When legal sports betting debuts in Ohio on Jan. 1, 2023, one of the noticeable additions will be the many betting kiosks across the state.
Small businesses can apply for kiosk licenses through the Ohio Casino Control Commission during the second application window, which began on July 15 and goes through Aug. 15.
Ohio will be one of the states with legalized sports betting that has a ubiquitous policy toward kiosks. According to state law, any business that is a licensed lottery dealer, has one of three types of liquor permits, and is for-profit, is eligible to apply for a license to host sports betting kiosks.
Applicants must pay a $1,000 application fee and also secure a partnership with a licensed Type C Sports Gaming Proprietor. The gaming partner will install the approved equipment and provide training to ensure the business is adherent to state law. As of July 15, the state had pre-approved more than 900 businesses for kiosks from among establishments that already satisfy the basic requirements.
After the Aug. 15 deadline, Ohio businesses can apply for a kiosk license, but the state cannot guarantee they will be licensed by New Year’s Day in 2023 when the market opens.
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What is an Ohio Sports Betting Kiosk?
A sportsbook kiosk enables customers to place wagers on sporting events from the comfort of a licensed bar, bowling alley, truck stop, golf course, hotel, or supermarket. The kiosks are usually touch-screen or keypad controlled and are placed in areas where the customer can have some privacy to place their wagers. A maximum of two kiosks may be present at one location.
The kiosks typically accept several forms of payment, including cash, credit and/or debit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, or even Google Pay.
Sports bettors are limited to $700 in bets each calendar week at kiosks anywhere in the state. The hosting site is required to payout winnings up to $599. The gaming operator will make payments of $600 or greater, according to Ohio law.
The host establishments will be required to display pamphlets and literature about responsible gambling near the kiosks.
Which Bets are Allowed at Ohio Sports Betting Kiosks?
Not all wagers will be available to sports bettors at Ohio sports betting kiosks. Only moneyline, spread wagers, over/under wagers, and parlays will be allowed via betting kiosks.
Neither prop bets nor live in-game wagering will be allowed.
How Many Sports Betting Kiosks Will There Be in Ohio?
According to the state, earlier in 2022, the Ohio Casino Control Commission reached out to more than 2,000 businesses that might qualify for a sports betting kiosk to gauge interest and start pre-approval.
Not all businesses that qualify — a liquor license and lottery license are most important — will choose to have kiosks. But even if a quarter of those that qualify do so, that could be more than 500 sites with sports betting kiosks in Ohio. That means you could have access to sports betting kiosks in your local supermarket, neighborhood pub, or at the golf course/country club.
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What About Online and Retail Sportsbook Operators in Ohio?
Sports betting will arrive in the Buckeye State on Jan. 1, 2023, bringing the seventh-most populated state in the country into the market. Seeing as Ohio is a sports-crazed state, especially for college football and the NFL, the timing will allow customers to wager on the College Playoff Playoff and the Super Bowl early in 2023. Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals played in the Super Bowl.
The first period for applying for an online or retail operator’s license closed on July 15. According to the OCCC, among those that applied were BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, Fanatics, Barstool Sports, the Bengals, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The latter two are expected to seek retail sportsbook licenses at their locations in Cincinnati and Canton, respectively.
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