Sports Betting Now Live in Ohio: Here’s What You Need To Know

The day has arrived – sports betting is now live in the Buckeye State. 

Now the question many are asking is, just which Ohio sports betting sites and retail sportsbooks are available for betting on the New Year’s pro and college games?  

Gaming Today has culled a list of mobile and retail sportsbooks approved by the Ohio Casino Control Commission to take bets when the calendar flipped to the New Year’s Day universal start date for Ohio sports betting. The list is a rich mix of 16 mobile and 13 retail sportsbooks partnered with storied Ohio pro franchises and casinos north to south, east to west. 

These Ohio sportsbooks spotlighted below should be open for business.

DraftKings Ohio Sportsbook

Ohio bettors can access DraftKings’ mobile app in the Buckeye State through the Boston-based sportsbook’s partnership with Hollywood Casino Toledo. The PENN Entertainment property also plans to open a Barstool retail sportsbook on Jan. 1. 

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PointsBet Ohio Sportsbook

PointsBet Ohio will operate a mobile-only sportsbook in partnership with Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley. It is one of four Ohio mobile apps partnered with PENN Entertainment properties that plan to launch mobile sports betting on Jan. 1. The other three are Barstool Sportsbook (Hollywood Casino Columbus), DraftKings (Hollywood Casino Toledo), and BetRivers (RSI) partnered with Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway. 

Today’s launch makes Ohio the 14th U.S. jurisdiction for the Australian-based Pointsbet, now live in 13 states, Canada and Ireland. 

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FanDuel Ohio Sportsbook

FanDuel is launching both mobile and in-person sports betting in Ohio through its casino partner Belterra Park Cincinnati.

The partnership will expand the New York-based sportsbook’s territory to 18 states for mobile and more than 30 retail locations.

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Caesars Ohio Sportsbook

A Jan. 1 launch date for the Caesars Ohio Sportsbook mobile app (in partnership with Scioto Downs racino in Columbus) is a given based on the latest signup offer:  

Caesars Sportsbook will also offer retail sports betting in Ohio at sportsbooks located at Scioto Downs and at the Cleveland Cavaliers Caesars sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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Betfred Ohio 

Bengals fans will be able to get their bets in a day early for the Jan. 2 clash against the Bills with today’s official Ohio launch of the Cincinnati Bengals mobile sports betting partner Betfred Sports.

To kick off the festivities, a Betfred Launch Party will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Jan. 1 at the Fowling Warehouse in Cincinnati. Events include an appearance by Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, betting competitions, and raffles  – including a giveaway of 32 tickets for the Bengals vs. Bills MNF game at 6:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 2 and a ticket giveaway for Cincinnati’s regular-season finale against the Ravens.

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FC Cincinnati and legendary Las Vegas sportsbook SuperBook formed a gaming partnership back in July 2022. That partnership culminates with the launch of the FC Cincinnati SuperBook at Taft’s Ale House on Race Street in Cincinnati. Launch of an FC Cincinnati Superbook mobile app is also in the works. 

Barstool Sportsbook

Despite ruffling Ohio gaming regulators by announcing its Jan. 1 launch plans at a live show near the University of Toledo last month, Barstool Sportsbook is now licensed and ready for action in Ohio. 

The PENN Interactive sportsbook is launching its mobile app in partnership with Hollywood Casino Columbus. Customers who signed up with the app early received $100 in bonus offers, including $50 in bonus cash to use on the Barstool app starting this Sunday.

The sportsbook is part of a new game plan for the Columbus property. PENN CEO Jay Snowden announced plans in October for a new $100 million hotel at Hollywood Columbus, including 180 rooms and new dining options. Construction on the property is expected to begin later this year. 

Four Barstool retail sportsbooks partnered with PENN Entertainment are also cleared by Ohio state regulators for launch on New Year’s Day. Those locations include Hollywood Casino Columbus, Hollywood Casino Toledo, Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course. 

Other Ohio Sportsbooks Approved For Launch on Jan. 1

The eight mobile sportsbooks and five retail sportsbooks listed below are also anticipated to launch today by the OCCC, pending any change in plans by the licensee. Those sportsbooks are: 

Mobile Sportsbooks

  • betJACK (JACK Cleveland Casino)
  • BetMGM (Northfield Park Associates)
  • Betr (HOF Village Newco, LLC)
  • bet365 (Cleveland Guardians Baseball Company)
  • Gamewise/MVGBet (Miami Valley Gaming and Racing)
  • Hard Rock Digital (Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati)
  • Betway (Belterra Park)
  • Tipico (Crew SC Stadium Company)

Retail Sportsbooks

  • Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati (Hard Rock Digital)
  • JACK Cleveland Casino (betJACK)
  • JACK Thistledown Racino (betJACK)
  • Northfield Park (BetMGM)
  • The Cincinnati Reds at the Machine Room (BetMGM)

More Ohio Sportsbooks Likely To Launch in Coming Weeks

All 16 mobile sportsbooks and 13 retail sportsbooks listed above have met all regulatory requirements for a Jan. 1 launch, according to an email sent by OCCC Communications Director Jessica Franks to Gaming Today on Tuesday.

But more Ohio sportsbooks are on the way. 

Altogether, there were 44 sportsbooks conditionally licensed by the OCCC in the months leading up to today’s universal launch. Some sportsbooks not on the list provided by Franks will likely launch in the coming days. Others may “have likely made a business decision to not launch on the universal start date,” Franks said in her email. 

Even those sportsbooks that are on the list might decide to postpone their launch.

According to Franks: “Entities that do appear (on the list) may still make a business decision to not launch on the universal start date.”

Additionally, over 1,000 sports betting kiosks have been licensed by state regulators to begin operations at Ohio Lottery retailers starting Jan. 1. It remains to be seen how many of those kiosks will actually be in place for betting today at gas stations, groceries, and bars across Ohio. 

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Rebecca Hanchett

Rebecca Hanchett

Legislative Writer
Based in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, Rebecca Hanchett is a political writer who covers legislative developments at Gaming Today. She worked as a public affairs specialist for 23 years at the Kentucky State Capitol. A University of Kentucky grad, Hanchett has been known to watch UK. basketball from time to time.

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