Ohio Sports Betting: More Than 20 Operators Prepare for Launch

The Cincinnati Bengals mascot against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

A plethora of Ohio sports betting licenses were counted last week, as twenty-two establishments applied to launch online sportsbooks in the Buckeye State on January 1, 2023. 

The Ohio Casino Control Commission gave businesses until Friday, July 22, to submit their applications and guarantee a position within Ohio’s day one sports betting launch in the new year. One hundred percent of the applicants were from Type-A proprietors – license holders of over 40 Ohio online bookmakers. 

Sports teams, casinos, and racinos will launch their wagering services with a mobile and retail partner. 

Who Has Applied for Ohio Sports Betting Licenses?    

The sports teams within Ohio state have wasted no time in stacking their position, as NASCAR stop Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the lone professional organization within Ohio that didn’t apply.

Below is the list of professional Ohio sports teams who’ve successfully registered their interest, alongside their mobile and retail partners: 

  • Cleveland Browns – partnering with Bally Bet (mobile & retail) 
  • Cleveland Cavaliers – partnering with Fubo and Caesars
  • Cleveland Guardians – partnering with Bet365 and Fanatics 
  • Cincinnati Bengals – partnering with Betfred (retail N/A) 
  • Cincinnati Reds – partnering with Underdog Sports and BetMGM 
  • Columbus Blue Jackets – partnering with Fanatics (mobile & retail) 
  • Columbus Crew – partnering with Tipico (retail N/A) 
  • FC Cincinnati – partnering with SuperBook (mobile & retail) 
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club – partnering with Parx (mobile & retail) 
  • Casinos and Racinos Push for Ohio Sports Betting Licenses    

Of the four casinos and seven racinos located in Ohio, none of those establishments surrendered a market position for the sports betting launch in January. 

Below is the list of casinos and racinos who’ve applied for a sports betting license, alongside their mobile and retail partners: 

  • Belterra Park – partners N/A
  • Hard Rock Cincinnati – partnering with Hard Rock (mobile & retail) 
  • Hollywood Columbus – partnering with Barstool (mobile & retail)
  • Hollywood Dayton – partnering with Barstool retail (mobile N/A)
  • Hollywood Mahoning Valley – partnering with PointsBet and Barstool
  • Hollywood Toledo – partnering with DraftKings and Barstool
  • JACK Cleveland – partnering with PlayUp and betJACK
  • JACK Thistledown – partnering with betJACK (mobile N/A)
  • MGM Northfield Park – partnering with BetMGM (mobile & retail)
  • Miami Valley – partners N/A
  • Scioto Downs – partnering with Caesars (mobile & retail)

Obviously, Penn Interactive’s Barstool Sportsbook will operate Penn National’s four retail sportsbooks. DraftKings, PointsBet, and a first-skin operator that hasn’t been announced will make use of Penn’s alternative first-skin licenses. 

FanDuel and Gamewise are absent from the aforementioned lists. Still, with Belterra Park and Miami Valley yet to announce their mobile and retail partners, we should expect the non-listed mobile operators to be the missing piece for either-or.  

Second-Skin Operators 

A second application period opened when the first one closed this past Friday

Second-skin mobile operators and Lottery-licensed areas that provide sports betting via kiosks will now have until Aug.15 to send their applications for a chance to launch on day one.