The iconic Hard Rock name is on a path to expand its gambling presence in the state of Ohio with the announcement of plans to launch a mobile sportsbook in partnership with its very own Hard Rock Cincinnati property. Hard Rock Cincinnati has been offering legal casino gambling in the Buckeye State since 2019 and will be part of the state’s much-anticipated sports betting launch on January 1, 2023.
Both the Hard Rock Sportsbook and Online Casino entities have been active in a number of high-profile states such as Nevada, New Jersey, Iowa, Virginia, and Arizona and are looking to gain a reasonable market share in what is expected to be a major market in Ohio. The company already has valuable name recognition and infrastructure in place to be a player in the Ohio scene right off the bat.
While not live just yet, our review of the Hard Rock Sportsbook product was able to draw on other jurisdictions with which the betting brand has a presence to speculate on the eventual offerings of Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio.
Follow along as we take a deep dive into what Hard Rock is expected to offer Ohio bettors, including how future clients will be able to access the Hard Rock mobile platform, what to expect from their welcome bonus and other promotions, payment options, site safety, a projected list of sports markets and bet types, customer support options, and more.
Hard Rock has been a recognizable name in pop culture circles for decades. It started out in London as a burger joint in 1971 and transitioned to hospitality with the opening of its iconic Hard Rock location in Las Vegas, Nevada, the home of American gambling. In 2006, the Seminole Tribe acquired the Hard Rock International brand in a ground-breaking $956 million deal.
The brand has since established itself as a top-tier name in both the hospitality and casino gaming industry. Since 2018, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn its blanket ban on sports betting, Hard Rock has been a key part of the growing legal sports betting expansion across the country.
Enter Hard Rock Cincinnati, which was awarded a legal sports betting license for when the market goes live January 1, 2023. It marks the next destination for the Hard Rock Sportsbook platform. Hard Rock will bring its years of experience and an established legal online sports betting infrastructure to Ohio, along with its solid reputation and top-notch customer service as an enhancement to the already-popular Hard Rock Cincinnati Casino.
Hard Rock has rightly made its online sports betting and online casino experience widely available in the jurisdictions they currently have a presence in. Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio users will have options at hand, as there is a desktop version of their sports betting and casino product available as well as downloadable apps for both iOS and Android devices.
Downloads for either app can take place from the site itself or from the App Store and Google Play. Each method for getting in on the Hard Rock experience is quick and easy, which is a hallmark of a quality online betting brand.
The App Store currently rates the Hard Rock Sportsbook as a 4.7/5, while Google Play has it at 3.9/5. Both speak to the quality of the product and just how easy Hard Rock Sportsbook is to find, download, and play.
Our Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio preview was lucky to be able to draw from a host of states that they already have a presence in to predict what kind of welcome bonus will be afforded to future bettors in Ohio.
From that, we expect a $100 Risk-Free Bet for all new customers in the Buckeye State. It simply means that Ohio bettors, assuming that they are 21 years of age or older, and are within Ohio state lines, will be able to place a $100 first bet with the site without the fear of losing that entire amount.
Hard Rock, in the unfortunate case of a first-bet loss, will return the full amount of that loss to the bettor in the form of free bet credits. What makes Hard Rock unique, is its client-friendly term that allows for the returned funds to be withdrawn right away. Other sites return first-bet losses in the form of site credits that are mandated to be re-wagered on their site up to 10 times.
|Hard Rock Sportsbook Promo Code||Coming Soon|
|Hard Rock Sportsbook OH Bonus Offer||$100 Risk-Free Bet (estimate)|
|OH License Partner||Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati|
|Launch Date||January 2023 (estimate)|
As far as welcome bonuses go, our Hard Rock Sportsbook review puts this one in the “good, not great” range. Some of the impending competition for Hard Rock Ohio will have up to $1,000 risk-free bets available, along with handsome deposit matches for new customers.
That said, Hard Rock Sportsbook’s terms and conditions for their welcome promotion are very client-friendly. Being able to withdraw returned funds immediately, without having to roll them over multiple times is very rare in the sportsbook industry and sets Hard Rock apart from the majority of its competition.
Hard Rock already has a presence in the Buckeye State thanks to its iconic and very popular Hard Rock Casino in Cincinnati. Because of that presence, the company is expected to be able to launch its mobile sportsbook offering right out of the gate, when legal sports betting does indeed go live in the state on New Year’s Day.
The Casino partnership is there, the license has been granted, and the sportsbook infrastructure has been built, which should allow for Hard Rock Sportsbook to be a factor in Ohio immediately after the January 1, 2023 launch date.
Thanks to Hard Rock Sportsbook’s presence in other states, we were able to identify the registration procedure that will be coming to Ohio bettors hoping to get in on the brand’s online wagering experience.
Our Hard Rock Sportsbook review is expecting a standard 3-5 minute sign-up procedure for bettors signing up for the brand in the Ohio market, as in other existing states. Ohio bettors will simply have to click the “Join Now” button on the home page and create an account with an email address and password. You will then be expected to provide the following information:
Once complete, just agree to the terms and conditions and get ready to claim your welcome bonus!
As an established, well-known gambling brand, our Hard Rock Sportsbook preview is expecting the provider to bring a full list of banking options to the Ohio market, just like they have in the other U.S. jurisdictions. Users simply will need to click the ‘Withdrawal’ or ‘Deposit’ option in the dropdown menu on the right-hand side of the home page to access the banking options, which will likely include:
The above options are for deposits. There will be fewer withdrawal options with the Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio platform but there are still plenty of ways to get your money out of your account. Our Hard Rock Sportsbook review projects ACH/eCheck options, the Hard Rock Play+ Card, PayPal, and Cash at the Casino Cage as withdrawal options for users of the brand in Ohio.
There is a minimum $10 deposit minimum with most of the banking options. Deposits are instant, while withdrawal times will vary with each of the funding methods.
Hard Rock will be able to flex its muscle as a top-tier legal sports betting brand with the sheer volume of banking options that will be afforded bettors in the Ohio market. Deposit/withdrawal options are a strength of the Hard Rock brand and will give Ohio bettors a full slate of both traditional and more modern banking methods.
Hard Rock is an iconic brand that holds licenses in multiple states in America. The company cleared stringent regulatory hurdles in those jurisdictions and recently attained a license in the Ohio market, after fulfilling the state’s licensing regulations.
The company uses the most up-to-date 256-bit encryption software and only employs the best-in-class companies in order to keep your personal and banking information safe.
Simply put, our Hard Rock Sportsbook review found zero issues with the company’s site security and deem it as airtight as any of the top dogs in the market.
As previously mentioned, the Hard Rock Sportsbook app is readily available to customers in competing jurisdictions… and will be when the betting provider goes live in Ohio. Desktop, iOS, and Android versions are available from the site itself or at the App Store and Google Play.
Our Hard Rock Sportsbook review was impressed with the overall Hard Rock Sportsbook experience and is sure that Ohio bettors will be too. First impressions are extremely important and Hard Rock will offer the Ohio market a modern, inviting, and attractive interface with a black and white color scheme complimented by purple and green accents throughout.
Once logged in, everything is very well organized and well laid out for both the novice and experienced gambler alike. The Hard Rock Sportsbook interface is simple, but not overly so, making for a pleasurable all-around wagering experience.
The feel of the Hard Rock Sportsbook matches the look. Hard Rock Sportsbook will be bringing a responsive, intuitive, easy-to-follow site to the Buckeye State, complete with a healthy menu of sports and bet types for their customer base. A handy “help” function on the main page adds to the impressive usability of the platform.
Ohio bettors will get the best of what Hard Rock has to offer when their platform goes live in January 2023. The veteran gambling company has over the years taken time to streamline its online wagering experience, complete with the visual appeal necessary to be considered a top sports betting destination.
There is a reason that the Hard Rock Sportsbook app gets a 4.7/5 with the App Store – the entire wagering experience is very good!
Hard Rock Sportsbook locations in America seem to have taken a “quality over quantity” approach to their menu of sports. All of the main sports that the Ohio public would want will be there, plus a few of the more obscure sports betting opportunities. But if you are looking for fringe sports, which some of Hard Rock’s competition will offer in the Ohio market, they won’t be as prevalent.
Our Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio preview found major sports take precedence over niche sports. That said, 99.9% of future Ohio bettors will be impressed by a menu that includes:
There is a chance that the list of offered sports does expand in the future but for now, bettors in Ohio will be looking forward to a sports menu heavy on high-profile sports, and light on lesser-known sports and leagues that other sites in the market offer.
Hard Rock Sportsbook will be bringing a host of bet types to the Ohio market. The sportsbook rivals any of its competition with regard to its list of bet types in the jurisdictions that they currently have a presence in. Our Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio preview expects their bet type list to include:
Live betting or in-play betting has become an integral part of a sportsbook’s offerings and our Hard Rock Sportsbook Ohio review expects the provider to bring the company’s full slate of Live Betting opportunities to the Ohio market.
Hard Rock Sportsbooks in other jurisdictions in the U.S. market boast multiple live betting opportunities around the clock, for both domestic and international sporting events. Live Betting opportunities are easy to find and are a focus of the Hard Rock Sportsbook offerings across the country.
Live scoring and the necessary real-time stats are a hallmark of the Hard Rock wagering option. Hard Rock doesn’t offer the largest menu of sports on their site but the events they do cover do have a very good and necessary live betting focus.
Hard Rock’s casino gaming options are a good complement to its sports betting features. As a well-known and respected retail gambling brand, Hard Rock has amassed a respectable menu of gambling options to make up its online casino.
A full menu of slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, and baccarat are available to Hard Rock users, with a nice variety of variations of their classic casino gaming options. All options come from the biggest and best online casino software providers in the world and provide bettors in the future Ohio market the quality expected from an experienced casino brand.
Our Hard Rock Casino review was more than satisfied with what it found with respect to the provider’s online casino. If and when Ohio ever gives the green light to legal online casino gaming, expect Hard Rock to begin offering its services.
Hard Rock does have a Rewards Program, but at the time of our Hard Rock Sportsbook preview, the provider has not expanded its loyalty program to the sportsbook.
Hard Rock’s online casino does offer “the more you play, the more you earn” customer rewards. Our hope is that the sportsbook side of the online casino offering does eventually adopt a sportsbook rewards program.
With BetMGM, DraftKings, and a few of its other Ohio competition offering sportsbook rewards, it is not difficult to see Hard Rock expanding its loyalty program to include its sportsbook.
Hard Rock Sportsbook reviews such as this have made customer service an integral part of an online sportsbook offering. Hard Rock’s experience in the casino industry is evident in the customer service options that it offers its customers across the country. Ohio bettors will benefit from a full slate of contact options that include:
Our Hard Rock Sportsbook experience relating to its customer service options was a good one. From the extensive and complete FAQ section to the timely, friendly, and knowledgeable nature of the email, chat, and phone support, the provider’s customer service suite was more than satisfactory and proved to be a strength of the overall brand.