Ohio Releases Sports Betting Catalog Ahead of New Year’s Day Launch

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Ohio sports betting regulators have posted the state’s initial catalog of approved events and wagers, allowing sportsbook operators and bettors to prep ahead of the state’s New Year’s Day launch.

Ohio’s catalog includes sports governing bodies that capture about 95 percent of wagers made in legal US markets, Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) Executive Director Matt Schuler told the commission at its regular meeting this morning.

“It was a very methodical state-by-state comparison. A lot of detail work went into this,” said Schuler. 

The catalog list was compiled after researching sports betting offerings in other states, OCCC Director of Regulatory Compliance Craig Donahue told the commission. Additional events may be added later, pending state approval. 

“This initial list is the commission’s starting point and, once published, we will begin accepting industry requests for additional submissions,” said Donahue. 

You can view the list of sports approved for wagering in Ohio here.

The OCCC is required by state law to publish a list of approved events and wagers ahead of the 2023 launch. 

Approved Ohio Mobile Sportsbooks Now Totals 16

Four more Ohio sportsbook operators were approved today to start taking bets when the state goes live on Jan. 1. All four will take bets online in partnership with licensed “sports gaming proprietors” – all of which are businesses physically located in the Buckeye State. 

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As of Jan. 1, 2023, Ohio sports fans can bet legally on Joe Burrow and the Bengals (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)

That brings to 16 the number of mobile sports betting apps slated to go live in Ohio on Jan. 1.

The four mobile sportsbooks and their partners are: 

Approved In-Person Sportsbooks Up to 17 So Far

Two more retail sportsbooks were also approved today by the OCCC. That brings the total number of approved in-person sportsbooks in Ohio to 17 so far. Those sportsbooks are in addition to more than 800 sports betting kiosks already approved for launch at restaurants, bars, supermarkets, and other retail stores across Ohio. 

Both retail sportsbooks approved today will be operated by Fanatics. One will be located at the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena. The other will be located at the Cleveland Guardians’ Progressive Field.

Additionally, retail and mobile sports gaming proprietor licenses were approved today for the SPIRE Institute. The Cleveland-area sports and athletic training campus is partnering with Out the Gate for both in-person and mobile sports betting. 

More mobile and retail sportsbooks could join the approved list for Ohio’s Jan. 1 launch before the end of the year, Schuler said on Nov. 2

With eight professional sports teams and millions of sports fans within its borders, Ohio will be a force in the sports betting world at launch.  The state’s betting handle is expected to be at least $1 billion in the first year.

“I think the fiscal note from our (state) Legislative Service Commission assumes about a $1 billion market for FY 2023 moving to about $3 billion the following fiscal year,” OCCC Communications Director Jessica Franks told Gaming Today this fall.

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