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Caesars Sportsbook Ohio: Everything To Know About Potential Launch

Caesars Sportsbook Ohio: Everything To Know About Potential Launch

As launches go, the beginning of Ohio sports betting is going to feel like a Saturn V rocket thundering off the pad.

All of the ingredients are there: Launch day coming on Jan. 1, 2023, in the midst of a New Year’s weekend stacked with a full slate of NFL contests and several major college bowl games; a market with nearly 12 million people in the U.S.’s seventh-most-populous state; all retail and mobile betting going live at the same time; and months of run-up for operators and overseers to all get their procedures in place.

So yeah: It’s going to be huge. Maybe not New York launch day huge, but almost certainly one of the biggest the U.S. has seen otherwise. 

The three years of legislative haggling, the late-night approval that it took to get a sports betting bill to Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk in December, the delay of a universal launch until the absolute last day allowed by law—it will all be in the rearview mirror once Jan. 1 arrives and legal sports betting begins.

Caesars Sportsbook Ohio Puts Down Roots

So, what now? The Ohio Casino Control Commission is continuing to accept license applications through mid-summer, so we don’t yet know for certain which sports betting apps will be accepting bets on launch day. 

But many sports betting heavy-hitters are in line to grab their piece of what is expected to eventually be a multi-billion-dollar market—among them Caesars Sportsbook Ohio.

Caesars Sportsbook Ohio already has a presence in the state through its El Dorado Scioto Downs property in Columbus, which features 2,200 electronic games adjacent to a harness racing track. Since the top level of license in Ohio is reserved for casinos and professional sports teams—which can each partner with a sportsbook offering up to two skins (a betting site and its mobile app) apiece—the Scioto Downs facility would be one avenue through which Caesars Sportsbook could secure a brick-and-mortar partnership in Ohio.

Another option would be through the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, with whom Caesars Sportsbook Ohio became an official betting and official casino partner in February. As part of that deal, the sportsbook operator and the team are constructing a retail sportsbook on the street level inside the northwest atrium area of the team’s home venue, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

Expected to open by the end of 2022, the 10,355-square-foot venue will feature a full-service bar and VIP lounge, an extensive menu, and wall-to-wall TVs.

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Watch for Caesars Sportsbook Ohio promo codes

For sports bettors, launch day means the arrival of special promo codes that unlock offers ranging from a risk-free first wager to a deposit match up to a specific amount. Although the exact promo that Caesars Sportsbook Ohio will make available on launch day is not yet known, bettors can find a clue based on what the sportsbook has offered in other states.

When New York launched mobile sports betting in January, Caesars Sportsbook offered $300 in free bets just for signing up and a 100% deposit match up to $3,000. Now, the offer might not be that high in Ohio, with Caesars Sportsbook currently offering a $1,500 risk-free bet nationally, but it still should be a significant amount. 

Keep an eye on Bookies.com and bookmark our Caesars Sportsbook Ohio page to get the latest on the promotions and offers ahead of Jan. 1.

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What Makes Caesars Sportsbook Different?

The Caesars name brings lots of cachet to the mobile sportsbook industry, given how it conjures visions of the company’s flagship casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars formed its mobile sportsbook by absorbing the British bookmaking giant William Hill, a favorite of bettors across the pond since 1934. Caesars Sportsbook now offers retail or mobile sports betting in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

Those proven William Hill inner-workings have helped make Caesars Sportsbook among the best in the mobile industry, with broad betting limits and an outstanding user experience. On top of that, Caesars has tacked on some of the best promos in American sports betting (see that New York offer above, for example), as well as odds boosts and a well-regarded loyalty program. 

A Caesars Sportsbook Ohio presence will help sports betting get started with a bang in the Buckeye State—now, all that’s left to do is light the fuse on New Year's Day.

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About the Author

David Caraviello for Bookies.com
David Caraviello
Veteran sports journalist David Caraviello has covered college football, college basketball, motorsports and golf, covering all three US golf majors, the Daytona 500 and SEC football.