OH Online Sports Betting Apps & Promo Codes
Updated March 21, 2023
Ohio sports betting apps and in-person locations are live as of midnight on Sunday, Jan. 1!
Several Ohio sportsbooks have gone live and are currently accepting registrations and wagers from eager Buckeye State bettors. Here are some of the best offers you can take advantage of when you sign up for the first time:
- BetMGM: Use BetMGM bonus code ACTIONBONUS1100 or ACTIONMM at registration to earn up to $1,100 Paid Back in Bonus Bets (if you don't win your first bet) or a Bet $10, Get $200 on any moneyline! *Moneyline offer valid until 4/3
- FanDuel: No FanDuel bonus code is required to take advantage of FanDuel's No Sweat First Bet up to $1,000 Back in Bonus Bets offer.
- Caesars: Sign up using the Caesars Sportsbook promo code ACTION21BET to earn up to $1,500 back in bet credits.
- bet365: Use bet365 bonus code ACTION to earn $365 in Bonus Bets when you bet at least $1 on any market.
- PointsBet: No PointsBet promo code is required to earn up to $500 in Second Chance Bets (redeem your $100 second chance bets daily for five days if you lose your first fixed odds cash bet of that day) when registering.
- SuperBook: New users can get up to a $250 First Bet Match Bonus paid in Bonus Bets with SuperBook promo code ACTION.
Must be in OH. 21+. Gambling problem? Call 1-800 GAMBLER
Ohio Sports Betting Key Takeaways
⚖️ Is sports betting legal in Ohio?
Yes, sports betting is live and legal in Ohio as of midnight on Jan. 1. You can now place bets online and in person.
💸 What are the requirements to bet online?
You have to be 21+ years of age and physically in OH (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers.
📒 What sportsbooks are available to bet with now that betting is live in Ohio?
FanDuel, BetMGM, bet365, Caesars, Barstool, DraftKings, PointsBet, Betfred, SuperBook, Bally Bet, Hard Rock, Betr, betJACK, and Tipico.
Fanatics Sportsbook is expected to launch during the spring of this year.
🏈 What sports will I be able to bet on in OH?
You are able to bet on all the major American league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL), college sports and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket, and rugby.
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Ohio Sports Betting Updates:
- February 28, 2023 — Ohio racks up $1.1 billion in sports bets in January, which is the second-highest mark behind NY's launch last year.
- January 3, 2023 — Ohio logs 11.3 million sports betting transactions in first two days, according to GeoComply.
- January 1, 2023 — Online and in-person sports betting is live in Ohio as of midnight.
OH Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background
Ohio's dense population, numerous professional and college teams, along with operator-friendly rules should make it one of the top states that offer legal sports betting in the U.S. relatively quick. The Ohio sports betting bill (HB 29) was signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine on Dec. 22, 2021; it allows dozens of online sportsbooks, betting at casinos, racetracks, super-market kiosks, and professional sports stadiums, restaurants, bars, and convenience stores to operate legalized wagering. The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced that Ohio's first legal bets will occur on Jan. 1, 2023.
Online betting will run through sports teams and physical gaming facilities, who will be able to partner with multiple well-known national brands. They'll pay a 10% tax. Roughly 98% of proceeds will fund education and youth sports, with the remaining 2% allotted for problem gambling assistance.
Ohio is one of the last states in the Midwest to legalize sports betting. Discrepancies over operator count and tax rates prevented the General Assembly from passing anything until 2021, when HB 29 cleared the Senate by a 31-1 margin and the House by a 72-12 mark. A special clause in the Ohio sports betting bill mandates rules to allow first bets no later than Jan. 1, 2023, setting Ohio up for one of the fastest rollouts in U.S. history.
Ohio Sports Betting Rules
Overall, online gambling in Ohio are comparable to most legalized betting states.
All operators will pay a 10% tax, which is average to low compared to other states. Looking ahead, Ohio tax revenue is expected to exceed projections and allow the state to streamline support to the selected initiatives. Ohio's law creates three types of sports betting licenses businesses can apply for:
These are online licenses, available to casinos, racinos and pro sports arenas. The first 21 license holders may partner with up to two "Mobile Management Service Providers" each, i.e. DratKings, FanDuel, etc. The remaining four license holders may partner with just one online provider each, setting Ohio up for a maximum of 46 mobile sportsbooks.
To hold a Type A Ohio online sports betting license, a business must also hold a Type B license, which authorizes brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. Counties larger than 800,000 people can have a maximum of five Type B license holders, counties between 800,000-400,000 may have up to three, counties with less than 400,000 people are limited to one.
These are thousand of Type C licenses, which are required run sports betting kiosks, available to any establishment with a class-D liquor license. This includes liquor stores, bars, restaurants, convince stores, supermarkets, etc.
Click for Previous Ohio Sports Betting Background and Legalization Updates
Online and in-person sports betting goes live in Ohio as of midnight on Jan. 1.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has conditionally approved 22 Type A and 21 Type B license applications. There are only three Type A (online) 19 Type B (retail) operators left to approve. Stark Enterprises is the only operator that has not been approved. [Dec. 2]
Sportradar earns a sports betting supplier license from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. This means that Sportradar will be providing Ohio with relevant data services when the market launches on Jan. 1, 2023. [Dec. 1]
JACK Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino open sportsbook lounges for live-game viewing. Both future betting locations are giving their visitors a preview to their in-person sports betting experience by opening up their lounges. [Nov. 23]
BetFanatics, betParx and Gamewise were listed as considered licensed sports gaming operators by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. This is great news for sports betting in the Buckeye State as launch day approaches. Also, MaximBet announced that they are ceasing their sportsbook operations after being expected to launch in Ohio.
Tipico Sportsbook launches their sports betting game through their partnership with USA Today Sports.. Users can visit winohio.com and enter scratch-prop questions on the NFL and NCAA for a chance to earn Tipico bonuses like $50,000 in bets, 10 $1,500 grand prizes, and other exciting giveaways. This contest ends on launch day. [Nov. 15]
Betr and bet365 earn conditional Ohio sports betting licenses. This is a major win for the first micro-betting company that has secured a partnership with the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (also currently partnered with BetRivers). Additionally, bet365 earned a conditional license as well after securing a partnership with the Cleveland Guardians in September. [Jake Paul, Betr Acquire Ohio Online Sports Betting License, Nov. 16]
bet365 opens up pre-registration for the Buckeye State. New users earn $100 bet credits when they register. [Nov. 3]
Caesars opens up pre-reg for Ohioans. New Caesars users earn $100 and weekly ticket giveaways for the Cleveland Cavaliers. [Oct. 28]
Fubo ceases sportsbook operations. With the sudden departure of Fubo, the Cleveland Cavaliers no longer have an online sportsbook partner. [Oct. 17]
BetMGM announces partnership with the Great American Ball Park. The 2023 baseball season will include a retail sportsbook inside the stadium where the Cincinnati Reds play. [Oct. 11]
FanDuel opens up pre-registration for new users. New users earn $100 and three months of NBA League Pass! [Oct.1]
The Ohio Casino Control Commission approves 18 sports betting applications. This includes Caesars, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and a few other notable sportsbooks. [Sept. 21]
First bets can be made starting on midnight on Jan. 1, 2023. not at an arbitrary time set during the middle of the day like some other states have used, Matt Schuler, Executive Director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission said during the board's August meeting. [Aug. 3]
OH received over a dozen new sports betting applications between the June 15-July 15 window. Sports betting in the Buckeye State is looking bright, as about 20 sportsbooks are expected to join the market by or after Jan. 1, 2023. [Ohio Sports Betting Filled with Applications Before Deadline, July 18]
Cincinnati Bengals apply for an Ohio sports betting license. Additionally, the Ohio Casino Control Commission announced that the Bengals would need to secure a in-person or online partnership with a legalized sportsbook. [July 11]
Barstool Sportsbook announces that they will join the OH sports betting market. Barstool will be launching their online and retail sportsbook at the Hollywood Toledo Casino. [July 4]
betJACK releases Training Camp app. Users can trial sports betting on betJACK's exclusive training camp app before Ohio's New Year's Day launch. [June 27]
BetMGM and PointsBet are the first two sportsbooks to apply for online betting licenses in the Buckeye State. After meeting all the requirements to become fully licensed in OH, both books must partner with a retail sports betting venue before officially launching. [BetMGM and PointsBet Apply to Enter the OH Sports Betting Market, June 20]
The Ohio Casino Control Commission officially announced Jan. 1, 2023 as the launch date for online and retail sports betting. The commission had previously announced that legal betting would start close to or around the state's self-imposed Jan. 1, 2023 deadline. [Ohio Sports Betting Launch Date Confirmed, June 1]
The OH Casino Commission has given a timeline for proprietors to apply for their license. Their license allows them to operate within the state. This window starts on June 15 and ends July 15 for type A and B proprietors, and the window for type C proprietors is July 15-Aug. 15. [Public Implementation Timeline, May 4]
Bally Bet reaches a deal with the Cleveland Browns. Bally's partnership with the Browns confirms their desire to join the OH market and will be the first NFL partnership in the state. [April 26]
betJACK Training Camp launches. Ohio has revolutionized the sports betting trial period by offering users betJACK's exclusive training camp app. Sports bets can be placed and betJACK will offer weekly promotions. [April 5]
betPARX inks a deal with the Memorial Tournament and the PGA Tour. This deal marks the first PGA or golf-related partnership ahead of OH's scheduled New Year's Day 2023 launch.
Three months have passed since Gov. DeWine signed House Bill 29, and it is now law in The Buckeye State. Now, the Ohio Casino Commission will draft more-specific batches of rules for approval, with the implementation deadline of Jan. 1, 2023 in mind.
Caesars announces a sports betting partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A brand new sportsbook venue will be built in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse within the next two years. [Feb. 24]
Fubo Gaming announces a sports betting partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This partnership officially confirms Fubo Sportsbook as one of many operators that will enter OH's market. [Feb. 9]
Tipico Sportsbook has partnered with Columbus Crew. Tipico becomes the first operator to reach a deal with a MLS team in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Senate, House and Gov. Mike DeWine overwhelmingly pass bill to legalize OH sports betting. The Ohio Senate and House on Wednesday, Dec. 8 voted to approve a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Buckeye State. On Dec. 22, Gov. DeWine signed House Bill 29. The latest that sports betting will be implemented is January 2023, but lawmakers hope for first bets to be placed in mid to late 2022. [DeWine Signs Bill Legalizing Sports Betting in Ohio, Dec. 22]
Ohio Sports Betting Tips
Sports Betting for Potential Bettors
Want to get ahead of the curve? Check out our sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started if you wish to bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes or the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sports Betting Glossary
The sports betting lexicon is vast and sometimes confusing, especially for new bettors. Check out our sports betting glossary to speed up every term you might need to know before a parlay or prop bet.
Sports Betting Mistakes to Avoid
Betting on your favorite teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers might seem like a no-brainer, but you must be careful if you’re staying healthy all around in the sports betting world.
Here are some sports betting mistakes to avoid.
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Where to Play: Legal Online Sportsbooks in Ohio
Ohio features all of the top legal sportsbooks on the market. Be sure to carefully research each one to determine which is the right fit for your sports betting needs. Here are the best sportsbooks and bonus codes in the Buckeye State.
BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio
BetMGM is one of Ohio's leading mobile operators as it's offering two separate welcome bonuses for new users in Ohio.
First Bet Offer: Get up to $1,100 Paid Back in Bonus Bets if You Don't Win!
Bet $10, Get $200 in Bonus Bets Instantly!
BetMGM Promo Code
ACTIONMM (valid until 4/3 on any moneyline matchup)
Action Network Score
9.8/10. See our BetMGM review for more in-depth information about BetMGM and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options BetMGM vs Other Sportsbooks
FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio
One of the largest online sports betting providers in the country, FanDuel already has a presence in Ohio as a daily fantasy sports operator. It could gain market access via its relationship with Boyd Gaming, which owns two retail properties in line for licenses.
No Sweat First Bet up to $1,000 Back in Bonus Bets!
FanDuel Promo Code
There is no promo code required to claim the FanDuel offer.
Action Network Score
9.5/10. See our FanDuel review for more in-depth information about FanDuel and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options FanDuel vs Other Sportsbooks
Caesars Sportsbook Ohio
Thanks to its $17 billion merger with Eldorado Resorts, Caesars owns retail property in Ohio expected to receive a license. It's also the "official sports betting partner" of the Cleveland Cavaliers and plans to open a street-level retail sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Caesars Sportsbook is one of the state's first mobile operators.
Caesars Sportsbook Promo
Caesars Sportsbook Promo Code
Action Network Score
9.5/10. See our Caesars review for more in-depth information about Caesars and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options Caesars vs Other Sportsbooks
bet365 Sportsbook Ohio
The U.K. sports betting company operates in New Jersey and Colorado, so this is their third betting market in the U.S. Expect bet365 to be one of the leading sportsbooks in the Buckeye State as they have secured a partnership with the Cleveland Guardians.
Bet $1 Get $365 in Bonus Bets!
bet365 Bonus Code
Action Network Score
9.2/10. See our bet365 review for more sportsbook details and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options bet365 vs Other Sportsbooks
PointsBet Sportsbook Ohio
Ohio is PointsBet's 13th market in the U.S. A retail location is expected to open with Barstool at the Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown because of the brand's existing partnership with Penn National Gaming. Also, you can track your bets with our exclusive BetSync feature when using PointsBet in Ohio!
Get up to $500 in Second Chance Bets!
PointsBet Promo Code
There is no promo code required to claim the PointsBet offer.
Action Network Score
9.7/10. See our PointsBet review for more in-depth information about PointsBet and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options PointsBet vs Other Sportsbooks
Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio
Hard Rock's casino in Cincinnati means it should have no issue obtaining a license for its Hard Rock Sportsbook app.
Hard Rock Promo
Up to $1,000 in bonus bets with a No Regret First Bet
Hard Rock Bonus Code
No promo code required
Action Network Score
8.9/10. See our Hard Rock Sportsbook review for more in-depth information about Hard Rock and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options Hard Rock vs Other Sportsbooks
Betfred Sportsbook Ohio
Bet $50, Get up to $1,111 in Fred Bets
Betfred Promo Code
There is no promo code required to claim this Betfred bonus.
Action Network Score
9.1/10. See our Betfred review for more in-depth information about Betfred and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options Betfred vs Other Sportsbooks
SuperBook Sportsbook Ohio
$250 First Bet Match Bonus Paid out in Bonus Bets
SuperBook Promo Code
Action Network Score
8.7/10. See our SuperBook review for more in-depth information about SuperBook and step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options SuperBook vs Other Sportsbooks
Barstool Sportsbook Ohio
Penn National Gaming, which runs the Barstool Sportsbook app, owns several retail locations in Ohio under its Hollywood Casino brand. More specifically, Barstool has a retail location at the Hollywood Casino Toledo. Also, don't forget to track your bets through our very own BetSync feature after placing your Barstool bets in Ohio!
Barstool Sportsbook is a fast-rising sportsbook thanks to its backing of internet personalities and Penn National Gaming.
$1,000 New Player Bonus
Barstool Bonus Code
No promo code required
Action Network Score
9.0/10. Learn more about the Barstool Sportsbook promo code by reading our app review, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to sign up.
Category Star Rating Bonuses & Promotions Mobile App & Website Registering & Cashiering Betting Options Barstool vs Other Sportsbooks
Bally Bet Sportsbook Ohio
Bally Interactive struck a multi-year partnership with the Cleveland Browns last April that ensures market access for their online sportsbook. It also plans to open a betting lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium.
betPARX Sportsbook Ohio
betPARX Sportsbook has partnered with the PGA Tour. The two plan to apply for a Type A license tied to the Ohio golf course that hosts the Memorial Tournament.
DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio
Another gigantic national player, DraftKings also runs a daily fantasy sports operation in the state. We expect they'll strike a deal with one of Ohio's license holders.
Betr Sportsbook Ohio
Betr launched in Ohio on New Year's Day and is looking to make its mark as the world's first micro-betting app. The micro-betting operator will be launching very soon in Massachusetts.
Fanatics Sportsbook Ohio
The sports retail giant is setting up to join its fourth market this year after opening its inaugural retail betting location inside FexEXField in Maryland on Jan. 20. Stay tuned for more details on more details on the impending launch of the Ohio Fanatics Sportsbook during the spring.
Tipico Sportsbook Ohio
Tipico has a deal in place the Columbus Crew that includes signage throughout Lower.com Field and gives its online sportsbook market access. Users can place scratch-props on winohio.com for a chance to earn bet credits, cash prizes, and more.
JACK Entertainment launched its betJACK Training Camp app last June, in hopes of obtaining customers before it can begin legally taking wagers. It runs two licensed retail properties, positioning betJACK to be a leading OH sportsbook at midnight on New Year's Day.
As of Nov. 23, 2022, users can place bets on the betJACK Training Camp app at the sportsbook lounges inside of JACK Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino. The app is designed for users to earn bet credits and tokens to enter ticket giveaways.
How to Bet on Sports in Ohio
Online sports betting will be live and legal in Ohio soon. Here's a quick four-step guide on what you can expect the betting experience to be like when mobile wagering launches on Jan. 1.
Step 1: Choose a Sportsbook
Several major online sportsbooks went live in Ohio on launch day. One of them is BetMGM, which is offering up to $1,100 in bonus bets at registration using BetMGM bonus code ACTIONBONUS1100.
Eventually, you’ll want multiple sports betting accounts so you can shop for the best lines. You can compare BetMGM with a book like FanDuel, which allows us to use Action Network’s exclusive QuickSlip to instantly place our future bets.
Step 2: Sign Up
Create a new account at BetMGM by following the prompts. You might need to provide proof of identity, like a driver’s license and social security number, to verify you are of legal age and so you can’t create multiple accounts using fake names.
Pro Tip: If you’re in Kentucky or another nearby state and try to sign up in Ohio, use your real information. Don’t use a friend’s address or an old address. It will be perfectly legal to sign up to bet in Ohio while you’re inside state lines, even if you don’t live there.
Step 3: Deposit Money Online, Not in Person
Ohio has made things easy on sports bettors by allowing online sign-ups and registrations. Some states make you sign up in person before betting online.
You can deposit at BetMGM with the following:
- Credit card
- Bank account
- Wire transfer
- And more…
Legal sportsbooks make you pay upfront by depositing a certain amount of money (that you choose) which will operate as your bankroll (or available funds to bet). If you’ve previously bet offshore, you’ll be happy to know that it’s easy to use a credit card or bank account to deposit money.
Cashing out is also easy. We’ve seen withdrawals come through in fewer than 24 hours in some instances. If you’ve been betting offshore, that’s a welcome change.
Step 4: Place Your First Bet
Once you’re at BetMGM Sportsbook, either on desktop or through the mobile app, all we have to do to bet is simply click on a line you like, and it will be highlighted.
Once it’s highlighted, the bet will populate your bet slip, where you’ll select how much you want to bet from your available funds that you deposited earlier. That bet slip will be on the right side of your screen on desktop, and in the middle of the bottom menu on your phone.
So get started with sports betting in Ohio with BetMGM's offer of up to $1,100 in bonus bets at registration. And if you don’t know what any of this means, check out our beginner’s sports betting guide.
Ohio Sports Teams & Sportsbook Partnerships
Latest Sports News in Ohio:
- The Columbus Crew fell 2-1 on the road to the New York Red Bulls last weekend. They'll host Atlanta this Saturday as they try to get more points on the table. (3/21)
- The Cavaliers beat the Wizards 117-94, improving their record to 45-28. They have two games against Brooklyn this week and one against Houston. (3/21)
- The Ohio State women's basketball team are in the Sweet 16! They beat JMU and UNC recently to move deeper into the tournament. (3/21)
What to Keep an Eye on:
- The Blue Jackets lost to LA, Anaheim and Vegas. Can they upset the Caps tonight on the road? (3/21)
- The Guardians and Reds are close to finishing spring training as opening day nears. How will the two Ohio MLB teams do in the 2023 regular season? (3/21)
- The Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team beat Hofstra recently in the NIT tournament. Can they beat Utah Valley in the quarterfinals? (3/21)
Professional Team Licenses
Book operators that have secured partnerships with state teams and casinos include:
- Bally Bet and Cleveland Browns
- Barstool and Hollywood Casino Columbus
- betPARX and Memorial Tournament (hosted by the PGA Tour)
- Caesars and Cleveland Cavaliers & Scioto Downs Racino
- Tipico and Columbus Crew FC
- bet365 and Cleveland Guardians
Pro Teams in Ohio
NFL Betting in Ohio
The Cleveland Browns have yet to make a Super Bowl in their franchise history, and the 2021-22 season was one that fell short of preseason expectations. Lawrence Stefanski is Cleveland's head coach. They play in the AFC North and host their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
The Cincinnati Bengals shocked the world with a Super Bowl appearance last season, led by the play of quarterback Joe Burrow and breakout rookie Ja'Marr Chase. Zac Taylor is the head coach for the Bengals. They play in the AFC North and host their home games at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
A recommended resource list to help you make informed bets on football:
- How to Bet on Football Guide
- Check our Expert NFL Picks
- Keep an eye on betting activity and bet/money distribution with our NFL Public Betting data.
NBA Betting in Ohio
The Cleveland Cavaliers are among one of the up-and-coming teams in the NBA after they acquired All-Star Donovan Mitchell before the season. They play at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland and are coached by J.B. Bickerstaff.
NBA Game Odds: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets
Below is a selection of odds for the upcoming NBA game: Updated March 21, 2023 - Odds Provided by BetMGM - Subject to Change
Over 218.5 (-110)
Under 218.5 (-110)
Here is a recommended resource to help you bet on the NBA:
MLB Betting in Ohio
The Cincinnati Reds finished the 2022 MLB season tied for the third-worst record in the league at 62-100. They play their home games at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and are managed by David Bell.
The Guardians' inaugural season ended with a 3-2 loss in the ALDS to the New York Yankees after finishing the 2022 season with a 92-70 record. Cleveland plays their home games at Progressive Field. Next Spring, state bettors will be able to place their wagers online and at Progressive Field with bet365 when the 2023 MLB Season begins.
Here is a recommended resource to help you bet on the MLB:
NHL Betting in Ohio
Columbus Blue Jackets
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been one of the worst teams in the NHL for the last three seasons. Hopefully they'll have some success in 2022-23 and make their return to the playoffs. They play their home contests in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena and are coached by Brad Larson.
Here are a few recommended resources to help you bet with insight on the NHL:
MLS Betting in Ohio
FC Cincinnati finished their best season in 2022 since it entered the MLS four years ago. They made the playoffs for the first time and were able to defeat the Red Bulls before being eliminated by the Philadelphia Union in the Conference Semi-finals.
The Columbus Crew finished eighth in the MLS and missed the playoffs after finishing with a franchise-record 16 draws (10-16-8 overall). The Crew plays their home games at the new Lower.com field and are will be coached by Wilfried Nancy, whose entering his first season as Columbus' coach.
Here is a recommended resource to help you bet with insight on the MLS:
College Sports Teams
College Football Betting in Ohio
Ohio State Buckeyes Football
The Buckeyes have been the kings of the Big Ten for the better part of this century. The perennial College Football Playoff contenders play their games at Ohio Stadium in Columbus and are coached by Ryan Day.
Cincinnati Bearcats Football
The Cincinnati Bearcats underperformed this season, as they finished 9-4 and lost the Fenway Bowl (24-7) to Louisville. The AAC squad plays its home games at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati and will be coached by Scott Satterfield starting next season.
Akron Zips Football
The Akron Zips finished their second-straight season with a 2-10 record. Akron plays their home games at InfoCision Stadium and are coached by Joe Moorhead.
Bowling Green State Falcons Football
Despite not having too much success within the last seven seasons, Bowling Green regularly competes in bowl games as part of the MAC. They play their home games at Doyt L. Perry Stadium and are coached by Scott Loeffler.
Kent State Golden Flashes Football
Kent State finished the 2022 season with a 5-7 record, falling short to make their second bowl appearance in a row. The Golden Flashes play their home games at Dix Stadium and Kenni Burns will coach the team starting next season.
Miami RedHawks Football
The Miami RedHawks finished the 2022 season with a 6-7 record after losing the Bahamas Bowl against the UAB Blazers. The RedHawks are coached by Chuck Martin and play their home games at the Fred C. Yager Stadium in Oxford, Ohio.
Ohio Bobcats Football
The Ohio Bobcats finished the 2022 season with a 9-4 overall and 7-1 conference record and are set to face the Wyoming Cowboys in the Arizona Bowl. The Bobcats are coached by Tim Albin and they play their home games at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.
Toledo Rockets Football
The Rockets finished with their best record (9-5 overall, 5-3 conference) in the last five seasons after winning the Boca Raton Bowl (21-19) against the Liberty. Toledo plays their home games at the Glass Bowl Stadium and are coached by Jason Candle.
A recommended resource to help you bet smartly on college football in Ohio:
College Basketball Betting in Ohio
Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball
The Buckeyes have yet to hoist another National Championship trophy after they continue to fall short each year. With Chris Holtmann at the helm, the Buckeyes will be competing in March.
Cincinnati Bearcats Men's Basketball
The Cincinnati Bearcats are trying to make their return to the NCAA Tournament since their last appearance four seasons ago. Wes Miller will try to lead the Bearcats to a tournament appearance in his second season as the team's coach.
Xavier Musketeers Men's Basketball
Sean Miller is entering his first season as the Musketeers' coach after Xavier failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for four-straight seasons.
Dayton Flyers Men's Basketball
Coach Anthony Grant has led the Dayton Flyers to four-straight winning seasons. The Flyers have missed the big tournament for several years but are expected to qualify this season or the next.
Ohio Bobcats Men's Basketball
The Bobcats have yet to win the NCAA tournament but they've had several winning seasons under coach Jim Boals' tenure over the last three seasons.
A recommended resource to help you bet smartly on college basketball in Ohio:
The Memorial Tournament
The Buckeye State hosts a PGA Tour event: The Memorial Tournament, played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH. It's one of the most popular events of the year, primarily due to the course, which golf legend Jack Nicklaus designed, a native of Columbus.
Ohio also hosts the Cincinnati Masters (now branded the Western & Southern Open) every year, an ATP World Tour tennis tournament. It's the longest-running event in the U.S., still held in its original location; It's been hosting the tournament since 1899.
More Reading on Ohio Sports Betting
To supplement Action, you can find additional local sports coverage through these newspapers:
- The Columbus Dispatch
- The Cincinnati Enquirer
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer
- Dayton Daily News
- Akron Beacon Journal
Problem Gambling Information
Must be 21+ and present in OH. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. A Problem Gambling Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-589-9966 or texting 4HOPE to 741741.
Ohio Sports Betting Destinations
Jack Casino Cleveland
Jack Casino in Cleveland features a variety of slots and table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold 'em. It also has a variety of food options available as well as a Poker Room. Jack Casino is owned by JACK Entertainment, which runs the betJACK app. Sportsbook: TBD
Jack Thistledown Racino
Another JACK Entertainment property, except this one has a racetrack on site. Even though there are no table games at Jack Thistledown Racino, there is a vast array of slot machines available at this property as well as food and drinks. Sportsbook: TBD
Hollywood Casino Columbus
Hollywood Casino in Columbus is one of the biggest casinos in Ohio. It's one of the casinos under the Penn National Gaming umbrella, which sets it up for a partnership with Barstool Sportsbook. Hollywood Casino offers a plethora of table games, slots, and it even has a poker room. Projected Sportsbook: Barstool Sportsbook
The Scioto Downs have a wide variety of slots to choose from. It also has various dining options as well as a Hampton Inn on property for you to stay. Scioto Downs is run by Eldorado Gaming, which owns Caesars Sportsbook. Projected Sportsbook: Caesars Sportsbook
Belterra Park Cincinnati
Belterra Park has a racetrack as well as a wide arsenal of slot machines. This property is owned by Boyd, and has various eating options for patrons. Sportsbook: FanDuel
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
The Hard Rock Casino has plenty of table games, slots, and dining options. It also host concerts and performances throughout the week. This property was formerly JACK Casino Cincinnati. Sportsbook: TBD
Hollywood Casino Toledo
Another casino owned by Penn Gaming, which sets Barstool up for another sportsbook. This property has plenty of gaming options, including table games, poker, and slots. It also has some pretty good food. Projected Sportsbook: Barstool Sportsbook
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course
Penn's third gaming property in Ohio features an on-site racetrack, though currently it doesn't offer gaming beyond slot machines. It also serves food. It's another potential site for a Barstool sportsbook. Projected Sportsbook: Barstool Sportsbook
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
Another property owned by Penn Gaming and another opportunity for a Barstool sportsbook. This racino has plenty of food options and is conveniently located off of I-70 and I-75. Projected Sportsbook: Barstool Sportsbook
MGM Northfield Park
A Cleveland property owned by gaming giant MGM, this property is known for its entertainment. It features a racetrack and plenty of slot machines. Its the expected site for a potential BetMGM sportsbook. Probable Sportsbook: BetMGM
Miami Valley Gaming
Owned by Churchill Downs, this property features a racing track, a wide variety of slot machines, as well as various dining and drink options. It's a partnership opportunity for mobile apps without their own casinos, as earlier this year Churchill Downs plans to discontinue its TwinSpires mobile app by the end of the year. Sportsbook: TBD
Great American Ball Park
The Cincinnati Reds will have a retail sportsbook at their stadium for the upcoming 2023 MLB season Sportsbook: BetMGM
Taft's Ale House
OH bettors will be able to place their bets at Taft's until a new retail location is constructed next to TQL Stadium, home of FC Cincinnati. Sportsbook: SuperBook
The live music venue and only licensed sportsbook retailer in Butler County will be offering sports betting options at some point in 2023. Sportsbook: TBD
The Clevelander Bar & Grill
The Clevelander is located in downtown Cleveland near both sports venues in the city. Expect the sports bar to announce their partnership plans in the near future. Sportsbook: TBD
Located right outside of downtown Cleveland, the historic Harbor Inn is another licensed sportsbook retailer with plans to partner with a legalized sportsbook in 2023. Sportsbook: TBD
This downtown Toledo bar is set to be a main retail location for sports betting in 2023. Sportsbook: TBD
Fricker's will become the second downtown Toledo sportsbook retailer in 2023. Sportsbook: TBD
This historic tavern is located in downtown Columbus also has a sports betting license. Details on which sportsbook they will partner with will be released soon. Sportsbook: TBD
Whistle & Keg
Located right outside Nationwide Arena, Whistle & Keg is set up to become one of Columbus' premiere retail betting locations in 2023. Sportsbook: TBD
Kitty's Sports Grill
Located just a couple of streets away from the Great American Ball Park, Paycor Stadium, and the northern Kentucky border, Kitty's is a convenient place for Bengals fans and out-of-state bettors alike. Sportsbook: TBD
Ned Peppers Bar
As of now, this will become the only retail location in Dayton sometime in 2023. Sportsbook: 2023
Yes! As of midnight on Jan. 1, 2023, sports betting is officially live and bettors can place their wagers online and in person.
Ohio features all of the top sportsbooks you would expect. Here is the current list of sportsbooks that either launched at midnight on launch day or are expected to go live soon.
Yes. Ohio has no college sports betting restrictions.
No, you do not need to be a resident to place online bets in Ohio now that betting is live. Sportsbooks require bettors to at least be physically located in the state they are placing their wagers in, which is verified through their geolocation tech.
The legal age to place a bet is 21, under Ohio law.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission regulates and supervises gambling in the Buckeye State.
Yes, although horse betting was included in HB 29 as legal, it has been around OH for quite some time. State residents can bet at casinos, kiosks, and online throughout the state. BetMGM and FanDuel are two top operators that are offering state residents horse racing through their exclusive racing apps.
Ohio's law allows for more than 40 online sports betting apps and in-person betting at casinos, stadiums, bars, restaurants, grocery stores and more.
There are 11 casinos in Ohio. That includes four standalone casinos in Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati as well as seven racetracks that offer gambling known as “racinos.”
No, online casinos in Ohio are not legal in the Buckeye State yet. The state is fully committed to get their sports betting market up and running before considering online casino legislation.
You should not use these sports betting sites because they are illegal operators. Bettors must know that their money is not secure and regulated on these sites by a legal entity. MyBookie and Bovada are common examples of illegal offshore sports betting sites.