Officials: Ohio Sports Betting to Launch at Stroke of Midnight on New Year’s Day

Sports betting will launch in Ohio at the first possible moment, an Ohio Casino Control Commission official revealed in a meeting on Wednesday.

As PlayOhio reported, OCCC executive director Matt Schuler stated during the Aug. 3 commission hearing that “Once the ball drops in Times Square, sports gaming can commence.”

Following communication about the meaning of his comment, Schuler clarified that according to the OCCC the 12:01 a.m. ET launch time makes the best sense, and “that’s what it’s gonna be,” according to PlayOhio.

Ohio legalized sports betting in December 2021, but a mandatory waiting period forced the OCCC to stall movement on a rules process until the spring. Following months of meetings and work by the commission, the state has guidelines in place, rules for applications, and a timeline.

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More Than 50 Applications for Sports Betting Licenses

According to the OCCC, which meets at least once monthly in a hearing open to the public to discuss matters before the board, the State of Ohio has received 22 applications for a Type-A sports operating license, 25 for Type-B, and seven for Type-C.

Type-A licensure is for online sports betting and is required for companies like BetMGM, FanDuel, and other sportsbooks. A Type-B Ohio sports betting license is needed for retail sportsbooks. Existing casinos and qualifying racinos or racetracks, as well as sports teams or organizations, can apply for this license.

A Type-C license is applicable for any organization or business that has a valid D-1, D-2, or D-5 liquor permit under Chapter 4303, is a valid lottery sales agent license under Chapter 3770 and holds a current recommendation for licensure by the Lottery, as well as is a for-profit corporation or association. This type of license would be appropriate for convenience stores, supermarkets, and some clubs or bars, possibly even golf courses.

The OCCC hearing also indicated that Ohio has received 21 mobile management provider applications, 36 as sports betting suppliers, 98 applications for holding company status, and 235 as Type C hosts. In addition, 385 individuals have submitted their information to be licensed as key sports gaming employees.

The OCCC is required to do background checks on all individuals who submit applications and vet all operators seeking to do business in the state. It’s expected that the process will be completed by late October or early November.

In an interview last week with Ohio Sharp, OCCC Director of Communications Jessica Franks explained that she feels the Ohio Sports Wagering Catalog will be finalized at some point in the fall.

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Which Ohio Sports Betting Apps Will Launch at Midnight

As we’ve previously reported, several of the best-known sportsbook names in the industry have applied to take wagers on the first day of legal sports betting in the Buckeye State.

That includes BetMGM Sportsbook, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and FanDuel. Others that have applied are Gamewise, Instabet, Barstool Sports, betPARX, and Tipico.

NFL Games Will be Played on First Day of Sports Betting in Ohio

Seeing as Jan. 1, 2023, falls on a Sunday, it’s expected that sportsbooks will be accepting wagers on NFL games that morning. Ohio sports fans will want to check here at Ohio Sharp to see which sports betting apps are offering registration before launch day. You’ll also want to sift through the signup bonuses, as each sportsbook will undoubtedly be dangling lucrative free bets or risk-free bets and other offers for new users in Ohio.

The NFL regular season runs through Sunday, Jan. 8 for Week 18 of the schedule. Teams will once again play 17 games. Since the Ohio sports betting market will open early in the morning on Jan. 1, that means you can wager on two weeks of NFL regular season games. The playoffs start the following weekend. Super Bowl 57 will be played on Feb. 12, 2023.

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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.