When Will Ohio Launch Online Sports Betting?
The official arrival date of legal sports betting in Ohio is Jan. 1, 2023. The belief heading into the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s June 1 meeting was that the state would launch sports betting close to the Jan. 1, 2023 deadline. Hope that sports betting would arrive well before the deadline were dashed.
The official launch of sports betting will be the same day as the deadline: Jan. 1, 2023. There is still a lot that needs to be done by and for the industry stakeholders. So even though anxious bettors will feel like sports betting is far off on the horizon, many certainly won’t share those feelings.
“It will be a very busy fall and winter both for the operators, prospective applicants, and the commission,” executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission Matt Schuler said during Wednesday’s commission meeting. “There’s a lot to do between now and then.”
In May, the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) released deadline dates for sportsbooks to apply for licenses, the first of which is July 15, 2022.
The OCCC also released a draft of a Sports Gaming Proprietor License Application in April. The control board will be going through over 3,000 applications for a sports betting license. Prospective bettors are certainly anxious for sports betting to launch, but the recent developments at least signal that the gears are turning.
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Timeline Of Ohio’s Gambling History
- November 2020 – House Bill 194, at the time the only sports betting bill currently being discussed in the Ohio legislature, reaches Columbus and starts making the rounds.
- January 2021 – Senate President Matt Huffman announces the creation of a seven-member Select Committee on Gaming, which convened in May of the same year to discuss various gambling and sports betting legalization related issues, paving the way for drafting of House Bill 29.
- October 2021 – Ohio state officials announced their intention to pass sports betting in the House by the end of the month.
- December 8, 2021 – Ohio lawmakers reach an agreement on sports betting, and the state Senate and House both vote to approve the bill, sending it to Gov. Mike DeWine to sign.
- December 22, 2021 — Gov. DeWine signed the sports betting bill (HB 29) into law.
- June 1, 2022 – The control committee announces the official launch date of sports betting will be January 1, 2023.
- June 15, 2022: Applications for Type A, B, and C proprietors, MMSPs, MSPs, and Supplier licenses accepted.
- July 15, 2022: Closing of the license application period for Type A, B, and C proprietors, MMSPs, MSPs, and Suppliers. Applications for Type C licenses are accepted.
- August 15, 2022: Closing of license applications for Type C Sports Gaming Hosts and second designated MMSPs.
- 60 Days Prior To Start Date: Submission deadline for all responsible gaming plans, facility plans, equipment testing, geolocation procedures, house rules & required procedures.
- January 1, 2023 — Official launch date for Ohio sports betting.
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Best Online Gambling Sites Coming to Ohio
While we’re highlighting a trio of sportsbook apps, prospective bettors shouldn’t get too hung up on which one app is best. Each app will offer the meat and potatoes that bettors seek. But among the potential sportsbooks that land in Ohio, some will offer slightly different features that appeal to bettors. This isn’t even to mention the variance in odds across books for various sporting events. Bettors will want to get into the habit of shopping around for the best prices.
Finally, the vast majority of competitive sportsbooks will offer a promo code or bonus code to entice new users. Industry experts encourage bettors to keep multiple sportsbooks in their rotation, at least in order to claim the welcome bonus.
DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and Betfred are ticketed for Ohio. Here’s what bettors need to know about them.
DraftKings Ohio Sportsbook
DraftKings is one of the best and widely available sportsbooks in the US and it will officially be present in Ohio when sports betting launches. DraftKings offers competitive odds and offers betting lines on many sports, from the most popular mainstream sports to niche sports like snooker, handball, and lacrosse. Bettors can often find individual player props as well.
And since it’s a major brand in almost all states where online betting is available, DraftKings comes with credibility that obscure or less familiar operators may lack.
FanDuel and DraftKings are no stranger to competing head-to-head with one another. Both have beginnings in the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) industry, and now both have made successful entries into the sports betting space. FanDuel, like DraftKings, will also arrive in the Ohio market when sports betting launches this fall.
Users will love FanDuel’s streamlined and easy-to-use app. It has a clean, responsive interface that makes navigation and placing bets a breeze.
FanDuel is also notable for its generous opening bonus, which is a $1,000 No Sweat First Bet offer. FanDuel’s regular promotions, unique wagers, and solid app experience make it a sports betting juggernaut likely to acquire licensure in Ohio when sports betting launches.
Betfred Ohio Sportsbook is another mobile app that will launch in Ohio when legal sports betting arrives January 2023. There will certainly be more, but with DraftKings, FanDuel, and Betfred ticketed for the Ohio market, there’s already reason for prospective bettors to be excited.
Betfred provides everything one would want from a sportsbook app. Not only is the layout free of unnecessary clutter, distracting graphics, or pop-ups. But navigation is easy and straightforward.
The app’s speed, stability, and overall performance are reliable, and users can easily deposit, withdraw, make and track their bets within the app. There are some other sportsbooks that have high-quality apps, but Betfred can hold its own with these other category leaders in the market.
Benefits of Regulated Online Sportsbooks In Ohio
Ohio’s sports betting industry still has some steps to clear before launching within the Buckeye State, but bettors should still avoid venturing offshore to get their gambling fix. Offshore betting sites are a bad idea for several key reasons:
- Illegal sportsbooks are breaking the law, plain and simple. If you use these or provide them with your personal information, you could end up in legal trouble.
- This threat of legal consequences means users have no recourse to seek intervention should they experience issues with an offshore outfit.
- Offshore betting sites provide subpar wagering experiences. Illegal betting sites are beholden to no one, so they aren’t required to actually give back your wagered cash or provide you with your winnings.
- Additionally, illegal betting sites aren’t always concerned with your digital security. Any personal information you provide to these sites could be lifted and used for identity theft or other malicious purposes.
All in all, it’s never a good idea to take your business to any illegal sportsbook, even if you are annoyed or frustrated with how long the industry is taking to launch. It’s a much better bet (pun intended) to wait for the future fair and regulated industry to come to fruition than it is to risk your personal information and money right now. That is especially the case now that Ohio has announced its Jan. 1, 2023 launch date.
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How Can You Tell That Online Sportsbooks In Ohio Are Fair?
The good news is that you’ll be able to tell whether an Ohio sports betting platform is fair and regulated pretty quickly. Any licensed sportsbook is required to announce that fact on their main website, and the OCCC will keep a list of regulated sportsbooks.
Regulated online sportsbooks in Ohio will be fair because:
- They have high-quality digital security, which protects both your personal information and your winnings in case of hacking or theft.
- They will be required to include a certain amount of insurance for their players, protecting you in the event of a digital breach.
- They will use official league data and professional linemakers to generate player-friendly odds and betting lines. This way, sports wagerers on both sides of a bet will have a great time and see a potential for profit.
In other words, regulated online sportsbooks in Ohio will offer better betting experiences and will be much safer to use than even the most attractive offshore or illegal betting site.
Additionally, the sportsbook operators likely to come to Ohio will be recognizable brands in the industry, including DraftKings and Caesars Sportsbook. Each of these sportsbooks already has a legitimate presence in other states, so you can rest assured that they have a history of operating fairly and treating their users appropriately.
Ohio Gambling FAQs
Ohioans will be able to wager on sports legally within the state on Jan. 1, 2023. The OCCC announced the official launch date during its June 1 meeting.
Each casino in Ohio is privately owned, which is distinct from most other states, who usually have their casinos run at least in part by Native American tribes. Ohio does not have any officially recognized Native American tribes running gambling activities, giving individual companies the opportunity to join the market.
Yes, sports betting became legal on December 22, 2021 when Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law. Sports betting won’t be available to the public until the official launch on Jan. 1, 2023.
Ohioans must be 21 years old to place wagers. This is the same age restriction bettors will face in other states.
No, you can’t play the lottery online in Ohio. However, the state does offer a retail-based lottery program.
Yes. In spite of pleas issued by the Ohio State University, Ohio will not restrict its residents from betting on in-state collegiate programs.