September Marks 2nd-Best Month Ever For Ohio Sports Betting Kiosks

Written By C.J. Pierre on October 17, 2023 - Last Updated on October 18, 2023
A picture of a person placing a wager through a kiosk for a story about Ohio's September sports betting kiosk revenue numbers.

September was the second-best month for Ohio’s sports betting kiosks. Sports bettors wagered $1.28 million during that timeframe. That’s almost double the $742,000 wagered at the machines in August.

The Ohio sports betting market has both retail and online sportsbooks. However, The Buckeye State also has a kiosk program. There are self-service sports betting machines at more than 900 locations statewide. The kiosks are typically located in restaurants, bars and other public spaces like convenience and grocery stores.

According to numbers released by the Ohio Lottery, Ohio bettors wagered $1,282,062 through the machines in September. Operators generated $104,594 in Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) on the total handle. Those numbers turned into $22,196 in taxes to the state from sports betting kiosks in Ohio.

Ohio sports betting kiosk September revenue breakdown

OperatorHandleGross RevenueTaxes Paid
Sports Bet Ohio$654,501$56,305$18,299
UBet Ohio$230,525$26,553$1,767
Gold Rush Gaming$105,449$834$83

Once again, most of the revenue was generated by kiosks operated by Sports Bet Ohio, which handled $654,501 in bets. The company reported $56,305 in GGR in September, which makes up 53.8% of the total sports betting kiosk profit during the month.

Ohio’s sports betting kiosks also benefit from start of NFL season

Although online sports betting makes up an overwhelming portion of the sports betting money, there is still a contingent of folks who are willing to make their bets in person.

With the start of the NFL betting season, more people are betting now than ever. Ohio’s sports betting kiosks are located in primarily in restaurants and bars. They benefit from very casual bettors wagering during the busiest period of the sports calendar.

September’s sports betting kiosks handle of $1.2 million represents a whopping 42% increase month-over-month from August’s $742,000 total. September also marks the second-highest handle in the short history of Ohio’s sports betting kiosks.

The $1.3 million worth of bets placed in March was the only better month.

The kiosks have limitations that traditional online or retail sportsbooks do not. Users are limited to $700 in weekly kiosk bets. Additionally, prop bets and live betting aren’t available. You can only bet game outcomes on parlays, meaning only moneyline bets, spread wagers, and over/under bets are allowed.

The convenience of kiosks is the main selling point to casual bettors.

Photo by AP Photo / David Dermer
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C.J. Pierre is a Lead Writer at PlayOhio. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and is an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. He recently dove into tribal casino, sports betting and online gambling news. He also covered the launch of sports betting in Arizona. C.J. has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career, most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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