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Ohio Sports Betting Moves Step Closer as Conditional Approvals Roll In

Ohio Sports Betting Moves Step Closer as Conditional Approvals Roll In
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Indications are that beginning on New Year’s Day, Ohio sports betting fans won’t just be able to watch their favorite teams play in their home stadiums or arenas—they’ll be able to legally bet on them there, too.

The most recent update offered by the Ohio Casino Control Commission on Wednesday conveyed conditional approval status upon 18 applicants seeking to offer Ohio betting apps, and 17 others seeking to offer retail wagers when the state launches legal sports betting on Jan. 1. 

The applicants receiving conditional approval include all of the Ohio professional sports teams which have thus far applied for a piece of what could eventually become a $3.5 billion market.

The Ohio sports betting law allows up to 25 Type A licenses reserved for mobile sportsbooks, 42 Type B licenses reserved for retail locations, and an undetermined number of Type C licenses, which will be located in places like restaurants and bars, and whose number in each county will be determined by population or tourism figures. Applicants receiving conditional approval must still submit all plans and procedures to the commission by Nov. 2, and have any equipment ready for verification by Dec. 2.

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Those applicants which have received a preliminary OK from state regulators include the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL, conditionally approved to offer mobile sports betting with partner Betfred; the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, conditionally approved to offer both mobile and retail sports betting with partner Bally’s; and the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, conditionally approved to offer mobile sports betting with partner Fubo, and retail sports wagering with partner Caesars Sportsbook Ohio.

Also included on that list are the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball, conditionally approved to offer mobile sports betting with partner Underdog, and retail sports wagering with partner BetMGM Ohio; the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball, conditionally approved to offer mobile sports betting with partner bet365, and retail sports wagering with partner Fanatics; and the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, conditionally approved to offer mobile sports betting with partners Fanatics and Prophet Exchange, and retail sports wagering with Fanatics.

Other Ohio sports entities receiving conditional approval include the Columbus Crew of Major League soccer (both mobile and retail with partner Tipico); FC Cincinnati of Major League Soccer (both mobile and retail with partner SuperBook); and Muirfield Village Golf Club near Columbus (both mobile and retail with partner Parx Interactive). 

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Village in Canton has submitted an application seeking to offer mobile sports betting with Betr and retail wagering with BetRivers, but has not yet received a conditional OK from the commission.

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Several casinos and horse racing tracks are also among the applicants that have received conditional approval. They include JACK Cleveland, with mobile partners PlayUp and MaximBet, and retail partner betJACK; Jack Thistledown Racino near Cleveland with mobile partner WynnBET and retail partner betJACK; MGM Northfield Park, with BetMGM as mobile and retail partner; Scioto Downs in Columbus, with Caesars Sportsbook as both mobile and retail partner; and Belterra Park outside Cincinnati, with FanDuel Ohio and Digital Gaming Corporation as mobile partners and FanDuel as retail partner.

Other gaming entities to receive conditional approval from the state include Hollywood Casino Columbus, with Barstool Sportsbook as both mobile and retail partner; Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, with BetRivers as mobile partner and Barstool Sportsbook as retail partner; Hollywood Casino Toledo, with DraftKings Ohio as mobile partner and Barstool Sportsbook as retail partner; and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley in Youngstown, with PointsBet as mobile partner and Barstool Sportsbook as retail partner.

The gaming entities still awaiting conditional approval include Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, which is seeking to partner with Seminole Hard Rock Digital to offer both mobile and retail sports betting. 

Other entities awaiting conditional approval include Miami Valley Gaming, a casino and harness racing track in Lebanon, which has applied to offer mobile sports betting with Gamewise and retail wagering with an undisclosed partner, and the SPIRE Institute, a sports performance complex in Geneva that has applied to offer both mobile and retail sports wagering with Out of the Gate.

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About the Author

David Caraviello for Bookies.com
David Caraviello
Veteran sports journalist David Caraviello has covered college football, college basketball, motorsports and golf, covering all three US golf majors, the Daytona 500 and SEC football.