Latest Ohio Sports Betting Application News: 16 Retail Sportsbooks, 800 Kiosk Hosts Approved

Written By Danny Cross on June 3, 2022 - Last Updated on September 22, 2022
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Sports betting will officially launch in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023. Now it’s up to the Ohio Casino Control Commission to license the litany of operators soon to descend on Ohio’s sports betting market. 

The list of applicants for Ohio sports betting licenses swelled to over 50 with the closing of the state’s first application window. Dozens of major operators filed their applications for retail and online sportsbooks in time to launch on Ohio’s universal start date.

Every professional sports franchise, casino and racino now awaits official licensing, along with over 20 sports betting apps.

The second Ohio sports betting application window closed on Aug. 15. The commission only received 652 applications for Type-C licenses during the application window and is encouraging businesses that want to add a sports betting kiosk to continue filing applications. As of Sept. 16, the Ohio Lottery had pre-approved 1,376 businesses to host kiosks. The OCCC has formally approved the first 811 businesses to host kiosks.

Which operators have applied for Ohio sports betting licenses?

Both windows to apply for Ohio sports betting licenses are now closed. Ohio saw a flurry of applications arrive during the first window, which ran from June 15-July 15.

The following entities have applied for online sportsbooks in Ohio. Most will only partner with one online sportsbook, but Type-A proprietors are allowed to apply for a second skin.

PropertyEntityOnline Sportsbook 1st SkinOnline Sportsbook 2nd Skin
Hard Rock Cincinnati Seminole Tribe of FloridaHard Rock
Hollywood ColumbusPenn National GamingBarstoolBetRivers
Hollywood ToledoPenn National GamingDraftKings
Jack ClevelandJack EntertainmentPlayUpMaximBet
Belterra ParkBoyd Gaming Corp.FanDuelBetway (Digital Gaming Corporation)
Eldorado Scioto DownsEldorado ResortsCaesars
Hollywood DaytonPenn National Gaming TBD
Hollywood Mahoning ValleyPenn National GamingPointsBet
Jack ThistledownJack EntertainmentWynnBet
MGM Northfield ParkNorthfield Park AssociatesBetMGM
Miami Valley GamingDelaware North Companies betly
Great American BallparkCincinnati RedsUnderdog
Progressive FieldCleveland Guardians bet365 FieldColumbus CrewTipico
TQL StadiumFC CincinnatiSuperBook
Rocket Mortgage FieldhouseCleveland Cavaliers Fubo
Paul Brown StadiumCincinnati BengalsBetfred
FirstEnergy StadiumCleveland Browns Bally Bet
Nationwide Arena Columbus Blue JacketsFanatics Prophet Exchange
Muirfield Village Golf ClubMVGC Subsidiary betPARX
Hall of Fame VillageHall of Fame Resort & EntertainmentBetr
SPIRE InstituteGeneva SportsOut the Gate

The following entities have applied for retail sportsbooks in Ohio:

PropertyEntityRetail Sportsbook
Hard Rock CincinnatiSeminole Tribe of FloridaHard Rock
Hollywood ColumbusPenn National GamingBarstool Sportsbook
Hollywood ToledoPenn National GamingBarstool Sportsbook
JACK ClevelandJACK EntertainmentbetJACK
Belterra ParkBoyd Gaming Corp.TBD
Eldorado Scioto DownsEldorado ResortsCaesars Sportsbook
Hollywood DaytonPenn National Gaming Barstool Sportsbook
Hollywood Mahoning ValleyPenn National GamingBarstool Sportsbook
JACK ThistledownJACK EntertainmentbetJACK
MGM Northfield ParkNorthfield Park AssociatesBetMGM
Miami Valley GamingDelaware North Companiesbetly
Great American Ball Park Cincinnati RedsBetMGM
Progressive FieldCleveland GuardiansFanatics
Nationwide ArenaColumbus Blue JacketsFanatics
TQL StadiumFC Cincinnati SuperBook
Rocket Mortgage FieldhouseCleveland CavaliersCaesars
Paycor StadiumCincinnati BengalsTBD
First Energy StadiumCleveland BrownsBallyBet
Muirfield Village Golf ClubMVGC SubsidiarybetParx
Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseGreen Savoree Racing PromotionsTBD
Hall of Fame VillageHall of Fame Resort & EntertainmentBetRivers
SPIRE InstituteGeneva SportsOut the Gate
Cedar DownsS&S RealtyTBD
TBDRavencrest PartnersTBD
TBDPhantom FireworksTBD
Harry BuffaloJSI ClubPointsBet

Ohio Sports Betting Application News

Sept. 22: Nine more retail sportsbooks approved, Cincinnati Bengals pass on retail sportsbook at Paycor Stadium

More than half of the retail sportsbooks heading to Ohio have now been approved after the Ohio Casino Control Commission on Sept. 21 licensed nine more entities, along with approving the Cincinnati Bengals’ application to host an online sportsbook.

The total number of retail sportsbooks slated to launch on the Ohio sports betting universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023 has climbed to 16. A total of 26 businesses applied for the licenses.

The Bengals also received their license to partner with an online sportsbook. However, the Bengals have not applied for a retail license at Paycor Stadium, citing NFL rules against in-person, in-stadium betting during games.

“As it currently stands, the NFL does not allow in-person sports betting at any stadium,” she said, “so Betfred and the team chose not to pursue a Type-B license because of this.”

The Bengals did receive their license to partner with Betfred on an online sportsbook. The commission approved nine other businesses for both retail and online sportsbooks during its meeting.

The following sportsbooks are officially on the way after receiving licenses for both retail and online sportsbooks:

  • FC Cincinnati
  • MGM Northfield Park
  • Scioto Downs
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cleveland Guardians
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus
  • Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway
  • Belterra Park Cincinnati

Sept. 8: Ohio approves first retail sporstbooks, 300 new kiosk applications

The Ohio Casino Control Commission this week approved the first group of retail sportsbooks and 300 new applications to host sports betting kiosks.

Commissioners gave their stamp of approval to eight retail sportsbooks coming to Ohio. Each was also approved for a license to host an online sportsbook.

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Columbus Crew
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley
  • Jack Cleveland Casino
  • Jack Thistledown Racino

The commission did not approve or deny applications for the Cincinnati Bengals, which has only applied to host a sports betting app, and FC Cincinnati, which applied for both retail and online. Commissioners voted to take up their applications at a later date.

The commission also approved 300 new kiosk host applications, bringing the total list of approved kiosk hosts to 500. The Ohio Lottery has pre-approved over 1,300 locations to add the devices.

Sept. 7: One-third of Ohio sports betting applicants risk missing launch over application details

One-third of Ohio’s sports betting applicants are at risk of not being licensed in time to launch on Ohio’s universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023, the Ohio Casino Control Commission announced today.

The OCCC is not satisfied with the details it has received regarding ownership details and key employees from 33% of its applicants, said OCCC Executive Director Matt Schuler.

The commission set a new deadline of Oct. 5 for applicants to provide these details or risk missing Ohio’s start date. Schuler did not say which applicants are falling behind.

Aug. 18: Four more applications for online sports betting licenses arrive

Four more applications for online sports betting licenses arrived during the July 15-Aug. 15 window, meaning they are guaranteed consideration in time to launch on Ohio’s universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023. 

WynnBet is listed as the first mobile management service provider for for JACK Thistledown Racino. The other three companies are listed as the second skin for their respective partners:

  • Digital Gaming Corporation — Belterra Park
  • Prophet Exchange — Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MaximBet — JACK Cleveland Casino

All four applications were filed on Aug. 15. Both application windows are now closed, meaning the main players for Ohio’s sports betting retail and online sportsbooks are in.

The commission will continue to consider applications filed after the deadlines, but they are not guaranteed to be up and running by Jan. 1.

Aug. 16: Second application window closes

Both windows to apply for Ohio sports betting licenses have now closed, as the second window ran from July 15-Aug. 15. As of Aug. 26, the Ohio Lottery commission had pre-approved 1,324 Ohio businesses to host sports betting kiosks. Each needed to apply for a license through the OCCC by Aug. 15 to be guaranteed consideration for the universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the OCCC reported that only 652 businesses applied for kiosk licenses by Aug. 15. The remaining pre-qualified businesses still have time to procure licenses in time for the universal start date, however.

“Even though the window has closed, we are strongly encouraging the pre-approved businesses by the Lottery to apply, and we will continue to process them as quickly as possible,” said Matt Schuler, chairman of the OCCC.

Initial estimates indicated that as many as 2,000 Ohio businesses could ultimately host betting kiosks. A wide variety of businesses will partner with operators to run the kiosks, including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, golf courses, hotels, convenience stores, truck stops and supermarkets.

Aug. 12: Just one applicant added for second straight week

With the deadline approaching Aug. 15, just one more supplier was added to the sports betting applicant list this week.

Aristotle International Inc., a company that provides age verification and Know Your Customer services, applied to the Ohio Casino Control Commission for licensure, according to the OCCC’s rolling list.

Aug. 6: Slow week of applications reported for first week of August

Novomatic Americas Sales was the only new company noted by the OCCC this week. Novomatic applied for a supplier license on Monday.

The company was the 36th supplier applicant.

July 27: BetRivers applies for online sports betting license but misses deadline

BetRivers applied for an Ohio sports betting license but missed a key deadline to be guaranteed consideration by the universal start date. There is still plenty of time for the commission to consider the application, but the missed deadline is still noteworthy.

BetRivers plans to partner with Hollywood Casino Columbus. The sports betting app would become the casino’s second online skin.

Penn National Gaming owns Hollywood Columbus, plus a significant chunk of Barstool Sports. Because of that, the casino is already working with Barstool Sportsbook as its first skin.

July 22: Four more Ohio sports betting applications beat deadline

Ohio’s first sports betting application window is now closed, but applications from three new kiosk operators and one new retail business arrived in time to be considered for Ohio’s universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023.

Iron Gate GamingJ&J Ventures Gaming and Gold Rush Amusements joined the list of businesses looking to operate sports betting kiosks in Ohio. Lori’s Roadhouse, a restaurant and live music venue outside of Cincinnati, added its name to the list of retail applicants.

Because the applications were postmarked by July 15, they join the dozens of other businesses guaranteed consideration ahead of the universal start date.

July 15: Professional sports teams, casinos and racinos file Ohio sports betting applications

As expected, most sports betting operators coming to Ohio filed their applications this week. Every remaining professional sports franchise in Ohio has now applied, and the casinos and racinos that had not yet filed applications are also now in.

Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer only applied for an online license and will partner with Tipico on its sports betting app.

The other six pro teams applied for both retail and online licenses and are listed along with their sports betting partnerships:

  • Cleveland Browns will use Bally’s for both retail and online
  • Cincinnati Reds will partner with BetMGM on their retail location and Underdog Sports on their app
  • Cleveland Cavaliers will partner with William Hill, which is owned by Caesars, on their retail location and Fubo Sportsbook on their app
  • FC Cincinnati will use SuperBook Sports for both retail and online
  • Columbus Blue Jackets will use Fanatics for both retail and online
  • Cleveland Guardians will partner with Fanatics on their retail location and bet365 on their app

Hollywood Toledo CasinoHollywood Casino Columbus and Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati filed their applications, joining JACK Cleveland in the market. Hollywood Toledo and Hollywood Columbus will both open Barstool sportsbook retail shops. Toledo will partner with DraftKings for its app, while Columbus uses the Barstool Sportsbook app. Hard Rock Cincinnati will use Hard Rock Digital for both retail and online.

All six racinos that had not yet applied for Ohio sports betting licenses are now in, joining JACK Thistledown.

  • MGM Northfield Park will partner with BetMGM (retail and online)
  • Scioto Downs will partner with William Hill (retail and online)
  • Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway will partner with Barstool Sportsbook (retail; no online partner listed)
  • Belterra Park (no partners listed)
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley will partner with Barstool Sportsbook (retail), PointsBet (online)
  • Miami Valley Gaming (no partners listed)

The Muirfield Village Golf Club near Columbus and SPIRE Institute & Academy in northeast Ohio applied for both retail and online.

The following businesses applied for retail locations only:

  • Cedar Downs, partnered with BetMGM
  • Harry Buffalo restaurant, PointsBet
  • Phantom Fireworks (no partner listed)
  • Ravencrest Partners, LLC (no partner listed)

Three more kiosk operators also applied: Green Bear SoftwareIntralot and Skybox Sports Network.

July 8: Fanatics, FanDuel, Cincinnati Bengals are in

Fanatics, FanDuel and the Cincinnati Bengals are the latest Ohio sports betting operators to enter the market.

Fanatics will launch its new BetFanatics app in the state. The fast-growing company has applied for sports betting licenses in Pennsylvania and Maryland and has reportedly been in talks to partner with sports betting provider Tipico.

Ohio could be a significant state for Fanatics, as the apparel company is new to the betting game.

FanDuel currently operates daily fantasy sports contests in Ohio and will be prepared to launch its FanDuel Sportsbook come January. 

The Cincinnati Bengals are an expected applicant as one of the state’s 10 home stadiums of eligible sports teams or leagues set to be sportsbook locations. The team will operate a sportsbook at Paul Brown Stadium

July 1: Barstool Sports, Pro Football Hall of Fame and first kiosk operator file

On July 1, the following sports betting companies filed Ohio sports betting operator applications.

  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton
  • Penn Sports Interactive, which manages the digital products of Penn National Gaming, including the Barstool Sportsbook app
  • Elys Game Technology, an interactive gaming company that is partnered with Ohio-based Wright Bet to provide sports betting kiosks inside bars, restaurants and other businesses that operate the Ohio Lottery

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton will partner with BetRivers Sportsbook to operate its retail sportsbook in the Hall of Fame Village and its sports betting app.

Penn Sports Interactive applied for a mobile management services provider license, representing the entry point for the Barstool Sportsbook app.

Elys Gaming Technology is partnered with Wright Bet to operate sports betting kiosks inside local establishments that are licensed through the Ohio Lottery.

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June 24: DraftKings, JACK Entertainment file sports betting applications

On June 24, the commission announced that DraftKings and JACK Entertainment had applied for gaming licenses. DraftKings does not have a partner yet, but in 2019 it secured market access through Penn National Gaming. Penn currently operates two casinos and two racinos in Ohio.

JACK Entertainment properties JACK Cleveland and JACK Thistledown also applied for both online and retail sportsbook licenses.

June 15: BetMGM, PointsBet first to apply

The first two operators to apply for sports gaming licenses were BetMGM and PointsBet.

Neither is a surprise. BetMGM is one of the biggest sports betting operators in the U.S. and owns MGM Northfield Park racino just outside of Cleveland. PointsBet is another major name in U.S. sports betting and has access to the Ohio market through a partnership with Penn National Gaming.

DraftKings and JACK Entertainment are now in. Dozens of other operators will file applications during the next few weeks as Ohio’s sports betting market begins to come into greater focus.

Ohio sports betting apps, retail sportsbooks and terminal operators up first

The Ohio Casino Control Commission got the big-name operators moving first. 

In order to launch on Jan. 1, all online sportsbooks, retail sportsbooks and operators of betting terminals had to submit applications between June 15 and July 15. 

The OCCC acknowledged that online sportsbooks are likely to be ready before other operators. 

“The Commission is aware that some stakeholders, specifically many online operators, have fewer preparations to make leading up to launch and could start sooner,” the commission said in a statement. “However, pursuant to HB 29, all forms of sports gaming must have the opportunity to launch on the exact same date.”

Up to 40 retail sportsbook licenses up for grabs in Ohio

Ohio will award up to 40 licenses for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in the state. These applications were due during the first window as well. 

The Ohio sports betting bill determines which counties will land these licenses according to population. 

  • 1 license: counties with a population of 100,000 to 399,999
  • 3 licenses: counties with a population of 400,000 to 799,999
  • 5 licenses: counties with a population over 800,000

Counties that draw significant tourism will be eligible to apply for licenses even if they miss the population threshold. Counties with a population of at least 50,000 but less than 100,000 will qualify if they attract at least 5 million tourists per year. 

Map of Ohio sportsbooks by county

Based on the latest census data released in March, 27 counties meet the minimum threshold of 100,000 residents.

PlayOhio is tracking which Ohio counties are likely to have a retail sportsbook

Bars and restaurants hosting sports betting kiosks also apply

The second application window ran from July 15-Aug. 15. Bars, restaurants and grocery stores that operate Ohio Lottery terminals and want to host a sports betting kiosk operator applied during this window. 

Sports betting hosts and operators have distinct responsibilities but work in tandem to provide up to two sports betting kiosks per location. 

The operator will install equipment, train staff and provide ongoing equipment maintenance and service, along with marketing and customer service. 

Hosts must follow rules regarding where kiosks are placed, displaying responsible gambling materials and paying out prizes up to $599. Operators are responsible for payouts of $600 or greater. 

Second-designated mobile management service providers also needed to apply during the July 15-Aug. 15 window. 

What’s next for Ohio sports betting?

The Ohio Casino Control Commission is working through an expected 3,000 or so license applications.

Once licensed, businesses will work on completing buildings, distributing kiosks, hiring and training employees, agreeing on and announcing partnerships, and many other tasks associated with opening a well-regulated sports betting business.

Ohio’s sports betting law allows room for virtually every major online sports betting operator. Plus, the casinos and pro teams are likely to construct new venues and betting areas for sports fans to try out. 

State residents can also expect a parade of Ohio sports figures to appear at in-person events on Jan. 1 at the state’s four casinos and other venues where folks 21 years or older will be able to bet on sports.

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Danny Cross is the managing editor of PlayOhio, where he covers the legislative and regulatory process of legalizing sports betting and the latest news on sportsbooks coming to Ohio ahead of Jan. 1, 2023. Cross joined PlayOhio from Pro Football Focus, where he wrote and edited articles on the NFL, fantasy football and betting.

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