OH Gamblers Flock To ‘Battle Of Ohio’ In First Season With NFL Betting

Written By C.J. Pierre on September 8, 2023 - Last Updated on June 5, 2024
Browns-Bengals BetMGM second-most bet-on game

The kickoff to the NFL season is right around the corner for Ohio’s pro football teams. And surprise, surprise, the Cincinnati Bengals are heading up north to take on the division-rival Cleveland Browns in Week 1.

For fans, there is no better way to start a new season than with a matchup against a heated rival. And sports bettors in Ohio are taking notice. This will be the first time there will be legal Ohio sports betting during a full NFL season.

This AFC North divisional matchup is a hot ticket in The Buckeye State. But sports bettors are flocking to it as well.

BetMGM: Bengals @ Browns seeing a load of bets during Week 1

This is the time when folks are trying to find the best NFL betting odds. When every team’s record is 0-0, it is the perfect time to throw some money at your favorite time. For folks dipping their toes into the Ohio sports betting scene for the first time, the Week 1 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns is a great spot to place your first bet.

Major US sportsbooks have a very slim margin for this game. The Bengals are the favorites, but they are one of the smallest favorites across the NFL in Week 1. However, that’s not shying bettors away. According to BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio, the Bengals-Browns matchup is the second-most bet on game in Week 1.

The buzz coming from Ohio sports bettors is likely the primary driving force as to why so many bets are being placed on this game. This is the first time Ohio bettors will be able to bet on the Bengals since last season’s AFC Championship Game. This will also be the first time they can bet on the Browns in a meaningful game.

Some interesting notes on this game from BetMGM. 72% of the tickets are on the Bengals to cover the spread. However, 60% of the money is on the Browns to cover. Also, 69% of the moneyline tickets are picking the Browns to win this game outright. 86% of the money placed using moneyline bets is also on the Browns to win.

BetMGM Ohio Bonus Code for CIN @ CLE

When the first full slate of the regular season kicks off Sunday afternoon, new BetMGM users will have the opportunity to get a little extra bang for their buck. If new users sign up with BetMGM Ohio bonus code SPORTSPICK50, your first wager will be paid back in bonus bets if it loses for up to $1,500. Plus, for a limited time, you’ll get a $50 bonus bet after settling your first bet.

You can also sign up with BetMGM Ohio bonus code GETPLAYOH, and you’ll get $200 in bonus bets instantly after making your first bet of at least $10.

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C.J. Pierre is a Lead Writer at PlayOhio. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and is an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. He recently dove into tribal casino, sports betting and online gambling news. He also covered the launch of sports betting in Arizona. C.J. has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career, most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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