Map Of Counties Likely To Have An Ohio Retail Sportsbook

Written By Kim Yuhl on May 23, 2022 - Last Updated on June 21, 2022
Tracking Ohio Retails Sportsbooks

On June 15, the first of two sports betting application windows will open. Operators interested in offering retail and online sports betting will soon make themselves known.

Officials at the Ohio Casino Gaming Commission are expecting to receive over 3,000 applications during the application process. The majority of those applications will likely come from lottery retailers trying to secure betting kiosks.

Initially, 65 of those initial applications will be going to retail and online betting operators.

Ohio retail sports betting licenses

There are 40 retail sportsbook licenses available in Ohio.

The Ohio sports betting bill regulates which counties will land those licenses.

  • One license is allowed in counties with a population of 100,000 to 399,999.
  • Three licenses are allowed in counties with a population of 400,000 to 799,999.
  • Five licenses are allowed in counties with a population over 800,000.

There is an exception for counties with a population of at least 50,000 but less than 100,000. In order to qualify, the county must welcome at least five million tourists per year.

Additionally, professional teams and leagues will have a preference for those retail licenses awarded.

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

Map of Ohio sportsbooks by county

Most Ohio counties will be within a two-hour drive of a casino or sportsbook. Some residents might be closer to physical sportsbooks in West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Indiana, however.

Of course, with plenty of online sportsbooks apps coming to the state, the only time a long drive will be warranted will be when you want to spend a big event, like the Super Bowl, with hundreds of your closest friends.

Where will Ohio’s retail sportsbooks be?

Preference was given to Ohio’s casinos, racinos and sports teams for the process. With that, and announced partnerships, we can deduce where many of Ohio’s sportsbooks will be.

Here are some locations (with some speculation mixed in):

Cuyahoga County (up to five)

  • Jack Casino in Cleveland will have one (branded as BetJACK)
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced a Caesars Sportsbook will be at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland
  • Jack Thistledown Racino in North Randall will likely have one (BetJACK)
  • The Cleveland Browns will have one at FirstEnergy Stadium (Bally Bet)
  • The Cleveland Guardians could get one at Progressive Field

Franklin County (up to five)

  • Hollywood Casino in Columbus will have one (likely Barstool Sportsbook)
  • Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus will have one (likely Caesars)
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin could get one (online partnership with BetParx)
  • The Columbus Crew could get one at Lower.com Field
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets could get one at Nationwide Arena

Hamilton County (up to five)

  • Hard Rock Casino in Cincinnati will have one (likely Hard Rock Sportsbook)
  • Belterra Pack racetrack in Anderson Township should have one
  • The Cincinnati Bengals could get one at Paul Brown Stadium
  • FC Cincinnati could get one at TQL Stadium
  • The Cincinnati Reds could get one at Great American Ball Park

Lucas County (up to three)

  • Hollywood Casino in Toledo will have one (likely Barstool Sportsbook)

Mahoning County (up to one)

  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course should have one (likely Barstool Sportsbook)

Montgomery County (up to three)

  • Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway should have one (likely Barstool Sportsbook)

Morrow County (special exemption)

  • Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Troy Township (granted because of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race)

Stark County (up to one)

  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton has announced plans for a sportsbook (BetRivers Sportsbook)

Summit County (up to three)

  • MGM Northfield Park should have one (likely BetMGM Sportsbook)

Warren County (up to one)

  • Miami Valley Gaming racetrack in Turtlecreek Township could have one

Check back, as we will keep this list updated.

Ohio online sportsbook licenses

Of the 25 initial online betting licenses available, 21 will go to casinos and sports teams.

Here are the operators that have a clear path toward licensure.

  • BetMGM Sportsbook through its MGM Northfield Park property
  • BetRivers Sportsbook has announced a partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Caesars Sportsbook thanks to its partnership with Eldorado Resorts which owns Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs
  • Hard Rock Sportsbook through Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
  • JACK Casinos owns and operates two Ohio casinos and has a partnership with Kambi
  • Barstool Sportsbook and its parent company Penn National Gaming own the Hollywood Casino brand and four Ohio casino and racino locations
  • Bally Bet recently confirmed an official sports betting partnership with the Cleveland Browns
  • Fubo Gaming entered into a partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • BetParx entered a partnership with the Memorial Tournament of the PGA Tour for online access

For operators without a clear pathway to operate in Ohio, official partnerships will start to dominate the headlines. Considering the importance of Ohio to the U.S. sports betting landscape, the most popular operators are likely actively pursuing opportunities to enter the market, including:

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Winners and losers in the quest for betting licenses in Ohio

The big winner will be the sports bettor. With 65, and potentially more, retail sportsbooks and online betting apps available, expect a plethora of generous promotions and welcome offers to choose from.

Of course, big counties, casinos and sports teams are also winners. Big counties could have up to five retail sportsbooks, and casinos and sports teams could have one retail and possibly two online sportsbooks, provided they can justify the need.

The big loser in all of this isn’t really that big of a loser. There is a big area of the state where residents will be living far from a retail sportsbook location.

Those residents have options, though. They will have their choice of online sports betting apps, and there will likely be lottery kiosks available at one of the over 9,800 Ohio lottery retailers located throughout the state. However, the downside is those kiosks will have a more limited selection of bets available than retail sportsbooks.

When can I gamble on sports in Ohio?

Let’s face it, “When can I bet?” is the question everyone wants answered. We will know exactly when on June 1, when the commission reveals the universal start date for Ohio sports betting. PlayOhio is following all the sports betting news on our live launch blog.

However, you won’t have to wait for the launch of the first legal sportsbooks in Ohio to take advantage of the best welcome offers and new player promotions.

The commission notes that potential sportsbook operators can advertise and acquire customers before the licensing process finalizes.

If a sportsbook fails to acquire a license, the commission mandates the operator is under an obligation to advise customers and give them an opportunity to opt out of all marketing materials.

While there is still quite a wait before you can make that first legal bet, we’re close to knowing where you can place them.

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Kim Yuhl is the Head of Production for the Play Network of Sites. With over a decade of experience covering the online gambling industry, she has written and managed sites for some of the most well-known brands in the Catena Media portfolio, including PlayNJ, PlayMichigan, PlayPennsylvania and, of course, PlayOhio.

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