Ohio Sports Betting Pre-Launch Offers: Why Is Hard Rock Sportsbook Alone?

Written By Griffin Adams on September 8, 2022 - Last Updated on September 23, 2022

Ohio’s universal sports betting start date is fast approaching — we are now less than 100 days away — and the anticipation continues to grow.

With so many new customers up for grabs ahead of the Jan. 1 Ohio sports betting launch, sportsbooks will soon begin to offer a wide range of sign-up bonuses, promo codes and other deals to attract new users.

Only one sportsbook — Hard Rock — has offered an early-bird promotion in Ohio, but many more will follow in the coming weeks and months with promo codes of their own.

PlayOhio will track these promotions and bonuses and explain how they work as the market continues to develop.

Ohio Hard Rock Sportsbook stands alone … for now

Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio will be among a couple dozen online sportsbooks to join the Ohio market when it officially launches on New Year’s Day. The company recently unveiled a brand-new app in Arizona and Virginia and will do the same in Ohio come January.

As a lead-up to its launch, Hard Rock is offering the only pre-launch bonus code in the Buckeye State currently. The offer is exclusive to Ohio, and future bettors will have the opportunity to earn a maximum of a $300 bonus bet if they sign up before Oct. 1.

The offer initially began as a $500 bonus bet for those who took advantage before Aug. 1. That number decreased to $400 after Sept. 1 and will continue to go down as the launch date nears. The following are the remaining deadlines and corresponding bonus bets one can earn:

  • Oct. 1 — $300
  • Nov. 1 — $200
  • Dec. 1 — $100
  • Jan. 1 — $50

How to claim Hard Rock’s offer

In order to take advantage of the bonus bet offer from Hard Rock, bettors must follow the following steps and use the promo code #FOMOPROMOH:

  1. Of course, be within state lines.
  2. Download the Hard Rock Sportsbook app.
  3. Register an account.
  4. Place a cash wager (or multiple bets) greater than $100 within the first two weeks of launch.
  5. Collect your bonus bet.

Hard Rock Cincinnati is one of four traditional casinos in the state and the lone casino in Cincinnati. It applied for a sports betting license during the first window and is expected to have a retail sportsbook to go along with the app in the new year.

Other pre-launch offers on the way?

While no other companies are offering a pre-launch promo codes at the moment, it’s safe to assume that more will be unveiled shortly. Ohioans wondering what to expect when these offers are released can take a look at Kansas, a state that recently ushered in legalized sports betting.

Ahead of Kansas’ Sept. 1 launch, companies such as Barstool, DraftKings and FanDuel were all offering pre-launch deals for interested bettors. Among those deals, Barstool seemed to be offering the most generous with the following items up for grabs:

  • Opt-in to a $10 bet.
  • Get a $100 promo for betting on any college football game.
  • $1,000 risk-free bet to use on any game (bettors will receive up to $1,000 back in sportsbook bonus cash if the bet loses).

With Barstool looking to make a splash in Kansas, this kind of pre-launch offer makes sense. The sentiment may be the same for the company when entering Ohio, but only time will tell. And with the Buckeye State being viewed as a make-or-break market for some, other companies may follow suit with similar promotions and bonus codes.

For DraftKings, Kansas bettors were able to receive $100 in free bets simply for signing up through the company. Additionally, they would be entered for a shot to win a $100,000 free bet on launch day.

FanDuel, meanwhile, was also offering $100 in free bets prior to Kansas’ launch day.

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Griffin Adams is a staff writer/editor for the Play Network of Sites, where he provides coverage and analysis in the gambling, sports betting and gaming space. Previously, his work could be found in The Athletic, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and MLB.com.

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