Ohio sportsbooks have paused betting on the University of Alabama baseball games following reports of dubious sportsbook activity at the Cincinnati Reds ballpark.
Las Vegas-based bet monitoring firm U.S. Integrity recognized suspicious wagering activity on Friday’s Alabama-LSU game at Great American Ball Park via the BetMGM sportsbook. Alabama lost 8-6.
On Monday, the Ohio Casino Control Commission instructed licensed sportsbooks in the state to halt accepting any wagers involving the Crimson Tide.
FanDuel reportedly decided to not only pull all Alabama baseball wagers in Ohio, but remove Crimson Tide bet offerings in all states within its sportsbook.
Ohio has had a rocky start to legalizing sports betting as the state’s casino commission also accused BetMGM, Caesars, and DraftKings in January of advertising violations.
The American Gaming Association announced new guidelines in March that asked sportsbooks to no longer sign marketing deals with universities, but BetMGM struck a multiyear deal with the Reds in October 2022 to open a sportsbook at its ballpark.
Other MLB teams with stadium sportsbooks include the Washington Nationals (BetMGM) and Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars), while the Chicago Cubs plan to open a DraftKings sportsbook at Wrigley Field later this year.