Which Online Sportsbooks Still Haven’t Launched In Ohio?

Written By Jake Garza on January 2, 2023 - Last Updated on January 25, 2023
These five online sportsbooks still haven't launched yet in Ohio

Ohio residents already have plenty of sportsbook options to pick from. Most of the approved online betting apps started taking action right after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

However, there are a handful of companies that still haven’t made it off the Ohio sports betting launch pad. These sportsbooks might have missed out on the first few days of betting, but many of them are hoping to be open for business before long.

Fanatics Sportsbook, Bally Bet and BetPARX haven’t opened

Online sportsbooks typically offer all sorts of special deals and bonus offers when they launch in a new state. While that will likely be the case for this batch of sports betting slowpokes, Ohio residents will have to wait before they’ll be able to place bets with these unlaunched apps.

So far, Fanatics Sportsbook has been one of the most notable absentees from Ohio’s sports betting industry.

The merchandise company is making its transition into the sports betting world, and Ohio could be the app’s first state for taking bets. Fanatics is shooting for a January 2023 launch, but wasn’t able to get up and running for day one of sports betting.

Despite that, Fanatics is still a noteworthy name to keep in mind going forward. The company will be looking to make waves in Ohio when it eventually launches.

Bally Bet is another incoming sportsbook that isn’t taking bets yet in Ohio. If you’re a big sports fan, then you’re likely already familiar with the Bally’s brand. Bally’s owns many of the regional sports networks that broadcast NBA and MLB games. That includes Bally Sports Cleveland, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Guardians.

The sportsbook is already taking bets in a handful of different markets such as neighboring Indiana. Hopefully it will end up making its Ohio debut sooner rather than later.

BetPARX is a third online sportsbook that’s running a little behind on its Ohio launch. The company hasn’t started taking bets yet in the Buckeye State, despite having approval to launch from regulators.

Although the PARX brand has a bigger presence in the online casino world, its sportsbook product is already up and running in other nearby states such as Michigan.

Underdog Sportsbook, Out The Gate coming soon

Underdog Sportsbook isn’t open for business yet in Ohio, but the company knew it wasn’t going to make the cut for Jan. 1. The company recently confirmed with PlayOhio that its sportsbook is still a work in progress.

Underdog’s daily fantasy app has exploded in popularity in recent years. The sports betting arm of the company will be a natural extension of that. When Underdog eventually opens its digital doors for bets, it will have an immediate level of brand recognition with bettors across the state.

The same can’t be said for Out The Gate Sportsbook, which is yet another approved betting app that hasn’t launched in Ohio yet. Out The Gate is a completely new venture in the sports betting world. It won’t be as instantly recognizable as some of its competitors.

Despite that, the company is hoping to mix things up when it eventually launches. Out The Gate has been keeping its plans quiet so far, but that won’t last forever. At the very least, we know that the sportsbook is working with SPIRE Institute for its launch in Ohio.

The sportsbook plans to open sometime in 2023, so Ohio bettors will have to be patient. Residents have over a dozen online sportsbook options to pick from while they wait for these final few betting apps to open for business.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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