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 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.

When Will Ohio Sports Betting Apps Launch?

Now that Ohio sports betting has a firm launch date and time of New Year’s Day 2023 at 12:01 a.m. ET, the Ohio Casino Control Commission is going through the process of establishing sports betting guidelines in the state. Sportsbook apps, brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, and sports betting kiosks in bars will be eligible to start on the same date, the OCCC has said.

While the Jan. 1, 2023 launch date will just miss the College Football Playoff national semifinals, Week 17 (most games played Sunday, January 1) and Week 18 (games on January 8) of the NFL season will be eligible for Ohio bettors. The NFL Playoffs commence later that month, and the biggest sports betting event of all, the Super Bowl, will be played on Feb. 12, 2023.

Ohio Sports Betting Recent Updates

  • September 28, 2022:

    GeoComply is the first and only geolocation to be awarded a conditional license by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. GeoComply’s Ohio conditional suppliers license covers its IDComply product and market-leading geolocation services. Currently, IDComply is the only age and identity verification service licensed in Ohio.

  • September 28, 2022:

    Sports betting in Ohio might be short a few mobile and retail sportsbooks when the Buckeye State goes live on Jan. 1. Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) Director of Communications Jessica Franks told Gaming Today that to date, none of the 25 mobile sportsbooks that have submitted applications to operate in Ohio has been approved for a license. Caesars, BetMGM, PointsBet, DraftKings, FanDuel, Fanatics, Barstool, bet365, and Betfred are all on the list.

  • September 21, 2022:

    The Ohio Casino Control Commission gave conditional approval to 10 more proprietor applications for sports betting licenses when Ohio sports betting launches on Jan. 1, 2023. The sportsbooks operators with partners named include BetMGM, Betfred, BetRivers, Caesars, and FanDuel.

  • September 12, 2022:

    With retail and mobile sports betting set to launch in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023, Mike Crawford, CEO of Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, found a partner in native son Jake Paul he believes could bolster his vision for the Hall of Fame Village.

  • September 7, 2022:

    The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved over 300 sports gambling host licenses, including to the Cleveland Browns, Columbus Crew, and Cincinnati Reds, and solidified its newest batch of rules for companies looking to set up a sports betting shop on Jan. 1, WKBN reports.

  • August 30, 2022:

    Businesses in Columbus and Cincinnati make up 168 of 1,324 businesses – or 12.6 percent of all kiosk “host” locations – pre-approved for sports betting kiosk licensing by the Ohio Lottery to date, Rebecca Hanchett reports. The two cities outrank other major Ohio cities, including Cleveland and Toledo, in the number of sports betting kiosk locations pre-approved by the Ohio Lottery so far.

  • August 23, 2022:

    Four more companies applied for online sports betting licenses in Ohio, according to the latest update from the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC). MaximBet, Prophet Exchange, and Digital Gaming Corp. (DGC) applied to serve as the second mobile management services provider (MMSP) for a proprietor. WynnBet, which is a first MMSP for JACK Thistledown, won’t be guaranteed a Jan. 1 start date since its application came in after the July 15 deadline.

  • August 17, 2022:

    The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved its first batch of Type C sports betting licenses, paving the way for a slew of Ohio businesses to offer sports gambling when it becomes legal on Jan. 1, 2023. The betting terminal licensees are among 1,200 or so potential small retail locations that could launch in the state when Ohio sports betting goes live.

  • July 13, 2022:

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

  • 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.

  • December 22, 2021:

    Governor DeWine signs sports betting bill into law in Ohio.

Approved Ohio Sports Betting Operators

Ohio online sports betting is poised for a big launch as up to 40 Type A licenses – which include mobile and online sports betting apps –  will be granted in the Buckeye State. Type B licenses include retail sports betting establishments.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission closed the summer window for applications and the first batch of sports betting licenses were approved for Type A and Type B licenses. Among the proprietor licenses approved were:

Type-A Sports Gaming Proprietor Mobile Management Services ProviderType-B Sports Gaming ProprietorManagement Services Provider
✅ JACK Cleveland Casino📱PlayUp (1st), Maxim Bet (2nd)✅ JACK Cleveland Casino 📱betJACK
✅ JACK Thistledown Racino 📱WynnBet✅ JACK Thistledown Racino📱betJACK
✅ Cleveland Browns 📱Bally Bet✅ Cleveland Browns📱Bally Bet
✅ Crew SC Stadium📱Tipico ✅ Murfield Village Golf Club 📱Parx Interactive
✅ Muirfield Village Golf Club📱Parx Interactive✅ Cincinnati Reds📱BetMGM
✅ Cincinnati Reds📱Underdog Sports Wagering✅ Hollywood Casino Toledo📱Barstool
✅ Hollywood Casino Toledo📱DraftKings✅ Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley📱Barstool
✅ Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley 📱PointsBet Ohio✅ Crew SC Stadium 📱Tipico
✅ Cincinnati Bengals 📱Betfred
✅ MGM Northfield Park📱BetMGM
✅ MGM Northfield Park📱BetMGM✅ Scioto Downs 📱Caesars
✅ Scioto Downs 📱Caesars✅ Columbus Blue Jackets📱Fanatics
✅ Columbus Blue Jackets 📱Fanatics (1st), Prophet Exchange (2nd)✅ Cleveland Cavaliers📱Caesars
✅ Cleveland Cavaliers📱Fubo✅ Hollywood Casino Columbus 📱Barstool
✅ Hollywood Casino Columbus📱Barstool✅ Cleveland Guardians 📱Fanatics
✅ Cleveland Guardians📱bet365✅ Hollywood Gaming Dayton 📱Barstool
✅ Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway 📱BetRivers✅ Belterra Park 📱FanDuel
✅ Belterra Park 📱FanDuel (1st), Digital Gaming Corporation (2nd)
✅ FC Cincinnati 📱SuperBook
✅ FC Cincinnati 📱SuperBook

Best Ohio Sportsbooks

Here are the some of the best sportsbook apps you can expect once sports betting launches in Ohio in January 2023:

Ohio Sports Betting Licenses Available

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.

Which Sports Betting Apps Might Come To Ohio?

Some of the best Ohio sportsbook bonuses can be expected from the leading operators. 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. (Note: BetRivers and WynnBet applied for licenses during the second application window which ran from July 15 to Aug. 15.)

Mobile Management Services Provider Proprietor Partner
BetMGM OhioNorthfield Park Associates LLC (MGM Northfield Park)
PointsBet OhioYoungstown Real Estate Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley)
DraftKings OhioToledo Gaming Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Casino Toledo)
Caesars OhioScioto Downs, Inc.
Betfred OhioCincinnati Bengals
FanDuel OhioBelterra Park
BetRivers OhioHollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway
Penn Sports Interactive, LLC (Barstool)Central Ohio Gaming Ventures, LLC (Hollywood Casino Columbus)
FBG Enterprises Opco, LLC (Fanatics)COLHOC Limited Partnership (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Seminole Hard Rock Digital, LLCHard Rock Casino Cincinnati
Hillside Ohio LLC (bet365)Cleveland Guardians
PlayUp Interactive OH Inc.JACK Cleveland Casino
SBOpco, LLC (SuperBook)FC Cincinnati Holdings
Tipico OhioCrew SC Stadium Company
Fubo Gaming Inc.Cleveland Cavaliers
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, LLCMiami Valley Gaming and Racing
Bally’s Interactive, LLCCleveland Browns Football Company
WynnBetJACK Thistledown Racino

Ohio Sports Betting Partners

We feel confident these sportsbooks will have a strong presence in Ohio based on their partnerships with the state’s top sports teams.

  • Cincinnati Reds: The Reds have formed a partnership with BetMGM to run sports betting, with Underdog Sports Wagering to handle its online sports betting offerings.
  • Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals and Betfred announced a multi-year partnership to  make Betfred the team’s official sports betting partner.
  • Cleveland Browns: The Browns have partnered with Bally Bet as the team’s official sports betting partner.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers:  Fubo Gaming has partnered with the for the team’s official sports betting partner.
  • Cleveland Guardians: bet365 Sportsbook
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: Fanatics has plans for a retail sportsbook with the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena
  • Columbus Crew: The Columbus Crew announced a partnership with Tipico as their official sports betting partner.
  • FC Cincinnati: SuperBook

How To Place A Bet On Ohio Sportsbooks

There are two major ways in which sports bettors will eventually be able to place wagers: online or in-person registration.

Download a Sportsbook

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 Your 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.

The Path to Legal Sports Betting In Ohio

Sports betting will launch on January 1, 2023, nearly a year after sports betting legislation was signed into law by Gov. DeWine in December 2021.

The sports gaming bill, HB 29, was the result of the work of the Conference Committee of Representatives Jay Edwards, Bill Seitz, Adam Miller, and Senators Kirk Schuring, Nathan Manning, and Cecil Thomas.  This bill will permit sports wagering in Ohio, under the regulatory authority of the Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Lottery.

There are three types of Ohio sports betting licenses. 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. License C will allow sports betting kiosks to select bars and restaurants.

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

Betting on college sports in Ohio is expected with no restrictions.

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 also 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. If these projections prove to be a reality, Ohio will count itself among the most profitable states in the nation when it comes to tax revenue based on legal sports betting.

Ohio sports betting is becoming a reality.

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

If you’re a sports bettor really champing 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

While it is tough to estimate the kind of revenue that the Ohio state government will enjoy once legalize sports betting goes live, 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

Once sports betting is launched in Ohio, wagering occurring on mobile equipment and at physical locations will provide several millions of dollars in revenue. The state’s Legislative Budget Office (LBO) estimates the sports gaming market to be approximately $3.35 billion, after several years of operation.

At the outset of legal sports wagering in Ohio, LBO assumes a market of about $2.8 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2023 and $3.1 billion in fiscal year 2024.

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.

Ohio Sports 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 (NFL): Named after original coach and co-founder Paul Brown, they compete in the NFL) as a member club of the AFC North division. Since resuming operations in 1999, the Browns have struggled to find success, especially during the 2010s when they did not post one winning season throughout that decade. They are one of four teams to have never appeared in a Super Bowl, along with the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals (NFL): The Bengals are coming off a stellar 2021 that saw them win  their first playoff game in 31 years and advanced to Super Bowl 56, their first appearance in the Super Bowl in 33 years, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams. The Bengals should be posted for more success with  quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, at the helm of the offense. Burrow is a native of Athens, Ohio, in the southeast part of the state, roughly 2.5 hours from Cincinnati.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)In 2016 with superstar and Ohio native LeBron James back on the roster, the Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, marking Cleveland’s first major sports title since 1964. The 2016 NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors marked the first time in Finals history a team had come back to win the series after trailing three games to one. In the 2021–22 season, the Cavs finished 44–38, eighth in the Eastern Conference, and qualifying for the NBA Play-In Tournament where they lost the 7 vs. 8 game to the Brooklyn Nets and the 8 vs. 9 game to the Atlanta Hawks, ending their season.
  • The Cleveland Guardians (MLB)On December 18, 2020, the team confirmed that the Indians name would be dropped after the 2021 season and that their new name will be the Cleveland Guardians. Since their establishment as a Major League franchise in 1901, the Guardians have won 10 Central division titles, six American League pennants, and two World Series championships in 1920 and 1948. The team’s World Series championship drought since 1948 is the longest active among all 30 current Major League teams.
  • The Cincinnati Reds (MLB)The Cincinnati Reds have won five World Series championships, nine NL pennants, one AA pennant, and ten division titles. The team’s last World Series title came in 1990 when the Reds swept the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in four straight. The Reds finished the 2021 season with a record of 83–79, good for third in the NL Central.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL): The Blue Jackets joined the NHL as an expansion team in 2000 and advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 2009. Columbus won its first playoff series in the 2019 playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blue Jackets finished sixth in their division during the 2021-22 season, with a 37-38-7 record and 81 points. The team scored a big win during the 2022 free agency, however, by signing Calgary Flames superstar Johnny Gaudreau to a seven-year contract.

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 with sportsbook operator Tipico.

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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 College Football 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

Yes. Ohio is now a legal sports betting state after the passage of HB 29. Online and in-person sports betting is currently unavailable but Ohio is set to go live with sports betting in the state on Jan. 1, 2023. 

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.

Users can expect top sportsbook apps like Caesars and DraftKings to offer some of the best Ohio sportsbook bonuses once the industry goes live in the state.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Yes. As of right now, betting on college sports is expected in Ohio with no restrictions.

About the Author
Alicia Hughes

Alicia Hughes

Alicia Hughes is an Associate Content Editor and award-winning turf writer who previously served digital content editor for TVG and racing editor for The Blood-Horse following 12 years covering horse racing for the Lexington Herald-Leader. A graduate of Pace University in New York and die-hard New Jersey Devils fan, Alicia is a past president of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association.

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