The Buckeye State gets a bad rap because it’s a Midwestern state in the sleepy bread basket of the nation. Believe it or not, Ohio is the seventh most-populous state in the country, with three large metropolitan cities surrounded by vibrant rural communities in every direction.
I like looking at Ohio when I talk about gambling law, because Ohio is the most-recent state to make a major change to its gaming legislation. In 2012, casinos were legalized and began to shoot up all over the state. Today, the state is home to seven racinos and four legitimate land-based casinos, with more on the way. This is no wimpy video poker and slot law, either – nearly unrestricted numbers of table games and live poker tables are also legal.
But one betting option still not available to gamblers – bets on sports. The seven racinos are all home to simulcast race betting, showing events from tracks all over the United States. But they stop short at OTB windows, electronic bingo, and video poker. Nowhere in Ohio is it legal for you to place a live bet on sports.
Let’s look at the state of Ohio and its gambling laws a little more closely, especially as they pertain to sportsbook gambling.Professional Sports Teams
The three biggest cities in Ohio are Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, each of which plays host to at least one major sports team. Ohio can boast of hosting a pro team from every major US sport – baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and hockey.
Ohio teams are traditionally pretty good, too – pro squads from the state have won 7 MLB World Series, 9 NFL Championships, and an MLS Cup. The state is also a traditional home of both baseball and football, home to MLB’s first fully-professional team, the Cincinnati Red Stockings, and the predecessor to the NFL called The Ohio League. Today, you can find the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Here’s a look at each of the major professional teams that call the Buckeye State home:
The Reds have won five World Series titles and are consistently competitive in the NL Central division.
The Indians have taken home two World Series titles but have slipped into mediocrity over the past few decades, having won their division just two times since their brief late 90s divisional dominance.
The Bengals are one of thirteen NFL teams that have never won a title. They’ve fared much better since a move to the AFC North, taking home three divisional titles in the past decade.
The Browns are Ohio’s more-storied NFL team, with four Super Bowl titles to their credit. Unfortunately, they haven’t won their division since Reagan was in the White House. The Browns have been in the playoffs twice in the past twenty-five years, both of those wild card appearances.
Three of the Cav’s four divisional titles and both of their conference championships came during one of Lebron James’ two stints with the team. His impact on the league, the state of Ohio, and the city of Cleveland can’t be overstated. Though James has yet to win a title with Cleveland, he’s the biggest story in town, and probably will be for some time.
The Blue Jackets were added to the NHL as an expansion team in the year 2000. Columbus is considered the NHL’s legitimate cellar-dweller, with zero league, conference, or divisional titles to its credit. In fact, Columbus has only reached the playoffs once, in 2009, losing its first series in a near-sweep.
The Crew are one of the ten original MLS clubs, and has plenty to brag about. Columbus won the 2008 MLS Cup, and have qualified for the CONCACAF Champions’ League three times, reaching the semi-finals each time.NCAA Teams in Ohio
Though Ohio has a bustling pro sports scene, the state is also in thrall with high school and (naturally) collegiate athletics. Unlike some nearby states (we’re looking at you, Indiana), Ohio is a true three-sport state, with excellence in college basketball, college football, and NCAA baseball.
Here’s the list of all Division 1 NCAA teams competing in the state of Ohio:
• Bowling Green University Falcons
• University of Cincinnati Bearcats
• Cleveland State University Vikings
• University of Dayton Flyers
• Kent State University Golden Flash
• Miami University RedHawks
• University of Ohio Bobcats
• Ohio State University Buckeyes
• University of Toledo Rockets
• Wright State University Raiders
• Xavier University Musketeers
The standout school from this list is Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ fans are the loudest and most visible of the state’s many collegiate sports fanatics, in part because the team has had so much success in NCAA athletics. Ohio State is one of just five NCAA schools to win titles in football, basketball, and baseball. The Buckeyes are consistently ranked in the top 10 in the Athletic Director’s Cup, an indication of the school’s dominance across the board of NCAA athletics.Ohio Law and Online Sports Betting
Ohio law is pretty liberal when it comes to gambling – the state allows for legal bets on horse racing, satellite racing, and tribal gambling, not to mention social and charitable games and a popular lottery system.
Having said that, if you were to be charged with a gambling crime in the state, you’d be in some pretty bad trouble. If you’re busted in Ohio for an offense of simple gambling, you’ll face a first-degree misdemeanor, which means a fine of $1,000 or more for a first offense. A second offense is a felony charge.
So how does the state define gambling? Pretty rigidly, it turns out. According to the state criminal code, gambling is any act of “… bookmaking; facilitating schemes or games of chance for profit; betting on schemes or games of chance for one’s livelihood; possession of gambling devices; or playing craps, roulette , or slot machines for money.” That’s a really odd way to define gambling, but it doesn’t leave much room for error.
Remember that I am NOT a lawyer, I’m just a guy who likes to write about gambling law, and you shouldn’t take anything I say in this or any article I write as legal advice. Talk to a real lawyer about your Ohio sports betting questions if you are truly concerned about staying on the right side of the law.Conclusion
The state of Ohio is not anti-gaming by any means. The state is already home to more than a dozen facilities offering some form of legal wagering, with more on the way. The fact that you can’t place a legal sports bet anywhere in the Buckeye State is more a symptom of American gaming law than any Ohio legislation. The easiest way to bet on sports if you live in Ohio is to take a trip to Las Vegas. Otherwise, consider joining an online sportsbook, provided it is legal for you to do so.Top Sportsbooks
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College Football Betting Matchup: National Championship – Oregon Ducks vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Site: AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX
Date/Time: Monday, January 12 – 8:30 PM ET
TV Coverage: ESPN
College Football Wagering Odds at BetAnySports USA Online SportsbookCollege Football Wagering Pointspread: Oregon -6
Total: 73 points
Many college football bettors figure that both of these teams will be hard to stop, considering that Oregon averaged slightly over 47 points and Ohio State 45 points. There would normally be some concern about how the Buckeye offense was going to operate with Cardale Jones at the controls, hut the results have spoken for themselves, with 101 points and almost 1100 yards over the last two games, against a couple of defense that were hardly chopped liver (Wisconsin and Alabama). Jones appears to have a major-league arm, but he will have to keep that arm under control if he is going to do damage to the 84th-ranked Oregon stop unit, which may have gained 639 yards against Florida State but also gave up 528.
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Marcus Mariota was the Heisman winner, had outstanding numbers (40 TD’s, three INT’s, 10 yards per attempt) and could be the odds-on choice to be the #1 pick in the NFL Draft. But BetAnySports patrons know that he may be put to his stiffest test in a while by Ohio State, which is ranked #4 in the country in passing efficiency defense. Remember that Oregon is short-handed at the wide receiver position, with an injured Devon Allen and a suspended Darren Carrington, who was the big play guy. The Oregon staff keeps talking as if their absences don’t mean a whole lot, but if they don’t, what were they doing there in the first place?
Ezekiel Elliott was really the guy who made the OSU offense go, and he burned both Wisconsin and Alabama for long runs in the process of rambling for 450 yards over these last two games. That is Oregon’s biggest challenge on defense, because although Jones knows how to scramble out of trouble, he probably isn’t a major threat with programmed runs in the Urban Meyer spread offense.
And speaking of Meyer, BetAnySports customers need to be aware that he has been a dangerous underdog, covering thirteen of his last 15 in that situation. And this guy is a student of everything Oregon does, and has indeed used a lot of it in his own offensive approach. He has met with the Ducks’ staff as they prepped for the Fiesta Bowl a couple of seasons ago, and has spent time with Chip Kelly at the Philadelphia Eagles’ camp. He has implied that he practically knows the Oregon playbook by heart. So he will know exactly how to prepare his team for Oregon’s up-tempo, no-huddle offense, because he is already doing some of that himself.
Does all of this make Ohio State a viable dog? Yes it does, although college football bettors should take note that the Ducks, since suffering their only loss of the season against Arizona, have won and covered their last nine games. And their offensive line, which has two All-Americans, is as healthy as it has been all season. If you make a mistake against them, they can make you pay for it within about thirty seconds.
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Ohio State vs Maryland Spread & ATS Pick
By Noah Williams NCAAB
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While the Ohio State Buckeyes are on a two-game winning streak, the Maryland Terrapins have dropped the last two. This weekend they go head-to-head in a fun Big Ten tilt. The NCAA hoops betting spread favors Maryland by 7-points to beat OSU. Tip-off is this Saturday, February 11th at 4:00 PM ET on ESPN from the XFINITY Center in College Park, Maryland.
Ohio State Buckeyes Vs Maryland Terrapins Spread & ATS Pick
What: Ohio State Buckeyes (15-10) at No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (20-4)
When: Saturday, February 11, 2017
Start Time: 4:00 PM ET
Where: College Park, Maryland
Stadium: XFINITY Center
Spread: MD -7 (-105)
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Ohio State vs Maryland
Why Bet The Ohio State Buckeyes To Beat The Terrapins
Ohio State has beaten the Michigan Wolverines (70-66) and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (70-64) in their last two outings. They improved to 15-10 SU and 9-14-1 ATS this season. They average 73.0 points per game (194th) and allow 68.4 points per game (79th).
The Buckeyes shoot 46.3% from the field (87th) and 33.7 % from three-point land (230th). Junior guard Kam Williams (10.6 PPG & 1.0 APG) scored 23 points against Rutgers and junior center Trevor Thompson (10.8 PPG & 9.4 RPG) added 15 points. However, junior forward Jae’Sean Tate (14.1 PPG & 6.1 RPG) the team’s leading scorer this season.
"We had some plays on the offensive end that were not sharp, that were not dialed in," Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. "We did such a good job rebounding the ball in the first half and then in the second half it was like we had cement shoes on. We just couldn’t move to go get the basketball."
Ohio State averages 38.1 rebounds per game (70th) and 5.28 steals. They have a +4.68 point differential this season. Thompson is the leading rebounder with 9.4 per game, and JaQuan Lyle averages 1.1 steals per game.
Why Bet The Maryland Terrapins To Beat The Buckeyes
The Maryland Terrapins lost to Purdue (73-72) and Penn State (70-64) in their last two games. They are 20-4 SU and 12-9 ATS this season. They average 75.1 points per game (143rd) and allow 66.5 points per game (55th).
The Terrapins shoot 44.7% from the field (161st) and 36.3% from beyond the arch (126th). Junior guard Melo Trimble and freshman forward Justin Jackson need to step up if they want to avoid a third straight loss vs a Big Ten opponent. In the loss to Penn State, Jackson led the way with 14 points, but he shot 4-11 from the field which didn’t help the team at all.
"Penn State was better than us tonight," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "They deserved to win. We couldn’t get it going. We never had it."
Maryland averages 37.0 rebounds per game (133rd) and 5.67 steals per game. They have a +8.66 point differential this season. Justin Jackson leads the team with 6.3 rebounds and Anthony Cowan is tops with 1.3 steals per game.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
Ohio State vs Maryland Expert ATS Pick
The Terrapins have lost back-to-back games for the first time in 2016-17 and I am betting on three.
The Buckeye State is preoccupied with figuring out how it wants to manage its land-based betting industry, and that means online betting has taken a back seat. Ohio has not passed any legislation to expand its internet betting options and nothing is pending. It will most likely be a few years before we see any significant changes in Ohio.
There is some good news though. Favorable federal legislation allows for a few forms of online gaming to operate in the United States unless a state specifically prohibits those forms of betting. Ohio has not attempted to ban any of the few forms of internet gambling that are permitted at the federal level.
This means you do have a few options. Let’s start with a look at what’s available right now. I’d like to emphasize that the following betting sites actually are legal in the US. There is a ton of bad information out there with websites promoting foreign gambling sites that have no legal authority to operate in the US.
The following sites are headquartered in the US and are truly legal under all state and federal laws.
Horse and Greyhound Betting:
Horse Racing Betting in Ohio
Horse racing betting is permitted in Ohio both online and at any of the state’s seven horse racing tracks. A law passed in 2011 allowed tracks to install video-lottery terminals (VLTs) which are similar to slot machines. Today, you can visit any racetrack to watch live horse races or test your luck at the VLTs.
Online betting sites are also legal in Ohio. All the major racing wagering sites listed above accept wagers from residents of the state. The Ohio State Racing Commission oversees all horse racing and parimutuel wagering within the state. The commission’s mission statement is to protect, preserve and promote horse racing in Ohio.
VLTs in Ohio are managed and licensed by the Ohio lottery. Profits from the machines are split roughly 50/50 between the track and the Ohio lottery. Each track is required to donate half of one percent of its net win from VLTs to problem gambling services.
Mahoning Valley Race Course
Thoroughbred racing and simulcast events 365 days a year
850 VLTs with plans to expand to 1500
655 N Canfield Niles Road
Austintown, OH 44515
Harness racing and 1600 VLTs
Lebanon, OH 45036
Harness racing and 2100 VLTs
6000 S High Street
Columbus, OH 43207
Thoroughbred racing and 1150 VLTs
21501 Emery Road
Cleveland, OH 44128
Hard Rock Rocksino
200+ harness racing events per year and 2250 VLTs
10777 Northfield Road
Northfield, OH 44067
Thoroughbred racing 100 days a year and 1500 VLTs
6301 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
Live harness racing and simulcast events year-round
3100 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414Fantasy Sports
Online fantasy sports betting is legal in Ohio. Every major fantasy site legally accepts customers from the state. Fantasy sites such as FanDuel.com and DraftKings.com are exempt from the Unlawful Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Additionally, the government considers fantasy betting a contest of skill and therefore exempt from the Wire Act of 1961.
This is in stark contrast to the traditional fixed-odds sportsbooks you see promoted at other websites. Regular sportsbooks are considered illegal under the federal Wire Act. It is not illegal to play at them, but it is illegal to operate a book that accepts Americans. That’s why online sportsbooks that accept Ohio residents are always located overseas.
The risk you face with playing at offshore sites is a complete lack of oversight. You need only run a few searches on Google to find stories abound of people being ripped off and betting sites refusing to pay winning bets.
Fantasy betting sites, on the other hand, are located in the US and are subject to the same laws that govern any other business. Your money is protected and you have recourse if a disagreement arises. This is why I recommend fantasy betting sites to anyone in the US. It’s just as fun and potentially profitable as traditional sports betting but it’s about a thousand times safer.
Lawmakers have made several attempts to introduce legislation governing fantasy sports in Ohio over the past couple years but with little success so far. A bill concerning fantasy sports was introduced in 2016, but it lost steam and died out before making it very far through the legislature.
More recently, a law introduced in March of 2017 is now making the rounds. HB 132 calls for fantasy sports to be classified as a game of skill and require operators to apply for a $30,000 license issued by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. This bill also includes a number of consumer regulations such as those seen in legislation introduced in other states:
It is legal to bet on games of skill over the internet in Ohio. Skill game sites such as WorldWinner.com host a variety of games that range from Scrabble to Bejeweled. As fun as these games are, there’s just not a whole lot of interest. Most games are played for low stakes and should be seen more as a way to pass time than a way to earn a full time living off your gaming skills.
Here’s a look at the full list of games offered at WorldWinner.com:
Make sure you read our review of WorldWinner before you play. The site has a few issues that you should be aware of before you deposit money. Overall, I’d say it’s a safe site but it charges high rake and is confusing to navigate.Online Poker and Casinos
Online poker is now legal in the US but only if each state passes legislation to regulate and license operators. Ohio has not yet passed any such legislation so there are no legal options at this time. You won’t get in trouble for playing at offshore poker sites, but there is no oversight to ensure sites give you a fair game.
Several states have pursued online poker and residents of those states are able to play at licensed poker sites based in the US. When Ohio finally passes legislation of its own, I’ll be happy to make recommendations. For now, it’s best to wait until that happens. There are no guarantees when it comes to playing at unlicensed foreign poker sites.
It’s basically the same story for online casinos in Ohio. Internet gambling is now legal at the federal level but each state must pass legislation to actually make it happen. No state lawmakers have even drafted legislation on this front so it’ll probably be a few years at the earliest before we see legal online blackjack or slots.
The Ohio Lottery is not sold online at this time but that could change at some point. Over the past year, a debate has raged on between lawmakers, retailers and the lottery itself. The lottery would like to keep all options open while a group of House lawmakers and retail associations would like to pass legislation to preemptively ban online sales of lottery tickets forever.
Retailers would like to pass the ban because people who come in to their stores to buy tickets often make other purchases. They worry that if tickets can be bought online, people would have less incentive to visit retailers in person and purchase other things.
The lottery said it didn’t have plans to introduce online sales any time but that they want “to keep all our options open.” Other states have already started selling tickets online and sales have been promising, but not overwhelming.
The matter remains unsettled but as of now, the state does not sell tickets online. Be wary of sites that claim to sell Ohio lottery tickets. Those sites are located overseas and are completely unregulated. It’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not they are honest.
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