- Sports betting is not state-regulated in Ohio as of yet.
- While it is legal to wager on sports in the state, it is not legal to operate a sportsbook.
- Ohio residents are required to use alternative methods to bet on the 2020 Super Bowl.
CLEVELAND – Many Ohio residents will be looking to place bets on Super Bowl LIV. However, as the state has yet to formalize laws supporting a state-licensed sports betting industry, residents are unsure of their options.
There are no laws against betting on sports in Ohio, and this includes the Super Bowl. But with no operating sportsbooks, the state’s residents’ first option is to travel to a neighboring state with legal sports betting.
On the west side of the state, Indiana holds a few sportsbooks along the border that those living off 127 can cross into the Hoosier State. While the sportsbooks are scarce on the western border, the options become more present on the east side.
In Pennsylvania, sports betting can be found in Pittsburgh and through online betting platforms in the state.
Potentially the best place to visit would be the Bet Rivers Pittsburgh location which is having a gameday watch party in their lounge. Reservations aren’t required but bettors still have the option to hold down a seat, as it is likely to be crowded.
Additionally, those in the inland parts of Ohio may be able to travel down to West Virginia to place a wager. There are only five locations in West Virginia to bet on sports so the distance will make it a battle to place a few wagers on the big game.
As Ohio has had plenty of discussion regarding legalizing sports betting in the state’s legislature, Super Bowl LIV will be the second NFL title game that the state has missed out on.
With Ohio still debating who will control the sports betting industry, Ohio residents are required to travel far distances to bet on the Super Bowl or access betting lines at online sportsbooks.