By David Caraviello | | 5 mins
Which Sportsbooks Will Launch When Ohio Sports Betting Goes Live?
It was surely a disappointment for Ohio sports betting fans to learn that legal sports wagering in the Buckeye State would not begin in time for the start of the 2022 football season. But there was also a silver lining within that news—when Ohio sports betting does launch, it promises to do so in a very big way.
The extended run-up to the announced universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023—the deadline by which the state’s new sports betting law must be enacted—means that Ohio betting apps will begin taking bets on a New Year’s weekend loaded with major events.
It also provides time for more online sportsbook operators to receive licenses from the state, promising bettors a wider range of options than some other states have seen on their launch days. With nearly 12 million residents, America’s seventh-most-populous state promises to be a major U.S. sports betting market, and lots of sportsbook operators will want a piece of the action.
Sportsbooks Planning To Launch in Ohio
Sports betting was legalized in Ohio in December of 2021, after Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that had been haggled over for three years in the state legislature. The law splits sports betting licenses into three classes, and allows for 25 of the top (or Type A) class that will be reserved for casinos or professional sports teams.
Each casino or sports team can partner with online sportsbooks operating up to two “skins,” industry parlance for a betting site like DraftKings Ohio and its associated mobile app.
So there’s lots of room in the Ohio market for online platforms, promising bettors a bevy of alternatives.
At the moment, we expect the following sportsbooks to launch in Ohio (based on existing retail casino partnerships):
- FanDuel Ohio
- DraftKings Ohio
- Caesars Sportsbook Ohio
- Bally Bet Ohio
- BetMGM Ohio
- Unibet Ohio
- PointsBet Ohio
- Barstool Ohio
- Fubo Ohio
- BetRivers Ohio
- Tipico Ohio
- Hard Rock Ohio
- WynnBET Ohio
- MaximBet Ohio
All the above are on track to launch in Ohio at this stage, with others sure to follow in the seven months before legal wagering in the state kicks off.
Compare that variety of options to sports betting in New York, which launched in a piecemeal fashion in January, with just four licensed sportsbooks on its launch day. Ohio’s launch day indeed promises to be a big one—not only is it an NFL Sunday (the next-to-last week of the regular season), but four big college bowl games (the Rose, Cotton, Citrus and Tampa Bay, formerly the Outback) are set for the following day.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission application process started on June 15 and runs through mid-August, but some sportsbooks are already putting down Ohio roots.
Caesars Sportsbook Ohio announced in February that it would build a betting facility inside the Cleveland Cavaliers’ home arena, with a planned opening by the end of 2022. Likewise, Bally's Interactive (parent company of Bally Bet) announced plans in April for a branded lounge inside the stadium of the Cleveland Browns.
What Ohio Sports Betting Promo Codes Will Be Available?
The launch of legal sports betting in a new state also means lots of promotional opportunities for bettors to take advantage of, many of them available through the use of promo codes.
These promos provide bettors with bonuses such as a deposit match or a risk-free bet, and the codes that activate them can regularly be found here at Bookies.com.
Because Ohio is still months away from launch, we’re not certain yet which Ohio promo codes will be available from which sportsbooks in the Buckeye State.
But looking at past launches in other states provides a hint. In New York, for example, FanDuel Sportsbook offered new bettors $100 in free bets for pre-registering and a risk-free bet up to $1,000 upon launch. DraftKings Sportsbook offered New Yorkers the same pre-registration offer and a 20% deposit match up to $1,000 when it went live.
You may see something similar when DraftKings Ohio and FanDuel Ohio announce launch plans later this year.
Caesars Sportsbook offered $300 in free bets and a 100% deposit match up to $3,000 when it launched in New York (though its current offer is a risk-free bet up to $1,500), and BetMGM a risk-free bet up to $1,000. WynnBet offered a Bet $10, Win $200 in free bets initially in New York (its offer now is $200 in free bets with a $50 wager), while BetRivers a 100% deposit match up to $250.
Other hints come from national promos like that presented by Unibet, which is offering a $250 risk-free bet with a promo code. Keep checking Bookies.com for the latest on promo codes related to Ohio’s launch on Jan. 1, 2023.