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The ESPN BET Sportsbook Ohio promo is a second chance bet, up to $1,000 in Bonus Bets. Example: To claim this promo, you simply need to visit the ESPN BET website and place your first cash wager on any eligible game or market during the promotion period. If your bet doesn’t win, you’ll get your wager back in the form of Bonus Bets, split into five parts, each worth 20% of your original wager, within 72 hours.

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Sign-up bonus: Second Chance Bet Up to $1000
Promo code: No code required
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: July 2024

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: ESPN Bet
Legal in Ohio: Yes
Partner in Ohio: Hollywood Casino Columbus + 3 more
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ESPN, arguably the biggest name in the sporting world, has finally jumped into the waters of the sports betting industry. After PENN Entertainment and Barstool Sports parted ways in August 2023, PENN agreed to a massive 10-year partnership with ESPN as they prepare to re-brand Barstool Sportsbook into ESPN Bet.

The betting platform launched on November 14, 2023, just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. In this ESPN Bet OH overview, we’re going to touch on all the important information regarding the newly established betting brand, and how users in Ohio will be able to get their hands on it.

Signing up at ESPN Bet in Ohio and claiming the promo

Signing up for ESPN Bet in Ohio is slightly more tedious than the process with other bookmakers, but you'll still be able to complete the process in roughly 10 minutes. Once you've registered, you can claim the promo of $200 in bonus bets.

Here’s a quick rundown on how users in Ohio can sign up for ESPN Bet and get their hands on the welcome offer.

  1. Start off by going over to the official ESPN BET Sportsbook Ohio website.
  2. Once you're in, there's no need to fret about opting in, as this promo doesn’t require any opt-in.
  3. Make sure you're a new player. This deal is only for the newcomers, so if that's you, you're golden.
  4. Place your first cash wager on any game or market available on ESPN BET.
  5. Didn’t win? No sweat. If you happen to lose that first wager, ESPN BET has your back with a 100% refund of your wager amount up to $1,000. This comes to you in the form of five (5) Bonus Bets, each worth 20% of your initial wager.
  6. If you’re eligible for the bonus, the Bonus Bets will land in your account within 72 hours. Remember, you have to use those Bonus Bets within seven days after you get them.

When will the ESPN Bet promo appear in my account?

These Bonus Bets will be credited to your account within 72 hours after your bet has settled as a loss. 

If, for any reason, the Bonus Bets take longer than this time frame to appear in your account, it is advised that you contact the customer support team for assistance. The hardworking team at ESPN BET Customer Support can be reached via email at [email protected] to help resolve any issues or questions you might have.

Terms and conditions for the ESPN BET promo in Ohio

  • Players must place a cash wager on an eligible game during the Promotion Period. Only the first wager placed will count towards the promotion.
  • Players who place an eligible wager on an eligible game that settles as a loss will receive 100% of the eligible wager back, up to $1,000 paid in five (5) Bonus Bets each valued at 20% of the eligible wager.
  • Bonus Bets are bonus funds which may only be used on ESPN BET. Wagering with Bonus Bets makes no deductions from your cash balance. Wagers with Bonus Bets that settle as a win will only return the winnings to the player in withdrawable cash.
  • Bonus Bets will be applied to the player’s account within 72 hours and must be used within seven (7) days of receipt.
  • Promotion period is between May 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024.
  • Must be physically present in Ohio in order to wager.
  • To cancel participation in this or any promotion, contact customer support by email at [email protected] with your cancellation request. Upon cancellation, you may withdraw any funds you have deposited into your account without restriction or play through requirements.

ESPN Bet explained

On August 8, 2023, PENN Entertainment and Barstool Sports announced they would no longer work together. The news sent shockwaves throughout the sports betting world, and it opened the door for Penn to officially partner with ESPN, resulting in a 10-year, $2 billion licensing deal.

Now, PENN and ESPN have worked together to transform Barstool Sportsbook into ESPN Bet, rolling out the new platform on November 14, 2023. The bookie is accessible through the ESPN Bet website and mobile app, giving users ample opportunity to play anywhere in Ohio.

Yes, ESPN Bet is legal in OH. Since ESPN took the place of Barstool Sportsbook, the platform is now live in the 17 states where PENN Entertainment held sports gambling operator's licenses, including Ohio.

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Different kinds of wagers on ESPN Bet Sportsbook

Like most legal Ohio sportsbooks, ESPN Bet has a wide variety of bet types for its users to wager through. Here are some of the most popular ones available on ESPN Bet Sportsbook.

  • Moneyline: Betting on moneylines is the simplest form of sports betting. In short, you’re just betting on which team you think will win the game.
  • Point Spread: Betting on point spreads is a little more intricate than betting on moneylines, but it still follows the same basic concept. When betting on a point spread, you’re either betting on a team to win or lose by a certain amount of points. For example, if you bet on the Cleveland Browns to cover their -5 spread against the Baltimore Ravens, the Browns must win the game by at least six points in order to cover.
  • Parlays: Wagering on parlays is a great way to increase your winnings without sacrificing a lot of money. Users are able to combine several different bets, either from the same game or games across a select league, in order to make the odds more favorable. If each leg of the parlay bet hits, it could lead to a pretty hefty payout.

Leading leagues you can bet on using ESPN Bet Ohio

ESPN Bet has given its users 17 sports betting markets to place wagers on, in addition to esports and entertainment markets. Here’s are the leading leagues where we expect the majority of the action to take place for ESPN Bet's Ohio users.

  • Football: In the sports betting industry, football is king - ESPN Bet will more than likely continue that tradition. In Ohio, the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals garner most of the attention. In the collegiate ranks, Ohio State reigns supreme.
  • Basketball: Although football dominates the sports betting landscape, basketball is a close second. Ohio bettors will probably focus most of their betting energy on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA. At the collegiate level, we have Ohio State, Akron, Bowling Green, and Cincinnati.
  • Baseball: MLB fandom in Ohio typically revolves around the Cincinnati Reds or Cleveland Guardians.
  • Hockey: For avid hockey fans in Ohio, the Columbus Blue Jackets garner most of the attention, but in the northern part of the state, there is still a strong contingent of Detroit Red Wings fans from the days before Ohio had a professional team.

The ESPN Bet betting app in Ohio

Following the November 2023 launch, users can get their hands on the ESPN Bet Ohio mobile betting app. The app to be available for download on both iOS and Android devices, completely free of charge.

Early reviews of the app are quite favorable, with Android users scoring the app at a 4.8/5 while iOS reviewers gave a whopping 4.9/5. If ESPN is able to maintain these high scores, it should be able to make a dent in the 71% betting handle market share held by FanDuel and DraftKings.

Our tests of the app supported the high ratings, as we found ESPN Bet to be well-organized, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to use. The display is stylish and modern, and the process of placing wagers and reviewing our bets was quick and straightforward.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on iOS

  1. Open up the App Store on your iOS device and search for “ESPN Bet” in the search bar.
  2. Once the app appears, hit the “Get” button next to it. Then, hit “Install” and wait a few moments while the app downloads onto your device.
  3. After the download completes, open up the app, log in with your ESPN Bet username and password, and be sure to allow the app to track your location while using. This way, ESPN Bet will be able to verify you’re in a jurisdiction where they have licensing to operate.

How to download the ESPN Bet app on Android

  1. Head to the Google Play Store on your Android device. In the search bar, type in “ESPN Bet” and hit the magnifying glass icon to begin the search.
  2. After finding the app, hit the “Install” button next to it and wait for the application to download onto your device.
  3. Once the app has successfully downloaded, open it up, log in with your ESPN Bet credentials, and turn on your location services.

Will you be able to bet on Ohio college sports with ESPN Bet?

Yes, you will be able to bet on Ohio college sports with ESPN Bet. Placing wagers on in-state college sporting events and players is permitted under state law, so markets for each of Ohio's 13 NCAA Division I schools are listed on ESPN Bet's pages.

ESPN Bet Sportsbook Ohio payment options

ESPN Bet Sportsbook Ohio has a list of payment options that is similar to other bookmakers in the state, though there are a few banking methods that aren't available everywhere. Here are a few of the options you can use on ESPN Bet in the Buckeye State.

Deposit/withdrawal methods include:

  • Debit cards
  • Credit cards
  • PayPal
  • Online Banking
  • Venmo
  • Skrill
  • E-check/ACH
  • Wire transfer
  • ESPN Bet prepaid gift card

Our rating of ESPN Bet Sportsbook Ohio


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OH Betting has given ESPN Bet Sportsbook Ohio an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5. This rating is based on the following criteria:

  • Welcome Bonus - Rating 5/5:

    The ESPN BET Ohio promo is a generous offer to new players, ensuring a second chance first bet by refunding 100% of the initial loss up to $1,000 in Bonus Bets, applicable across any game or market.

  • Payment options - Rating 4/5: We certainly appreciate seeing Venmo and Skrill accepted as payment options, especially when they aren't as widely available in Ohio.  
  • Sportsbook app - Rating 5/5: While there wasn't much buzz about the betting app prior to the launch, this strategy seems to have worked well in ESPN Bet's favor. We're quite impressed with the app's strong start, and we expect the app will continue to innovate in the active Ohio market. 
  • Variety & Features - Rating 4/5: The Penn Play Program will be quite popular among Ohio bettors, and there is an ample selection of sports and entertainment betting markets. Without an app, we can't give full marks here yet, but that could be just around the corner. 
  • Customer Support - Rating 4/5: While testing the phone and email support options, even on launch day (which must've been hectic), we still found response times to be reasonable. If a 24/7 chat feature is included here, this score will bump up to a "5."


When did ESPN Bet's Ohio online sportsbook launch?

ESPN Bet's online sportsbook launched in Ohio on November 14, 2023. The rollout coincided with PENN's 17-state conversion from the Barstool Sportsbook platform.

Can I bet on golf at ESPN Bet?

Yes, you can bet on golf at ESPN Bet. The bookmaker has 17 different sports to chooser from, including golf, while making your wagers.

Are ESPN Bet and Barstool the same thing?

No, ESPN Bet and Barstool Sportsbook are not the same thing. However, both labels acted as the brand for PENN Entertainment's online bookie, with ESPN Bet replacing Barstool in November 2023.

How secure is it to bet on ESPN Bet in OH?

With the backing of Penn National Gaming, ESPN Bet should be one of the most secure sportsbooks in the industry. It is also regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission, so you can trust the platform to meet all required standards for fair play and cybersecurity.

How old do you have to be to bet on ESPN Bet in Ohio?

You have to be at least 21 years old to bet on ESPN Bet in Ohio. This age requirement is established by state law and applies to all OH betting sites.