Ohio law dictates that legal sports betting must launch by January 1, 2023. Not only did Sports Betting Hall of Fame inductee Sara Slane expresses optimism as it pertains to Ohio’s progress toward an eventual launch of legal sports betting. But the recent release of deadlines provides more clarity to the timeline of when sports betting could arrive in Ohio.
In December 2021, Ohio Lawmakers approved House Bill 29, and Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill into law later the same month. With the deadline set for the official arrival of sports betting, the clock began ticking in earnest. With the light at the end of the tunnel within vision, it’s nice to take a peek backwards at the events that led to Gov. DeWine legalizing sports betting.
Legalized sports betting in Ohio had been in the works for some time and building momentum in recent years. Ohio appeared to be among the most likely states to pass sports betting laws when the calendar flipped from 2020 to 2021. The Ohio State Senate established the Select Committee on Gaming for the sole purpose of crafting legislation. In the spring of 2021, it held numerous hearings with interested parties.
Highlights Of Sports Betting
- The legal age to bet is 21.
- Bets allowed on all professional, collegiate, and Olympic sports.
- Proposition bets will be legal in specific locations.
- There will be three different classes of licenses available for application.
- Online mobile sports betting applications are accepted as part of a Type A license. There will be up to 40 Type A licenses.
- Retail sportsbooks at casinos and other locations throughout the state are based on the population size of the county hosting the retail location. This is a Type B license.
- Restaurants and other locations may be allowed to have sports betting kiosks, similar to Keno machines, with small, minimal bets on outcomes-only of sporting events. This will be a Type C license.
Professional Sports Teams In Ohio
- Cleveland Guardians (MLB)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
- Cleveland Browns (NFL)
- Cincinnati Reds (MLB)
- Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)
- FC Cincinnati (MLS)
- Columbus Crew SC (MLS)
- Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
The Cavaliers forged a partnership with Caesars Sportsbook in February 2022. Terms of the deal include the opening of a retail sportsbook at the Cavs’ home arena, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Schuring has said he expects the state’s NFL teams to have sportsbooks at their facilities as well. MLB has regulations stipulating where and how close to games betting can occur, so he expects sportsbooks to be located close to, but not necessarily on, MLB property.
College Sports In Ohio
Ohio State University has urged the state of Ohio to limit betting on collegiate sports. Among their requests are limiting college betting to football and basketball, so those who want to bet on the Buckeyes winning the College Football Playoff wouldn’t be impacted.
Time will tell if the Ohio Casino Control Commission grants any of those requests. As it stands, however, Ohio bettors will be able to bet on college sports. The Ohio State Buckeyes are a major football program — and perhaps the most popular football team in the state — so it would’ve been a tough blow for the Ohio betting market to deny residents the opportunity to wager on the state’s flagship sports brand.
All total there are more than three dozen schools in the state that are eligible for sports betting.
Ohio Gambling Laws FAQs
Yes. Sports betting is legal in Ohio, but it has not yet launched. The bill that legalized sports betting in Ohio calls for the first legal wager to be placed by January 1, 2023. The recent release of application deadlines provides further context into exactly when that launch date will be.
Sportsbooks will begin operations in Ohio no later than January 1, 2023. However, Ohio residents could have the ability to place bets as soon as fall of 2022. Those who are running low on patience can use check out the new betJACK app that launched in the state. It’s not sports betting, per se, but it will give prospective Ohio sports bettors a taste of what it’s like.
You must be 21 to gamble in any form in Ohio. This is a common minimum age in many states that have legalized and launched sports betting.
Yes. As part of the legalization of sports betting in Ohio, residents will be able to wager online through mobile sportsbook apps in addition to in-person at retail sportsbook locations.
Yes. The lottery can be played in person or by purchasing tickets at licensed locations.
Yes. There are four casinos in the state. The Ohio Casino Control Board regulates the casinos.