New betJACK App Allows Fans To Prepare For Launch Of Ohio Sports Betting Market

Frustrated by the delay of legal sports betting in Ohio? Now you have a way to work that frustration off with the betJACK app, a new product from JACK Entertainment available exclusively in the state.

Created in collaboration with Kambi Group and Shape Games, betJACK is a free-to-play application for fans to explore sports betting without putting money on the line. It’s a great way for Ohioans to train their sports betting muscles while waiting for the state to launch its market.

The betJACK app is available now at the Apple App Store and Google Play for download.

In promotional materials for betJACK, the application is being described as “Training Camp,” touting it as a fun way to learn about sportsbook-style betting without actually betting while we wait for the launch in Ohio.

“We wanted to provide an entertaining way for sports fans to learn and become comfortable with sports betting before real money wagering goes live in Ohio, and we are excited to partner with Shape and Kambi to create an exceptional product,” Brian Eby, President of JACK Entertainment Brian Eby said.

Once Ohio launches its sports betting market, which is expected later in 2022, the betJACK platform would transition seamlessly into the JACK betting app, which allows for real-money wagering, according to Jack Entertainment.

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When Will Sports Betting Launch In Ohio?

A bill passed by the Ohio legislature and signed by the governor requires sports betting to launch in Ohio by Jan. 1, 2023. Industry observers are hopeful that the state regulatory mechanism will have things in place for a launch as soon as the third quarter or mid-fourth quarter of 2022. The start of the NFL season in the first week of September is likely a target.

Ohio will offer three ways for sports fans to wager:

  • Mobile sportsbook app
  • Retail sportsbook
  • Betting kiosks at restaurants and bars

Thus far, a few of the major sportsbooks have applied to the Ohio Casino Control Commission for a license, including BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel. Others have applied or are expected to join the list.

More Ohio Sports Betting Information

Citizens must be at least 21 years old and be in Ohio to register and use a sportsbook in the state. There are no restrictions for betting on collegiate sports so fans can bet on in-state teams such as the Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. With the success and popularity of the Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Cleveland Guardians, Ohio is expected to be a successful market. Ohio is the seventh most populous state in the country.

A 2021 report by the Ohio Legislative Budget Office estimated that the legal Ohio sports betting market might produce as much as $3.35 billion in revenue within a “few years of operation.” Neighboring or nearby states Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois have launched their sports betting markets already, and Ontario went live with an open market on April 4.

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Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.