Holy moly, the Cincinnati Bengals made it to Super Bowl LVI.
It’s easy to feel good for lifelong Bengals fans. There’s so much unexpected joy so quickly for such a downtrodden franchise.
But about the only bad news for Ohio residents who were excited about the game last February, you couldn’t bet on it here yet. And the Bengals covered.
After Week 13, oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio had the Cincinnati Bengals at +1400 to make the big game, while the Cleveland Browns were at +2500. After Week 13, the FanDuel Sportsbook app in Ohio had the Bengals at +3800 to win the Super Bowl, and the Browns at +5500.
Well, if you were to place a successful $100 bet on Cincinnati to make it this far, it netted you $1,400 in profit for a total of $1,500.
Just one problem there. Sports betting in Ohio isn’t available to wager on quite yet.
Did anyone get any of those bets in at other states?
The latest news on Ohio sports betting
In case you aren’t aware, Ohioans can’t bet on sports just yet. For extended details on when Ohio will have sports betting available, check out our latest news.
For now, it appears Ohio sports bettors will have to wait until Jan. 1, 2023 to place legal bets on their phones inside state lines.
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.
- West Virginia
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:
- DraftKings PA
- BetMGM PA
- FanDuel PA
- BetRivers PA
- Fox Bet PA
- Unibet PA
- DraftKings WV
- BetMGM WV
- Caesars WV
- FanDuel WV
- PointsBet WV
- DraftKings Indiana
- BetMGM Indiana
- Caesars Indiana
- BetRivers Indiana
- FanDuel Indiana
- Unibet Indiana
- PointsBet Indiana
- DraftKings Michigan
- BetMGM Michigan
- Caesars Michigan
- FanDuel 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:
- Rivers Pittsburgh Casino
- Preque Isle Downs
- Mardi Gras Casino and Resort
- Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
- Harrah’s Hoosier Park
- Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille and OTB, Indianapolis
- MotorCity Casino Hotel
- MGM Grand Detroit
- Greektown Casino Hotel