How to bet on sports in Ohio has become a very popular search term. The Buckeye State has a very rich tradition when it comes to sports and when it comes to betting in particular. Unfortunately, progress has been slow on legalized betting in Ohio. Progress is finally being made and it seems like Ohioans will be able to start making wagers sometime in 2020, but that doesn’t really help right now, does it?
There is a way for Ohioans to bet on sports, but it cannot be done inside the state borders right now. Disgruntled Buckeye staters will remember that it took a long time for Ohio to move forward with casino gambling as well. An amendment to the state constitution was passed in 2009 and the first casino opened in Cleveland in 2011. Now, Ohio has four full-fledged casinos and a handful of racinos. But, still no sports betting.
The news is not all bad. While the luxury of betting from home on a smartphone or a computer is not a convenience afforded to Ohio at this time, Ohioans can still place their bets by driving over to Pennsylvania, Indiana, or West Virginia. Something is truly better than nothing, which is what many proponents of legalized sports betting said before PASPA was overturned in May 2018.
So, while how to bet on sports in Ohio returns an answer that nobody wants, you still have the opportunity to place your bets as long as you are willing to make a little bit of a drive.
Mobile sports betting is extremely popular in the state of Pennsylvania. This is an option available to Ohioans. The only catch is that you must physically be inside the borders of Pennsylvania to place your bets. Whether that means sitting on a bench outside the Grove City Outlets while your wife shops or stopping at the first rest stop on I-90, Ohio residents can sign up for a sports betting account in Pennsylvania.
Geolocation tracking will ensure that the user is in a legal jurisdiction to allow for access to the real money account on that app or website. In Pennsylvania, BetRivers, DraftKings, Fanduel, Parx, SugarHouse, Fox Bet, and Unibet all offer mobile and online wagering.
Ohioans can sign up for these accounts from anywhere in the state and can fund those accounts to start making bets. Once again, and we cannot stress this enough, you must be in Pennsylvania, otherwise access to your account will be blocked.
If you really want to make a drive or are going to PA for some other reason, retail sportsbooks at Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica), Rivers (BetRivers), and Meadows (DraftKings) are all a short trip from Ohio.
Ah, yes. West Virginia. Wild and wonderful. Wonderful because you can bet on sports within the borders of the state. The options are a little more limited in West Virginia, but they do exist. Fanduel and DraftKings are the mobile operators at present in WV. There are five casinos with retail sportsbooks, including Mountaineer and Wheeling Island that are very close to Ohio on the eastern border. Mardi Gras Casino is northwest of Charleston and in close proximity to Huntington.
Like Pennsylvania, the apps in West Virginia use geolocation tracking to ensure that the user is within the borders of the state and in a legal jurisdiction. Also, Ohio residents that want to bet in West Virginia simply need to get into the state to use the mobile apps. They do not have to be in any specific location, just within the state.
There are 15 different retail sportsbook options in the Hoosier State for Ohio residents. French Lick, Belterra, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Ameristar East Chicago, Horseshoe Hammond, and Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg are among the places that might interest Ohioans.
With a lot of different retail sportsbooks and partners, Indiana is on the verge of exploding in terms of the different apps and websites that will be available. At time of writing, Fanduel, DraftKIngs, and BetRivers are the three that are taking mobile wagers.
Like West Virginia and Pennsylvania, bets can be placed from anywhere in the state. Just get across the border into Indiana and start betting away. Once again, the geolocation tracking will ensure that you are where you need to be.
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Ohio is making progress and we recently updated that progress that the state is making in its push for sports betting in Ohio. Keep an eye right here at ATS as we will continue to update the legislation and the situation in the Buckeye State.