Ohio Sports Betting

OH Legal Online Sports Betting Updates 2022

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Last updated: January 3, 2022

Legalized sports betting in Ohio will start no later than Jan. 1, 2023 after Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 on December 22nd. This approval comes after the anticipation that DeWine will formally pass the bill as he has been a proponent of legalizing sports betting in the state.

Ohio Sports Betting Key Takeaways

Is sports betting legal?

Not yet, but it could be soon. Gov. Mike DeWine approved House Bill 29 on Dec. 22, which was the final step in the legalization process. Online sports betting is expected to launch no later than January 2023. 

What are the requirements to bet online?

The details of the sports betting bill have not been released, but if Ohio is like most states, you will have to be 21 years of age and physically in the state (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech, or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers.

What sportsbooks will be available when mobile betting goes live?

The details have not been released just yet, but some of the name-brand operators like FanDuelDraftKings, BetMGM and Caesars would be expected to bid to be in the state.

What sports will I be able to bet on?

While this information has not been finalized, you will be able to bet on all the major American league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby.

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Ohio's Legalization Timeline for Betting

December 2021

Ohio Senate, House, and Gov. Mike DeWine overwhelmingly pass bill to legalize Ohio 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 HB29 into law. 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]

November 2021

With the holiday recess looming, the House and Senate are eager to get legislation passed. Both sides continue to negotiate for retail betting at casinos, the amount of mobile licenses, and the lottery commission's role in the venture. As negotiations continue, the holiday deadline looms and both sides are showing a sense of urgency pertaining to the passing of sports betting legislation.

September 2021

The Ohio Legislation has reconvened following a summer recess. A conference committee hopes to decide on one bill to pass through the senate and house, with hopes of legalizing sports betting as quickly as possible in Ohio.

June 2021

SB176 passed through the senate with a vote of 30-2, very soon after it passed out of its committee. With the summer recess looming, the immediate future of sports betting in Ohio looks bleak. Sen. Schuring proposed an amendment to HB29 which included the legalization of sports betting. This amendment also makes it easier for casinos to host retail sportsbooks, much to the excitement of casino operators. As we enter into the summer recess, we have two sports betting bills hanging in the balance. Senate Bill 176 and House Bill 29. [Ohio Senate Pass Sports Betting Bill, June 16]

May 2021

Sen. Schuring unveils the newest sports betting legislation, SB176. This bill would allow for 40 licenses, split evenly between retail and mobile operators. Under SB176, the retail operations would have to be standalone. This means that casinos and racinos cannot have a sportsbook operating within their walls. This addition resulted in pushback from the states’ eleven casinos and racinos, which will serve as a roadblock to the bill's progress. [Senate Bill 176]

March 2021

As the new legislative session starts up for 2021, so do talks about adopting a sports betting bill in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine has already dubbed legal sports betting as “inevitable” in Ohio, so legislation passage is dependent on the cooperation of the Ohio House and Senate. [Gov. Mike DeWine Says it's 'inevitable' Ohio Will Legalize Sports Gambling, March 11]

December 2020

With the holiday recess looming, it seems that legal sports betting legislation will be put on hold until the new year. The Senate and House have different ideas about how sports betting should be implemented with the state. These are roadblocks that many Ohio sports fans hope get resolved in the new year.

November 2020

A special committee of the Ohio Senate has been meeting to draft a bill that would legalize sports betting in Ohio. Main sponsors of this bill consist of Sen. John Eklund, Sen. Sean O’Brien, and Rep. Dave Greenspan. Each one of these state sponsors either termed-out, or lost their reelection bids in this latest election cycle. This could put a pause on the drafting of sports betting legislation within the state.

Prior to Fall 2020

There are two (one each by the House and Senate) Ohio sports betting bills that are being drafted up. Senate Bill 111 (SB 111) sets the tax rate at 6.25% and puts the Casino Control Commission as the regulator, while House Bill 194 (HB 194) sets the tax rate at 10% and puts the Ohio Lottery as the regulator. The number of skins each operator would get is a differentiating factor in the two bills as well.

Ohio Sports Betting Background

Legalized sports betting could be coming to Ohio as soon as 2022 after their legislature and Gov. Mike DeWine voted to pass House Bill 29 in December. The Ohio senate first voted on the bill, which would legalized retail and mobile sports betting, and passed it by a 31-1 vote. The bill was then moved on to the House, which also passed it 72-12.

Gov. Mike DeWine's approval of House Bill 29 was expected as he has previously urged the legislature to pass a bill legalizing sports betting.

There is hope that sports betting in the state could begin sometime in spring 2022, but an official launch timeline remains unknown.

This is the closest the Ohio legislature has come to legalizing sports betting. The state senate approved a sports betting bill in June, but it was not passed by the House. In the past, state lawmakers have disagreed on how sports betting should be regulated, taxed and licensed in the state. The first bill was introduced in July 2018.

According to Cleveland.com, the proposed “compromised” bill would have sports betting regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission and would have various classes for sports betting operators.

  • 25 “Class A” licenses. These would be the major betting operators that would operate mostly on mobile.
  • 40 “Class B” licenses. These would include brick-and-mortar operators such as casinos and racetracks.
  • Thousands of “Class C” licenses. This would allow liquor stores, bars and restaurants to obtain licenses and have betting kiosks through the Ohio Lottery.

Lawmakers have proposed taxing sports gaming revenue at 10%, with the majority of the tax dollars split between public and private schools.

Ohio’s population and sports background would make it a major target for the nation’s leading sports operators. Top sportsbooks including DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars and Barstool all either have an existing casino affiliate in the state or will pursue market access.

Other likely sportsbook entrants or companies with market access deals include PointsBet, TwinSpires, WynnBET and MaximBet, among others.

Four of the five states bordering The Buckeye State — West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan — already have legal online sports betting.

Ohio Sports Betting Tips

Sports Betting for Potential Bettors

Sports betting isn't currently legal in Ohio but is the idea is currently under consideration by the legislature. Want to get ahead of the curve? Check out our sports betting tips for beginners so you can get started, whether you want to bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes or the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sports Betting Glossary

The sports betting lexicon is vast and sometimes confusing, especially to new bettors. Check out our sports betting glossary to get up to speed with 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 need to be careful if you’re going to stay healthy all around in the sports betting world.

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Ohio Highlights

Ohio State Legislature Approves Sports Betting Bill

Ohio sports betting could be legalized in 2022 after the state's legislature passed a online and retail sports betting bill. The bill now awaits final approval from Gov. Mike DeWine.

Ohio Sports Betting Bill Looks To Regain Momentum

The Ohio Senate, which has already passed a sports betting bill, called for a conference committee to help advance a long-stalled proposal. Backers hope a joint conference committee of Senate and House members can help finally pass legislation that has lingered in the legislature for years.

Ohio Sports Betting Bill Continues to Tread Water After Latest Hearing

Ohio lawmakers took no action on a much-discussed sports betting bill after more gaming entities and sports organizations testified during another gaming committee hearing. Sports betting proponents hope the latest Senate Select Committee on Gaming hearing — the 12th this year — will continue shaping the bill, but license eligibility and other key issues continue to divide would-be stakeholders.

After 2020 Failures, Ohio Looks to 2021 for Sports Betting

Backers in the legislature will start up the 2021 session still hopeful they can pass the long-discussed sports betting legislation , but they must do so with many of the same challenges that sidelined the proposal in 2020 and without three of its leading supporters in office.

Amended Sports Betting Bill Could Be Ohio’s Final 2020 Chance For Legalization

Ohio lawmakers adopted an amended sports betting bill during a hearing Tuesday that would curtail the number of online sports betting licenses, the latest effort to pass the long-stalled legalization legislation before the 2020 session ends later this month.

Ohio’s Legal Sports Betting Bills Remain in Holding Pattern

The latest hearing on Ohio’s long-stalled sports betting legislation reaffirmed lawmakers’ commitment to legal wagering in the Buckeye State but did little to advance a bill that has lingered in Columbus for more than a year.

Ohio Teams

Ohio Teams to Bet on

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Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns ended their run as one of the laughingstocks of the NFL with a playoff appearance in 2020. Not only did they qualify for the playoffs, but they also put a beating on their arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers and took the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs down to the wire in the divisional round. With a young core built around former No. 1-overall picks Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett, the Browns are looking to become perennial contenders.

Check out our Cleveland Browns team page for more odds, insights, and updates, 

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals were regular playoff participants during their run under former coach Marvin Lewis, and are hoping to get back to that level and beyond with 2020 No. 1 draft pick Joe Burrow at the helm at quarterback. The Bengals haven't made the playoffs since 2015, but are in the beginnings of building a team they hope can snap that streak sooner rather than later.

Check out our Cincinnati Bengals team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

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Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers' history is headlined, of course, by LeBron James, who spent 11 seasons with his hometown team across two different stints, and brought the city its long-awaited NBA title in 2016. The post-James Cavaliers are loading up on young talent, led by their talented but volatile backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland.

Check out our Cleveland Cavaliers team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

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Cincinnati Reds

The 2020 Cincinnati Reds snapped a playoff drought that stretched back to 2013, but it's now been more than 30 years since the Reds made it to the Fall Classic, which last occurred when they won it all in 1990. Cincinnati became a free-agent spender for one memorable offseason before being swept away by the Braves in the Wild Card Round and even featured a Cy Young winner in Trevor Bauer. What comes next for the up-and-down franchise is anyone's guess.

Check out our Cincinnati Reds team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Cleveland Indians

The longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball belongs to Cleveland, which announced after the 2020 season that it was dropping its nickname. The Cleveland baseball team last won the World Series in 1948 and has come oh, so close in recent years, never closer than in 2016 when they went to extra innings in Game 7 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Cleveland traded its star, Francisco Lindor, in the offseason ahead of the 2021 season, signaling a long rebuild. It seems the fans on the shores of Erie will have to wait even longer for the World Series drought to end.

Check out our Cleveland Indians team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

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Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus' most recent notable accomplishment came in 2019 when the Blue Jackets swept the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2019 playoffs. It marked the first time Columbus won a playoff series. The Blue Jackets play in the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference. They play their home contests in downtown Columbus at Nationwide Arena, which opened in 2000.

Check out our Columbus Blue Jackets team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

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FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati is one of the newest teams in MLS, having been founded in 2018 and beginning play for the 2019 season. As is to be expected with expansion teams, it's been a slow start for FC Cincinnati. In 2019, they finished 12th in their conference and 24th overall, and in 2020 finished 14th in their conference and 26th overall.

Columbus Crew

The Columbus Crew, on the other hand, is one of MLS's oldest teams, having been around since the league's inaugural season in 1996. In the club's storied history, they have two MLS Cup titles, having won in 2008 and the most recent iteration in 2020. The 2020 victory came after an eight-year playoff drought during which the club's ownership flirted with a relocation to Austin, Texas. That being unsuccessful, the club is now thriving and under new ownership.

Here is a recommended resource to help you bet with insight on the MLS:

College Sports Teams

The Buckeyes predictably dominate the state of Ohio, but there are plenty of other universities that compete in Division I in either football, basketball or both.

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Ohio State Buckeyes Football

The Buckeyes have been the kings of the Big Ten for the better part of this century, having won the conference five of the last seven years and 12 times since 2002. That includes a national championship in 2014 and additional College Football Playoff appearances in 2016, 2019, and 2020.

Check out our Ohio State Buckeyes team page for more odds, insights, and updates.

Cincinnati Bearcats Football

After spending 25 years as an Independent, the Bearcats have jumped recently from Conference USA to the Big East to the AAC, in which they've competed since 2013. The Bearcats have remained competitive for the better part of the last two decades, only missing out on a bowl game four times since 2000. In 2020, the team found unprecedented success, going 9-0 and earning a berth in the Peach Bowl, where they lost to Georgia.

Check out our Cincinnati Bearcats team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Akron Zips Football

The Akron football team has competed in the MAC since 1992 and has one conference title, which came in 2005. The Zips have fallen on hard times of late, going a combined 0-14 in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Zips have played in three bowl games in the program's history, going 1-2. Their last appearance was in 2017 when they lost to Florida Atlantic in the Boca Raton Bowl.

Check out our Akron Zips team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Bowling Green State Falcons Football

One of the most successful teams in the MAC, the Falcons have the second most conference championships in league history with 10, trailing only Miami (Ohio). The last decade has been last successful, as their last bowl appearance came in 2015, and that doubles as the last time they won the MAC.

Check out our Bowling Green Falcons team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Kent State Golden Flashes Football

A MAC member dating back to 1951, Kent State hasn't had a large share of success in its program history. The Golden Flashes have one conference title, which came back in 1972. Their last MAC East title came in 2012, and they lost in double overtime to Northern Illinois in the conference title game.

Check out our Kent State Golden Flashes team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Miami RedHawks Football

Just a few of the prominent football coaches who once worked at Miami include Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Jim Tressel and Weeb Ewbank. The success is such that the RedHawks call it their "cradle of coaches." The RedHawks have won 22 conference titles in program history and 15 since joining the MAC. Their most recent came in 2019.

Check out our Miami RedHawks team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Ohio Bobcats Football

The Ohio football program dates back to 1864 and includes 581 all-time victories. Even with all that history, much of their success has occurred since 2005 when Frank Solich took over as head coach. Since then, the Bobcats have had 11 bowl game appearances, five bowl game victories, and four MAC East titles.

Check out our Ohio Bobcats team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Toledo Rockets Football

The Rockets have won 14 conference titles, with 11 coming since they joined the MAC. Their most recent conference title came in 2017 when they went 11-2, and that snapped a 13-year drought. Toledo has played in a bowl game every year since 2010 except in 2013 and 2019.

Check out our Toledo Rockets team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

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Ohio State Buckeyes Men's Basketball

The men's basketball team has played in 10 Final Fours and last won the national championship in 1964. The last Final Four appearance came in 2006-07 when a team led by Thad Matta and featuring Greg Oden and Mike Conley finished as the national runners-up. The current team, led by Chris Holtmann, has made two straight NCAA Tournament appearances (excluding the canceled 2020 version).

Check out our Ohio State Buckeyes team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Cincinnati Bearcats Men's Basketball

A program that counts the great Oscar Robertson among its notable players has maintained consistent success dating back to the 1960s. From the back-to-back national titles in 1961-62 through the Bob Huggins era to Mick Cronin and not John Brannen, the Bearcats are regular conference contenders and NCAA Tournament participants, although they haven't reached as far as the Sweet 16 since 2012.

Check out our Cincinnati Bearcats team page for more odds, insights, and updates.

Xavier Musketeers Men's Basketball

The Musketeers have been something of a breeding ground for Division I coaches, employing the likes of Thad Matta, Sean Miller and Chris Mack before they moved on to other jobs. That type of coaching expertise has led to prolonged success, as the Musketeers have made the NCAA Tournament 16 times this century, have advanced to the Sweet 16 seven times and made the Elite Eight three times. Xavier is still chasing its elusive first Final Four berth.

Check out our Xavier Musketeers team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Akron Zips Men's Basketball

The Zips' men's basketball team, on the other hand, is a regular MAC contender, having taken home regular-season conference titles five times since 2012, including in 2020. The Zips have made the NCAA Tournament four times in their history, going 0-4. Their most recent appearance came in 2013 when, as a 12-seed, they lost to VCU.

Check out our Akron Zips team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Bowling Green State Falcons Men's Basketball

The Falcons' men's basketball program doesn't have a similar history of success. The team hasn't won the MAC regular-season title since 2009 and has an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 1968.

Check out our Bowling Green State Falcons team page for more odds, updates. and insights.

Cleveland State Vikings Men's Basketball

The most famous moment in Cleveland State men's basketball history was in 1986 when, as a 14-seed, the Vikings upset Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers in the first round and ultimately made it to the Sweet 16. Just one NCAA Tournament appearance has taken place since then, in 2009. The team's last Horizon League title came in 2011.

Check out our Cleveland State Vikings team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Dayton Flyers Men's Basketball

The Flyers have become one of the most dominant "small school" programs in the country over the last 20 years, with eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including a magical run to the Elite Eight as an 11-seed back in 2014. The 2019-20 team was maybe the school's best, going 29-2 and 18-0 in Atlantic 10 play before the remainder of the season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Check out our Dayton Flyers team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Kent State Golden Flashes Men's Basketball

The basketball program has found regular success in the 21st century, making NCAA Tournament appearances five times and six going back to 1999. The Golden Flashes' last conference title came in 2015 but they have finished .500 or better in every season since 1997-98.

Check out our Kent State Golden Flashes team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Miami RedHawks Men's Basketball

The RedHawks have an NCAA Tournament drought that dates back to 2007, and they haven't won a MAC regular-season title since 2005. Their most notable accomplishment in recent years came back in 1999 when, as a 10-seed, the RedHawks advanced to the Sweet 16.

Check out our Miami RedHawks for more odds, insights, and updates.

Ohio Bobcats Men's Basketball

The 2012 Bobcats team was the most famous in recent history. As a 13-seed, they upset Michigan in the opening round and South Florida in the Round of 32 before dropping an overtime game to North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, that was their last NCAA Tournament appearance.

Check out our Ohio Bobcats team page for more odds, insights, updates. 

Toledo Rockets Men's Basketball

The Rockets' NCAA Tournament drought stretches back to 1980, and they last won an NCAA Tournament game in 1979 against Iowa. The Rockets have won a few MAC titles during that span, including in 2007 and most recently in 2014, but have not been able to break through with a tourney appearance.

Check out our Toledo Rockets team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Wright State Raiders Men's Basketball

The Raiders have seen the national spotlight several times since moving to Division 1 in 1979. They made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1993 and have done so on two other occasions, 2007 and 2018. In 2019, they finished first in the Horizon League for the first time since 2007, but lost in the conference tournament and were relegated to an NIT berth.

Check out our Wright State Raiders team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

Youngstown State Penguins Men's Basketball

The Penguins have competed in the Horizon League since 2001 and are still chasing their first NCAA Tournament appearance. they have two winning seasons since joining the conference, with a CIT appearance in 2013 qualifying as their most successful season.

Check out our Youngstown State Penguins team page for more odds, insights, and updates. 

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Other Events

The Memorial Tournament

The Buckeye State hosts a PGA Tour event every year: The Memorial Tournament played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH. It's one of the most popular events of the year, mostly due to the course, which was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, a native of Columbus, OH.

Cincinnati Masters

Ohio also hosts every year the Cincinnati Masters (now branded the Western & Southern Open), 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.

There are numerous minor league sports teams in the state, including baseball, football, hockey, soccer and softball. Ohio also regularly hosts games for March Madness, college basketball's end-of-season tournament every year.

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Steve Petrella is a senior editor for The Action Network covering college football, among other things. He’s a Penn State grad now based in Atlanta who enjoys great punting, clock-killing drives and turnovers in the red zone.

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