With Ohio sports betting coming on New Year’s Day, plenty of sports betting operators are looking to get in on the action. Some of the top names like DraftKings Sportsbook, Barstool Sportsbook, and FanDuel Sportsbook have applied for sports betting licenses as the Buckeye State prepares to roll out its sports wagering market.
It’s just been announced that those mobile betting apps, and numerous others, have been approved to operate in the area, meaning you can expect them to be available at or around launch. Additionally, professional teams like the Cleveland Guardians and local spots such as MGM Northfield Park have had their operator licenses approved. Here’s what you need to know about the sports betting licenses and the future of Ohio sports wagering.
Top Online Sportsbooks Approved For Ohio Betting
Ohio sports fans have been eagerly awaiting legal sports betting to become available, and today’s news should get them even more excited, as some of the top online sportsbooks have been given the green light in the state. According to Sports Betting Dime, the Ohio Casino Control Commission has conditionally confirmed licenses for some of the most popular online sports betting sites such as the Penn National Gaming platform Barstool Sportsbook, the Caesars Entertainment platform Caesars Sportsbook, and the MGM Resorts International platform BetMGM Sportsbook.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as licenses from FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, BetRivers Sportsbook, Betfred Sports, and more were confirmed. This means that all of these mobile betting apps will look to be fully available on the Ohio sports betting launch date.
After today's Ohio Casino Control Commission meeting, the following online sportsbooks have been approved to go live on Jan 1:
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Local Teams and Racetracks Get the Go-Ahead As Well
In addition to the major sportsbooks getting approval in Ohio, a number of different teams in the area have been approved for sports betting operator licenses in the state. Popular local professional teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Guardians, Columbus Blue Jackets, and FC Cincinnati have been confirmed by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Plus, some casinos and racetracks in the area have gotten the same approval, such as Scioto Downs, Belterra Park, Hollywood Casino Columbus, and Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway.
Keep in mind that the Ohio Casino Commission offers three different types of sports betting licenses. Type A licenses allow for online sports betting, Type B licenses focus on retail sports betting, and Type C licenses allow properties to feature betting kiosks. While most of the aforementioned entities were approved for Type A and Type B licenses, the Cincinnati Bengals were only approved for a Type A license.
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When Does Ohio Sports Betting Launch?
The Ohio sports betting market will officially open up on New Year’s Day, 2023. In fact, online sportsbooks will be fully available at midnight, meaning you can count down the launch with the start of the new year and sign up for a mobile betting site as the champagne is popped. In addition to online sports betting, retail sports betting will be available in the state’s counties with a population of 10,000 or less.
The January rollout means that Ohio sports fans can immediately start betting on teams during their seasons, such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Columbus Blue Jackets.