Ohio has officially joined the list of US states that now accept legal online sports betting nearly a year after the bill legalizing the practice was signed – agreed back in December of 2021, the state has taken time to establish protocols and regulations whilst also considering licensing. With regulated sportsbooks expected to launch in January 2023, one of the first operators have been announced with Caesars launching their online sportsbook ahead of the market opening.
Caesars have already been extremely active in the Ohio market – back in June Caesars had launched a horse racing wagering mobile app in partnership with NYRA bets, the official betting platform for the New York Racing Association, and provides pari-mutuel horse race wagering on domestic races within the US as well as races around the world too.
Similarly, a deal was also signed way back in February for Caesars to be a multi-year partner to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA as the sportsbook partner and serves as a great opportunity for Caesars to establish its name.
In order to encourage players to sign-up on this platform, players will be able to benefit from a special early registration offer with a $20 deposit boasting a reward for $100 worth of extra bet credits, users will also be rolled into the integrated Caesars Rewards Program that is present across the other apps it offers.
The agreement isn’t standalone just for an online sportsbook however, as Caesars agreement also includes the opening of a retail sportsbook at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, and another land-based facility in Columbus at the Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs.
The digital president of Caesars would go on to say “Ohio’s rich tradition of sports excellence speaks for itself. Caesars sportsbook is ready to match the pedigree and passion of Ohio sports fans with a sports wagering experience that treats them like royalty.”
Figures will certainly be an important part of this launch too, both New York and Colorado were able to post very impressive handles following their launch and months after, but other states such as Kansas haven’t quite lived up to expectations. After a year long delay to dot the I’s and cross the T’s, Ohio lawmakers and residents will be hopeful that betting figures can get off to an impressive start to reinforce the decision to legalize sports betting options within the state.
Over the coming months, further news will become available for which other operators have managed to secure licensing for a sportsbook, and there will almost certainly be other big names mixed in amongst Caesars as many of the biggest and most impressive operators look to establish themselves with one of the latest US states to change.
For those looking to take part in other forms of online gambling such as online casinos however, the wait may be somewhat longer – with sports betting launching much of the focus has been on this venture, but does mean that online casinos may follow in the future given success to sports betting.