Ohio Sports Betting: Sportsbooks Preparing for Launch Date

Darius Garland #10 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates. Rick Osentoski/Getty Images/AFP

A level of disappointment has undoubtedly loomed amongst Ohio bettors when learning that legal sports betting won’t be arriving in time for the 2022 football season. However, all is not lost, as Ohio’s 2023 official launch date promises to arrive spectacularly. 

Ohio sports betting applications will take wagers during New Year’s weekend with a plethora of significant events on the schedule.

 In addition to the stacked betting calendar during the first weekend of 2023, sportsbook operators have an extended time to receive licenses from the Buckeye State, giving bettors a broader selection than most states have delivered on their go-live dates. As the seventh-largest state in America, sportsbooks are naturally queuing up to receive their piece of the pie. 

Sportsbook Operators Expecting to Launch in Ohio 

Since Gov. Mike DeWine passed the bill to legalize sports betting in Ohio last December, local sports betting fans have eagerly awaited their state’s go-live date. 

By law, sports betting licenses are split into three priority levels (Type A, B, & C), and this will see the top 25 (Type A) receive a reservation for casinos and professional sports teams. 

However, the casino and sports team can partner with online sportsbooks with two operational “skins,” industry jargon for an operator like FanDuel Ohio and its linked mobile app. 

There will be endless space for sportsbooks in the online Ohio market, giving bettors a wide choice of operators to choose from. The sportsbook application date opened on June 15, 2022, as BetMGM Ohio, DraftKings Ohio, PointsBet Ohio, and BetJACK have applied for licenses thus far. 

The aforementioned operators, however, are just a handful of those expected to launch in Ohio when looking at the existing retail casino partnerships. 

Sportsbooks Expected to Launch on Ohio’s Go-Live Date: 

– FanDuel Ohio

– DraftKings Ohio 

– Caesars Sportsbook Ohio

– Ball Bet Ohio

– BetMGM Ohio

– Unibet Ohio

– PointsBet Ohio

– Barstool Ohio

– Fubo Ohio

– BetRivers Ohio

– Tipico Ohio

– Hard Rock Ohio

– WynnBET Ohio

– MaximBet Ohio

– BetJACK 

All of the mentioned sportsbooks are expected to launch in Ohio as of now. Still, we do anticipate that numerous others will follow between now and the seven months before legal wagering in the Buckeye State begins. 

Ohio’s launch week will accompany one of the final NFL Sundays of the regular season, four college bowl games, and NBA and NCAA Basketball action to wager on