Ohio sports betting will soon be a reality. The Buckeye State is launching its online sportsbook market on January 1, 2023. Major names in the sports betting industry are lined up to go live on that date, and some allow you to sign up early and take advantage of lucrative sign-up bonuses.
Right now, FanDuel Ohio and DraftKings Ohio are offering special deals to bettors who create an account in preparation for launch in the Midwestern state. If you act now, you can snag the prelaunch offer and, when the sportsbooks are live, an additional welcome bonus.
FanDuel Ohio: $100 In Free Bets
If you sign up for FanDuel Ohio today, you’ll get $100 in free bets once the sportsbook launches. It’s that simple: sign up, wait for launch, and boom, $100 in free bets in your account.
If your free bet wins, you’ll receive the winnings as you would from a normal bet. For example, if you use the $100 free bet to wager on the Cleveland Browns at odds of moneyline odds +114, you’d get the $114 in winnings if the Browns win the game.
If your free bets lose, you’d receive the amount back in the form of site credits, which can be used to place more wagers.
FanDuel has also offered a $1,000 ‘No Sweat First Bet’ to new customers in other states, and it’s likely that promo will be available in Ohio once sports betting goes live in Buckeye State.
DraftKings Ohio: $200 In Free Bets + $100K Sweepstakes Entry
Not to be outdone by its fiercest rival, DraftKings also offers a prelaunch bonus for Ohio bettors who get in early.
Sign up for the Ohio sportsbook, and DraftKings will drop a cool $200 in free bets into your account. The free bets will hit when DraftKings Ohio is live.
But wait! There’s more! DraftKings is also giving five users who sign up early a whopping $100,000 free bet. If you’re one of the five people selected for the honor, that’s a massive chunk of change you can use to (hopefully) win some withdrawable cash.
Ohioans will likely see additional promotional offers once sports betting kicks off on New Year’s Day. New customers in other states have been offered a $50 free bet and deposit match worth up to $1,000, plus an opportunity to win $200 in free bets on a $5 wager.
Caesars Ohio: Cavaliers Tickets + $100 in Bet Credit
Caesars Ohio is offering customers who register by Dec. 31 $100 in bet credits plus a chance to win Cavaliers tickets. Be sure to use our promo code TODAYTIX.
Sign up and make a deposit of at least $20 before sports betting launches in the state to take advantage of this special offer.
Caesars will draw five winners every Friday from Nov. 4 through Dec. 3o who will be gifted a pair of tickets to two Cavaliers games. There will be nine drawings total.
Other Welcome Bonuses Likely
DraftKing and FanDuel — though they both offer prelaunch bonuses in Ohio — are also known for lucrative welcome bonuses in new markets once they’re actually live.
For example, DraftKings usually offers a 20% deposit match bonus up to $1,000. Meanwhile, FanDuel is known for a no-sweat (risk-free) first bet up to $1,000.
If you want to claim the full bonus offers, you’ll need to deposit $1,000 (to make your risk-free wager) at FanDuel and $5,000 at DraftKings, 20% of which would earn you the full $1,000 bonus. Both scale, though, so you can deposit less and still get the proportional bonus. A $100 DraftKings deposit gets you a $20 bonus. A $100 bet would still qualify for the FanDuel offer, and you can earn up to $100 back if that’s your initial bet.
The upside to the pre-launch Ohio sports betting offers? No money upfront. You sign up early, and once the sportsbooks are live, the free bets hit your account. No deposit or cost is needed out of the gate.
Other Pre-Launch Offers On The Way?
FanDuel, DraftKings, and Caesars aren’t the only two sportsbooks headed to Ohio. It’s likely that other major sportsbook apps in the sports betting industry will go live with early-bird offers, too. BetMGM could be next, and we’ll share its offer if and when it is announced.