Which Ohio Sportsbooks Might We See In Buckeye State?

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2022
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Sports betting is on the way to the Buckeye State by Jan. 1, 2023. When it goes live, which Ohio sportsbooks might we see operating in the state? What can you expect with each book?

Follow along with TheLines for updates to Ohio’s journey to live sports betting.

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Which sportsbooks will operate in Ohio?

According to Legal Sports Report, the application process for Ohio sportsbooks should open up in the late summer to early fall. A draft for the application process opened up for public comment at the beginning of May. Once the operators apply, we’ll have a good sense about which books bettors can use in Ohio.

Already we’ve seen a few operators strike deals with Cleveland sports teams. Caesars Sportsbook struck a deal with the Cavaliers to be an official betting partner and build a sports betting lounge in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. More recently, Bally Bet signed a partnership with the Browns. The latter is currently only live in three states with a handful more in the works.

A few books that are safe bets operate in Ohio that have not yet struck deals:

These operators represent some of the industry leaders in the US. DraftKings operates in 17 states, while FanDuel and BetMGM have 14 states with mobile presences (MGM also has a retail sportsbook in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand).

Ohio’s legislation makes it one of the most lenient and largest-scale sports betting locales in the nation. They will grant up to 25 Type A licenses (for online operation) and 40 Type B licenses (physical locations). This means other books like PointsBet, BetRivers and many others could establish a foothold in Ohio.

How do I handle all of the options?

First and foremost, TheLines regularly reviews sportsbooks and shares promotional opportunities for users. Read our reviews and check back for articles surrounding each book to make sure you’re familiar and comfortable with each operator. The best way to see if you like one or not is to simply check them out– flip around their app and check out their interface.

It’s important to know that books offer different lines and prices because they get their numbers from different makers. Signing up with multiple books not only allows you to capitalize on hundreds of dollars in promos, but also to shop around and get the best odds. We make the process of line shopping easy for you by pulling numbers from all the major sportsbooks in our coverage.

The bottom line: if you want to maximize your potential wins, sign up for multiple books and take advantage of everything they offer.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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