Ohio Sports Betting Sees Over Two Million Accounts Engage With Sportsbooks
The Ohio sports betting market officially launched on New Year’s Day, 2023! And, if some new numbers are any indication, it’s been a major success. New information from GeoComply has shined a light on the sheer amount of accounts that have been created. Mobile sports betting was officially made available during the New Year’s Day launch, alongside retail sports betting at different casinos throughout the state.
Plus, sports betting kiosks were planned for locations across the state, from bars and restaurants to even grocery stores. Now that we’re over a month into legal Ohio sports wagering, let’s take a look at the numbers from GeoComply plus how the state’s bettors will be able to bet on the biggest betting event of the year.
GeoComply Confirms Over 2.25 Million Betting Accounts
According to new data from GeoComply (a company that specializes in geolocation and preventing fraud), over 2.25 million different accounts have now engaged with legal sportsbooks in the state of Ohio.
As GeoComply works with geolocation, the company is able to confirm the number of times Ohio bettors have confirmed their location with an online sports betting app. The company has confirmed a reported 160 million location checks, with 11.3 million coming within the first full day of legal wagering.
These numbers come from the very first full month of Ohio sports betting, with specific data on the total handle expected to come later. Those financial numbers will be provided by both the Ohio Lottery Commission and Ohio Casino Control Commission.
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Kentucky Sports Fans On The Road To Take Bets
The major launch of Ohio sports betting has caught the eye of neighboring Kentucky, and fans are trying to take advantage of the available wagering market. According to Cleveland.com, approximately 2,000 different accounts were created in Kentucky, then were once again tracked in Ohio shortly after.
This confirms that some Kentuckians have made the cross-state trip to place bets in the past month. Additionally, over 58,000 accounts in Kentucky attempted to place wages unsuccessfully. Kentucky sports betting is not currently available, although there is hope for the future with the introduction of the HB106 betting bill earlier this year.
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Ohio Ready To Bet On The Super Bowl
With the Super Bowl kicking off between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on February 12th, Ohio sports bettors will be able to bet on the big game for the very first time. It’s interesting to consider that, while the betting handle should be massive for the state, it would have likely been much larger if the Cincinnati Bengals had made it to the championship game.
The Bengals narrowly lost 23-20 to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, missing the opportunity to make it to the Super Bowl for a second straight year. While bettors in the area were definitely happy to bet on the Bengals throughout January, the numbers would have probably been massive in the fairly new betting market.
Still, with access to major sports betting operators like DraftKings Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook, bettors in the area should add to what’s expected to be a record-breaking Super Bowl handle.