Betting Basics

How To Bet On Sports In Ohio: A Guide

August 22, 2023

Ohio residents rejoice—as of December 22, 2021, Ohio approved legal sports betting. That means it’s time to get your parlays and your teases ready, time to double-check the spread, and time to find the best odds on the moneyline. Are you ready to place your bets?

Hold up for just a second.

While we applaud having a ready-to-go strategy for sports betting, we need to talk to you first. Because while sports betting is now legal in Ohio, when it comes to the question of how exactly is sports betting legal in Ohio, and how to bet on sports in Ohio, things can get a little tricky. So let’s look at how you can get involved in Ohio sports betting, how that’s changing, and how you can be ready to get in on the action.

Is it legal to bet on sports in Ohio? Yes, it is.


Laws regarding sports betting in the United States are changing quickly and Ohio is no exception. That’s good news if you like to bet. Until December 2021, it was illegal to bet on sports in Ohio, whether that be using sports betting sites or in-person betting, and that’s no longer the case. But, while legislation has passed that allows Ohio sports betting, there’s still an infrastructure that needs to be built before you can start placing bets.

If that’s all a bit confusing to you, you’re not alone. Plenty of people and businesses are trying to navigate legal sports betting in Ohio. To simplify things (and avoid a long lesson in civics) let’s break it down with a quick timeline of what has happened so far and what you can expect to happen in the future.

What brought us to where we are now? Here’s a timeline:

That timeline brings us to where we are now, which is a state of limbo where sports betting is legal but you can’t actually do it yet. If you’re an Ohio resident, before you’re able to place your bets in Ohio, the commission in charge of regulating sports betting has to issue licenses. These licenses will be given out to:

Once licensed, these groups can then partner with online and mobile apps to provide online sports betting. These partnerships are what will allow the mobile apps and websites to operate online sports betting in Ohio. This process is expected to take the rest of 2022 and be in place so that any Ohio sports betting site will be able to go live in Ohio on January 1, 2023.

In addition to these licenses, there will also be licenses given out to physical businesses where you can place bets as well as businesses that will work with restaurants and bars.

Let’s suppose you don’t want to spend all of 2022 refining your in-person or online gambling strategy. What are your options to place bets? Do you need to resort to shady bookies in back-alleys?

No. Please don’t do that. You still have legal options to place your bets while waiting for Ohio’s sports betting infrastructure to be built:

Now that you have a sense of the legal sports betting situation in Ohio, let’s get down to the fun part: Who ya got? Once Ohio online sports betting becomes available, you’ll be able to bet on any of the major sports including:

You’ll also be able to bet on the winners of NASCAR races and golf tournaments as well as tennis. So whether you’re a fan of college football sportsbooks or professional basketball, the possibilities are endless. But who should you bet on? While the smartest advice is always to bet on whoever’s going to win (easier said than done), there’s also a pull to support the home teams. In Ohio, there are plenty of home teams to choose from:

Speaking of the Columbus Crew, remember when we said that sportsbooks would have to find partnerships to operate in Ohio? Well, at Tipico, we’ve already got one. We’ve partnered with your Columbus Crew so that once betting is ready to go in Ohio, we’ll be set to give it to you.

That means you’ll be ready to take advantage of our welcome offers and features like our live bets and multi-sport parlays. At Tipico, we know sports betting, and we’ve created the best site for you to place your bets with ease and security. We look forward to being here and getting you into the action. Check out our online sportsbook today.


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