The official first day of Ohio sports betting is nearly half a year away, but there is a lot that needs to be done in the regulatory process between now and then to make sure the industry can hit the ground running when it launches statewide on Jan. 1, 2023.
Progress in many aspects of the process is being made on a weekly basis, including the submission of Ohio sports betting applications. The first of two application windows closed on July 15 with a flurry of applications in the final week. The first window was for any company or business that wants to offer retail, mobile, or lottery sports betting. Filing an application before the end of the first window was necessary for any company wishing to guarantee it will launch on Jan. 1.
The second window, which is from July 15 to August 15, is for mobile operators that are offered a second license by a casino or a professional sports team. To earn a second license, the company must demonstrate how it will provide significantly more revenue to the state. The second window is also for small businesses that wish to install and operate sports betting kiosks. The Ohio Lottery has a large list of pre-approved businesses.
The application process ends more than three months before the statewide launch date to give the Ohio Casino Control Commission enough time to vet the companies that submit applications, including — but not limited to — performing background and financial checks.
Ohio law allows for up to 25 mobile sports betting apps and 40 retail sportsbooks.
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Types of Licenses Available
There are three types of Ohio sports betting licenses available. All licenses, no matter the type, are good for five years when first awarded. Companies can also apply as mobile management service providers, and those applicants will receive Type A licenses once they partner with a retail sportsbook.
Here is a look at each type of license:
Type A License: Any company that wants to run a mobile betting app must apply for a Type A license, which has an initial cost of $2.5 million. These are available only to pro sports teams, casinos, and racinos and allow the holder to enter into a contract with two mobile sports betting vendors.
Type B License: Retail stores around the state can apply for these licenses, though some are already spoken for — at least in terms of where they can be. One license is reserved for a business near Cedar Point in Sandusky. Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton counties can have up to five locations apiece. The counties of Summit and Montgomery can have up to three apiece. This license requires an initial payment of between $90,000 and $140,000.
Type C License: These licenses are for bars and restaurants around the state with various liquor permits. They can install sports betting kiosks in their businesses but are limited to offering point spreads and totals.
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Recent Ohio Sports Betting License Applicants (July 9 – July 15)
The OCCC will update its list of applications every Friday night. During the final week of the first application window, the number of applications received by the OCCC more than doubled the total from the first four weeks.
The biggest brand that applied during the final week was Caesars. It gained access to the state by partnering with Scioto Downs. The other mobile management service providers that applied before the deadline are Hard Rock, Betfred Sports, bet365, PlayUp Interactive, Superbook, Tipico, Fubo Gaming, Instabet, betPARX, Underdog Sports, Out the Gate, Gamewise, and Bally Bet.
There are now at least 20 sports betting apps that will have the opportunity to launch on Jan. 1.
The number of pro sports teams, casinos, and racinos to apply for a Type A license is now at 21 after 17 more applied during the final week of the first window. The new applicants include the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Guardians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Reds, FC Cincinnati, and Columbus Crew SC.
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Full List of Ohio Sports Betting License Applicants
This list will be updated every week.
Mobile Management Service Providers (Sports Betting Apps)
- BetMGM (What to expect from BetMGM)
- PointsBet Ohio (What to expect from PointsBet)
- DraftKings (What to expect from DraftKings)
- Barstool Sportsbook (What to expect from Barstool)
- FanDuel (What to expect from FanDuel)
- Fanatics (What to expect from Fanatics)
- Hard Rock
- Betfred Sports
- PlayUp Interactive
- Fubo Gaming
- Out the Gate
- Bally Bet
Type A Licenses (Mobile betting partner)
- JACK Cleveland Casino (PlayUp Interactive OH Inc.)
- JACK Thistledown Racino
- NFL Hall of Fame Village (Instabet Inc.)
- Cincinnati Bengals (Betfred Sports)
- MGM Northfield Park (BetMGM)
- Scioto Downs (Caesars)
- Cleveland Browns (Bally’s)
- Columbus Blue Jackets (Fanatics)
- Columbus Crew SC (Tipico)
- Muirfield Village Golf Club (Parx Interactive)
- Cincinnati Reds (Underdog)
- Cleveland Cavaliers (Fubo Gaming)
- Hollywood Casino Columbus (Barstool)
- Cleveland Guardians (bet365)
- Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway
- Belterra Park
- Hollywood Casino Toledo (DraftKings)
- Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley (PointsBet)
- FC Cincinnati (Superbook)
- SPIRE Institute (Out the Gate Inc.)
- Miami Valley Gaming and Racing
Type B Licenses
- JACK Cleveland Casino
- JACK Thistledown Racino
- NFL Hall of Fame Village
- MGM Northfield Park
- Scioto Downs
- Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
- Cleveland Browns
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Murfield Village Golf Club
- Cincinnati Reds
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Hollywood Casino Columbus
- Cleveland Guardians
Type C Licenses
- Pre-approved business list from the Ohio Lottery (Updated July 15)
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