FanDuel Sportsbook and Barstool Sportsbook Awarded Ohio Sports Betting Licenses

As we get closer to the launch of the best Ohio sportsbooks on Jan. 1, the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) approved two more mobile operators on Oct. 19. 

FanDuel Ohio and Barstool Sportsbook were both approved during the most recent OCCC meeting. Both sportsbooks already have partners in the state. Belterra Park Racino in Cincinnati is partnering with FanDuel, and Hollywood Casino in Columbus is partnering with Barstool. FanDuel is currently live in 16 other states while Barstool Sportsbooks is live in 13. 

FanDuel Ohio Promo Code Scores $100 in Free Bets

FanDuel Ohio has already launched a sign-up bonus for new users who register before the New Year’s Day launch. All you have to do is sign up for a new account and you’ll get $100 in free bets loaded into your account on launch day. No code is necessary, but you do need to use this FanDuel Ohio Promo Code link.

While FanDuel was the first sportsbook to open its pre-launch bonus, it is not the last. DraftKings Ohio is also offering new users a bonus if they register before launch day. Use this DraftKings Promo Code link to claim $200 in free bets.

Ohio Retail Sportsbooks

So far seven mobile and nine retail sportsbook operators have been approved in Ohio. 

The other five sportsbook operators to be approved are PointsBet, Caesars, Betfred, bet365, and SuperBook. All five have retail partners with three of those being professional sports teams in Ohio. 

  • PointsBet Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley (Youngstown)
  • Caesars Scioto Downs (Columbus)
  • Bet365 Cleveland Guardians 
  • SuperBook FC Cincinnati
  • Betfred Cincinnati Bengals

All of these sportsbooks are expected to open when sports betting goes live at midnight on Jan. 1. There could also be more sportsbooks approved in the future.

Also during the meeting, the OCCC approved 29 more sports betting kiosk locations. Kiosks will be located at small businesses like restaurants, bars, stores, golf courses, and more. 

Four kiosk suppliers were also approved: Green Bear Gaming (UBet Ohio), Intralot, Iron Gate Gaming (betIGG), and Skybox Sports Network. 

What’s Next for Ohio Sports Betting

Each operator that’s approved has until Nov. 2 to submit all the required compliance documents for the applications. Those required materials include approved responsible gaming plans, facility plans, house rules, geolocation procedures, and test lab reports. 

Any applicant that doesn’t submit those required materials on time likely won’t be able to launch when sports betting goes live, but it doesn’t mean that they can’t launch after the universal start date. So there could also be more sportsbooks approved later on next year. 

GeoComply, which was recently awarded a conditional geolocation and KYC license, will help operators with their geolocation procedures. GeoComply’s IDComply product is the only identity and age verification service currently licensed. 

After that the next deadline is Dec. 2. Each operator has until then to have all equipment ready for verification leading up to the Jan. 1 universal launch date. Once that is done then operators should have the green light to launch on the start date. 

BetMGM Partners With Cincinnati Reds

Earlier this month the Cincinnati Reds announced BetMGM Sportsbook as an official sports betting partner. 

BetMGM will open a retail sportsbook at Great American Ball Park next year. The sportsbook will be located on the second level along the third-base side where the Machine Room restaurant was previously. 

The sportsbook is slated to open in time for the Opening Day. It’ll be the second BetMGM sportsbook at an MLB stadium after BetMGM previously opened one at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. 

Three other MLB teams also have retail sportsbooks in their stadiums — the New York Mets, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Chicago Cubs. The Baltimore Orioles recently announced plans to build a sportsbook as well. 

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