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Sports betting went live in Ohio on January 1, 2023, and since then, it has become one of the biggest sports betting markets in the country. There are 19 mobile sportsbooks available, along with a nice range of retail betting locations.

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BetMGM
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$1500
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Fanduel
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200$
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DraftKings
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150$
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Betrivers
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500$
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SPORTS
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Bet365
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$150
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SuperBook
BONUS: 
$250
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Caesars Sportsbook
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+21 only | T&C apply | Gamble responsibly
betJACK
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$100
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Betly
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$250
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betParx
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$125
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Betfred
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$150
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Tipico
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$100
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Betway
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$150
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Hard Rock Sportsbook
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$100
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Betr
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$250
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All legal ways to bet on in Ohio

Is online sports betting legal in Ohio?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?Yes

Ohio has one of the biggest college sports programs in the country with Ohio State, along with plenty of other well-known universities, and under the state’s sports betting bill, residents can legally wager on these teams. Residents can also legally download and use DFS apps like Underdog to participate in college or pro sports contests.

While betting on politics remains illegal in the state, the ability to wager on eSports is available across most mobile sports betting apps in OH. Outside of sports betting, residents can also legally bet on horse racing in person or on a mobile racebook.

Online sports betting in The Buckeye State

Discussions surrounding legalized sports betting in Ohio started in 2019 when two separate bills, H 194 and S 111, were introduced. The Senate bill was supported by Governor Mike DeWine, who was the final piece of the puzzle when it came to getting legislation signed.

It wasn’t until 2021 that the state had genuine momentum with a bill. Senator Kirk Schuring decided to try his hand at creating a sports betting bill in SB 176. While this bill would hit a roadblock when it made it to the House, Schuring called an audible and created HB 29, which is primarily an extension of SB 176. This plan worked, and while some of the bill's specifics were changed, HB 29 was signed by Governor DeWine in December 2021.

While some states launch retail and online sports betting on separate days, Ohio came out swinging, with both launching on January 1, 2023. Once Governor Mike DeWine signed HB 29 into law in December 2021, the state used 2022 to solidify the rules for sports betting and hand out licenses to operators.

By starting the licensing process early on, Ohio was able to have 15 mobile sportsbooks available for their residents on launch day. After one full year of legalized sports betting, 19 sportsbooks are available in Ohio, and more are expected to join the market in 2024. Most of these sportsbooks have partnered with organizations with Type A betting licenses, including casinos and professional sports teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Technically, all organizations with a Type A license could also apply for the option to partner with a second online skin, which, if approved, would only expand the vast mobile sports betting market.

All legal OH sports betting apps in 2024 (from newest to oldest):

Sportsbook app

Launch date

ESPN Bet

November 14, 2023

Prime Sportsbook

September 13, 2023

Bally Bet

August 30, 2023

Fanatics Sportsbook

May 1, 2023

BetPARX

February 14, 2023

Bet365

January 1, 2023

Betfred

January 1, 2023

BetJACK

January 1, 2023

BetMGM

January 1, 2023

Betr

January 1, 2023

BetRivers

January 1, 2023

Betway

January 1, 2023

Caesars Sportsbook

January 1, 2023

DraftKings

January 1, 2023

FanDuel

January 1, 2023

Hard Rock Bet

January 1, 2023

MVGBet

January 1, 2023

SuperBook

January 1, 2023

Tipico

January 1, 2023

Underdog

TBA

Sports betting & gambling legislation in OH

There are plenty of mobile sports betting apps to choose from in Ohio, but bettors must verify that they are at least 21 years old to create an account on one. Additionally, while remote registration is an option, customers must ensure they are inside state lines to place a legal wager. Most apps will use geolocation software to ensure that is the case.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission enforces all rules and regulations for bettors and operators. While the rules and regulations in the state are simple, the way taxes work for gambling can be a bit complicated. A bettors' tax rate is based on their individual income, and while gambling winnings are technically “other income,” they are added to an individual's total income. The tax rate scale starts at 2.85% and goes up to 4.79%.

While the sports betting market is wide open in Ohio, a few gambling markets remain illegal. Right now, online casinos and online poker are off-limits to bettors in the state, leaving the state lottery as the only other gambling product on the market.

Are online casinos legal in Ohio?No
Are retail casinos legal?Yes
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Ohio?January 1, 2023
How many legal sports betting apps are there in OH?19
How many legal retail betting sites are there in OH?15
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Ohio?21+
Ohio's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings2.85%-4.797%
Who regulates sports betting in Ohio?Ohio Casino Control Commission

Most recent updates from the OH sports betting scene

  • July 15, 2024: Cleveland Guardians outfielder Steven Kwan will be hitting lead-off for the AL All-Star team. He is (+3000) to be the MVP of the game.

  • July 8, 2024: The Cleveland Guardians had five players selected for the MLB All-Star game, headlined by Jose Ramirez, who is (+4000) to win AL MVP.

  • June 29, 2024: With the 4th pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, the Columbus Blue Jackets picked Cayden Lindstrom.

  • June 28, 2024: The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Jaylon Tyson with the 20th pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. The former Cal Bear is currently (+15,00) to win Rookie of the Year.

  • June 26, 2024: The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Kenny Atkinson to be their next head coach. The Cavs are currently (+4000) to win the 2024-25 NBA Title.

  • June 14th, 2024: Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has filed a civil lawsuit against BIGPLAY, LLC, citing them as the reason for his termination from the team in 2023. Kosar placed a $19,000 bet on the Browns at a charity event, and while his contract for making the bet stated he would not be held liable, he was fired for betting on the NFL while employed by a team.

  • May 30, 2024: College football futures bets have been posted by most sportsbooks, and the Ohio State Buckeyes win total is currently set at 10.5. They are also (+160) to win the Big Ten title game and (+425) to be National Champions.

  • May 14, 2024: The next installment of the Bengals—Chiefs rivalry has been announced. The two teams will meet in the second week of the 2024 regular season. Kansas City has opened as (-4) point favorites.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

Plenty of casinos operated in Ohio well before the state’s sports betting bill was passed. With the licensing system Ohio operates on, there are also plenty of smaller retail locations scattered throughout the state.

In addition to small retail locations like bars or a casino like JACK Cleveland Casino, bettors can also find sportsbooks in their favorite pro sports teams' arenas or stadiums. The list below gives a better idea of where the major retail locations in the state are located.

Prime Sportsbook also plans to open a retail wagering spot in Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Retail Sportsbook

Location

JACK Cleveland Casino (BetJACK)

100 Public Square, Cleveland

JACK Thistledown Racino (BetJACK)

21501 Emery Rd, North Randall

MGM Northfield Park (BetMGM)

10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield

Sportsbook at The Banks (BetMGM)

175 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati

Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Caesars)

1 Center Court, Cleveland

Scioto Downs (Caesars)

6000 S High St, Columbus

Arena District (Fanatics)

401 N Front St, Columbus

Progressive Field (Fanatics)

2401 Ontario St, Cleveland

Belterra Park (FanDuel)

6301 Kellogg Rd, Cincinnati

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati (Hard Rock)

1000 Broadway, Cincinnati

Hollywood Casino Columbus (ESPN Bet)

200 Georgesville Rd, Columbus

Hollywood Casino Toledo (ESPN Bet)

1968 Miami St, Toledo

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (ESPN Bet)

777 Hollywood Blvd, Dayton

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley (ESPN Bet)

655 N Canfield Niles Rd, Youngstown

Miami Valley Gaming (MVGBet/Betly)

6000 OH-63, Lebanon

Sports betting in neighboring states

Ohio is surrounded by like-minded states when it comes to sports betting, as all five neighboring states offer legalized sports wagering.

Kentucky was the most recent of the five states to launch sports betting. To find out more about its betting landscape, click on the state name in the info box.

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PennsylvaniaLegalLegalLegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Ohio's economy

Sports betting licenses in Ohio are divided into three different types. The state has made 25 Type A licenses available, which are mostly for the state’s casinos and professional sports teams. Under Type A licenses, each of these organizations can partner with one online skin. Now, Type B licenses are for physical sportsbooks in the state, and there are 40 of these licenses available.

Obtaining one of these licenses is partially based on the population of specific counties in the state. Finally, Type C licenses are for all locations with liquor licenses, like bars and restaurants. Any retailer that provides lottery tickets could also apply for a Type C license. The initial licensing fees vary based on which type of license, and regardless of whether it is retail or online, the tax rate in Ohio is 20%.

Ohio performed exceptionally well in its first full year of legalizing sports betting. In September and October of 2023, the Buckeye State managed over $80 million in revenue, and it has the potential to solidify itself as one of the top-earning states in the country in 2024 and beyond.

Top 3 sportsbooks in the state in May 2024:

  1. FanDuel (Handle: $199.8m, Revenue: $30.6m)

  2. DraftKings (Handle: $204.2m, Revenue: $20.1m)

  3. Bet365 (Handle: $45, Revenue: $4.7m)

Ohio sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: January 2023 ($1,090,962,383)

  • Revenue: January 2023 ($209,588,460)

  • Tax income: January 2024 ($22,697,038)

OH sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

May 2024

$606,573,151

$67,365,769

$13,506,810

Apr. 2024

$667,038,422

$73,922,610

$14,789,769

Mar. 2024

$802,632,458

$63,804,330

$12,792,592

Feb. 2024

$666,845,168

$66,374,384

$13,549,445

Jan. 2024

$806,149,042

$113,367,294

$22,697,038

2024 Total YTD

$3,549,238,241

$384,834,387

$77,335,654

Ohio - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What are the legal sports betting options in Ohio?

Ohio residents can legally wager on sports at one of the 13 retail betting facilities or one of the 20 mobile betting apps. Residents who prefer to play daily fantasy sports contests can access multiple DFS sites instead.

How profitable has sports betting been for OH?

Ohio is one of the 12 states that has broken the $1 billion dollar threshold for sports betting revenue.

Has anyone been arrested for illegal gambling in Ohio?

Yes, there have been few cases centered around illegal gambling in Ohio. In 2019, 11 individuals were indicted for an illegal gambling operation in which bettors would place their bets with these individuals through a website based in Costa Rica.

What are the biggest sports landmarks in the Buckeye State?

There are quite a few historical sports landmarks to visit in Ohio, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio, and Ohio Stadium, which is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes.