First Batch of Ohio Sports Betting Licenses Approved

As the Jan. 1, 2023 sports betting launch in Ohio inches nearer, we’re starting to get a better idea of which operators will be involved and where bets will be able to be placed. On Sept. 7, the Ohio Casino Control Commission granted conditional approval to eight companies for Type A and Type B sports betting licenses (online and retail wagering) as well as 300 bars and restaurants that applied for Type C licenses (betting kiosks).

Here is a closer look at those licenses and how sports betting in Ohio is shaping up.

Type A and Type B License Approvals

Three professional teams, four casinos and racinos, and a golf course received conditional approval during the OCCC’s Sept. 7 meeting. Those companies were:

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Columbus Crew
  • JACK Cleveland Casino
  • JACK Thistledown Racino
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club

All eight businesses that were approved for sports betting licenses have mobile betting partners whose applications are also in the review process.

Two additional teams, the Cincinnati Bengals and FC Cincinnati had their license approval delayed because neither organization had representatives present at the meeting.

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Type C License Approvals

Type C sports betting licenses allow businesses that have a current liquor license or provide lottery gaming to have two sports betting kiosks on site. 300 Type C licenses were approved at the most recent OCCC meeting, bringing the total to 500 approvals after 200 licenses were approved in August. Among the bars and restaurants approved were places like Rivals Sports Grille in Cleveland, the Backyard Bar in Cincinnati, and Sequoia Pro Bowl in Columbus.

If you’re curious about betting kiosks in your area, you can search for businesses here.

The Ohio Lottery had published a list of more than 1,300 businesses that were pre-approved for licenses in July, ranging from Aberdeen to Zanesville.

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Additional Ohio Sports Betting Updates

OCCC Executive Director Matt Schuler said a third of applicants have yet to submit the required materials related to obtaining a license. 

An Oct. 5 deadline has been set for the applicants to submit these documents. If the commission doesn’t receive the materials by then, those applicants will no longer be guaranteed to be part of the Jan. 1 launch date.

The final set of rules to be considered for Ohio’s sports betting market will also be considered on Oct. 5.

There was also a Nov. 2 deadline set for applicants’ compliance materials to be approved by the commission. Failure to be granted commission approval for compliance will put the applicant’s Jan. 1 launch status in jeopardy.

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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Cody Kutzer

Cody is a freelance writer and sports betting expert. He's a fantasy football fanatic, lover of all things Penn State, and always one bet away from winning his teasers.