Senate places the revenue in the general fund.

Unfortunately, neither bill nor the legislative terms of Greenspan and Eklund survived beyond the 2020 legislative session. The two lame duck lawmakers attempted to pass the bill through the Senate in the waning days after the November 2020 election, but could not get enough votes together.

2019

Eklund and Greenspan introduced their bills, then spent most of the year arguing in the press on the merits of each regulator and building a coalition of support.

H 194 got support from the Legislative Service Commission and key Sen. William Coley, who served as president of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. But S 111 got most important supporter of all in Gov. Mike DeWine, the guy who needs to sign off on the legislation.

The House Finance Committee held eight hearings on the bill, where really the only thing figured out was that the bill would not include an official league data mandate. The Senate held one hearing, content to wait until the House bill comes over.

Ohio sports betting FAQ

Who oversees legal sports betting in Ohio?

The Ohio Casino Control Commission oversees all gambling in the state and as such will also manage and regulate the incoming legal sports betting market.

Will mobile OH sports betting be allowed?

Yes. The 2021 law calls for legal online sports betting with remote registration. Online sports betting in Ohio began on Jan. 1, 2023.

Who can bet on sports in Ohio?

Anyone over the age of 21 and inside Ohio may place a wager on sports. You may be required to furnish proof of your age during the registration process. Additionally, you will be compelled to verify your location within the state lines through each app’s geolocation verification software.

Where can I bet on sports in Ohio?

You can bet on sports at any of several online sportsbooks that launched on Jan. 1. In addition, all of Ohio’s casinos, racinos, racetracks, and major sports arenas are either actively planning to offer onsite sports betting or are eligible to do so. The short answer is that you can bet on sports throughout Ohio and have many options for doing so.

Can I bet on college sports in Ohio?

Yes. Whether you plan to bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cincinnati Bearcats, or one of the other major collegiate teams in the Buckeye State, you are be able to do so at all sportsbooks in Ohio.

Is horse racing legal in Ohio?

Yes, horse betting is legal in Ohio. The Ohio State Racing Commission was created in 1933 after the legislature approved parimutuel wagering on horse racing. Horses race throughout the year in Ohio, with thoroughbred racing at tracks in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Youngstown. Quarter horse races and harness racing also takes place in Ohio. Seven of the 11 casinos in Ohio are racinos on the site of tracks with live horse racing.

Online horse betting is allowed in Ohio through sites such as TVG, TwinSpires, BetAmerica and, most recently, Caesars Racebook.

There are some sports betting websites that say they accept bets from the United States. Are those legal options?

No. Any website that says it takes wagers from anywhere in the United States is operating illegally. These sites offer no protection to people who bet with them. All US sportsbooks are licensed at the state level.

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