The second of the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s sports betting application windows have closed. Operators and businesses can still apply moving forward, but they are no longer guaranteed to launch on January 1 when legal sports betting goes live in the state. So, which Ohio sports betting apps are coming to the Buckeye State and where will you be able to place bets in person? Let’s see who has applied for an Ohio sports betting license so far.
Type A License
Type A licenses are for online sportsbook providers. Per HB 29, Ohio’s sports betting legislation allows for up to 25 mobile sportsbooks at full maturity. As of this writing, 20 businesses have secured a partnership with an online provider. Two additional businesses have applied for a Type A license without listing a mobile platform provider.
Here are the sports betting apps and their partners:
- DraftKings (Hollywood Casino Toledo)
- Caesars (Scioto Downs)
- BetMGM (MGM Northfield Park)
- FanDuel (Belterra Park)
- Betfred (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Barstool (Hollywood Casino Columbus)
- Fanatics (Columbus Blue Jackets)
- PointsBet (Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley)
- Bally Bet (Cleveland Browns)
- Hard Rock (Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati)
- bet365 (Cleveland Guardians)
- PlayUp Interactive (JACK Cleveland Casino, JACK Thistledown Racino)
- SuperBook (FC Cincinnati)
- Tipico (Columbus Crew)
- Fubo Sportsbook (Cleveland Cavaliers)
- Instabet (NFL Hall of Fame Village)
- BetPARX (Muirfield Village Golf Club)
- Underdog (Cincinnati Reds)
- Out the Gate (SPIRE Institute)
Gamewise (Betly) is a mobile provider but does not have a partner. Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley Racing and Gaming have applied for Type A licenses but have not listed an online platform provider.
BetRivers is also listed as the second mobile provider for Hollywood Casino Columbus.
Type B License (retail sportsbooks)
In addition to the businesses and venues listed above, the following places have applied for a Type B license.
- Cedar Downs OTB (BetMGM)
- Harry Buffalo (PointsBet)
- Flats East Bank
- Phantom Fireworks
- Lori’s Roadhouse
Harry Buffalo and Flats East Bank are unlikely places to house a retail sportsbook and unlikely to receive a license. Both are in Cuyahoga County and there are three professional sports venues and two casinos that have preferred locations.
Although InstaBet is the mobile partner for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, BetRivers will provide the onsite sportsbook management. Similarly, Barstool will be the management services provider for retail sportsbooks at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, Hollywood Casino Toledo, and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley. If you go to the Great American Ball Park, you’ll find BetMGM as the sportsbook of choice.
There can be a maximum of 40 retail sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with county population dictating where they can be located. County populations of 100,000 to 399,999 can have one retail sportsbook. The next threshold from 400,000 to 799,999 allows for three. Any Ohio county with 800,000 or more people can have up to five brick and mortar sportsbooks.
Type C License
The OCCC has not put a limit on the number of Type C licenses that will be awarded. These licenses give businesses the ability to have two sports betting kiosks on site. The only requirements for applicants are a current liquor license or that they provide lottery gaming. This means you could potentially be placing bets at bars, restaurants, casinos, racinos, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.
The commission has said they expect 3,000 license applications to hit their desk and this is where the majority will come from.
You can see a list of pre-approved locations here.