Honky-Tonk Bar Lori’s Roadhouse Wins Ohio Sports Betting License

Written By Jake Garza on December 14, 2022
A honky-tonk bar near Cincinnati will be opening its own sportsbook

A honky-tonk venue just won an Ohio sports betting license. Lori’s Roadhouse in Butler County will be able to take your bets next year.

The bar, which is located just north of Cincinnati, will be opening its own Las Vegas-style retail sportsbook.

Ohio sports betting starts on Jan. 1, 2023, so the new industry’s first day is right around the corner.

Bet on sports at Lori’s Roadhouse

Lori’s Roadhouse is the latest gambling applicant in Ohio to win approval from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The group gave the honky-tonk hotspot the thumbs up during its Dec. 14 meeting.

Generally speaking, companies are looking are open in-person versions of sportsbooks at casinos or sports stadiums.

Lori’s Roadhouse acts as both a honky-tonk bar and a concert venue. That made it one of the more unique sports betting applicants in the state.

It was also the only applicant from Butler County, which put it in a better position compared to some other sports betting hopefuls in the state.

Each county in Ohio can only have a limited number of retail sportsbooks, and that number is based on population. In more populated areas like Cincinnati and Cleveland, that led to a handful of different applicants all competing for the same number of available licenses.

Thankfully for Lori’s Roadhouse, no other companies from Butler Country threw their hats in the ring. That gave the honky-tonk less competition on the way to winning approval from regulators.

The location will be able to open its sportsbook after Jan. 1, 2023. Once that happens, bettors near Cincinnati will have access to one of the more unique sports betting experiences in the state.

Ohio sports betting just weeks away

This time around, New Year’s Day will be one worth remembering in Ohio. Bettors in the state can finally start betting on sports once the calendar flips over to 2023.

It’s been a long road to get here, but the wait is almost over.

Sports bettors will no longer have to drive to another nearby state to place their bets.

Between online betting apps, retail sportsbooks and sports betting kiosks, Ohio residents will have more than a few options to pick from.

Companies like Lori’s Roadhouse will offer sports betting in special venues around the state. If you’re looking for something different, then betting on sports at a honky-tonk bar is certainly one of the more unique options you’ll come across.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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