Sports betting kiosks are now in hundreds of locations all around the state of Ohio.
Folks will be able to bet on sports in Ohio 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 hundreds of sports betting kiosks across many local establishments people frequent on a regular basis.
UPDATE: The Ohio sports betting kiosk market continues to grow. As of Feb. 28, there are 866 businesses licensed to add the betting machines. Here’s how to use the self-service betting kiosks across Ohio.
The Ohio Lottery Commission has been releasing a 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 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.
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The Ohio Lottery has pre-qualified 1,597 applicants. Each must apply for a license through the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Only 652 businesses applied for licenses ahead of the state’s first summer deadline, but the the commission encouraged the remaining pre-approved businesses to continue applying.
The rollout did have a few technological issues during the first couple weeks, as businesses and kiosk companies worked through glitches getting the machines up and running during the early days of Ohio sports betting.
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.
Two businesses partnering to deliver and operate sports betting kiosks in Ohio, Elys Game Technology and Dayton-based Wright Bet, announced that they partnered with over 50 businesses during their first month, surpassing expectations. Elys’ technology met the OCCC’s certification conditions in early February and is ready to enter the market.
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. The lottery commission has pre-approved nearly 1,600 Ohio businesses for a Type C license. This would allow them to host a sports betting kiosk.
However, in the initial rule, it was written in a way that led many to believe these bars and restaurants would be required to keep large sums of cash on hand in order to cash out bets. This led to concerns across the state that these businesses may be subject to robbery, among other potential incidents.
In order to address these concerns, the Ohio Lottery Commission amended the cash-out rule to “make explicitly clear that Type C proprietors may allow non-host locations (all lottery retailers) to cash sports gaming prizes if they choose to do so,” Lottery Director Pat McDonald said.
Per the commission, it was always its intention to “offer as many options as possible for customers to cash their sports gaming prizes.”
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.