For several Ohio sports betting license applicants, preparations for New Year’s Day 2023 can now begin in earnest. Regulators in Ohio gave their approval to in-person sports betting licenses to eight applicants last week.
Among the first to receive the retail confirmations are three of the state’s professional sports teams and four casinos. This approval signals that barring anything unexpected, the sportsbooks at their respective locations should be ready to start taking bets at the first opportunity.
Regulators issue first eight Ohio sports betting licenses
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has been busy over the past few months and that work is starting to produce tangible results. The Commission approved all but two of the 10 applications for a retail sportsbook license during its Sept. 7 meeting. The first round of license approvals went to the:
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Browns
- Columbus Crew
- Hollywood Casino Toledo
- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley
- JACK Cleveland Casino
- JACK Thistledown Racino
- Muirfield Village Golf Club
According to Danny Cross of PlayOhio, the Commission has yet to make a decision on the retail license applications tied to FC Cincinnati. The Commission didn’t approve any online sports betting licenses but it did give the ok to 300 more applications to host sports betting kiosks during the Sept. 7 meeting as well.
Cross states the number of Ohio businesses with those kiosk licenses now stands at 500. The Commission’s next meeting is on Sept. 21. License holders of both kinds now have their own tasks to attend to in order to be ready for Jan. 1, 2023.
Around 100 days to launch date
The latest gambling expansion law that legalized Ohio sports betting states New Year’s Day 2023 is the first date that any licensees can actually start taking wagers. That gives the holders of these new licenses around 100 days to prepare.
JACK Entertainment plans to offer Vegas-style sportsbooks on its properties. In February, JACK VP of Sports and Digital Gaming Adam Sullivan said “we’ll be swinging hammers pretty soon,” so it’s likely those spaces will be ready to go on Jan. 1.
The Browns have a deal with Bally’s to operate their sportsbook. The Reds have partnered with BetMGM and the Columbus Crew have teamed up with Tipico. Hollywood’s retail sports betting partner is Penn Entertainment. As far as Muirfield goes, the golf club has designated Parx Interactive as its sports betting provider.
With these partnerships in place and now licenses in hand, Ohioans should expect these facilities to be ready to start 2023 by taking bets on sports.