Sports betting will launch in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023, launching one of the most anticipated markets in the United States.
For bettors, this means Ohio sports betting online will be offering attractive bonuses to get you to register and create an account. This is the time when Ohio sports fans can choose which sports betting apps or websites to place their first wagers in the state. It’s a good strategy to weigh the various bonus options and to consider registering at not just one, but maybe two or more sportsbooks.
Below we have a list of the well-known sportsbooks we expect will be operating in the state, and others that may launch but are not necessarily household names, with the Ohio sports betting offers we expect to see available to you.
Ohio Sportsbook Bonuses From the Big Names
Available in 17 states, BetMGM is one of the leading sportsbooks in the United States, offering odds in nearly every sport and sporting event. BetMGM’s relatively long history in gaming and its loyalty program makes it a very popular choice for sports bettors.
Originally a daily fantasy sports company, DraftKings is now operational in 15 states and is expected to be available in Ohio on Jan. 1. The bonus offer from DraftKings is one of the biggest available, totaling $1,050.
Depending on which reports you read, FanDuel is either the No. 1 or No. 2 sportsbook in the United States. According to Gaming Today, since New York sports betting launched in January, FanDuel has dominated the total handle in that state.
The bonus offer in Ohio is likely to be FanDuel’s popular “No-Sweat First Bet” of up to $1,000 for new account holders.
OFFER: $1,000 No-Sweat First Bet
There’s no question that Caesars Sportsbook offers one of the best new sports bettors welcome offers in the industry. On Aug. 22, it switched from a $1,500 risk-free bet to your first bet on Caesars of up to $1,250 plus 1,000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1,000 Caesars Rewards Reward Credits®.
We don’t know if WynnBet will be available on Jan. 1, 2023, when Ohio’s market opens, but we do know what the sportsbook has done in other states. In Colorado, it offered a risk-free bet up to $1,000, which means that new users get up to $1,000 in betting credits if they lose their first wager.
OFFER: Risk-free bet up to $1,000
Ding! Ding! Ding! PointsBet wins the prize for the highest bonus offer we’ve seen in the United States in previous market launches.
PointBet often attracts more seasoned sports bettors, and its unique form of odds makes it an intriguing option for sports fans who want to get more out of sports betting in Ohio.
OFFER: Up to $2,000 Risk-Free Bet
Other Ohio Sportsbook Bonus Offers
No matter what your first deposit is, BetRivers will match it up to $250. That same offer was made in the other states where BetRivers launched: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
OFFER: Betfred has not formally announced an offer for Ohio. When Pennsylvania opened its market, Betfred offered an Up To $1,000 wager match
Bally Bet Sportsbook
OFFER: We don’t know what type of bonus Bally’s may offer in Ohio. In January 2022, when it launched in New York, Bally Bet offered a 100% bet match up to $250. That bonus is good only for the first wager at Bally Bet whether it wins or loses.
OFFER: In Pennsylvania, Parx Sportsbook is currently offering an up to $500 Risk-Free bet on the first bet by a new customer.
OFFER: In other markets, Barstool Sportsbook offers bonuses totaling $1,100: a Risk-free bet of up to $1,000 AND $100 in Barstool bonus cash.
Lesser known in the U.S. than in Germany where it is considered one of the top sportsbooks in that country, Tipico has an operator’s license in New Jersey and Colorado.
OFFER: When Tipico Sportsbook launched in Colorado, it offered a 100% Deposit Match bonus of up to $250 for new registrants.
Emerging Ohio Sportsbooks Bonuses
So far, PlayUp Interactive is operational in Colorado and New Jersey, but he has applied for a Type-A Sports Gaming Proprietor license in partnership with JACK Cleveland Casino.
Though betJACK has applied for a Type-B Sports Gaming Proprietor in Ohio, the company as of yet has not launched a sports betting app in the U.S. The license application in Ohio is for providing retail sports betting services to JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino.
In anticipation of legal sports betting in Ohio, the company released an app called “betJACK’s Training Camp,” which allows Ohio residents to “wager” on sports for free, without money and with no payments. It’s a sort of training ground for sports gaming in the Buckeye State.
In June, CNBC reported that Fanatics was interested in purchasing Tipico. The company has ambitious plans to expand into gaming but hasn’t yet penetrated a U.S. market under its own brand, which it intends to call BetFanatics.
OFFER: We do not have information about bonuses that Instabet has offered in the United States. In Europe, where the sportsbook is operational, one popular Instabet bonus is a free $25 bet upon signing up.
FC Cincinnati, which competes in Major League Soccer has entered an application in conjunction with SuperBook, which operates its own sports betting app in Colorado, New Jersey, Arizona, Tennessee, and Nevada.
Out The Gate
Not much is known about Out The Gate, which is located in New Jersey. The filing for a betting license in Ohio is with the SPIRE Institute, an elite sports training complex in Geneva, Ohio, that boasts several Olympic athletes as clients.
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