Ohio Sports Betting

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Ohio sports betting will go live on New Year’s Day 2023 at 12:01 a.m. ET, the Ohio Casino Commission Control (OCCC) announced on Aug. 3, 2022. The commission had previously announced January 1, 2023 as the start date during a meeting in June.

The timeline pushes is right on the launch deadline set when Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law back in December 2021.

The OCCC has already made strides in the process by setting fees that companies will be required to pay and will be accepting applications for sports betting licenses starting in the summer of 2022. It is expected that the control board will be going through over 3,000 applications prior to the launch.

Ohio Sports Betting Recent Updates

  • August 3, 2022:

    The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced during its monthly meeting plans for sports betting to go live in the state on New Year’s Day 2023 at 12:01 a.m. ET. The universal start date ensures all sports betting operators are given the chance to get off on the same footing.

  • August 2, 2022:

    In a call announcing its second-quarter results, Caesars Entertainment shared it doesn’t expect to deal with a launch until Ohio in 2023. The company expects that it will see increased ad spending during football season, and the company expects to see a large loss for the digital segment when Ohio sports betting goes live.

  • July 25, 2022:

    Ohio is currently accepting applications from bars and restaurants that want a sports gambling kiosk, and over 1,000 businesses have been preapproved by the Lottery Commission so far, Cleveland.com reports.

  • July 19, 2022:

    Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers) applied for a Mobile Management Services Provider license on July 19, according to the latest Ohio Casino Control Commission’s list of sports wagering license applicants. The commission is currently accepting applications for the second application window that runs from July 15 to Aug. 15.

  • July 13, 2022:

    The Cincinnati Bengals and Betfred announced a multi-year partnership to make Betfred the team’s official sports betting partner.

  • July 8, 2022:

    The Cincinnati Bengals applied for a mobile proprietor license, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Betfair Interactive US (FanDuel) and FBG Enterprises Opco (Fanatics) each applied for both mobile management services provider and management services provider licenses.

  • July 4, 2022:

    Penn National submitted a sports betting license for the Barstool Sportsbook app. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will be linked to sports betting with its license application, and already has links with Rush Street Interactive (BetRivers).

  • June 22, 2022:

    JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino submitted sports gaming license applications to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, applying for both online and retail sportsbook licenses. Crown Ohio Gaming (DraftKings) also submitted its application as a mobile management provider.

  • June 21, 2022:

    BetMGM and PointsBet each applied for mobile management service provider licenses, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, which would authorize them to launch online sports betting in Ohio.

  • June 1, 2022:

    The OCCC announce the official launch date of sports betting in Ohio will be January 1,  2023.

  • May 9, 2022:

    Ohio bettors can expect legal betting apps by mid-to-late fall, according to a statement from Senator Kirk Schuring today.

  • April 13, 2022:

    Ohio estimates sports betting could be a $1.1 billion dollar industry in its first year of launch.

  • March 17, 2022:

    Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg revealed its $2.4 million expansion of Barstool Sportsbook.

  • December 22, 2021:

    Governor DeWine signs sports betting bill into law in Ohio.

  • December 8, 2021:

    Ohio lawmakers overwhelmingly approved sports-betting legislation. The passage of House Bill 29 allows for bets on collegiate and professional games. Ohioans will also be able to wager on Olympic sports, horse racing, motorsports events, and esports. The Ohio Casino Control Commission will regulate sports betting. Ohio residents must be 21 to bet legally. There will be a maximum of 25 licenses for large retailers – casinos and racinos – and they could partner  with mobile apps such as DraftKings or FanDuel.

Which Ohio Sports Betting Apps Might Come To Ohio?

Ohio online sports betting is poised for a big launch as up to 40 Type A licenses will be granted in the Buckeye State. Type A licenses include mobile sportsbooks. Here are the online sports betting apps and other operators who applied for a Type A license with the Ohio Casino Control Commission during the first round of applications, which closed on July 15, 2022. 

Mobile Management Services Provider Proprietor Partner
BetMGMNorthfield Park Associates LLC (MGM Northfield Park)
PointsBetYoungstown Real Estate Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley)
DraftKingsToledo Gaming Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Casino Toledo)
Penn Sports Interactive, LLC (Barstool)Central Ohio Gaming Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Casino Columbus)
FanDuel
FBG Enterprises Opco, LLC (Fanatics)COLHOC Limited Partnership (Columbus Blue Jackets)
American Wagering, inc. (William Hill)Scioto Downs, Inc.
Seminole Hard Rock Digital, LLCHard Rock Casino Cincinnati
BetfredCincinnati Bengals
Hillside Ohio LLC (bet365)Cleveland Guardians Baseball Company
PlayUp Interactive OH Inc.JACK Cleveland Casino
SBOpco, LLC (SuperBook)FC Cincinnati Holdings
Tipico OhioCrew SC Stadium Company
Fubo Gaming Inc.Cavaliers Operating Company
Instabet Inc.HOF Village Newco, LLC (Pro Football Hall of Fame)
Parx Interactive OhioMVGC Subsidiary, Inc. (Murfield Village Golf Club)
Underdog Sports WageringThe Cincinnati Reds
Out The Gate, Inc.Geneva Sports LLC (SPIRE Institute)
Gamewise, LLC
Bally’s Interactive, LLCCleveland Browns Football Company

There are three types of licenses.

  • Type A: Mobile and online sports betting apps, such as DraftKings and FanDuel;
  • Type B: Retail sports betting establishments such as casinos;
  • Type C: Sports betting kiosks available to select bars and restaurants.

We feel confident that these sportsbooks in the following table will have access to Ohio based on their existing presence in the state.

SportsbookDetails On Ohio Market Access
Caesars SportsbookCaesars Entertainment owns and operates Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs.
BetMGMMGM Resorts partnered with Boyd Gaming for market access, which operates Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center. But MGM also owns MGM Northfield Park, so BetMGM would have access through that property.
WynnBETWynnBET announced early market access in Ohio on January 21, 2021, although the nature of that deal is unknown.
TipicoThe Columbus Crew recently announced a partnership with Tipico as their official sports betting partner.
Barstool SportsbookBarstool Sports is owned by Penn National, which operates four of Ohio’s Hollywood Casinos: Hollywood Casino Columbus, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course
Bally BetBally's has partnered with the Cleveland Browns for the team's official sports betting partner.
Fubo GamingFubo partnered with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the team's official sports betting partner.
Hard Rock SportsbookHard Rock Casino Cincinnati opens up market access for Hard Rock Sportsbook, which is available in Iowa & New Jersey.

How To Place A Bet On Ohio Sportsbooks

Details are also relatively sparse about how sports bettors will eventually be able to place wagers. There are two major ways in which this can turn out: online or in-person registration.

Because there are 11 retail casinos currently in Ohio, the state legislature may require wagerers to register in person at partnered casinos before they can place a bet using a mobile sportsbook app. This would follow the precedent set by states like Illinois. Although in reality, Illinois ended up suspending the in-person registration requirement through most of 2020 and 2021. 

However, it’s also possible that the legislature will craft legal sports betting laws to allow for online-only registration, which would be much more convenient for sports bettors. With this model, wagerers would be able to download and register through the app from their couches.

Let’s break down the hypothetical registration process if this ends up being the case.

What’s The Best Ohio Sports Betting App To Download?

DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, FanDuel, PointsBet, Betfred, and BetRivers are all great options when it comes to finding the best betting app on the market. They are all available to both iOS and Android users, too. iPhone users will be able to download their favorite sportsbooks right from the App Store. The Google Play Store approves gambling apps on a case-by-case basis, so Android users can check the Google Play store platform or go directly to the website of their sportsbook of choice.

After downloading the app, the installation will begin automatically regardless of the platform used. The apps will also likely install geolocation software as a requirement of sports betting legislation. All other states require geolocation software to be installed, which will prevent sports bettors from placing wagers outside Ohio state lines.

Register For Sportsbook

Next, players will be required to register for their choice sportsbook by providing some pieces of personal information. This may include details like their Social Security number, physical address, and date of birth. All of this can be used to verify their identity and make sure they are actually Ohio residents.

Fund The Account

After downloading and registering for a sportsbook, players will be able to fund their sports betting accounts using a variety of methods. The best deposit methods are PayPal and online bank transfer. Credit card deposits usually get rejected. If they go through, the transaction is usually considered a cash advance, which comes with fees.

Ohio sports betting apps will likely offer the option to deposit and withdraw in cash at the partnering brick-and-mortar casino locations as well.

Place Bets

After funding their accounts, players will be able to place wagers as they please. It’s also a good idea to check for any opening bonuses that may apply in your case depending on the sportsbook you choose to download.

Just be sure to check the terms and conditions, as most opening bonuses have a least a few. For example, you may need to claim your bonus within a week of opening your account.

Ohio Legal Sportsbooks

At a meeting held on June 1, the control board announced the official launch date of sports betting in Ohio will be January 1, 2023. This new timeline leads Ohio right up to the 2023 deadline set by Gov. DeWine after signing House Bill 29.

“It will be a very busy fall and winter,” Matt Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, said during Wednesday’s commission meeting. “There is a lot to do between now and then.”

WFMJ-TV cited an industry study that suggested Ohio could be among the top sports betting markets in the US when it reaches full maturity.

“Ohio appears poised to emerge as the second- or third-largest sports betting market in the country, clearly behind New York, but perhaps rivaling Nevada, New Jersey, and Illinois for No. 2,” said Eric Ramsey, a data analyst who co-authored the market analysis.

Ramsey added, “The state took its time in legalizing sports betting and then took a collaborative approach with existing casino stakeholders, local pro sports franchises, and the lottery program. The result is a structure that is the new standard in the U.S.”
The study estimated that Ohio online and retail operators will generate between $9 billion and $12 billion in bets each year by their third year of operation, producing state tax revenue between $70 million and $90 million annually.

Ohio sports betting is heading toward reality.

Can I Use Off-Shore Sports Betting Apps in Ohio?

If you’re a sports bettor really chomping at the bit and wanting to place wagers, it’ll still pay to wait for legal sports operators to be up and running instead of using an offshore or illegal betting site.

Simply put, illegal betting sites are not worth the risk. They have subpar digital security, and any personal information you provide will be highly vulnerable as well. Furthermore, nothing is stopping an offshore betting site from taking any money you provide to your account. There won’t even be a regulatory body to appeal to because, technically, you’d be breaking the law.

Even worse, most offshore betting sites don’t include player-friendly odds or excellent promotions. All in all, it’s much better to wait for legalization, even if it’ll take some more time.

Fully licensed and regulated sportsbooks provide better sports betting experiences for their users, as well as much better digital security. Furthermore, legal sportsbooks are regulated by certain authoritative bodies, which can provide you with a path to reconciliation if you have a problem with your sportsbook at any point.

Ohio Sports Betting Revenue

At this point, it’s tough to estimate the kind of revenue that the Ohio state government might enjoy should they decide to legalize sports betting. That being said, we can look at states that already have legal sportsbook industries, as well as Ohio’s own casino revenue, to draw some early conclusions.

For example, Ohio’s casino industry generated over $93 million in March 2022 alone. That’s a huge amount of profit from a single industry. Furthermore, that revenue is only from casino games and does not include racing or sports betting.

We can also look at states like New Jersey, which has well-developed sports betting industries. In the month of January 2022, the sports betting industry alone generated over $1.35 billion in betting handle

All in all, it’s clear that Ohio’s future sports betting industry has the potential to provide the state government with a lot of funding power should it continue to proceed quickly.

How Ohio Compares To Other States

Ohio is a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to gambling overall. It has 11 brick-and-mortar casinos, and there are over 18,000 video gaming and slot machine options spread throughout them. Additionally, players can place bets on horse races at those casinos and through using online apps like TVG and TwinSpires.

Therefore, it’s tempting to say that Ohio is a relatively laissez-faire state when it comes to gambling. But the state government was extremely slow when it came to legalizing sports betting.

This is likely because Ohio’s casino scene is more complex than you might think. There are so many casinos that there’s actually a little over-saturation for this market. Several of these casinos may close down over the next few years due to the abundance of competition.

Because of this, it’s more accurate to say that Ohio has an overdeveloped gaming industry in some areas and an underdeveloped gaming industry in others. Perhaps this is why the state government took so long to legalize another form of gambling. They may not have wanted a repeat of the casino issue, which is taking many years to resolve by itself.

But it’s also good that Ohio’s state government is not necessarily against gambling expansions in the future. Several other states are struggling with relatively conservative attitudes toward gaming, such as California, and may not allow for legal sports betting even over the next few years.

Ohio Betting Successes And Failures

Ohio Sports Betting Success

Ohio lawmakers approved an amended version of House Bill 29 last December, setting the stage for  legalization of sports betting in the state. This development came after State Sen. Kirk Schuring (R), Governor Mike DeWine (R), and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle made what proved to be a successful push for sports betting throughout 2021. The Governor signed the bill into law on Dec. 22, 2021.

Where Could Ohio Improve Online Gambling?

Naturally, Ohio could improve its online gambling industry in multiple ways. For starters, it could allow online slots and casino games (because it does not currently allow any online gambling save for horse race betting).

Ohio could also launch online sports betting quickly, even if it takes some time for retail sportsbooks to set up shop. Depending on the provisions outlined in future sports betting legislation, it might take a little while for retail sportsbooks to get their ducks in a row at partnered casinos.

To accelerate the launch for its residents, Ohio could allow mobile sportsbooks to start ahead of their retail locations. This would allow players to begin placing wagers up to several months earlier than they would if they had to wait for retail sportsbooks to also be ready for guests.

Legalization Efforts In Ohio

Sports betting will launch on January 1, 2023 following an announcement made by the control board on June 1. Weighing in on this decision was the approved sports-betting legislation signed into law by Gov. DeWine in December 2021.

License A will permit existing casinos and racinos to offer Ohio sports betting online. There will be no more than 40 licenses, or skins, operating under License A’s provisions. Casinos and racinos will not be permitted to offer retail sportsbooks on-site.

License B will permit professional sports teams to offer retail sports betting on-site, with a focus on prop bets.

With 11 casinos and 9 professional teams in Ohio, there could be numerous operators in the state once the market settles.

Although the draft bill stated that collegiate wagers will be allowed, it is unclear what restrictions will be placed on college wagers. That will be determined by the Ohio Casino Commission.

Ohio Teams

Ohio may not have any sports betting at this time, but there’s certainly a market for the future industry. Although there are other states with many more professional sports franchises to boast about, Ohio does have multiple professional sports teams with dedicated fans.

Ohio Professional Sports Teams

Ohio’s most famous professional leagues are spread across the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. The famous teams to speak of are:

  • The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, both NFL teams
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers, an NBA team
  • The Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds, both MLB teams
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets, and NHL franchise

Therefore, Ohio is one of the few states the has all four major sports leagues represented by their own home teams. These teams compete every year in major tournaments and competitions. Each of the above teams also has a small army of dedicated fans that would provide instantaneous sports betting revenue to the state government when Ohio sports betting is finally legalized.

Ohio also has a top Major League Soccer (MLS) team in the Columbus Crew. In January 2022, the Crew announced a long-term partnership agreement with global sportsbook operator Tipico.

Ohio College Sports Teams

Ohio’s loyalty to its professional teams spills over to its collegiate sports, most notably when it comes to Ohio State football. The Buckeyes are recognized by the university and NCAA as having won eight national championships with their last title coming in 2014, and are expected to contend for the 2022-23 National Championship.  The state also has  a few major colleges with collegiate teams for baseball, basketball, and football, including Bowling Green State University.

But many states that have legalized sports betting have also implemented restrictions on collegiate bets for their home teams. For example, New Jersey doesn’t allow any collegiate sports bets whatsoever if the games take place within the state or if their team is playing.

While Ohio State has urged legislators to limit betting on collegiate sports, bettors will be able to gamble on college sports the way things currently stand in state’s sports betting market.

Other Sports To Bet On In Ohio

In addition to major sports franchises and leagues, sports bettors in Ohio will be able to place wagers on other activities like darts, NASCAR, and even eSports depending on the sportsbook operator they use. Many top sports bettors have betting markets for these activities and more, especially DraftKings and FanDuel.

Ohio Sports Betting FAQs

Is Online Sports Betting Legal In Ohio?

Online and in-person sports betting is currently unavailable in Ohio. However, state lawmakers overwhelmingly approved sports-betting legislation, and the Ohio governor signed the bill into law last December.

When will Ohio sports betting launch?

Legal sports betting in Ohio will launch on New Year’s Day 2023 at 12:01 a.m. ET, according the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Will I need to be an Ohio resident to bet online on Ohio?

No, you will not need to be an Ohio resident to bet online in Ohio. When legal online sportsbooks launch in Ohio, the requirement will be that you’re at least 21 years old and physically located within state lines. 

How old will I have to be to bet in Ohio?

You will need to be 21 years of age or older. It’s also how old you need to be to visit any of Ohio’s retail casinos, which will more than likely be partnered with the sportsbook operators who get licenses.

What sports and events will I be able to bet on in Ohio?

When Ohio sports betting launches, you will be able to bet on all professional-level domestic and international team sports, individual sports, and college sports. As of right now, betting on college sports is expected with no restrictions.

Who Regulates Online Sportsbook Apps In Ohio?

The Ohio Casino Control Commission, which already regulates the active casinos in the state, will regulate sports betting after the passage of House Bill 29.

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Amber is the Managing Editor of Gaming Today. She writes for a variety of websites in diverse industries, including gaming and travel and is a fan of international football (not "soccer") and Gaelic sports.

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