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What is the ESPN Bet Ohio promo?

The ESPN Bet Ohio promo is $200 in bonus bets after making your first wager with the betting site. Example: Sign up for a new ESPN Bet account, make a real-money deposit of $10 or more, and place your first wager with the sportsbook (any stake, any sport, any line). Within 72 hours of placing your wager, ESPN Bet will automatically award you with four bonus bets valued at $50 each, totaling $200 in bonus bets.

ESPN Bet OH bonus

Sign-up bonus: $200 in Bonus Bets
Promo code: No code required
Minimum deposit: $10
Last updated: December 2023

Sportsbook overview

Sportsbook: ESPN Bet
Legal in Ohio: Yes
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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.

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.

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. First, use our link at the top of this page to head to the ESPN Bet website. You’ll likely see a “Join Now” or “Sign-Up” button at the top of the screen. Click it to get started.
  2. Throughout the registration process, you’ll need to provide several pieces of information. This can include your full legal name, street address, phone number, email address, birth date, and the last four digits of your Social Security number. You can input most of that information by uploading a picture of your driver's license or passport, but if you aren't comfortable doing that, you can upload a picture of yourself and type in the required information manually.
  3. After completing the registration process, fund your sportsbook account using your preferred deposit method and place your first wager. Once you do, you'll automatically receive $200 in bonus bets within 72 hours.

What type of sign-up promo does ESPN Bet offer?

ESPN Bet's welcome promo is $200 in bonus bets following a player's first real-money wager on the site. Any sport, any bet type, any odds, and any size stake; if you place the wager, the bonus comes automatically.

While this welcome offer represents one of the best betting values in Ohio, there's a good chance this offer will change when the promo expires on December 31, 2023. OHBetting.com will update this site should the welcome promo change at that time.

When will the ESPN Bet promo appear in my account?

The ESPN Bet promo of $200 in bonus bets (broken up as four $50 bets) will appear in your account within 72 hours of placing your first bet. All bet types are eligible, and there are no restrictions on the sports market or the size of your wager.

How to troubleshoot if the ESPN Bet Ohio bonus is not working

When it comes to fixing issues with a promotional offer not working, there are a few steps users can take. First and foremost, be sure to read up on the terms and conditions of the promo. They typically lay out everything you’ll need to know to take full advantage of the offer, such as waiting 72 hours after making your first bet.

You can also restart your web browser, as this can refresh the cached version of the page and update to show the bonus.

If you’ve done that and are still having trouble getting the OH betting bonus to work, contacting the operator through their customer service tab will usually do the trick.

Different kinds of wagers on ESPN Bet Sportsbook

Like most 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
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Skrill
  • E-check/ACH
  • Wire transfer

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: ESPN Bet offers incredible flexibility in its welcome offer, giving players $200 in bonus bets after making their first wager on the site. The bonus bets are available no matter the outcome of the first wager, which can be made on any market, with any stake, on any sport. 
  • 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.