Politicians have finally done it: It’s only a matter of time until Ohio sports betting apps launch.
But how much time? That’s the pressing question. We’re starting to get some clarity.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law three days before Christmas in late December. The market is required to launch by Jan. 1, 2023, but it could come sooner.
When sports betting does launch in Ohio, it will include online sports betting apps, retail sportsbooks and sports betting kiosks throughout the state.
Check back to this page for the latest news on the long-running saga of Ohio sports betting.
We’ll get a sports betting launch date… soon
The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced the date for the launch of Ohio sports betting will come on June 1.
That’s when the OCCC will announce it, though its language indicated the original Jan. 1, 2023 start date just might be the actual one.
Feedback sought on final sports betting applications
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has released its final collection of application drafts for prospective sportsbetting suppliers and employees.
The commission is currently accepting feedback on applications for sports gaming suppliers, key sports gaming employees, and standard sports gaming employees. The application drafts can be found here:
Anyone interested in providing written comments on the application must email the comments to [email protected] by 5 p.m. May 13.
OCCC passes fifth batch of sportsbetting rules
The Ohio Casino Control Commission passed its fifth and final batch of rules, which cover various licenses and required procedures and duties for mobile and physical sportsbooks.
Ohio’s sports betting law will license up to 25 online sportsbooks, but the state will grant additional licenses based on market need. A sportsbook operator would need to prove such a need using market share analysis and reports by qualified third parties to show a benefit to the state in order to procure an additional license.
The law also details how a retail brick-and-mortar sportsbook that doesn’t meet the county population requirement for a license could still receive one if it has enough tourism.
The new batch of rules also govern sportsbetting systems and equipment; betting tickets; advertising, promotion and bonus rules; auditing requirements; IT security guidelines; and patron privacy requirements.
OCCC announces sportsbook operator application deadlines
The Ohio Casino Control Commission announced application deadlines and approval windows for future Ohio sportsbooks. Ohio will begin accepting applications on June 15.
According to Ohio’s Sports Gaming Implementation Timeline, the commission will begin accepting applications on June 15 for the following proprietors:
- Type-A, -B, & -C Proprietors
- First-designated Mobile Management Services Providers (MMSPs)
- Management Services Providers
The deadline for these applications is July 15. Type-A licenses are for online sports betting companies, and Type-B licenses are for physical sportsbook locations. Type-C licenses cover self-service or clerk-operated terminals.
The commission will begin accepting applications for Type-C sports gaming hosts and second-designated MMSPs on July 15. The deadline to submit these applications is Aug. 15.
All sports betting proprietor applications will be available by June 1.
Bally Bet partners with Cleveland Browns to enter Ohio sports betting market
Sports betting operators continue to make deals and prepare to offer their services in Ohio. The most recent addition to the fold is Bally Bet, which is now partnering with the Cleveland Browns. The deal includes entrance into the Ohio mobile betting market, a branded lounge at the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium, and some free-to-play opportunities for Cleveland Browns fans.
These free-to-play options will come with the chance for Browns fans to win special prizes themed with their team’s logos and branding. There will also be opportunities for fans to discover unique content online with the deal.
Bally Bet is the latest in a series of high-profile partnerships to take root in the Buckeye State. Since December 2021, BetRivers, Tipico, and BetPARX have each come to terms with Ohio-based entities that will give them access to the market. Respectively, the partnerships are with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, the MLS’s Columbus Crew, and the PGA’s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
All of these deals are in addition to the other prominent sportsbook operators that already have pathways into the Buckeye State through their existing properties in Ohio. All signs are pointing to a major event for sports bettors in January 2023.
Feedback sought on Type-A and Type-B sports gaming licenses
The Ohio Casino Control Commission is currently seeking feedback on a draft of the application for Type-A and Type-B sports gaming licenses. Type-A licenses are for online sports betting companies, and Type-B licenses are for physical sportsbook locations. The draft application is available here.
The commission also released a draft application for mobile management services providers and management services providers. That application can be found here.
Anyone interested in providing written comments on the application must email the comments to [email protected] by 5 p.m. May 6.
Feedback sought on Type-C sports gaming license
The Ohio Casino Control Commission is currently seeking feedback on a draft of the application for a Type-C sports gaming license. The draft application is available here.
The state is only soliciting feedback from proprietors who will apply for Type-C license, which include self-service or clerk-operated terminals in establishments with D-1, D-2, or D-5 liquor permits. There will be a maximum of 20 Type-C proprietors, which can place kiosks within liquor establishments, known as “gaming hosts.”
Anyone interested in providing written comments on the application must email the comments to [email protected] by 5 p.m. April 28.
Fourth batch of rules passed by OCCC
The Ohio Casino Control Commission continues to move closer to formalizing Ohio sports gaming rules ahead of legalized sports betting coming to the state by Jan. 1, 2023.
The commission this week passed a fourth batch of rules governing supplier and employee licensing, house rules and gaming facility security and surveillance requirements.
The commission will require sports gaming employees and suppliers of gaming-related equipment or services apply for a license. The state set the parameters for establishing and making available “house rules” for all gaming proprietors.
The fourth batch of rules require each gaming proprietor to use location-based technology to ensure all users are located within Ohio. They also require proprietors to only use approved gaming equipment that satisfies the state’s security, monitoring, and integrity provisions.
Gaming attorney: Ohio sports betting could launch by NFL kickoff
Could sports betting in Ohio be legalized in time for the 2022 NFL season? Gaming attorney Daniel Wallach believes the state has made enough progress to potentially launch that soon.
“I think they are looking pretty good for near the beginning of the NFL regular season,” Wallach told the Springfield News-Sun.
State Sen. Niraj Antani, who sponsored the bill that legalized sports betting in Ohio, also said he is optimistic that the state could launch early.
The law signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in December stipulates that sports betting must be launched no later than Jan. 1, 2023. The NFL season and other fall sports offer the chance for Ohio to tap into additional tax revenue if it can launch early.
Third batch of rules passed by OCCC
The Ohio Casino Control Commission continues to pass sports gaming rules as the march toward legalized sports betting in Ohio continues. The commission recently passed a third batch of rules, which govern the sports gaming involuntary exclusion list and the process and fees associated with acquiring a Type C license and host licensures.
Sports gaming proprietors will be required to notify the commission if anyone on the involuntary exclusion list enters their facility. The Ohio Casino Control Commission also folded the sports gaming voluntary exclusion program in with programs used by casinos and other gaming facilities. Anyone who believes they have a gambling problem may voluntarily exclude themselves for a selected minimum period of time. The state will maintain a system for indicating whether an individual is on either exclusion list.
In a separate filing, the Ohio Casino Control Commission passed rules related to certification and requirements of integrity monitors in sports gaming. Independent integrity monitors will be required to observe gaming activity to identify unusual betting patterns and to notify appropriate parties of any suspicious activity. The new rules spell out the application process, conflict of interest policies and responsibilities of integrity monitors.
Rules continue to advance
The regulatory process continues on track in Ohio. The Ohio Casino Control Commission advanced the second batch of sports betting rules at last week’s meeting.
The second batch includes details on general licensing requirements, Type-A and Type-B proprietor licensing, services provider licensing, general wagering provisions and equipment.
The batch now heads to the Common Sense Initiative office, which reviews business-impacting rules for potential obstacles to Ohio businesses. The CSI will send the batch back to the OCCC to draft final rules.
There are five batches of sports gaming rules in total. The fifth batch, addressing supplemental Type-A and Type-B proprietor licensing, required procedures and general proprietor duties, just closed its first comment period.
Feb. 23, 2022
Fourth batch of sports betting rules out
The Ohio Casino Control Commission released a fourth batch of sports gaming rules for stakeholder comment.
This batch includes rules on supplier and employee licensing, house rules, integrity monitoring, and proprietor duties for each class of licensees. For Type A mobile licenses, this includes location-based technology.
Also included were independent integrity monitors that were removed from batch 1 and revised. A spokesperson for the Commission says the changes better correspond with present practices of sports gaming proprietors in other states, while still ensuring that instances of unusual or suspicious gaming activity are appropriately addressed.
Ohio will have one more batch of sports betting rules focusing on generally applicable proprietor duties.
Feb. 16, 2022
Commission advances first batch of sports betting rules, plans total of five
At Wednesday’s February meeting, the Ohio Casino Control Commission gave approval for staff to file the first batch of rules with the Common Sense Initiative office.
The Commission split the batch into two filings:
- One addresses the provisional licensing rule.
- The other is composed of general provisions and certified independent testing labs.
Rules related to certified independent integrity monitors were removed from the batch for further intention.
The Commission determined it will need five batches of rules to complete the rulemaking process. The second and third batches already are out for stakeholder comment. They likely will advance when the Commission next meets March 16.
The OCCC anticipates releasing Batch 4 in late February and Batch 5 in early March.
The Ohio rulemaking process is laid out in this article. The Common Sense Initiative, led by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, reviews business-impacting rules for potential obstacles to Ohio businesses. It may ask the OCCC questions or return the rules with suggested amendments. Then the Commission drafts final rules and sends them to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, which can take up to 65 days to review them.
Feb. 11, 2022
Which Ohio sports teams can have sports betting
The Ohio sports betting bill gives preference for Type A mobile and Type B retail licenses to casinos/racinos and professional sports organizations.
These entities also may apply with the Ohio Casino Control Commission to partner with a second mobile sports betting operator. Leading up to the bill passage, Rep. Bill Seitz noted that 11 casinos/racinos and 10 professional sports organizations would get this preferential treatment.
The 10 professional sports organizations are referenced in the bill but not specifically named. PlayOhio confirmed with Seitz and the Commission that the legislation accounts for the following 10 sports organizations:
- Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
- Cleveland Browns (NFL)
- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
- Cleveland Guardians (MLB)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
- Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
- Columbus Crew (MLS)
- FC Cincinatti (USL)
- PGA Tour events
- NASCAR races
Jan. 31, 2022
Third batch of sports betting draft rules out
The Ohio Casino Control Commission released Batch 3 of draft rules for public comment.
This batch covers involuntary exclusions, Type-C entity licensing, the voluntary exclusion program and responsible gambling plans.
Written comments can be sent to the OCCC at [email protected]
The Commission set up the website www.elicense.ohio.gov for Class-D liquor permit holders, including bars and restaurants in the state, that want to apply for a Type C sports gaming host license. For a $1,000 fee, these lottery retailers can accept limited sports wagers through betting kiosks.
The Commission also updated its sports gaming FAQs to include questions related to advertising, marketing and player recruitment.
Jan. 26, 2022
Ohio Casino Control Commission releases second batch of draft rules
On Monday, the Ohio Casino Control Commission released Batch 2 of draft rules for public comment.
The second batch includes details on general licensing requirements, Type-A and Type-B proprietor licensing, services provider licensing, general wagering provisions and equipment.
The new batch reveals that online sportsbooks can partner with up to four Type-A licensees. There are 25 Type-A licenses available. Each of 11 Ohio casino and 10 sports team needs to get its own license. That will leave four licenses up for grabs by entities with a physical presence in Ohio.
Public comment on the second batch runs through Feb. 4. The Commission could advance both batches at its next meeting Feb. 16. The OCCC is unsure as of yet how many batches of rules it will be putting out.
Jan. 19, 2022
Rules update from Ohio Casino Control Commission meeting
Sports betting only got a brief mention at the January meeting of the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
The OCCC provided an update on the rule process. Rather than taking six months to develop one comprehensive set of rules, the OCCC is breaking the blueprints for sports betting regulations into batches.
The Commission plans to vote on approving the first batch at its next meeting on Feb. 16. Changes already were made to Batch 1 of the rules after receiving industry comments. It then went out for a second round of comments.
Once approved, Batch 1 will head through the formal rule filing process, needing legislative approval. This will take until May or June.
Simultaneously, the Commission will work on other batches. It’s unclear how many batches of rules will be needed. The first batch addresses areas needed for companies to get started on preparing for licensure, such as provisional licensing and independent testing laboratories.
Jan. 14, 2022
Ohio Casino Control Commission releases initial sports gaming rules
Before the calendar changed to 2022, the Ohio Casino Control Commission provided companies hoping to be involved in Ohio sports betting their first guidance.
“Batch 1” of sports betting rules address provisional licensing, certified independent testing laboratories and certified integrity monitors, as well as some general provisions.
The OCCC is committed to a transparent process during the implementation of sports betting in Ohio. It set up a sports gaming page that will regularly be updated with draft rules, applications, frequently asked questions and information.
On it, the Commission states that it is unlikely to accept applications until the summer or fall of 2022.
At its December meeting, the OCCC offered an 18-page presentation explaining the Ohio sports betting law. Reading it, it’s no wonder the Commission believes it will need the full allotted time to Jan. 1, 2023, to prepare sports betting for launch.
The OCCC next meets Jan. 19. Commission meetings are not live streamed.
Dec. 23, 2021
Rush Street will operate retail sportsbook at Canton’s Hall of Fame Village
And now, the partnerships.
With Gov. Mike DeWine signing the sports betting bill into law on Wednesday, it’s now open season for sports betting operators to announce their intentions for Ohio.
On Thursday morning, BetRivers Sportsbook owners Rush Street Interactive announced it would operate a retail sportsbook at Hall of Fame Village in Canton, which surrounds the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The 10-year agreement indicates RSI will come to Ohio, joining its 12 current live states, including Ohio neighbors Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Dec. 22, 2021
DeWine signs sports betting legislation into law
Gov. Mike DeWine put pen to paper on Wednesday.
The governor signed a law that will bring legal sports betting to Ohio soon, perhaps by next football season, but possibly not until Jan. 1, 2023.
PlayOhio is projecting that a mature market in the Buckeye State could produce as much as $900 million in gaming revenue, $12 billion in wagers, and $90 million in state taxes.
Dec. 15, 2021
Yes, you will be able to bet on Ohio State, college sports
There was some talk throughout the Ohio sports betting legislative process of banning betting on college sports.
The Inter-University Council of Ohio even asked for college sports betting to be banned at one point.
Matt Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, said the regulator will not exempt college athletics from wagering, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
“That’s the big question: Will people be able to bet on the Ohio State Buckeyes?” Schuler said, according to the AP. “Yes, they will.”
Dec. 13, 2021
Regulator: Ohio sports betting launch won’t come until 2023
Ohio Casino Control Commission deputy director Rick Anthony told PlayOhio that it’ll be a year before sports betting launches in Ohio.
“We have a year, and we do feel a year is needed,” Anthony said at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States conference in Austin, Texas. “Because of the across-the-board universal start date, including the retail components in the bill, we feel that will be the date.”
Because lawmakers did not include an emergency rule-making provision in the bill, several steps will follow the release of draft rules and regulations.
The Common Sense Initiative will take public input, the OCCC will take stakeholder comments, and the commission will draft final rules and send them to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.
Dec. 8, 2021
House Bill 29 sails through both Ohio legislative chambers
It finally happened.
After multiple years of build-up, House Bill 29 breezed through both chambers in Columbus: 31-1 in the Senate and 72-12 in the House.
The bill included provisions that would allow for the following:
- 46 online sports wagering sites/apps
- 40 retail sportsbooks
- Thousands of sports betting kiosks at restaurants, bars and grocery stores throughout the state where there are Ohio Lottery terminals
There is also a complicated fee structure, which favors sports teams, that is set up for online sports betting licenses.
Lawmakers are angling for every sports betting entity to launch at the same time, setting a Jan. 1, 2023 deadline.
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