Ohio Sports Betting Approves More NFL Draft Bets, Adds WNBA Draft Wagers

Sports fans in Ohio can place wagers on the NFL Draft, which will take place April 25-27. The Ohio Gaming Commission approved such wagers earlier this month, and also approved betting on the WNBA Draft, beginning with the 2025 event. 

According to the Ohio Casino Control Commission website, they have made four different types of NFL Draft bets legal, and one betting type for the WNBA Draft. The WNBA Draft approvals exclude wagers on the 1st and 2nd overall picks.

Ohio sports betting now permits betting in some form on the NFL, WNBA, NBA, and NHL Drafts.

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Approved NFL Draft Wagers for Ohio Bettors

The 2024 NFL Draft is expected to bring a bevy of talent into the league. Several teams are anticipated to be targeting quarterbacks. As many as six may be chosen in the first round, according to some mock draft projections.

The OCCC has approved four types of wagers on the NFL Draft:

  • Team A to Draft Both Players X and Player Y (and Player Z)?
  • Total Number of Draft Day Trades
  • Will a Defensive Player Be Selected Within the Top 10 Selections of the NFL Draft?
  • Will All Teams in X Division Draft a Y (position)?

This information comes from the OCCC “Event and Wager Catalogue” page on its website, and the described changes are dated April 9, 2024.

WNBA Draft Betting Permitted, Except on Top Two Round 1 Picks

On April 18, the OCCC approved the addition of betting on the WNBA Draft for this wager type:

  • Number X Overall Pick (excluding the 1st or 2nd Overall pick)

No explanatory language reveals why regulators chose to not allow bets on the overall No. 1 and No. 2 picks.

This year’s WNBA Draft drew more attention than it ever has, with Caitlin Clark of Iowa being selected No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever. Clark set an NCAA scoring record (for women’s and men’s basketball) and guided the Hawkeyes to the last two national championship games. The final game between Iowa and South Carolina was the most-watched basketball game (college or pro) for either women’s or men’s in the last five years. Viewership set a record for an NCAA championship game.


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Dan Holmes is a veteran writer and contributor for Gaming Today. He has written three books, including The Ballplayers: Baseball’s Greatest Players Remembered, Ranked, and Revealed, which will be released in 2024. Holmes has previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball.

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