Miami Valley Gaming’s MVGbet sportsbook app received the go-ahead from the Ohio Casino Control Commission on Nov. 16.
With sports betting in Ohio set to commence on Jan. 1, 2023, Miami Valley Gaming’s retail and online sportsbook plans are now set.
The Warren County racino this week detailed plans for the new MVGBet Sportsbook being added to the racino’s horse betting options.
Miami Valley Gaming launching MVGbet sports betting app in Ohio
Miami Valley Gaming, which is co-owned by hospitality industry giant Delaware North Companies and Louisville, Kentucky’s Churchill Downs Inc., is bringing its own branded online sportsbook to market.
Miami Valley Gaming received conditional approval from the OCCC for a Type A license on July 15. The company is partnered with Gamewise for its Ohio sports betting app. Gamewise is the backend platform behind Delaware North’s Betly online sportsbook app.
That means the MVGbet app will likely be similar to the Betly apps currently available in Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Sports betting amenities to be added to existing horse race betting area
Miami Valley Gaming is undergoing renovations and upgrades to accommodate sports betting at the racino located in Lebanon, Ohio (between Cincinnati and Dayton).
Craig Robinson, Miami Valley Gaming’s president and general manager, told the Dayton Daily News that visitors will be able to bet on sports in the racino’s current horse race betting area.
“There will be dedicated betting windows in that area for both sports wagering and of course race betting,” Robinson said. “We’ll also have self-service kiosks for sports betting. We already have self-service kiosks for horse race betting in that area. So those will all reside in that room.”
Miami Valley Gaming will be adding more televisions to that area, according to the report, and throughout the racino more TVs will be added to show sporting events, so visitors who bet on sports can keep track of the games.
Like other retail sportsbooks, the racino is awaiting final approval on equipment from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Still, Robinson said the on-site sportsbook may not be ready to open in time for the Jan. 1, 2023 statewide launch of legalized sports betting.
Robinson said they should be ready sometime in January, and an opening date is expected to be announced in December.