The Ohio State fandom was busy well into the New Year. In a thrilling thriller, the OSU Buckeyes lost to the Georgia Bulldogs. The game was close to midnight Eastern Time but never reached a conclusion.
Rose and Kosar are the first Ohio celebrities to place bets
Soon after, Ohio’s online sportsbooks were officially opened. Operators had a variety of promotions and sign-up offers, including FanDuel’s shoo in that a wager would win at least one yard on Sunday’s match between the Washington Commands and the Cleveland Browns. To win $100, new bettors can wager $50 and get a chance to win $50
A number of Ohio casinos reached out and invited famous athletes from Ohio to participate in the celebrations on the retail side of betting. The former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was expelled from the MLB. He placed the first ceremonial bet shortly after the ball dropped at Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati. For Tipicoonline betting, former Brown Bernie Kosar, and controversial ex-Bengal Adam Pacman performed the honours for the Bengals’ sports betting partner, Betfred.
These are Ohio’s online operators:
- Barstool Sportsbook
- Hard Rock
Betr joins the fray by launching a major social push
Many are watching betr, the Jake Paul-fronted website exclusively for micro-betting. It launched on Sunday in its first regulated marketplace. It was not an entirely successful launch. Bettors were unable to deposit and withdraw, but they could sign up for the $100 bonus bet.
Other operators had earlier problems with deposits and promotional credit on Sunday. However, it was fixed within a matter of hours.
Paul, a large, betr-branded RV, and Marco Piemonte were present in Ohio. Many online call him Marco Parlay because of his propensity for winning huge parlay bets. Paul and Piemonte had spent New Year’s Eve watching the final leg of a parlay Piemonte placed at another sportsbook. If Ohio State won, it would have been worth almost $1.5million. Paul and Piemonte then shared their results via social media.
Interesting to see that Betr takes the call to Promote Responsible Gambling seriously. All of its promotional tweets include a supplemental tweet giving the number for help with problem gambling. The RG message is prominently featured in all social videos.
Kiosk betting is underway in bars and restaurants
Kroger, as well as other grocery stores, will not be launching kiosks anytime soon. However many bars and restaurants had sports betting kiosks available for launch on Jan. 1. The Ohio Lottery oversees these kiosks and offers a restricted range of betting options. If you are looking for totals, spreads and moneyline bets as well as parlay combinations, these kiosks will provide what you need. You will not find futures and prop bets if you search for them.
These kiosks allow only $700 per week for wagering by bettors.