No U.S. sporting event is bet on more than the Super Bowl. With sports betting in Ohio legal since Jan. 1, residents of the Buckeye State can get in on the Big Game action for the first time.
Ohio sportsbooks have launched dozens of promos to both capitalize on Ohio’s launch and the game itself, but not all promos are built the same. Some are shrouded in bogus “odds boosts” while others get watered down as the participation goes up (see: Rob Gronkowski’s Kick Of Destiny). However, a dozen sportsbooks are live in Ohio, and that means plenty of promos to pick through.
Keep in mind, sportsbooks will drop additional odds boosts and promotions leading up to Feb. 12. Check back in periodically with your books to take advantage of upcoming promos not included below.
Super Bowl 57 Ohio Sportsbook Promos: The Good
Odds boosts are a great way to find +EV plays, and bet credits and “no-sweat” bets can give you multiple options for winning bets and building a bankroll to utilize for other Super Bowl bets. Also, always shop around for the best Super Bowl betting odds.
FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio offers daily odds boosts on various Super Bowl prop bets. A recent example includes Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts to combine for 4+ passing touchdowns (boosted to +120). Though I didn’t bite on this specific one, the boost changes almost daily. Check in daily for these boosts, as some are worth taking while others are worth passing on. Remember to bet responsibly and track these odds boosts as you bet them.
DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio also released a small handful of these odds boosts. One I jumped on includes Jalen Hurts or Miles Sanders to score a rushing TD boosted to +100. They also have a “team to score first” boost to +150; I used this on the Eagles (-120 standard odds), laying one unit down on the boost. I then popped into Bet365 to place 1.1 units down on the Chiefs to score first (-110 to win 1u). Should KC score first, I break even and if the Eagles score, I benefit with a small .15u profit.
Bet365 Sportsbook Ohio also releases some strong odds boosts (though bet limits are capped at $15). Their Super Bowl boost won’t be out until the day of, but their boosts are almost always worth taking.
Also check in with Tipico Sportsbook, which offers occasional odds boosts worth taking on the Big Game (4+ FGs made boosted to +145, which I used their own $40 bet credit on).
Same Game Parlay Promos
FanDuel also offers a Super Bowl No-Sweat SGP (3+ legs, min. +400 odds). No-sweat SGPs are best used on lottery tickets or odds longer than you’d typically bet. If your same-game parlay loses, you’ll be refunded in bet credit up to $10, so I placed a $10 SGP with +650 odds in hopes it hits. If not, no sweat!
DraftKings offers a bet credit at login during the Super Bowl, though the amount isn’t released. However, even a $5 bet credit is worth logging into the app. The less risk and less effort, the better on these bet credit promos.
Caesars Sportsbook Ohio is giving away a $57,000 bet credit to a lucky user. To enter into their contest, just lay a $5 or more bet on anything with -200 or longer odds. There are unique props and advantageous odds offered at Caesars, so this won’t change your plans should you plan to bet on the Super Bowl with them. The likelihood of you winning the $57K bet is low, but not zero.
Other solid Ohio sportsbook promos
This isn’t exactly a Super Bowl-specific promotion, but given the Big Game is the last football game left on the schedule, it applies. Bet365 offers an “Up 17 Instant Win” promo for football games, NFL or college. Bet moneyline either way, and if your bet goes up by 17, you reap the rewards no matter the outcome. While this kind of bet is better used for basketball (where they offer up 20 and occasional up 10), it’s a good chance to not have to worry about another 28-3 unfurling.
BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio offers a free-to-play prop game with a chance at winning part of $100,000 in prizes. Answer 16 prop questions ranging from “Who will be the winning team?” to “How many field goals will Harrison Butker make?” I filled this out in 30 seconds and doesn’t require any risk.
Super Bowl 57 Ohio Sportsbook Promos: The Bad
In all honesty, not all promos are great. Some are gimmicky, require far too much risk, or don’t pan out to a real +EV odds boost. A few promotions that either might not shape out to be all that great or ones I’m purposefully passing on include:
FanDuel Sportsbook Kick of Destiny
We’ve all seen the incessant commercials featuring Rob Gronkowski. The premise is simple: Gronk kicks a field goal and — if he makes it — FanDuel gives away a cumulative $10 million in bet credit to anyone who bets at least $5 on the Super Bowl.
At least, that was the premise.
Apparently practice kicks haven’t been going all that well, because the verbiage changed from “if Gronk makes the field goal” to “if Gronk kicks the field goal.” But still, bet credit is bet credit.
The gaudy $10 million boast isn’t so gaudy when you consider an estimated six million FanDuel Sportsbook users that could potentially split the pot. At worst, bettors receive a $1.67 free bet to use; at best, that number likely peaks at $3.33. I bet on the Super Bowl at FanDuel, so I’ll receive whatever credit they dish out, but don’t expect this number to be worth more than a bottle of pop.
DraftKings Stepped-Up SGP
Out of principle, I never lay half-dozen-leg same-game parlays at +3000 odds with my own money. I just don’t believe it to be a sound winning strategy short- or long-term. Sportsbooks know it’s not a winning strategy, so they incentivize lucrative SGPs knowing the vast majority of them are essentially donations.
DraftKings offers a profit boost on all Super Bowl SGPs that increase as the number of legs increase. Lay a three-leg parlay and receive a 20% profit boost; lay a 10-leg SGP and receive a 100% profit boost (max $25 bet). The problem is — you’re still on the hook for a SGP. You can’t combine this promo with bet insurance or a free bet.
If your 10-leg, 1000-1 parlay hits and you get double the profit, that’s amazing and I hope you enjoy your new car. But with implied win rates under 1%, I’m just not buying into this one.
Caesars Longshot Same Game Parlay
Possibly even worse than the stepped-up profit boost, Caesars Sportsbook is incentivizing lottery tickets. To qualify for their promo, you have to create a parlay with +1000 or longer odds. A $10-99 SGP longshot wins you a bonus $57 bet credit; a $100+ SGP longshot wins you a $570 bet credit (to be clear, one).
The single worst part about this promo is your longshot SGP has to hit. If it loses, in the words of the late Gene Wilder as the titular Willy Wonka, “YOU GET NOTHING!” With a 90+ percent chance that this SGP does not hit, you’re betting into nothing. To incentivize laying $100 on one of these lottery tickets is asinine.
It goes without saying I didn’t even opt into this one.
Top Super Bowl 57 Promos
These Super Bowl 57 promos are largely meant to keep current users engaged. Most sportsbooks are still offering generous sign-up bonuses and promos for new users. Of course, new users will find this collection in their new sportsbooks — a great way to utilize a bounty of bet credits upon sign-up.
DraftKings and Bet365 are still offering simple paths to $200 in bet credits just for signing up and making a small deposit and bet. Betfred Sportsbook Ohio has a similar offer on the table ($111 bonus bet offered after $50 deposit/bet).
FanDuel, Caesars, BetMGM and BetRivers are all offering versions of “bet insurance” with fairly high limits, meaning new users can place bets of $500 or $1,000 and receive bonus bets if those lose. It’s important to read the terms and conditions on such offers, however, as some bonus bets must be used on a single bet, meaning you only have one shot at winning your money back once you place that first big bet — and you never get to keep the bonus bet stake, just the winnings.
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