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.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law three days before Christmas on Wednesday. However, we still might be more than a year away from the first legal online sports bets in the Buckeye State.
Rick Anthony, deputy executive director for the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), told PlayOhio that he doesn’t anticipate sports betting starting any earlier in Ohio than Jan. 1, 2023, which is the start date deadline mandated by the legislation.
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.
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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