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Best Ohio Sports Betting Apps 2022

Ohio legalized sports betting, paving the way for residents to eventually wager on anything from college football to European soccer. However, patience must continue to be exercised within Ohio’s borders until Ohio sports betting apps launch hopefully by the end of the year.

Ohioans will need to be at least 21 years old in order to place wagers on sports contests. Those of legal betting age, however, should expect access to mobile apps in addition to retail sportsbooks. While we do not know exactly what sportsbook apps will land in Ohio’s market, we can make reasonable guesses.

Best Ohio Sports Betting Apps 2022 – Coming Soon

DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio

Among the largest sportsbook brands in the United States market, DraftKings Sportsbook is a quality bet to hit the Ohio market when the sports betting industry launches. Many Ohioans will be familiar with the DraftKings brand thanks to its presence in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry. However, bettors in the Buckeye State will soon become familiar with the features and user experience that make DraftKings Sportsbook a leader in the mobile sportsbook space. Among those features is perhaps the deepest betting market available in the industry.

FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio

Like DraftKings, its principal rival in the DFS space, FanDuel Sportsbook enters the sports betting market with a strong reputation among sports fans. From its deep betting market and high-end user experience, FanDuel is a top-notch brand that Ohio bettors will want to keep in their sportsbook rotation. 

BetMGM Ohio

BetMGM is one of the more recognizable brands in the US sports betting industry, offering competitive game lines and a welcoming introductory bonus. New bettors can claim a $600 risk-free bet, and place wagers on a wide selection of sports and contests. BetMGM is available in other Midwest states that have legalized and launched sports betting, so it’s a reasonable expectation that it will enter the Ohio market.

Caesars Sportsbook Ohio

Caesars Sportsbook made its name as an industry-leading casino brand and is now making a name in the sports betting landscape. Caesars and the Cleveland Cavaliers struck a partnership that will place a retail sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Ohio residents can expect to find a quality overall experience from Caesars Sportsbook, and it’s worthy of a spot in any bettor’s rotation.

How Ohio Mobile Betting Apps Compare

Sportsbook iOS App Android App iOS Ratings Android Ratings
DraftKings Yes Yes 4.8 (311k ratings) 4.6 (16k ratings)
FanDuel Yes Yes 4.8 (480k ratings) 4.7 (47k ratings)
BetMGM Yes Yes 4.8 (80k ratings) 4.0 (4k ratings)
Caesars Yes Yes 4.6 (28k ratings) 4.4 (11k ratings)

More will become known about how the Ohio market receives the brand once it launches within the state. It’s also worth noting that sportsbook apps have been included in the Apple App Store for a longer duration of time than they have the Google Play Store.

Ohio Sportsbook Betting Bonuses

We’ll learn more about the specific sportsbooks that will enter the market as Ohio moves closer to the launch of legal sports betting. In the meantime, prospective bettors can get a sense of what bonuses will be available to them en route to them placing their first wagers.

Deposit Bonuses

Among the incentives sportsbooks offer to entice new bettors is a deposit bonus. These allow new users to bolster their opening bankroll, and are great for those simply getting a feel for sports betting. For every dollar a bettor deposits — first deposit only — a sportsbook will match a certain amount via site credit. For example, DraftKings provides a dollar for every $5 a new bettor deposits. It’s important to be familiar with the terms and conditions — in general, but particularly when it comes to bonuses. DraftKings requires a 25x playthrough bonus, so bettors should expect to bet a lot through the app in order to maximize the promotional value DraftKings offers.

The deposit bonuses at some other books may not jump out the same way DraftKings’ does, but it may be easier for bettors to get the most out of them.

Risk-Free Bets

Another great way for new bettors to cut their teeth in the market is a risk-free wager. Many books will offer a full refund on a lost bet. The refund is issued in site credit up to a certain amount, and is typically only eligible for an initial wager. A winning initial bet does not qualify for any sort of reimbursement.

No-Deposit Bonuses

Some books will reward new users for simply signing up. A no-deposit bonus is typically a modest dollar amount — issued in site credit — that a new user receives in his or her account. It’s a great way to get a feel for mobile sports betting while removing some of the financial risk of overcoming the initial learning curve.

Legal vs. Illegal Betting Apps

For those in states without legal sports betting, going offshore to an illegal platform is a common route for those who want to wager on sports. This is not recommended even for those without legal methods, and it’s an especially bad idea for those with access to legal sports betting. Ohioans anxiously awaiting the launch of legal sports betting should hold tight a little longer instead of venturing offshore.

Offshore platforms are unlicensed, unregulated, and untrustworthy. There is simply too much risk for bettors who won’t have any recourse to resolve issues that may arise. A bettor may find that an offshore book doesn’t abide by its terms and conditions — if it even has terms and conditions. Bettors wagering through illegal means are simply at the mercy of the offshore books’ whims. Issues placing a bet? There’s unreliable customer support. Withdrawal taking a long time to arrive? Keep waiting. Encounter a significant issue requiring legal intervention? Tough luck.

Bettors will not have these same issues on licensed, legal betting platforms which offer a significantly superior betting experience. One word in particular can be associated with legal sportsbooks: trust. Whether a bettor simply wants peace of mind knowing his or her money will be safe and delivered in a timely manner, or if someone wants assurance that he or she will receive necessary help when needed, a legal sportsbook will deliver where an illegal one will not.

How To Bet On Ohio Sports Betting Apps

1. Choosing A Sports Betting App

The first step for Ohioans will be choosing a sportsbook app. There will be several in the market available. However, don’t feel the need to commit to only one. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the welcome bonuses and incentives offered by various mobile sports betting apps, and then keep multiple in regular rotation. Some sportsbooks will offer more favorable odds on a particular side for a particular contest at any particular moment. By keeping multiple options available, bettors can shop around for the best odds on a given wager.

2. Making Your First Deposit

Bettors shouldn’t have issues making their initial deposit. Most books likely to hit the Ohio market offer multiple options to place money in one’s account. Bettors should expect to be able to add funds via debit/credit cards, online bank transfers, and PayPal among others.

Some online sportsbooks even allow bettors to use brand-specific prepaid cards that link to a bettors’ account. This is an easy and streamlined way to deposit funds on some platforms.

3. Betting At Ohio’s Online Sportsbooks

Once funds have been deposited into a bettor’s account, he or she can begin wagering. The sportsbooks likely to reach Ohio’s market offer a wide range of sports and bet types, so let the browsing begin.

From moneyline and point spread bets to futures and prop wagers, the options are robust. Beginners may be drawn to moneyline wagers due to their simplicity — one must simply choose the winner. Point spread bets take the process a step further and require the bettor to consider the margin of victory or defeat.

A total or Over/Under bet involves betting on whether the combined score of both teams will fall above or below a set number.

More advanced or risk-welcoming bettors may enjoy a parlay in which one includes multiple bets on a single ticket. The more bets on a ticket, the higher the potential payout, but the higher the risk of losing. If a single bet loses on a parlay ticket, the entire ticket loses.

Many books also offer live betting that allows bettors to wager while the game is taking place. This can be fun for bettors interested in a dynamic experience, but it also allows books to engage their users for longer periods of time.

Finally, futures and prop bets are popular methods of wagering. Futures bets involve betting on a future event occurring, i.e. the winner of a division, conference, or championship. Meanwhile, prop bets can be centered on a player or team. They’re not necessarily related to the outcome of a contest. For example, a prop bet may ask a bettor to determine whether a player will score Over/Under a set number of points-plus-rebounds. They’re a great way to become invested in the action beyond the winner or loser. 

4. Cashing Out From An Online Sportsbook

The most common methods through which sportsbooks payout winnings are PayPal, online bank transfers, ACH transfers and Play+ cards. Options for withdrawing funds aren’t quite as robust as the options available for depositing money. For the most part, bettors shouldn’t have too much of a challenge retrieving their winnings. One thing to note: withdrawals can take up to 2-10 business days to post to one’s bank account.

How To Install Ohio Sports Betting Apps On An Apple iOS Device?

Installing mobile sportsbook apps on an Apple iOS device is a painless process:

  1. Open the Apple App Store and search for the desired sportsbook.
  2. Upon finding the desired app, click “Get” or “Download.”
  3. The download should begin automatically. The app will install on your iOS device as long as there is enough storage space.
  4. Once the download is complete, a bettor can register an account on the app.

How To Install Ohio Sportsbook Apps On An Android Device?

The process for downloading a mobile sportsbook on an Android device isn’t always quite as simple as those with iOS platforms, but not to a degree that should discourage prospective bettors. The Google Play Store only started allowing gambling apps on its store at the beginning of 2021, and it’s easy to download if available. Just follow the same steps as one would on an iOS device. In some instances, a bettor will need to download the app straight from the sportsbook’s website:

  1. Find the main website of the sportsbook operator.
  2. On the operator’s official website, locate the “Get for Android” button or tab on the main page. This should take you to a link.
  3. Click the link and find the .apk file. It will start to download to your Android device.
  4. You may need to grant the website permission via your device’s settings before downloading the file.
  5. Download and installation should begin automatically.
  6. Once the download is complete, you can register for the sportsbook as you would with an iOS device.

What Makes For A Good Mobile Sports Betting App?

Prospective bettors in Ohio should expect to have the choice of multiple sportsbook apps once sports betting launches. Ohioans shouldn’t feel the need to find just one book to use. There’s benefit to shopping across multiple sportsbooks. However, it’s still nice to recognize the traits that make a quality mobile book.

Navigation

Like a smoothly paved road with plenty of lane space, it’s key for apps to be easy to navigate. Users want to move from page to page seamlessly, free of lags and crashes. Additionally, the layout should be intuitive, allowing users to navigate with ease and efficiency.

An app that is buggy or clunky will quickly turn off users. There’s a lot of competition in the sports betting app market, and a bettor who becomes frustrated with the movement between pages and throughout the app in general will simply find a rival app.

Access To Favorite Bets

Being able to easily and quickly find one’s preferred sports and bets adds to the ease of use of any app. The best apps allow bettors to access their primary choices without the need to go digging from page to page.

This can be a bit more challenging for the big brands with the deepest betting markets. There’s a give and take with certain features, so keep that in mind when comparing the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel with some of the smaller brands that may enter the Ohio market.

Speed

Loading speed is a key attribute of quality apps, and users want to be certain they can enjoy quick and smooth operation no matter the device they’re using — within reason of course. Speed is particularly critical on apps that offer live betting.

A clunky and slow experience will quickly send users to a competitor’s app. User reviews won’t be shy about pointing out apps with slow performance.

Access To Promotions

Promotions are great for new bettors looking to get their feet wet in the sports betting industry. Some are better than others and some are better-tailored to advanced bettors than beginners. Ultimately, the quality of a promotion may come down to how much of an initial deposit a user wants to put forth.

Additionally, a lot of books will offer promotions in-season, particularly surrounding big events and the start of postseason play.

Ohio Sports Betting FAQs

Is sports betting legal in Ohio?

Yes. Sports betting was legalized in Ohio in December 2021. However, it hasn’t launched within the state yet. Projections are loose, but the legislature requires that the first legal bet be placed before January 1, 2023. 

What sports can I bet on?

One important detail Ohioans should know is that they will be able to bet on college sports, specifically Ohio-based collegiate programs. In terms of professional sports, the better question may be ‘What sports can I not bet on?’ Most books, particularly the bigger brands, offer odds on a wide variety of domestic and international sports.

Will there be physical sportsbooks in Ohio?

Yes. Ohio legislature allows for both mobile and retail sportsbooks to operate within the state. The Cleveland Cavaliers struck a partnership with Caesars Sportsbook that includes the opening of a physical retail sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

Will I have to be in Ohio to bet on the state’s mobile apps?

Most likely, yes. Users should be familiar with the fine print of each individual app, but it’s common for platforms to use geo tracking technology to ensure bettors are betting from within the state.

How old do I need to be to use Ohio’s sports betting apps?

The Ohio Casino Control Commission will require bettors to be at least 21 to wager at state-regulated sportsbooks — online or retail. Bettors should be prepared to provide the necessary information to provide proof of age.

What are Ohio’s sports betting tax rates?

The state will enforce a 10% tax rate on revenue for Ohio’s sports betting operators.

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