CLEVELAND — When gambling came to Ohio a decade ago, slot machines didn’t need any instructions other than pulling the lever or pressing a button. Most poker and blackjack players learned the games by playing cards with friends. Sports betting is a whole new form of gambling with new terminology. That’s why the folks at JACK Entertainment created the betJack app.
“We think it’s important for people here in Ohio to gain experience and familiarize themselves with the wide world of sports betting before real money is on the line,” Adam said. Suliman, vice president of sports and digital games at JACK Entertainment. “So we’ve developed this product that allows customers to explore all the different betting markets that exist, and there are a lot of them.”
What you will be playing with, he says, are not real dollars but imaginary tokens.
“You download the app, you sign up, which is super simple, and you get 100 chips a day that you can bet on whatever you want, right?” Suleiman said. “From table tennis to the NBA playoffs to the Guardians games that are happening right now.”
So you can click the Guardians favored Wednesday by 1.5 runs over the White Sox, bet 10 chips, click a button and that’s it. There are also traditional prop bets like with the NFL Draft, including how many quarterbacks, running backs or wide receivers will be taken in the first round, for example. Or maybe you want to bet on the Browns, who are +200 to win the division. This means you will win 200 for every 100 you wager, giving you 300 back for a win.
“And the nice thing about a free boot camp type product is that you can experience all of that and understand all of those nuances of sports betting before you actually have $100 of your hard-earned money on the line,” Suliman mentioned.
betJACK offers a variety of betting options, including spreads, money lines, over/unders and parlays, as well as in-play betting. While learning the ropes of sports betting, users are encouraged to Explore everything betJACK has to offer, especially the chance to win virtual trophies by winning strategic bets and built-in challenges. The more a user trains, the more likely they are to climb the app’s leaderboard, which features those with the most won bets. Additionally, users can connect with their friends within the app to strategize for their current bets, compare trophy cases, or engage in a little friendly competition.
And aside from a few tweaks, what you see on the app now will be what you’ll see when sports betting goes live in Ohio on or before January 1 of next year. When it comes to sports betting, the action is online.
“Most new jurisdictions that offer sports betting are seeing north of 90% of betting activity come through mobile apps and websites; we believe that will be the case here in Ohio as well,” said Suleiman.
Regarding physical sports betting at Jack properties, Suliman said: “We’ve really put together the building plan, we think we’re in pencil, fingers crossed on what the design looks like and so we’ve started. ordering materials and we’re excited to be innovating very, very soon.”