The number of Ohio businesses adding sports betting kiosks continues to grow. According to the latest numbers released by the Ohio Lottery Commission on Feb. 28, there are now 866 locations licensed to add the betting machines.
When Ohio sports betting launched on Jan. 1, there were 771 businesses licensed to add sports betting kiosks.
Each host location is allowed to install up to two sports betting kiosks.
Over $100,000 in sports kiosk revenue reported in January
Despite a somewhat rocky roll-out, revenue from Ohio sports betting kiosks — which are hosted by bars, restaurants, shops and other venues across the state — topped $100,000 in January, the kiosks’ first month of availability.
Ohio sports betting operators brought in $87,664 in revenue while the Ohio Lottery brought in $28,376.
In January, the total handle for sports betting kiosks in Ohio was $850,336, with prizes totaling $772,376.
Those numbers should all go up for February, as the list of kiosk host locations grows.
Seven kiosk proprietors currently licensed in Ohio
Revenue could also see a bump as Intralot, the company that distributes the vast majority of the kiosks to Ohio businesses, continues to get its machines operable. It took Intralot until around Feb. 1 to get most of its kiosks up and running.
Intralot is one of seven kiosk proprietors currently licensed in Ohio. So far only four of those kiosk proprietors have host partnerships and are actively supplying kiosks.
Gold Rush Gaming was the only kiosk provider to add to its totals in the latest report. Gold Rush picked up seven host partners since the Lottery’s Feb. 17 report, including one — Crossroads Pub and Grub in Jacksontown — that was previously listed as an Intralot partner.
Here’s the breakdown of the proprietors and how many businesses they are currently partnered with:
- Intralot (728 businesses)
- Gold Rush Gaming (58)
- betIGG (49)
- Ubet (31)
Elys Game Technology, BetSkybox and J&J Ventures are also licensed to supply kiosks but the companies do not have partnerships listed as of yet.
Elys, Gold Rush latest kiosk suppliers to earn Ohio approval
In early February, Elys Game Technology became the latest kiosk supplier fully approved to do business in Ohio after meeting the certification standards set by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Gold Rush Gaming’s first partnerships with Ohio host locations were revealed Feb. 10 when Gold Rush first appeared on the Ohio Lottery’s weekly list of Ohio businesses licensed to supply betting kiosks.
Gold Rush recently announced its partnership with gaming industry leader Playtech to provide proprietary software to Gold Rush sports betting kiosks in Ohio.
Here’s the complete list of Ohio sports betting kiosk host locations as of Feb. 28:
List of approved kiosk hosts to continue to grow
The Ohio Lottery pre-approves businesses to host kiosks. That list of pre-approvals stands at 1,588 businesses as of Feb. 3.
Those businesses must then be approved for a Type-C sports betting license by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The OCCC recently told PlayOhio that “the Commission has approved 1,132 Type-C Sports Gaming Host licenses.”
That means more are in the pipeline — the Lottery will give final approval for the businesses seeking Type-C licenses.
Columbus, Cincinnati continue to have most kiosk locations
Columbus and Cincinnati are still the leading two cities in total number of sports betting kiosk host locations.
When sports betting launched in the state at the start of January, 47 businesses had been licensed to host the kiosks in Columbus, while Cincinnati had 44 businesses. Columbus now has 58 licensed host locations and Cincinnati has 49.
Total betting kiosk locations by city:
- Akron: 40 locations
- Brunswick: 8 locations
- Canton and North Canton: 17 locations
- Cincinnati: 49 locations
- Cleveland and Cleveland Heights: 30 locations
- Columbus: 58 locations
- Dayton: 17 locations
- Parma and Parma Heights: 22 locations
- Toledo: 29 locations
- Youngstown: 9 locations