- The Caesars Sportsbook app is now operational in Ohio for registration and deposits.
- Legalized sports betting is set to begin in Ohio on January 1, 2023.
- Plans are in the works to open a state-of-the-art retail sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Caesars Sportsbook app is now live in Ohio–just as long as you’re not wanting to place bets. In actuality, they’re just giving residents of the Buckeye State plenty of time to download, register and deposit before sports betting begins in Ohio on January 1, 2023. They’re also offering new signups a special ‘early registration bonus’. You can expect other sportsbooks to follow suit very soon.
Here’s the actual blurb from the Caesars Entertainment press release:
Legalized sports betting is on the horizon for Ohio sports fans and today, Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) (“Caesars”) announced that Caesars Sportsbook is live on desktop and the Caesars Sportsbook app is available for download in the state on iOS and Android. Sports fans in the Buckeye State can now register and deposit funds with a special early registration offer so they can place their first wagers as soon as legalized sports betting starts on January 1, 2023.
If my math is correct, Ohio will be US jurisdiction number 16 for Caesars Sportsbook along with their presence in the red hot Ontario sports betting ecosystem. Caesars previously announced a partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become the NBA team’s “Official Sports Betting Partner.” Plans are in the works for a Caesars branded retail sportsbook at the Cavs’ home arena aka Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse:
The partnership with the Cavaliers also includes plans to open a best-in-class retail sportsbook on the street level inside the Northwest Atrium area of the team’s home venue, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The new sportsbook, opening on Jan. 1, will mark the third at a U.S. professional sports facility for Caesars, adding to the historic first in-arena sportsbook of Caesars Sportsbook at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., and Caesars Sportsbook at Chase Field in Arizona.
Caesars is executing the same pre-launch playbook they’ve used in other states, including the emphasis on their local connections:
Caesars Entertainment has a long legacy in Ohio through its offering of premium entertainment experiences at top horse racing and gaming destination Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus. The popular racino will open a state-of-the-art Caesars Sportsbook location to accept convenient cash-deposit sports wagers in person on the first day that legalized sports wagering goes live in Ohio. Leading up to sports betting’s launch, the Caesars Sportsbook & Casino Truck will make stops at Scioto Downs and marquee sporting events across the state to engage and educate eligible sports fans on how to download the app and sports wager responsibly.
Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital, had this quote about the pre-launch:
“Ohio’s rich tradition of sports excellence speaks for itself. Caesars Sportsbook is ready to match the pedigree and passion of Ohio sports fans with a sports wagering experience that treats them like royalty.”
The Caesars Sportsbook app is available for Android and iOS and can be downloaded now.