Things really have been amazing for Ohio sports betting. Things were launched on Jan. 1 to open the new year and people have been racing to check out all of the different odds to place their wagers. As you might have been able to guess, things were rocking during the first full month of bets. With that said, the Ohio sports betting numbers exploded in January thanks to the NFL postseason.
Are you surprised by this? Well, you shouldn’t be. As soon as the postseason got underway, people all over Ohio were looking at the NFL betting odds to see how things were looking for the Cincinnati Bengals. While people in Ohio also love the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals went to the Super Bowl during the 2021 campaign and they looked poised to get back to the big game this winter as well.
In the Wild Card Round, the Bengals took down the Baltimore Ravens in a close contest. Then in the Divisional Round, the Bengals recorded one of the biggest upsets of the year, as they took down the Bills in Buffalo with a trip to the AFC Championship Game on the line. After this, people were all over the Super Bowl betting odds for Cincy, as there were high hopes that they’d be able to take down the Kansas City Chiefs.
Unfortunately, Kansas City came out on top of that game, ending Cincy’s season. Despite that, the opening month for sports betting in Ohio was a monster victory. While we’re still waiting on the official numbers, the NFL playoffs was No. 1 for bets being placed. Despite everything being so new, people embraced the new sports betting options and local lawmakers could not have been more happy with the results.
Already missing gamedeys in The Jungle. pic.twitter.com/MubTStGSQP
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) February 19, 2023
Super Bowl betting was also massive for Ohio
As you also might have been able to guess, Super Bowl betting was also massive for Ohio. Despite the Bengals not making it to the last game of the year, the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles had people all over the globe dropping serious coin on their matchup. What makes Super Bowl betting so much fun is that you’re always going to see a wild amount of prop bets on the table.
It really does make things so intriguing. Not only that, but the Chiefs and Eagles treated everyone to an incredible game. In the end, the Chiefs were able to win on a Harrison Butker field goal with only a few seconds left on the clock – and there was no late miracle for the Eagles and star quarterback Jalen Hurts. We are also waiting on the official Super Bowl numbers for the state of Ohio.
However, leading up to Super Bowl weekend, it was projected that in the USA, at least 50 million Americans alone would place their wagers. With 33 states operational for sports betting, you better believe that Ohio received a decent chunk of those bets. Things of course would have been better and bigger if the Bengals would have beaten the Chiefs and gone on to play in the Super Bowl, but things weren’t that negatively impacted.
Looking ahead to next season, the Super Bowl and NFL betting will of course be strong for the state once again thanks to the Bengals. Joe Burrow will be back, as will star playmakers Joe Mixon, Ja’Marr Chase and more. The Browns are also hoping to get back on the right track, as they have strong belief in quarterback Deshaun Watson. Only time will tell what happens with the Browns and Bengals, but people in Ohio will absolutely be ready to bet on them.
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) February 20, 2023
MLB bets are already coming in for Ohio sports fans
As big as January was for the local markets, the fact that MLB bets are already coming on for Ohio sports fans really has officials excited about the kinds of numbers that could be coming in during the spring and summer months. Baseball is always huge in Ohio, as people love the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians. While it has been a bit of a rough stretch for the Reds, people sure are excited about the Guardians for 2022.
Fans are dreaming of an AL Central title this upcoming season. Not only that, but people are also getting a head start in looking at the World Series odds. Teams like the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers, Mets, Braves and more will be strong contenders to win the Fall Classic. With the Yankees in particular, people could not be more excited with the fact that Aaron Judge signed his monster deal, and Carlos Rodon was brought in.
After winning it all last year, though, the Astros have a ton of confidence and they’re hoping they can go back-to-back. While the Guardians don’t have strong World Series odds, that won’t stop them from trying to make some serious noise in the American League, and the club’s fans will surely be betting quite a bit on them to record some positive results.