Is online gambling legal in Ohio?
Certain types of online gambling is already available in Ohio, like betting on horse racing and daily fantasy sports (DFS). The state is quickly moving toward offering a much more robust collection of online gaming options, including sports betting.
At this time, online casinos, poker, and sports betting are not available to Ohio residents.
When will Ohio legalize online gambling?
Ohio is set to launch legalized online sports betting on Jan. 1, 2023. Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law three days before Christmas in late December. The sports betting law stipulates that all operators must launch at the same time, and the Ohio Casino Control Commission is currently licensing businesses for operation.
The commission accepted applications for operator licenses over the summer, and dozens of retail and online sportsbooks threw their hats in the ring and announced partnerships. Operators of betting kiosks also had the chance to apply for licenses in time to launch on Ohio’s universal start date, though the commission is encouraging businesses that qualify to continue applying to host sports betting kiosks. Over 1,400 business have been prequalified.
The legalization of sports betting will be a sort of litmus test for the regulations of and management of further online gambling in Ohio. There is currently no movement on online casino bills or online poker, but PlayOhio will report any news as these topics come up in future discussions in Columbus.
Ohio gambling law
Ohio only recently joined the landscape of legalized gambling. Prior to 2009, most types of straightforward gambling were illegal in the Buckeye State. That year, state voters passed a ballot initiative called the Ohio Casino Approval and Tax Distribution, Amendment 3, which placed one casino in each of Ohio’s four largest cities.
The first casino opened in 2012. Coincidentally, the Ohio legislature chose to allow the placement of slot machine-like video lottery terminals at seven racetracks in the state. Thus, in addition to some of the other types of gambling available to Ohioans, there are currently 11 true gambling locations in the state.
A law adding sports betting to the state’s gambling options was signed by Gov. Mike DeWine in December 2021 with launch coming in January 2023.
Here’s a rundown of everything you can find or will find soon in Ohio.