How And Where Ohioans Can Go To Bet On The Super Bowl

Written By Evan Dammarell on December 3, 2021 - Last Updated on December 6, 2021

It’s hard to believe that there are only a handful of weeks remaining in the NFL regular season and that the road to Super Bowl LVI will be underway for a handful of teams.

Although it’s possible that the Los Angeles Rams will be the second straight NFC team to play in the Super Bowl’s host city, the AFC representative might have an Ohio flavor to it. After Week 13, oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio had the Cincinnati Bengals at +1400 to make the big game, while the Cleveland Browns are at +2500. 

After Week 13, FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio had the Bengals at +3800 to win the Super Bowl, and the Browns at +5500.

What do those odds and numbers mean? Well, if you were to place a successful $100 bet on Cincinnati, it would net you $1,400 in profit for a total of $1,500. If it was for Cleveland, meanwhile, it would land you a cool $2,500 in profit. With Cincinnati being one of the more surprising teams of the season and Cleveland on the stabler side, you’d probably want to place your bets now before the season ends, right?

Just one problem there. Sports betting in Ohio isn’t available to wager on quite yet.

The latest news on Ohio sports betting

In case you aren’t aware, Ohioans can’t bet on sports just yet. The current iteration of a sports betting bill calls for 25 licenses — two apiece for casinos and one each for sports teams. It would need to go through the House and Senate again before it is sent to the governor. 

State Rep. Bill Seitz tells PlayOhio that he, Senate committee chair Kirk Schuring and House committee chair Jay Edwards agreed on changes to Ohio sports betting language to include in House Bill 29 and that passage could come as soon as next week. But implementing sports betting into legal terms for consumers will still take a fair amount of time in 2022.

Hopefully, things come to fruition sooner instead of later. But, until then, not everything is lost for Ohioans who are looking to win big on the biggest sporting — and sports gambling — event of the year. Here’s a look at how you can bet on Super Bowl 56 both online and in person.

Multiple options to bet online and in-person for Ohioans

Any website that says it accepts bets from someone in Ohio is an illegal, unlicensed website operating offshore. That’s where Ohioans need to get creative when it comes to betting on Super Bowl LVI. Thankfully, four out of Ohio’s five border states do offer legal betting.

So, if you do cross state lines, the beauty of it all is you are now legally allowed to bet on the Super Bowl there even though you aren’t a permanent state resident.

What you need to know before traveling

But, before you plan your trip there are a few things to consider based on which state you head to. Of course, you have to be 21 years old to bet anywhere. But, legal betting states fall under four options:

  • Register online, bet online
  • Register online, bet online (limited sportsbooks)
  • Register in person, bet online
  • Register in person, bet in person

Option 1 unlocks a world of possibilities. You can get access to multiple sportsbooks in seconds, making betting a breeze. You’ll also get access to hundreds of props and other markets you can’t get anywhere else.

Unfortunately, Option 1 is only available in a handful of states. Thankfully, in terms of what’s available to Ohioans, those options available include all of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana and Michigan. Here are some of the online sportsbooks available in those aforementioned states:

Pennsylvania

West Virginia

Indiana

Michigan

Clearly, there are options out there based on where you head for betting online, and it all chalks up to a matter of preference. Say you’re in Pennsylvania to bet on the Super Bowl, but leave the state to go home to Ohio. You’re in luck. Your money won’t be tied up until you return to Pennsylvania. You can cash it out while you’re at home.

In-person options for Ohioans

Although there certainly is a luxury for Ohioans to eventually place their bets online, even if from another state, it doesn’t quite compare to the in-person experience a casino offers.

Thankfully, the four states that offer online betting have plenty of in-person options as well not far from the state border:

Pennsylvania

  • Rivers Pittsburgh Casino
  • Preque Isle Downs

West Virginia

  • Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
  • Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack

Indiana

  • Harrah’s Hoosier Park
  • Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille and OTB, Indianapolis

Michigan

  • MotorCity Casino Hotel
  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Greektown Casino Hotel
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