Bettors Wager More Than $13 Million At Sports Betting Kiosks In 2023

Written By C.J. Pierre on January 25, 2024 - Last Updated on February 2, 2024
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Like the rest of the Ohio sports betting industry, the kiosks just wrapped up its first year of operation.

According to numbers released by the Ohio Lottery, bettors wagered over $13.2 million through Ohio sports betting kiosks in 2023. Those bets helped generate $1.2 million in gross gaming revenue and just over $303,500 in taxes for the Ohio Lottery.

The Ohio sports betting market has both retail and online sportsbooks. However, The Buckeye State also has kiosks for wagering.

These are self-service sports betting machines at nearly 850 locations statewide. The kiosks are typically located in restaurants, bars and other public spaces like convenience and grocery stores.

December handle is 6th-largest ever

Ohio sports betting kiosks closed 2023 on a high note. Ohio bettors wagered over $1.21 million through the machines in December. That’s the sixth-best month ever since kiosks started accepting sports wagers in January 2023.

While the sixth-highest handle in a year-long span total is by definition in the ‘middle of the pack,’ there has been a steady sign of consistency for Ohio’s sports betting kiosks. December’s handle was only about $172,000 less than the highest monthly handle recorded in March 2023  when bettors wagered $1.38 million.

In December, betting kiosks $125,141 in gross revenue. Those numbers meant the state received $31,477 in taxes for the Ohio Lottery. Both those numbers are up quite a bit from where they were in November. That’s despite a slightly lower handle.

Gross revenue was a 43.3% increase and tax revenue was up 55% month-over-month.

Ohio sports betting kiosk December revenue breakdown

OperatorHandleGross RevenueTaxes Paid To OH Lottery
Sports Bet Ohio$677,798$84,275$27,389
UBet Ohio$272,170$29,885$2,989
Gold Rush Gaming$0$0$0

SportsBet Ohio is dominating the Ohio sports betting kiosk landscape. The company’s lowest monthly handle, March’s $424,374, was higher than any other operator’s highest monthly handle. SportsBetOhio has over 700 host locations, by far the most among the 843 total locations in the Buckeye State.

The operator claimed 55.9% of the market share in December, taking $677,798 in bets. SportsBet Ohio took over $7.3 million in bets in 2023, taking 55.5% of the Ohio sports betting kiosk market share in 2023.

The kiosks also have limitations that traditional online or retail sportsbooks do not. Users are limited to $700 in weekly kiosk bets. Additionally, prop bets and live betting aren’t available. You can only bet game outcomes on parlays, meaning only moneyline bets, spread wagers, and over/under bets are allowed. The convenience of kiosks is the main selling point to casual bettors.

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C.J. Pierre is a Lead Writer at PlayOhio. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and is an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. He recently dove into tribal casino, sports betting and online gambling news. He also covered the launch of sports betting in Arizona. C.J. has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career, most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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