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FanDuel Online Sportsbook Ohio Promo Code & Review

FanDuel is the leading sports betting company in just about every state where it operates. FanDuel competes with DraftKings and BetMGM for sports betting supremacy, but the race isn’t that close. FanDuel is #1. But why? What makes FanDuel the most popular sports betting operator in the country? This page will go over the many reasons why FanDuel is the biggest and most popular sportsbook in the country and likely will be #1 in Ohio too once sports betting gets going in the state. Let’s start with the great new customer promotion, one of the most important ways a sportsbook gets the attention and interest of new customers.

FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio new customer promotion

Have you ever wanted a do-over? Didn’t believe the server when he said that the chicken wings were spicy? Turns out, they were extra, extra spicy. Consider a risk-free bet your glass of cold milk after an extra spicy wing. It can’t take away the pain of a lost bet, but it can definitely make you feel better. Here’s how:

A risk-free bet is just that, a bet without risk. FanDuel offers a $1000 risk-free first bet, which is one of the best offers in the industry. FanDuel will refund your first bet, up to $1000, if it loses. Your first bet, in a sense, is on the house.

But there’s another reason why the FanDuel Sportsbook bonus will stand out in Ohio. Let’s say your initial wager of $1K loses and FanDuel comps you with the $1000 credit through the risk-free promotion. Then, you decide to plunk it all down on the Bengals and they win as a +120 underdog, you will get $2200 (winnings on a +120 bet + original bet amount). This is much better than other sportsbooks, most of which only let you collect the winnings.

FanDuel OH Bonus Offer$1000 Risk-Free Bet (estimate)
Promo CodeComing Soon
Retail PartnerBelterra Park Racino
OH Launch DateLate 2022 (estimate)

Why FanDuel in Ohio?

Logical layout

Once you download the FanDuel app and take a look around, you will see a lot of things that just make sense. FanDuel is the most popular app in the country because it is the easiest to use. For example, FanDuel has a button just for national TV NBA games. Why didn’t anyone else think of that? Many people in states with legal sports betting tuning into TNT or ESPN to watch the national TV game are probably interested in wagering on it. FanDuel thought to partner with TNT and put the biggest game of the night front and center on its app, one click away. That may not seem like a big thing, but it is a good example of getting the details right.

Use your funds anywhere FanDuel operates

Another feature that separates FanDuel from the competition is the ability of customers to use their account funds in any state where FanDuel operates. Most sportsbooks require different accounts for each state. If you live in Colorado and open a Caesars Sportsbook account, you can use your funds while in Colorado, but if you take a vacation to Arizona, you have to sign up for a new Caesars Arizona account and make a separate deposit. Not so with FanDuel. Whether you’re in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona, etc., you can open up your FanDuel account and use your available funds to wager.

Real-time tracker for prop bets

A third feature that shows FanDuel’s investment in its product is the real-time progress tracker for prop bets. Say the Warriors are playing the lowly Timberwolves, and you think most of their starters are going to have a big game. You load up a few players to score more than their projected point totals and rebounds, creating a same-game parlay (more on that later). Most sportsbooks will offer that wager but don’t have any way to track it, which means you have would have to check somewhere else to track your bet’s progress. FanDuel tracks his progress for you, showing you how many points your guys have scored in real-time so you can see how close you are to winning the bet. This is a terrific feature that you didn’t even know you needed.

Cons for FanDuel Ohio

There aren’t many reasons why wouldn’t recommend FanDuel Sportsbook once it his the Ohio market. If pressed, here’s what we’ve got.

No rewards program for sports betting

The only thing missing from FanDuel is a rewards program. Many sportsbooks offer rewards programs that allow bettors to earn points that can be redeemed for free credit, merchandise or even free hotel stays at a partner casino. These rewards programs are sometimes an extension of existing casino rewards programs (Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM) but many sportsbooks offer their own creative customer loyalty program. FanDuel does have a rewards program for its DFS players, but it has yet to extend the program to its sports betting operation. Rewards programs usually aren’t that rewarding, only paying out a few bucks at a time in free bets, but they are great for creating customer loyalty, something FanDuel as an industry leader admittedly doesn’t need to worry much about.

FanDuel’s Ohio connection

Boyd Gaming may not be a household name, but the company does own casinos in many states and has done quite well as a smaller casino operator. One of the best decisions it made as a company is aligning with FanDuel, bringing the sportsbook to market in several states that require online sportsbooks to partner with an existing retail casino in order to operate in the state. Boyd and FanDuel have partnered in Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, and they will be partnering in Ohio as well. Boyd Gaming owns the popular Belterra Park Racino in Cincinnati, which qualifies for a Type A sports betting license. The seven racinos in Ohio, including Belterra Park, can each partner with up to two online sportsbooks, and Belterra Park has already announced that it will partner with FanDuel to bring them to Ohio sports bettors.

FanDuel Sportsbook review

Mobile

Open up the FanDuel app on your smartphone and everything you need is right there. Popular sports, live events, and promotions are on the screen and the most interesting upcoming games are featured in a scrollable format with everything on the same page. Even if a game is in action, live odds are displayed on the home page. Scroll through all the top events or find your favorite sport by tapping on the All Sports tab at the bottom of the page.

You’ll also find the My Bets tab at the bottom of the page. Tap on that and all your settled and pending bets are available, and, as mentioned, the pending bets are all updated in real-time so you can see how you’re doing as the action unfolds. Account information is one tap away, which contains all your balances and transaction history along with account settings and even user limits if you want to limit yourself from depositing too much money or need a cooling-off period.

Browser

Like most sportsbooks, the FanDuel browser page is pretty much a larger version of the app. This is not a bad thing. It’s a good thing because all the things that make the app great are easier to find, most notably the list of sports available for wagering that is prominently featured on the left side of the screen. The bet slip is also easily accessible rather than hidden, as it is in the app. Once you find a bet you want to make, just click on it and the wager will immediately appear in your bet slip on the right side of the page. If you have multiple bets, they can easily be combined into a parlay or even a same-game parlay for qualifying events. Both the browser and app are easy to navigate, which is why FanDuel is a top sportsbook for beginning bettors.

Available sports on FanDuel Sportsbook

Speaking of beginning bettors, most people in states new to legal sports betting such as Ohio tend to stick to wagering on the major sports. Ohioans will be spending their hard-earned dollars wagering on the Buckeyes, Reds, Guardians, Bengals, Browns, and other major Ohio teams. The NFL is the king of sports betting, but local teams in every sport usually generate a lot of handle in their home states. Some sports also have their niche audiences. During the height of COVID in 2020, when sports were on hiatus, Russian ping pong became an instant smash hit, generating millions of dollars in handle each month. Even today, with all the major sports back in action, ping pong is still a popular sport to wager on in many states, particularly Colorado.

If you are interested in exploring the world of sports and sports wagering, FanDuel has you covered, offering a wide variety of sports at competitive prices. The final list of sports approved for wagering will be determined by Ohio state regulators, but you should expect most of the following worldwide sports:

  • Australian Rules Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • MMA
  • Motorsports
  • Rugby
  • Snooker
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Olympic sports
  • And more depending on state regulations or time of year

Bet types on FanDuel Sportsbook

Let’s take a moment to talk about same-game parlays. Parlays have been around for decades, but same-game parlays are pretty much brand new. In the old days (before 2019), sportsbooks didn’t allow parlay bets on the same game because they didn’t want to manage the risk. For example, if you think the Bengals-Ravens game will go over 42 points, chances are Joe Burrow will throw for 2 or more touchdowns during the game. They are connected. Before, you couldn’t combine the two wagers into a parlay because sportsbooks knew that both had a good chance of winning if the game ended up trending in a certain direction, which would create an advantage for the bettor. These days, things are different and sportsbooks have better internal risk management systems so they can accurately price all the possible outcomes of a game. As such, many large sportsbooks, led by FanDuel, have begun to offer same-game parlays as a new betting option.

And what an option! Bettors have been creating same-game parlays in unprecedented amounts, and FanDuel is widely recognized as the creator and market leader of same-game parlay wagering due to its transparent pricing and easy-to-use format. Parlays can be a long-shot wager, but people have been trying to turn a little bit of money into a lot of money for centuries, so it’s not surprising that same-game parlays are so popular these days. As for more traditional bet types, FanDuel has them all, including:

  • Parlays (including same-game parlays)
  • Point spread
  • Futures
  • Teaser
  • Total (over/under)
  • Prop bets

FanDuel Sportsbook banking options

Befitting its place as a market leader, FanDuel offers a wide variety of banking options, including:

  • Online banking
  • Visa/Mastercard/Discover
  • PayPal
  • Wire transfer
  • Cash at Belterra Park casino cage (eventually)
  • PayNearMe
  • Play+ branded prepaid card
  • Gift card

FanDuel customer service in Ohio

A sportsbook’s customer service is like insurance: you probably don’t need it very often, but you are very happy that it is there and works well when you do need it. Most sportsbooks offer some combination of an FAQ page, an email address, and an online chat function. Some offer a toll-free number to call with questions. Since most people are using their phones to access FanDuel, it is helpful that they put the online chat option front and center in the account section of the app. Here are some more details on how FanDuel answers any questions you may have about their service:

FAQ

Numerous sections, dozens of subsections, and about 95% of all the answers you are searching for can be found in the FAQ section of the FanDuel website.

Email

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for or just want to reach out to the nice people at FanDuel to say hello, you can easily send them a message by filling out an online form. You will receive an emailed response within a day or two.

Online chat

If like most people, you prefer to get your questions answered by someone on the other end of a chatbox, FanDuel has you covered. Their online chat function is easily accessible and has a real person, not a bot, on the other end ready to answer your questions. If you can’t find what you are looking for anywhere on the page, chances are you will solve your problems by using the chat function.

More on sports betting in Ohio

Hopefully, you checked out our summary of how sports betting became legal in Ohio on the homepage of this fine website. If you didn’t, no worries, here is the TL;DR version:

  • After years of being unable to come up with a final agreement on how to regulate legal sports betting, Ohio state legislators announced an agreement on December 8, 2021, that was passed and signed into law shortly after. It came out of nowhere and surprised everyone at OHBets. It was the best early Christmas present we could ask for because now sports betting will be coming to Ohio – and likely soon!
  • All the existing casinos and racinos in the state along with the state’s sports teams qualify for a Type A license, which will allow them to partner with two online sportsbooks. This means over a dozen sportsbooks will likely be coming to Ohio. FanDuel has already announced that it will be partnering with Belterra Park, a popular racino outside Cincinnati.
  • Retail sportsbooks and even sports betting kiosks will also be coming to Ohio eventually. By mid-2023, bettors in the state will be able to place wagers on their phones, at a sportsbook, or even at a retail kiosk at their favorite bar or restaurant.
  • All the tax revenue raised from the 10% tax rate and license fees will go to schools and youth sports programs
  • Online betting will be available sometime in 2022, but the official go-live date has not been determined yet. Retail sportsbooks will likely not open until sometime in 2023

FanDuel Sportsbook FAQ

When is FanDuel Sportsbook launching in Ohio?

The short answer is we don’t really know. Ohio legislators have work to do, but all signs point to a 2022 launch. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it takes place sooner rather than later. The start of football season in the fall seems like a very safe estimate. Ohio bettors can look forward to wagering on their Buckeyes, the Bengals, the Browns, etc.

How does FanDuel address problem gambling?

With the rise of online wagering using smartphones, problem gambling operates largely in the shadows. People who may be wagering too much or too frequently could be by themselves, not knowing how to get help. FanDuel recognizes that some people may need a break from sports betting and offers an easy way to limit the amount someone can deposit at a time and even has options to ensure that a bettor can no longer access the FanDuel app by putting them on a self-exclusion list.

Additionally, the National Council on Problem Gambling is a tremendous resource for those who want to talk to someone about problem gaming. Their service is free for everyone and includes a toll-free number (1-800-522-4700) that you can also use if you’d rather text instead of calling and even a chat function that can offer services based on your location.

Which sports teams in Ohio will qualify for a Type A sports betting license?

As you may have heard, Ohio’s professional sports teams each qualify for a Type A sports betting license, meaning they will be able to partner with an online sportsbook (or two!) to offer sports betting in the state. Here are the teams that qualify for a Type A license:

  • Cleveland Guardians (MLB)
  • Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
  • Cleveland Browns (NFL)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
  • Columbus Crew (MLS)
  • Cincinnati FC (MLS)
  • PGA Tour (The Memorial tournament played outside of Columbus)
  • NASCAR (Mid-Ohio race track)

Ted Dahlstrom works in the Seattle area as a Content Marketing Writer for Better Collective. Ted’s background is in government and communication, but his passion is writing about sports and sports betting, which led him to BC in an unexpected alignment. He avidly supports all the Seattle sports teams and Gonzaga basketball.