Ohio Online Sports Betting: When Will Betting Apps Launch?
Ohio online sports betting is could possibly launch as early as April 1, 2022. Nothing has been finalized as to which online sportsbooks will partner with brick-and-mortar locations, but things can (and usually do) develop quickly. Legal online sports gambling can go from proposed legislation to official launch in less than a year, as has been the case in Arizona. That’s potentially good news for the Buckeye State, as legal online sports betting has been booming in neighboring states Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia.
As for which online sportsbooks are expected to pursue the 25 Type-A licenses proposed in Senate Bill 176, we expect to see FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, BetMGM, BetRivers, and FOX Bet to be among the earliest entrants once online sports wagering is officially legalized in Ohio.
Let’s take a look at what you’ll need to know in advance of the legalization of Ohio online sports betting. (The following on-page promos are available only to in-state residents where online sports betting is legal.)
Sports Betting Apps Expected To Launch in Ohio
Here is our ranking of the best online sports betting apps in Ohio as of July 2021:
1. FanDuel Sportsbook
FanDuel Sportsbook has been an absolute beast to Ohio’s east in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Their brick-and-mortar partnerships in addition to their growing online infrastructure have paid massive dividends. They’ve capitalized on national name recognition and built upon brand loyalty cultivated through their time as a Daily Fantasy Sports juggernaut to expand into virtually every state with online sports betting. The biggest advantage that FanDuel Sportsbook has over their competition is the aesthetic quality of their app, which looks remarkably clean, crisp, and sleek.
If FanDuel Sportsbook is able to get to market first once sports betting is legalized in Ohio, they’ll presumably continue to use the momentum from their successes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to flood the market with offers in an attempt to get to prospective users first. Their choice of land-based partner could also be a determining factor in just how strongly they’ll come out of the gates in the Buckeye State.
2. DraftKings Sportsbook
DraftKings Sportsbook is one of the industry leaders in legal online sports betting, taking advantage of their well-known nationwide daily fantasy sports brand and establishing perhaps the best online sportsbook in the country.
DraftKings Sportsbook has established itself as a powerhouse in neighboring Indiana and West Virginia, though as outlined below, the online handle in those states pales in comparison to that of New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Much like during national elections, Ohio is setting up to be a true battleground state, with DraftKings and FanDuel looking to blow away the competition through a slew of advertising and plenty of new-user promotions.
With excellent promos available above all of the traditional action, BetMGM has some of the best player props in the industry. Their ability to seamlessly integrate game promos and odds boosts when navigating to leagues or specific games is second to none. Plus, they’ve gone all-in in their advertising campaign featuring Jamie Foxx across various mediums.
One huge advantage for BetMGM that could gain them a near-instant chance of getting to market first is the presence of the MGM Northfield Park Casino, which could theoretically acquire a Type B license used for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.
4. Caesars Online Sportsbook
There might not be a more iconic name in entertainment, resorts, casinos, and sports betting than Caesars Entertainment. While their app in New Jersey, Nevada, and Pennsylvania has a ways to go before it can be considered an app with an exceptional user experience, it’s worth noting that Caesars Entertainment’s acquisition of William Hill PLC could have an enormous impact on improving the app quality prior to an anticipated rollout if and when online sports betting is legalized in Ohio in 2022.
Caesars could earn an early foot in the door via a Type A license for their online sports betting app, as well as a Type B license for Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus, Ohio. Offering live horse racing May-September and simulcast wagering year-round in one of Ohio’s biggest cities could help Caesars Online Sportsbook earn a significant percentage of the state’s handle.
5. FOX Bet
When it comes to name recognition, FOX Bet might be at the top of the list. Fox Sports has long been associated with some of the best sports broadcasting over the past few decades in a number of sports. FOX Bet makes the most of their on-screen talent, building odds boosts and prop bets centered around such talent.
The odds boosts and prop bets feature team-specific, player-specific, and team-and-player markets, many of which are exclusive to FOX Bet. If you’re looking for the opportunity to double or even triple your money on flashy boosts, FOX Bet is the way to go.
6. Barstool Sportsbook
The folks at Barstool have managed to integrate a number of their well-known personalities into the branding and marketing of Barstool Sportsbook. Combine that with the knowledge and infrastructure provided by Penn National Gaming, and there’s reason to believe this sportsbook could fly up this list with just a few more markets.
If Barstool Sportsbook is able to expand into more markets and secure a few more high-leverage, high-exposure brick-and-mortar locations going forward, it would solidify them as a real power in this space. The only issue that Barstool Sportsbook faces is one of polarization. Barstool Sports has an enormous, passionate following who will give anything with the brand a shot. However, the opposite is true of their critics. Ultimately, a superior product could be enough to turn doubters into believers. It remains to be seen if they will be able to do so.
OH Sports Betting Promos
Despite the fact that bettors in Ohio will have to wait at least a few more months for online sports betting to be legalized and launch, the rollout history of each sportsbook should give a strong indication of what promos could be available at launch in the Buckeye State:
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Is Online Sports Betting Available in Any Other States?
Yes, online sports betting is available in a number of states, including four states that border Ohio. While not yet legal in Ohio, interested bettors can cross the border into Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, or West Virginia to get in on the action.
For more information on how to legally bet on sports online, check out our detailed guides by state:
- New Jersey
- West Virginia
How to Sign Up for Sports Betting Apps in Ohio
When online sports betting officially launches in Ohio, there will be a number of criteria bettors will need to provide to verify their location and age. As outlined in Senate Bill 176, potential winners of monetary prizes must provide their legal name, residential address, and social security number. In addition, many sportsbooks traditionally ask for the following additional information:
- Phone number
- Email address
- Credit or debit card number
How to Bet on Sports in Ohio
The online sports bettor could see legal online sports gambling go live in Ohio as early as April 1, 2022. Bettors interested in Ohio online sports betting are expected to be able to place legal bets on sports within the Buckeye State’s limits both in-person at brick-and-mortar locations, as well as online via sportsbook apps and websites. Any interested bettors will have to be at least 21 years old, as well as be physically within the state’s limits to place qualifying wagers.
Online sportsbooks in Ohio are expected to feature many of the same deposit methods, including:
- Online banking
- Credit or debit card
- Wire transfer
- Prepaid cards
- Cash at Cage
The fastest, safest, and easiest way to deposit funds into an online sportsbook account is typically online banking.
Types of Bets
Bettors in Ohio are expected to be able to place a variety of wagers on sports, including:
- Moneyline: selecting which team will win the game at odds established by a sportsbook
- Point spread: a bet based on the scoring gap between the teams
- Over/under: once a total has been established, this bet allows for bettors to decide if the actual total will be higher or lower
- Teasers: a multi-game bet that allows bettors to tease the points line to increase the chances of the outcome hitting
- Parlays: a bet that involves multiple legs across a number of games, all of which must hit for the bet to win
- Props: these bets can be team-based, game-based, or player-based, including counting-stat bets for players, races to a scoring total for a team, and quarter/half outcomes
- Futures: these are bets that allow bettors to select the eventual winner of an award, division, conference, or league
- In-game betting: these are bets that are only available once the game begins, related to events to come in the game
Available Sports to Bet On
OH online sports betting is expected to include wagering on all major sporting events ranging from domestic to international games and leagues across a wide range of sports.
Ohio Online Sports Betting History
Ohio has not yet legalized sports betting and neither the House nor Senate have moved legislation along for approval to the governor. Here’s what has happened thus far as the Buckeye State looks to legalize online sports betting:
- May 6, 2021: Senate Bill 176 introduced to Senate
- May 12, 2021: SB176 referred to Select Committee on Gaming
- June 16, 2021: SB176 reported-substitute by Select Committee on Gaming
- June 16, 2021: SB176 passed and amended by Senate
- June 17, 2021: SB176 introduced to House
- June 22, 2021: SB176 referred to Finance Committee
The Initial Senate Bill 176
SB176 was sponsored by Senator Kirk Schuring. The bill includes three types of licenses for sports betting (Type A, Type B, Type C).
Type A licenses would be used for online sportsbooks. This includes state entities that are able to bank bets and will utilize online licenses like casinos and racinos, of which there are 11 in Ohio. Type B licenses would be used for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks. Type C licenses would be used for retail kiosks.
Changes and Amendments to SB 176
A number of changes and amendments were made to the original SB 176, including:
- Increased the number of Type A licenses from 20 to 25 and Type B licenses from 20 to 33.
- Type B licenses would only be handed out in counties with populations of greater than 100,000 according to the 2010 US Census.
- Counties with populations between 100,000 and 500,000 would be given no more than one Type B license.
- Counties with populations from 500,000 to 1,000,000 will be awarded no more than two Type B licenses.
- Counties with populations greater than 1,000,000 would not be awarded more than three Type B licenses.
- Type B licenses would only be awarded to bidders with significant economic activity in the county in which the license would operate.
- The fees for Type B license applications would cost an initial fee of $100,000 with a renewal price at the third year of $25,000. The process and regulations a license holder would go through would be the same upon reapplying for a license.
Potential Issues with SB176
It’s expected that Ohio’s sports franchises could receive preference. However, in a county such as Cuyahoga County where there are three Cleveland sports teams, the casinos within the county’s limits could miss out on receiving a Type B license.
House Bill 29
On June 25, 2021, the House made an attempt to add SB 176 onto House Bill 29 in an effort to get all of the legislation passed prior to a June 30 recess. This led to a number of changes being proposed in the original bill.
Changes and Amendments to SB 176 and HB 29
A number of changes were made in an effort to expedite the passing of SB 176 and HB 29, including:
- Type B license preference not being given to professional sports teams.
- An increase from three to five Type B licenses for counties with populations of 800,000 or more people.
- Counties with populations of 400,000-800,000 would have a maximum of three Type B licenses.
- Counties with populations from 100,000 to 400,000 would be given just one Type B license.
- Casinos receiving Type A licenses would be permitted to have online sports betting skins.
Potential Tax Revenue
One key factor that cannot be overlooked in the potential legalization of online sports betting is the tax revenue that could be generated. A look at neighboring states shows a proverbial gold mine that could be massively helpful for programs and initiatives in the Buckeye State. In May 2021, neighboring Pennsylvania brought in the third-highest mobile handle with $407,398,753 alone. Michigan and Indiana produced the sixth- and seventh-highest mobile handles, respectively, with $465,979,289 combined. West Virginia generated the lowest online handle with just $23,118,785. However, it’s worth noting that given the location, major cities, presence of professional sports teams, and population should contribute to Ohio’s potential handle as being somewhere in the range of a Pennsylvania or Michigan.
Potential Locations for Sportsbooks in Ohio
MGM Northfield Park Casino
Address: 10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield, OH 44067
Contact Phone #: (330) 908-7625
Mobile App: iOS (App Store) and Android (GooglePlay)
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Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs
Address: 6000 S High St, Columbus, OH 43207
Contact Phone #: (614) 295-4700
Mobile App: iOS (App Store) and Android (GooglePlay)
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Is sports betting legal in OH?
No, sports betting is not yet legal in Ohio, although the House and Senate are working toward a potential launch date of April 1, 2022.
When will online sports betting launch in OH?
Once legalized, online sports betting is expected to launch in Ohio as early as April 1, 2022.
What will be the legal betting age for bettors in OH?
Bettors in Ohio must be at least 21 years of age in order to place bets on sports.
Will bettors need to be located within state limits of Ohio in order to place a bet?
Yes, bettors will need to be located within state limits of Ohio in order to place a legal sports bet in the Buckeye State.
How many online sportsbooks will be available in OH?
That remains to be seen, however the most recent amendments to SB176 included an increase to the number of Type A licenses for online sportsbooks from 20 to 25.
Where will I be able to legally bet on sports in OH?
Betters in Ohio will be able to place in-person wagers at brick-and-mortar locations and retail kiosks, and online via sportsbook apps.
Who will own the sports betting licenses in OH?
The sports betting licenses in Ohio will be given out to brick-and-mortar locations, including casinos and racinos, online sportsbooks, and retail kiosks via Type A, Type B, and Type C license, respectively.
What will Ohio’s sports betting tax rates be?
Per SB176, sports betting revenue would be taxed at a rate of 10% in Ohio.