Ohio Sports Betting

The state of Ohio looks to be next in the line for legal, regulated sports betting. State lawmakers are in the process of ironing out the final details, but the current signs are encouraging. A final bill could move forward this fall, arriving on the Governor’s desk for a signature by year’s end.

Ohio is pursuing both retail and online sports betting. The proposed rules seem bettor friendly, and barring major changes Ohioans will soon have access to an exciting, competitive sports betting marketplace.

On this page we’ll breakdown everything we know about the status of sports betting in Ohio. Legislative progress, potential launch dates, sign up, betting options, and banking. We’ve got you covered.

When Will Sports Betting Launch in Ohio?

Our best guess for retail betting is early next year, while a safer estimate for online wagering would be summer/fall 2021. Buckeye, Browns, and Bengals fans should be set to back their teams through online betting by the start of the ’21 season.

Potential Timeline

There’s no way to know for sure, but based on current evidence it seems likely that a sports betting bill will pass in the state at some point during the fall of 2020. If it happens, it would give Governor Mike DeWine the opportunity to make it a law with his signature before before the end of the year.

While legalization at the end of 2020 would be a great step, it’s not the finish line. Regulated U.S. sports betting markets often require a lengthy rollout process. If the above timeline holds, we’d expect to see retail sportsbooks popping up by the end of Q1 2021, with online sites lagging slightly behind. Q3 2021 would be a realistic target or online betting.

Ohio Sports Betting Basics

While the state’s sports betting bill hasn’t passed yet, any potential legislation is sure to include these basic requirements:

21+ Age Limit

Requiring that all sports betting participants be at least 21 years old is the industry standard across the U.S. There are just a few exceptions that have lowered the cap to 18, but we have no reason to believe that Ohio will do so.

You Must Be In Ohio

In order to place a sports bet over the internet with a regulated Ohio book, you will need to be inside the state of Ohio. Every legal online sportsbook that sets up shop in the state will require you to download a piece of geolocation software that will accurately relay your position to the book. If the sportsbook can’t tell exactly where you are, you can’t press the “Bet” button.

If you’re just visiting Ohio, that’s absolutely fine. You don’t need to live there, you just have to be inside the state when you place your bets.

Sign Up Online

While some of its Midwestern neighbors have chosen in-person registration, thankfully, it looks like Ohio is pursuing the more sensible route. States like Iowa and Illinois originally legalized online sports betting but required bettors to visit a casino to set up the account in-person. Generally speaking, in-person registration slows down market growth.

While we won’t count our chickens yet, it appears you will be able to register with a legal Ohio online sportsbook completely over the internet. Bettors will be required to supply personal information to verify their identity, this includes name, address, phone number, email, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

Never fear, however. All legal, regulated sports betting sites in the state of Ohio will have strict security protections to keep your data safe. Every state in the U.S. requires this information, it’s akin to a showing your ID card before you can enter a casino.

Ohio Online Sportsbooks

So how many online sportsbooks will make their way to Ohio? It could actually end up being quite a few. It looks likely that each of Ohio’s casinos (4) and racinos (7), will be eligible to host up three online sports betting skins a piece. This leaves the state with the potential to house upwards of thirty different bookmakers,some of which are already making moves.

Both theScore and Kindred Group, using its premier iGaming brand Unibet, have already announced partnership agreements with Penn National for the state of Ohio… and believe us, they won’t be the last.

We will expect to see many of the following sports betting operators in Ohio, and more.

Once the state’s sports betting bill is signed, sealed, and delivered, expect to see an onslaught of partnership agreements hitting the news wire. We will update accordingly as they are announced.

Ohio Sports Betting Choices

Ohio, to this point, is moving towards a player friendly betting market. Some states, like New Jersey for example, chose to forbid in-state sportsbooks from offering action on local NJ college teams. That doesn’t look to be the case in Ohio, college sports, including in-state teams, seem to be a part of the plan.

Bettors will be able to wager on all of the following:

… and plenty more. And as far as bets are concerned, again – we’re expecting a full lineup that includes:

Once the rules have been finalized, we’ll let you know what is officially on deck. Stay tuned.

Getting Paid: How to Deposit / Withdraw

Depositing money to your Ohio online sports betting account will be a piece of cake. While illegal, offshore sites have to rely on sketchy processors or cryptocurrency, once live the regulated online sportsbooks will have plenty of simple, legit choices.

Throughout the growing U.S. sports betting industry, cashiers generally look pretty similar. While there will be small differences, Ohioans can expect to use all of the following to instantly fund their online accounts:

Each online sportsbook that comes to the Buckeye State will be licensed through an existing brick-and-mortar casino or racino. In most cases bettors will be able to visit these in-person partners and deposit/withdraw right there at the casino cage. It’s a big perk of legal, regulated sports betting.

Withdrawals, in general, are just slightly slower – normally taking a day or two to process. Either way, you’re money is never far away.

Ohio Sports Betting Platforms

Once approved, Ohio will offer online sports betting via all major technology platforms. This includes computers, both Mac and PC, in addition to iOS and Android powered mobile apps for phones and tablets.

Betting From A Computer

When betting from a computer users will first be required to download and install a geolocation plug-in. The plug-in will serve as proof of location, using your WiFi connection to accurately relay your whereabouts to the betting site. As discussed, if the site can’t locate you – you’re out of luck.

Generally speaking, the betting experience from a computer is smooth and spacious. Ohio online sportsbooks will make it easy to browse lines, add items to the bet slip, and finalize wagers. Placing a bet can be done in just a few clicks of a mouse.

Mobile Sports Betting

Sports betting mobile apps have learned to do a lot with just a little bit of space. Since they operate on a smaller screen, they’ll utilize a number of efficient menus and sorting options that will allow bettors to interact with the book however they see fit. What’s more, mobile apps give bettors full access to the book – there’s nothing you can do from your computer that you can’t do from the mobile app. This includes multi-game bets, talking with support, or banking.

Geolocation is actually a lot easier on your phone, too. Just grant the app access to your location services and it will sync immediately with its built in GPS unit – just like your navigation system does – to show proof of location.

The Perks of Regulated Mobile Sports Betting in Ohio

Regulated online sports betting sites will blow the competition out of the water. There’s a laundry list of pros, without the cons.

Safety

First and foremost, you’re guaranteed a safe experience when betting with a legal, regulated site. You know that the site you are using is backed by the government, and that everything is above board. You never have to have concerns over whether your money is secure, or if your bet will be honored.

It looks likely that the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) will take the reins for governing the industry. It’s the same branch of the government that is responsible for regulating the state’s current crop of casinos. Betting online with a regulated site will be no less legitimate as betting in-person, inside of an Ohio casino or racino.

Fast, Easy Banking

Legal Ohio sports betting operators will offer plenty of options for both deposits and withdrawals. You won’t be pigeon holed into using a singular, sketchy option. Adding money to your account will only take a moment, and if you hit a big bet and want to cashout – your money will always be there upon request.

Unmatched Convenience

Legal sportsbooks will offer bettors the ability to wager from anywhere in the state of Ohio, at any time. Pull out your laptop or a mobile device like a phone or tablet, log-in, and you’re ready to bet. It doesn’t matter if the nearest retail sportsbook is a hundred miles away – anyone in the state of Ohio can bet at any time.

Live Betting

With online sports betting you can actually wager on an event as it unfolds. Bet on the next play, pitch, or swing of a racket. Because the live odds update on the fly, it’s possible to search for the right bet and instantly lock it in. Retail betting just can’t keep up.

Excellent Customer Support

If you ever need help, it’s there. It has become standard within the U.S. sports betting industry to offer multiple channels for customer support. Email, Phone, and even Live Chat support is regularly available.

Player Protections

As with any state sanctioned gambling, legal sports betting sites in Ohio will be required to offer responsible gaming resources and protections. Every site will allow users to set betting limits, deposit limits, time limits, etc. Self exclusion is also readily available, in addition to other local and nationwide RG resources.

Ohio Gambling History

Like most U.S. states, gambling legislation has been slow going in Ohio. In the 1930’s horses got the green light, but it took decades for additional progress. Some 40-years later the state’s Lottery Commission was approved in 1973, with its first tickets going on sale soon after.

Casino gaming has been an adventure. After numerous failed attempts over several decades, Ohio voters finally backed a casino gaming bill by a narrow margin in 2009. Four casinos in the state’s major cities were a go: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Columbus.

In May 2012 the Hollywood Casino Toledo, owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, was the first gambling facility to officially open its doors in Ohio. Ohio also houses numerous racinos, which offer video lottery terminals, but lack table games.

Online sports betting legislation in ’20/’21 would represent a giant leap forward for the Buckeye state.

FAQ

Is it legal to bet on sports in Ohio?

Not yet, though this may be changing soon. We’ll keep you posted as state officials attempt to push a sports betting bill across the line.

When will I be able to bet on sports in Ohio?

Current estimates point to early 2021 for retail, and potentially mid-late 2021 for online sports betting. There’s still a lot that needs to happen in order to hit these marks, though.

Will Ohio offer online and mobile sports betting?

Based on current plans, yes. Online sports betting through websites and mobile apps are in the forecast.

How old you need to be to bet on sports in Ohio?

Once officially legalized, bettors will need to be at least 21 years old to wager in Ohio.

Who oversees sports betting in Ohio?

There’s been some debate over this – the original House bill called for the Ohio Lottery Commission to run the show. However, the Senate, with Gubernatorial backing, has pushed for the Ohio Casino Control Commission to tackle the task. Once the dust settles, expect it to be the OCCC.