Can You Bet on the Buckeyes when Ohio Sports Betting Goes Live?

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Ohio State Buckeyes mascot Brutus Buckeye pounds his head during the second half of the NCAA men's basketball game against the Michigan State Spartans at Value City Arena in Columbus on March 3, 2022. Ohio State won 80-69.  Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes

Ohio State Buckeyes mascot Brutus Buckeye pounds his head during the second half of the NCAA men’s basketball game against the Michigan State Spartans at Value City Arena in Columbus on March 3, 2022. Ohio State won 80-69. Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes

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Mobile sports betting apps, websites, retail sportsbooks and wagering kiosks inside bars and taverns will all launch simultaneously in Ohio on New Year’s Day. This brave new era will kick off just in time for football fans to bet on the Cleveland Browns’ Week 17 game against the Washington Commanders.

The following day, sports betting apps should be busy as the Bengals host the Bills for an eagerly anticipated primetime showdown, and they will offer a wealth of Ohio sports betting promos to mark the occasion.

Yet many Ohioans will be more interested in betting on the Buckeyes. College sports betting laws vary on a state-by-state basis, so we have examined the situation in Ohio.

Ohio State Raises Concerns About College Betting

The bill that Governor Mike DeWine signed in December 2021 permits all forms of college sports betting. That includes wagers on in-state teams such as Ohio State and the Cincinnati Bearcats. The bill does not impose any restrictions on prop bets and allows wagering on any college sport.

Many states prohibit bets on games featuring teams based within the state, and lots of them ban prop bets too. That makes the Ohio bill one of the most liberal in the country. However, Ohio State University has written to the Ohio Casino Control Commission to ask it to forbid sportsbooks from accepting prop bets.

It also wants college wagering to be limited to football and basketball only. It is pushing for any member of a college athletic department – ​​including players, coaches and trainers – to be banned from wagering on collegiate events, and it was to see strict penalties in place for any bettors that obtain inside information.

Ohio State’s vice president for government affairs asked the commission to make the changes after raising concerns for “the ongoing safety and well-being of our student body.”

“Both athlete and non-athlete students will be exposed to undesirable behaviors surrounding wagering on collegiate events, and we must work together to ensure the best outcome for both our student population and the state of Ohio,” added the letter.

Ohio State Betting Decision Rests with the Commission

The Ohio Casino Control Commission has not yet revealed whether it will heed Ohio State University’s requests. If it does, you would be allowed to bet on the moneyline, the point spread and total points lines for every Buckeyes game.

However, you would not be able to bet on player props such as the number of passing yards the QB will throw for or total points for the star shooting guard. It would also rule out game props and team props, such as the first team to reach 15 points.

Essentially, Ohio State is calling for a very limited selection of bet types on Buckeyes games, whereas the current language in the bill permits hundreds of betting options on each game.

The decision rests with the commission, which should start issuing sports betting licenses soon.

Ohioans may be able to bet on the Buckeyes this season, but only if they go deep into the playoffs. The college football regular season will be over by the time the state launches legal sports betting and the college bowl season will be nearing its completion. College basketball will be just picking up steam, with March Madness on the horizon.

Ohio State is the second favorite to win the FBS Championship, behind only Alabama in the betting, so football fans in the state may have the opportunity to bet on the team in the Playoff National Championship game in January – with or without prop bets on the menu.

Responsible Gambling

Always gamble responsibly. All licensed and legal operators in the United States have resources available to bettors, including educational guides on how to spot problem gaming, links to support services and tools to self-exclude for a set period of time. Support is available at the National Council on Problem Gaming, 1-800-GAMBLER and American Addiction Centers. Be sure to only wager on gambling sites that are licensed and regulated by the gaming regulatory body in your state. That ensures games are fair, bets are honored, customers’ funds are secure and that there are legal protections for the consumer.

Sports betting and gambling are not legal in all locations. Be sure to comply with applicable laws where you reside.

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Martin Green spent five years working at William Hill before becoming a journalist in 2009. He began working as a sports writer and professional sports handicapper in 2014.

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