The Buckeye State allows residents to wager on various legal forms of gambling, including casino games, charitable gaming on games such as instant bingo, bingo, raffles and games of chance, betting on horse races, a state lottery, video lottery terminals (VLTs) at race tracks, Keno and skill-based amusement machines.
Ohio is home to seven horse racetracks:
- JACK Thistledown in Cleveland, which hosts thoroughbred racing
- Mahoning Valley Race Course in Youngstown
- Belterra Park in Cincinnati
and standardbred harness racetracks:
- Miami Valley in Lebanon, Ohio
- MGM Northfield Park in Northfield
- Dayton Raceway in Dayton
- Scioto Downs in Columbus
All those tracks also act as simulcasting hubs, offering wagering on races from elsewhere. The state also has one stand-alone off-track wagering facility: Cedar Downs in Sandusky.
Best horse betting sites in Ohio
- AmWager (with limited restrictions)
Ohio law does not directly address advance deposit wagering, which enables residents to wager on horse racing via the telephone and internet, but most licensed ADW providers offer the service to Ohioans.
The state also has a couple home-grown ADW operations: BetHarness.com, a service of Northfield Park, and Racelinebet.com, a subsidiary of Scioto Downs. Both are affiliates of the Churchill Downs-owned TwinSpires.com.