Ohio Best Bets
Driven by advanced data and analytics, these are our best bets for Ohio today. These bets are selected based on 10,000 simulations of every sporting event featured, and optimized using Dimers’ proprietary algorithm, which is based on machine learning.
Due to the enormous breadth of Dimers’ ability to simulate the outcomes of sporting events in and out of the Buckeye State, our Ohio best bets on any given day may feature wagers pertaining to a wide variety of categories, including, but not limited
to, moneylines, over/unders, point spreads, player props, and team props.
Ohio Sports Betting History
Ohio has long held the reputation as one of the top sports states in the nation, even if the results of the state's respective pro teams have not always matched the quality of its fans. Things, however, have changed, and at the perfect time for the
nation's top four sportsbooks, FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetMGM (as well as many others) to roll out their services in Ohio. Just last year, Joe Burrow's Cincinnati Bengals came out of nowhere to finish the 2021-22 NFL season as Super Bowl runners
up, which would have provided a feeding frenzy for sports betting in the Buckeye State, given the massive NFL promo offers sportsbooks like BetMGM and DraftKings are known to deliver annually at Super Bowl time. In the NBA, it's virtually the same
story, with the Cleveland Cavaliers only a few years removed from a 2017 Lebron-led title, and Donovan Mitchell's current Cavs giving every indication that FanDuel's legendary NBA promos will once again be applicable to a Cleveland Cavaliers appearance
in the NBA Finals. Add to that the endless dominance of the Ohio State college football program, not to mention the historical quality of both the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians, and there's no question Ohio will soon number amongst the preeminent
sports betting hubs in the nation.
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Understand the Basics Before Sports Betting Online in Ohio
With this type of bet, teams are assigned a "spread," which indicates how many points they are expected to win or lose a given matchup by. If, for example, the New England Patriots are playing the Miami Dolphins with a spread of -4.5, this indicates that the Patriots are expected to beat the Dolphins by 5 points or more. If a bettor wagers on the New England, the bet could fail even if the Pats win, should the margin of victory be insufficient to cover the spread.
When wagering on the moneyline, bettors are simply predicting which team will win the game: the margin of victory is irrelevant. Each team's odds are represented by a positive or negative number, which also indicates potential payout. The favorite's odds will be negative, and the underdog's positive, and higher numbers indicate heavier favorite. Depending on odds, payouts for moneyline wager vary dramatically, and bettors should be sure to monitor the potential payout for any moneyline wager they place.
Over/unders are a type of wager with which a bettor places money on whether the total number of points scored in a contest will be greater or less than a predetermined amount. For example, if a sportsbook sets the over/under of a game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at 8.5, and the Red Sox win 5-4, then bets on the “over” will pay out, because more than 8.5 total runs were scored. However, if the Red Sox win 5-3, the over would lose, because fewer than 8.5 total runs were scored. It's important to keep in mind that over/unders are completely unrelated to who wins/loses the matchup.
Prop bets are closely related to over/unders, and again have nothing to do with the winner or loser of a matchup, instead being tied to the outcome of a specific event that takes place during a matchup. Both player and team props are enormously popular wager categories. A player prop, as the name suggests, relates the performance of a given player. For example, a bettor might wager on whether Jayson Tatum will score more than 29.5 points, or collect fewer than 6.5 rebounds in a particular outing. Team props are tied to the performance of an entire team: Will the Boston Bruins score more than 3.5 goals on a given evening? Will the New England Patriots force more than 1.5 turnovers. The Super Bowl is by far the most famous prop betting event on the calendar, with an increasing amount of Super Bowl props having nothing whatsoever to do with the game, instead pertaining to the Super Bowl Halftime Show, pre-game coverage, etc.
Parlays—also known as “combo” or “multies”—are high-payout wagers in which several bets are combined into one, with the odds of each underlying wager, known as “legs,” multiplied to result in the single parlay's odds. Palays are enormously popular due to their versatility—bets from virtually any matchup, and across multiple sports, can be packaged into the same parlay—and because of their ability to produce high payouts with small wagers. However, it's extremely important parlay bettors understand that the entire parlay will fail if a single one of its legs loses, making parlay betting just as risky as potentially profitable.
NCAAF College Football betting in Ohio
In terms of collegiate sports, football is king is in Ohio, most notably the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose enormously successful CFB program can be relied upon to bring excellent sports betting opportunities to Ohioans via DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, FanDuel,
and every other sportsbook that will eventually be licensed in the Buckeye State. DraftKings sportsbook is particularly well known for its college football betting opportunities, as is BetMGM sportsbook, exemplified by the lucrative array of promo deals
both have taken to rolling out annually for the CFP Playoffs, in which OSU is a regular participant. The same is true of Caesars’ and Fanduel’s offerings for non-CFP bowl games, which have tended to serve as showcases for Ohio State stars
destined for the NFL, such as Christ Carter and Eddie George.
NCAAB College Basketball betting in Ohio
While Ohio is not necessarily a state associated with college basketball, several NCAAB programs of illustrious history nonetheless call the Buckeye State home, all of which will be available for college basketball betting via Caesars, DraftKings, BetMGM,
FanDuel, and other top sportsbooks, beginning in 2023. What’s more, a huge breadth of Ohio-based colleges and universities have made appearances in the March Madness NCAA Tournament since its inception—Ohio State, Xavier, Dayton, Cincinnati,
and Miami Ohio, to name just a few—and given said tournament’s status as the top US sports betting event of the year, it’s no wonder that college basketball fans are already speculating as to specifics of FanDuel and Caesars’ March
Madness promotions in 2023, not to mention the college basketball promos DraftKings and BetMGM are almost certain to provide.
Betting on the NBA in Ohio
Though Ohio boasts just one NBA franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers, basketball betting in Ohio is nonetheless poised to be the state’s second most popular form of sports wagering, trailing only football, largely due to extraordinary, albeit sporadic,
run of success enjoyed by the Cleveland Cavaliers since drafting Lebron James in 2003. Further, NBA sports betting seems to lend itself to the cream of the crop when it comes Ohio sportsbook promos, with FanDuel and Caesars both debuting their services
by offering extraordinary NBA bonuses for Ohio sign-up, three months of free NBA League pass, in FanDuel’s case, and a weekly chance at winning Cleveland Cavaliers tickets, in Caesars’. Best of all, now that Donovan Mitchell has come to town,
the Cavs are once again a top NBA Championship contender, hardly five years removed from their most recent NBA title, which came in 2017 under the leadership of Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, so it’s not just FanDuel and Caesars offering great value
for NBA betting in Ohio, but DraftKings, BetMGM, Pointsbet, and many more sportsbooks as well.
Betting on the NFL in Ohio
Equipped with two NFL franchises, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, and a ravenous fanbase of football lovers, it's no wonder that whether Ohio users favor DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel, or any other Ohio sportsbook, football betting promo
offers are sure to abound. Not only do the Browns and Bengals each boast sterling histories, complete with NFL legends like Jim Brown and Chad Johnson (a.k.a. Chad Ochocinco), both teams are also currently enjoying bright futures, largely due to elite
quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Deshaun Watson under Cincinnati and Cleveland's respective centers. With that said, the addition of Joe Burrow's LSU teammate Jamar Chase to the Bengals' receiving corps has solidified Cincinnati as the Buckeye
State's NFL golden boys of the moment, perfect for the killer promo deals offered by the likes of DraftKings, among other top Ohio sportsbooks. Add to that the 2023 NFL Playoffs are right around the corner, and it's clear that legal sports wagering
couldn't be coming at a better time for football bettors in Ohio.