Tipico Sportsbook launched just after Ohio sports betting kicked off in January. Over the past five or so months, they’ve offered some solid sign-up bonuses – from your typical 200% deposit bonus to offering brewery gift cards – and kept users engaged with endless odds boosts. Some of these boosts, calling a daily home run shot, have proved to be fruitful.
But how does Tipico Sportsbook stack up against other Ohio books like DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM? Let’s take look.
Favorite things about Tipico Sportsbook Ohio
App interface and performance not only makes or breaks your betting app experience, but also can also mold opinions about certain books. In all, Tipico Sportsbook Ohio has a clean and easily-navigable app interface that performs nicely.
Log-in is simple, two-factor authentication is quick and reliable, and markets are easy to find. It dials back on the detestable “social sportsbook” aspect that other, larger operators lean into (creating a harmful betting experience), though Tipico does prominently feature a “trending SGPs” tab on the main screen.
Tipico doesn’t own media rights to team logos, so sometimes it feels smaller in scale than other books. However, subconsciously, this may be beneficial to bettors and keep them from “logo shopping” bets.
The creativity instilled in their sign-up bonuses still to this day is my favorite thing I’ve seen at any sportsbook. Tipico offered a smaller deposit bonus but also a $100 brewery gift card of the user’s choice around Ohio; if there’s one thing Ohioans love, it’s their local crafts. Granted, some new users were disappointed to learn about the playthrough requirement, but that’s no different than other books.
Of the operating sportsbooks in the state, Tipico offers the most number of promos and boosts. For every $100 played through, users receive a $20 protected bet credit. They’ll also offer various $10 and $5 protected bet credits, not usually beholden to any single sports. Perhaps the best thing about their bet credits is that they’re not usually only applicable to longshots or same-game parlays like at other books.
About those Tipico odds boosts
While Tipico offers more odds boosts than elsewhere, they take a quantity over quality approach. Many odds boosts are not +EV plays and often are disguised as 4+ leg same-game parlays. Using simpler language like “both teams to score five runs” or avoiding bullet point layouts in lieu of ampersands are commonplace here. Some of these boosts can be pretty contrived – like requiring four separate games to go over a run total – albeit they do flash gaudy odds.
They also tend to offer conflicting plays, such as Jose Ramirez to hit a home run and the opposing Yankees to score four or more runs. Those are independently exclusive legs, making this a bad play logically. Odds on that boost went from +670 to +770, perhaps exciting to some. However, when you break down the implied win rate, it’s a meager 1.5% bump (13% to 11.5%).
Other than the aforementioned home run hitter boosts, rarely are these worth considering in a sound betting approach.
Tipico partners with Gannett, Columbus Crew
Tipico has forged a highly visible partnership with media giant Gannett, which owns around 20 newspapers in Ohio, plus USA Today. That means you can find Tipico-sponsored betting content — and odds/links to the sportsbook — on the sites of Ohio daily newspapers from the Cincinnati Enquirer to Columbus Dispatch to Akron Beacon-Journal.
As Tipico enters more markets, that visibility will help the sportsbook become more of a household brand. Tipico has buoyed its media exposure with some of Ohio’s higher promotional spends over the first three months:
- January: $3.8 million in promotional spending
- February: $1.9 million
- March: $1.85 million
March’s figure was fifth-highest in Ohio, trailing Bet365 ($16.9 million), DraftKings ($8.5 million), FanDuel ($8.4 million) and BetMGM ($4.6 million). Tipico stayed steady from February to March while most Ohio sportsbooks dramatically reduced their promotional spending.
In addition, Tipico is the retail sportsbook partner of the Columbus Crew and will operate its brick-and-mortar sportsbook. The company in December offered vouchers to the Crew gift shop along with a pre-launch deposit promotion.
Should you bet with Tipico Ohio?
The bottom line is, Tipico is less scummy with their presentation than other books. As of May, they seem to not be following the same model of promoting -EV plays, obscene celebrity-endorsed SGPs, and the social pressure standpoint of flashing how many users bet their latest promoted five-leg parlay. While the odds boosts aren’t terrific, they’re far less predatory than elsewhere.
Overall, odds are comparable to the main books. The handle is about the same (roughly 4% on most MLB moneylines) and you’re less likely to find stray lines on the board. However, Tipico lacks in quality of promotions or incentive to make additional deposits beyond your first.
All in all, it’s a simple and straightforward sportsbook that likely deserves your attention this MLB season.