Early in 2023, sports betting kiosks will be in thousands of locations all around the state of Ohio.
Ohioans also will be able to bet on sports through apps on their phones and at casinos, racinos, sports stadiums and other retail sportsbook facilities. But the most visible difference from the legalization of sports betting in Ohio will be the addition of thousands of sports betting kiosks across many local establishments people frequent on a regular basis.
The Ohio Lottery Commission released its first list of pre-qualified sports gaming hosts. It shows the wide variety of places soon to have sports betting offerings. These include not just restaurants and bars, but also bowling alleys, golf courses, hotels, convenience stores, truck stops and supermarkets.
Here’s what Ohioans need to know about the coming deluge of sports betting kiosks.
Where will sports betting kiosks be located?
While not all Ohioans will find retail sportsbooks in their area, no one will have to go far to find a sports betting kiosk.
The Ohio Lottery notified more than 2,000 bars and restaurants that they could be eligible for a sports-gaming host license. Companies that weren’t invited can still declare their interest by filling out a form on the lottery’s website.
To qualify for a license, companies must:
- Be a licensed lottery sales agent.
- Hold a Type D1 (beer only), D2 (wine and mixed drinks only) or D5 (full bar) liquor permit.
- Be a for-profit corporation or association.
- Pay a non-refundable $1,000 application fee to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
- Select a licensed Type C Sports Gaming Proprietor partner.
Since it’s not just free-standing bars and restaurants that have these liquor licenses, Ohioans might find sports betting kiosks in places they wouldn’t expect. Essentially, where lottery kiosks are located today and alcohol is sold, there could be a sports betting kiosk.
The Ohio Lottery pre-qualified 469 applicants on June 3. By June 10, the list had grown to 556. The lottery will continue to update the list. But each qualified applicant still needs to acquire a license from the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC).
Limits on betting types and wagers
Ohioans age 18 and over may participate in other lottery products. But for sports betting, the minimum age is 21.
At kiosks, those of legal age won’t find the full array of sports betting options that they would in a sportsbook. Also, large wagers must be placed at a sportsbook or online.
Ohio lottery sports betting is more for people who want to place a small wager for fun while out watching a game with their friends.
Sports betting kiosks will be limited to taking the following wagers:
- Spread wagers: A bet on the outcome of a game against odds designed to level the playing field.
- Over-under wagers: A bet on whether the game score will be higher or lower than projected.
- Moneyline wagers: A straight-up bet without any point spread where bettors predict the outright winner.
- Parlays: A single bet on two to four outcomes. Each side must win to produce a winning ticket.
Proposition and in-game wagers are not permitted on sports betting kiosks.
Each Ohio bettor can only wager up to $700 in each calendar week across all sports betting kiosks.
Who sets the lines?
Each sports gaming host must partner with a proprietor to place sports betting kiosks in the venue. Proprietors will offer a choice of self-service kiosks or clerk-operated terminals.
Proprietors are required to compensate hosts in some form. This can include a percentage of revenues, flat rental payments, or the provision of goods and services.
- Operate the sportsbook.
- Write house rules.
- Establishes betting odds.
- Provide, install and maintain type-C sports gaming equipment.
- Maintain player accounts if offered.
- Respond to customer complaints.
- Pay prizes of $600 and above.
For a license, proprietors pay a $100,000 license fee, renewable for $25,000. Plus a $15,000 nonrefundable application fee.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission may license as many as 20 proprietors. But the Lottery and OCCC could also limit the market to a single proprietor. Likely, the Lottery will choose enough proprietors to assure a competitive marketplace and provide options for hosts.
Legislation limits the initial installation to two terminals. But the proprietor can request approval for additional units in a particularly busy location. There is no hard cap on units.
How will bettors collect winnings?
Expect options to place wagers on sports betting kiosks with cash, credit card, debit card or electronic payment accounts such as PayPal, Apple Pay or Google Pay.
Payouts may be made to the participant’s credit card, debit card or electronic payment account or in cash from a Type C gaming host.
Prizes of $600 and higher are subject to state and federal tax withholding, child and spousal support intercept, and state debt intercept. Therefore, they must be handled by the proprietor.
When will sports betting kiosks appear?
Before sports betting kiosks come to Ohio, the Ohio Lottery needs to negotiate with prospective proprietors. Then hosts need to negotiate deals with the proprietors.
The OCCC has published that proprietor applications will be open from June 15 to July 15. Host applications will be accepted from July 15 to August 15.
At the earliest estimation, licensing will take place in October.
All Ohio sports betting has a universal launch date of Jan. 1, 2023.