Here Is What Ohio Casinos Are Doing For NFL Kickoff Weekend

Written By C.J. Pierre on September 8, 2023 - Last Updated on September 11, 2023
Ohio Casinos NFL Weekend Activities

The wait is finally over. For many sports fans, the gap between the Super Bowl and the start of the following NFL season can feel like forever. However, folks in Ohio are getting double-serving when both in-state teams meet in Week 1.

The Cincinnati Bengals will visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a matchup of two AFC North rivals. This will be the first time there will be legal Ohio sports betting during a full NFL season. As a result, the state’s casinos and retail sportsbooks will be hot spots around kickoff time.

PlayOhio has the details on what football fans can find if they visit some Ohio casinos.

Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati Survivor Contest

The Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati is home to the Hard Rock retail sportsbook. To go along with the kickoff to the NFL season, the casino is hosting the “Hard Rock Survivor Contest.”

For those unfamiliar with survivor contests, contestants pick a team to win their game each week. If your team wins, you move on. If your team loses, you’re eliminated. The winner is the last remaining entrant with a correct selection during the 2023 NFL season. If multiple contestants make it through the season without picking incorrectly, they will chop the prize pool.

However, there is a wrinkle. Entrants may only pick each team once throughout the contest. For example, if you select the Cincinnati Bengals to win during Week 1, you won’t be able to choose them again for the rest of the contest.

There is a $100 entry fee. The Hard Rock guarantees the prize pool will be at least $15,000. The prize pool will be funded with the contest entry fees. All prize payouts will be made in cash or check.

This contest will drive more folks to check out the Hard Rock retail sportsbook and participate in the Ohio sports betting market. Each entrant must make their pick in person every week at the sportsbook retail window.

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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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