Ohio Sports Betting Launch Dates and Offers November 2022

Ohio sports bettors rejoice! Online sports betting has arrived! Be the first to take advantage of all the top online sportsbook new player offers as the first round of sportsbooks have started taking bets soon. Find out who is in the first batch of sportsbooks and who is coming soon to the Buckeye State.

ByPat Pickens

Nov 16, 2022

Online sports betting is coming to Ohio, which means it’s about time to start cashing in on new-user bonuses in the Buckeye State.

Governor Mike DeWine legalized retail and online sports betting in Ohio in December 2021, and although the rollout has taken longer than expected, in-person and online sports betting is going to go live Jan. 1, 2023.

Bettors in Ohio will have dozens of gambling options, including a potential Ohio State football national-championship future bet, to wager when the clock hits midnight and calendar turns to 2023.

Here’s a look at what to expect.

Yes! The practice became legal on Dec. 22, 2021 when DeWine signed House Bill 29.

Ohio joined neighboring Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as more than a dozen others, as states that legalized online sports betting as well as retail.

When Will Online Sports Betting Launch in Ohio?

Unlike other states, where retail sports betting got a head start, both online and in-person sports betting will launch in the Buckeye State on or about Jan. 1, 2023.

What Online Sportsbooks Are Live in Ohio?

The following sportsbooks are expected to go live on or about Jan. 1, 2023:

  • BetMGM
  • BetRivers
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • PointsBet

These sportsbooks are expected to go live in Ohio shortly after Jan. 1, 2023:

  • Bally Bet
  • Barstool
  • Bet 365
  • Betfred
  • Betway
  • Fanatics
  • MaximBet
  • Prophet Exchange
  • Superbook
  • Tipico
  • WynnBET

What Online Sportsbooks Are Coming Soon to Ohio?

There will be more sportsbooks rolled out in Ohio in the days after January 1. But these are the ones we’re certain of.

BetMGM Sportsbook

The BetMGM Online Sportsbook is almost always among the new sportsbooks that begin operation when a new state legalizes online sports betting. MGM already has a casino presence in Ohio with the Northfield Park horse-race track and casino about halfway between Akron and Cleveland.

BetMGM is a titan in the online sports betting space and typically offers users who sign up ahead of the new-state launch a no-deposit bonus of about $200 in site credit. If you miss out on that offer, BetMGM still gives new users promotions like a risk-free bet up to $1,000 and bet-and-gets, like bet $5 and get $200 in site credit.

Simply click on The Game Day’s review page for BetMGM and use any necessary promo code to unlock any of the exceptional offers BetMGM. Plus, users can get great odds and boosts, plus a plethora of free bets, while playing with the BetMGM Online Sportsbook. They also can accrue points in BetMGM’s loyalty rewards program that can be redeemed for free bets and hotel and dining credits at MGM properties, including Northfield Park.

Caesars Sportsbook

Caesars is a well-known name among casinos and has grown in the sports-betting space thanks to its purchase of William Hill sportsbook in August 2021. Caesars is quickly becoming one of the top options for online sports bettors since it offers exceptional betting odds and oodles of available betting markets for players on its user-friendly app and website.

Bettors interested in earning Caesars Rewards will be automatically entered in the company’s VIP program after signing up. Ohioans can earn Caesars rewards with every bet, and those points can be redeemed for bet credits and hotel and dining credits at Caesars properties like the Eldorado Scioto Downs Casino and Racetrack in Columbus.

Users in Ohio who sign up then deposit at least $20 to their accounts will receive a $100 bet credit once the site is operational in the Buckeye State. However, if you missed that offer, you can still receive a risk-free bet up to $1,250 by using the promo code GAMEDAYFULL on signup. Bettors who use the code will receive a second bet equal to the first up to $1,250 if their initial wager is unsuccessful.

FanDuel Sportsbook

The FanDuel Online Sportsbook is the No. 1 online sportsbook in the United States, with great odds and exceptional innovations like same-game parlays and Same-Game Parlay+.

Same-game parlays, where bettors combine multiple markets from a single game which FanDuel started in 2018, have since become the industry standard. SGP+, where bettors are empowered to combine multiple markets from multiple games, was rolled out in 2021 and is changing the game again.

Plus, new users who sign up for FanDuel before the state’s January launch will receive $100 in site credit plus three free months of NBA League Pass. Ohioans who sign up will not only get valuable site credit but also access to the NBA playoff push via its official streaming service.

If you missed the initial pre-launch offer, you can still take advantage of FanDuel’s no-sweat first bet up to $1,000.

DraftKings Sportsbook

The DraftKings Online Sportsbook is the most widely available sportsbook in the U.S., which means users in Ohio would be wise to start playing with DraftKings as soon as it is available. Bettors may continue to play with DraftKings in any state where the service is legal, which includes border states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Indiana.

Plus, users can get access to DraftKings exceptional bonuses and betting promotions, like $200 in site credit without a deposit requirement if you sign up in Ohio ahead of the sportsbook’s Jan. 1 launch.

If you missed the prelaunch offer, don’t fret. DraftKings also gives new users a bet-and-get where they can get $200 in site credit after depositing $10 and placing a $5 wager on any market.

BetRivers Sportsbook

BetRivers, which was founded in neighboring Pennsylvania, is a sports-betting fixture among Eastern states. It operates in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan and others, which means it will undoubtedly be one of the best new sports betting option available in Ohio too.

The BetRivers Online Sportsbook is great for new and novice gamblers since it provides every user with tips and trends as well as a glossary  that explains some confusing sports-betting terms. Plus, new Ohio sports bettors who sign up and use the promo code “GAMEDAY" will receive up to $500 in free bets.

PointsBet Sportsbook

The PointsBet Online Sportsbook is changing the sports-betting game. New users can try their hands at fixed-odds betting as well as the sportsbook’s custom PointsBetting style that rewards users for being correct and punishes them for being wrong.

With PointsBet, users can bet props, parlays, moneylines, spreads and totals as well as PointsBetting. New users who sign up and use the promo code “GD5X100" upon signup will receive up to five risk-free bets totaling $500 so they can get in on both betting types.

How to Register at an Ohio Online Sportsbook

Signing up for a sportsbook might seem complicated or angst-inducing, especially if you’re worried about any kinks that sportsbooks need to iron out.

But signing up for a sportsbook isn’t much different from signing up for an account with an online retailer. Plus, we at The Game Day are here to help. Thanks to our exclusive partnerships with sportsbooks, we can ensure you’ll get the best new user offer.

Simply follow the steps listed below:

  • Pick the sportsbook you wish to try, visit The Game Day’s review page and click “Get Bonus" to claim the site’s best offer, such as a risk-free bet or deposit bonus.
  • The link will take you to the sportsbook registration page. Enter your info and click “register"
  • Enter any necessary promo or bonus code to unlock the best new-user offer
  • Verify your identity
  • Deposit funds
  • Start playing!


Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered the NHL since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times,,, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021. His greatest successful wager was an LA Kings puck-line bet (+200) in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Final.

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