WynnBet Sportsbook Wins Ohio Sports Betting License

Written By Jake Garza on January 18, 2023
The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved WynnBet for online sports betting during its Jan. 18 meeting

WynnBet online sportsbook is on its way to Ohio’s market. The betting app on Jan. 18 won a license from the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Ohio sports betting began less than three weeks ago, and the industry is already getting a new sportsbook. That’s great for bettors in the state who will have one more option to pick from in the near future.

WynnBet is late to the Ohio sports betting party

Regulators granted WynnBet its online sportsbook license during the commission’s Jan. 18 meeting.

It took WynnBet some extra time to get to this point. The company, which is partnered with Jack Thistledown Racino, applied for its license months ago but was slower to push itself through the application process compared to some of its counterparts. Many of the state’s legal sportsbooks started taking bets right as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Out of the original batch of Ohio sports betting applicants, WynnBet was nearly the last man standing when it comes to reaching this step in the launch pipeline.

Some companies that submitted applications months ago, like Fubo Sportsbook and MaximBet, withdrew from consideration. Then there’s PlayUp Sportsbook, which ran into its own set of unique issues on the pathway to Ohio.

Regardless of missing the first day of betting in the state, WynnBet is finally on its way to Ohio. With a license in hand, the company can start to inch closer to making its Ohio debut.

WynnBet expanding across U.S.

WynnBet is the sports betting arm of the larger Wynn Resorts. The sportsbook has been expanding its reach across the country in recent years.

When WynnBet eventually opens its digital doors for business in Ohio, it will be the 10th state where the online sportsbook is taking bets in the U.S. The company is no stranger to the sports betting world, but the Buckeye State will present a new set of challenges for WynnBet.

Ohio residents already have access to 16 different online sportsbook options. WynnBet will be the cherry on top of that pile.

A wider list of options is good for the state’s market.

A full slate of betting apps helps to keep the market competitive as different companies look for new ways to squeeze past their competition. That’s a win for sports bettors in Ohio, who will have access to all sorts of new deals and promotions as time goes on.

Even more online sportsbooks will make their way to the state down the road. Now that WynnBet has its license it will likely open in Ohio sooner rather than later.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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