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Who’s Applied For An Ohio Sports Betting License So Far?

Who's Applied For An Ohio Sports Betting License So Far?

The sports betting application window that guarantees operators a spot at the table for launch has closed and the commission has started to review and approve applicants. Now it is not a matter of who has applied for an Ohio sports betting license, but who will be the lucky chosen for approval.

Operators and businesses can still apply for a license moving forward, but they are no longer guaranteed to be a part of the universal launch date. So, which Ohio sports betting apps are coming to the Buckeye State and where will you be able to place bets in person? There is a long list of businesses that have applied and the list is getting longer for the operators that have been approved.

When Will Ohio Sports Betting Launch?

The launch of sports betting in Ohio is right around the corner. On New Year’s Day at 12:01 a.m., residents in the Buckeye state will be able to place their sports wagers. The most popular sportsbooks will become available for mobile and retail sports betting. Read more on which sportsbooks and casinos will be available on New Year’s Day.

What Operators Have Been Approved For An Ohio Sports Betting License?

The Ohio sports betting picture is starting to take shape as the Ohio Casino Control Commission granted conditional approval to over 20 Type A and Type B licenses in total.

Those approved for a Type A, or an Ohio mobile sports betting license, include the top names in the industry as well as some new sportsbooks that are launching for the first time in Ohio. Below are the Type A licenses that have been granted and the operators’ market partners between the end of August to now.

Ohio Mobile Sportsbook 📱License Type 🪪Market Partner 🔐
Barstool SportsbookType AHollywood Casino Columbus
bet365Type ACleveland Guardians
BetfredType ACincinnati Bengals
BetMGMType AMGM Northfield Park
BetrType APro Football Hall of FAme Village
BetRiversType AHollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway
BetwayType AN/A
CaesarsType AScioto Downs
DraftKingsType AHollywood Casino Toledo
Fanatics SportsbookType AColumbus Blue Jackets
FanDuelType ABelterra Park
FuboType ACleveland Cavaliers
GamewiseType AMiami Valley Gaming and Racing
Hard Rock DigitalType A Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
Parx InteractiveType AMuirfield Village Golf Club
Prophet ExchangeType AN/A
SuperbookType AFC Cincinnati
TipicoType ACrew SC Stadium Company

The Cincinnati Bengals and FC Cincinnati had their approval delayed because neither team had representatives present at the meeting held early in September.

For a Type B, or an Ohio retail sportsbook license, this list includes professional sports teams, casnios, racinos, golf clubs and even a high school. Below is the continuously growing retail sportsbook license approval list.

Ohio Business/Operator 🏢Sportsbook Partner 💰Location 📍
Cleveland BrownsBally BetCuyahoga County
Cincinnati RedsBetMGMHamilton County
Crew SC Stadium CompanyTipicoFranklin County
Hollywood Casino ToledoBarstool SportsbookLucas County
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning ValleyBarstool SportsbookMahoning County
JACK Cleveland CasinobetJACKCuyahoga County
JACK Thistledown RacinobetJACKCuyahoga County
Muirfield Village Golf ClubParx InteractiveFranklin County
MGM Northfield ParkBetMGMSummit County
Cedar Downs OTBBetMGMErie County
Hard Rock Casino CincinnatiHard Rock DigitalHamilton County
Pro Football Hall of FameBetRiversStark County
Belterra ParkFanDuelHamilton County
FC CincinnatiSuperBookHamilton County
Cleveland GuardiansFanatics SportsbookCuyahoga County
Scioto DownsCaesarsFranklin County
SPIRE InstituteOut the GateGeneva County
Cleveland CavaliersCaesarsCuyahoga County

There were also 300 Type C licenses approved to add to the 200 bars and restaurants already approved in August.

Some standouts from this list include SPIRE Institute which was awarded both a Type A and Type B license. SPIRE is a high school centered around developing up-and-coming athletes, hosting collegiate tournaments, and runs a sports research development lab.

Some may be wondering what the plans are for SPIRE to own an Ohio sports betting license with betting on high school sports not being a legal form of gambling in any state. The plans are to open a retail sportsbook at SPIRE’s athletic complex and also partner with a new online sportsbook operator Out the Gate.

There will be mixed emotions about placing a sportsbook this close to high school students, but the OCCC granted the license determining that there was enough separation between the school and the athletic facility to award them the license.

Another first for Ohio will be the launch of Betr Sportsbook. The new micro-betting-styled sportsbook is owned by Jake Paul and is testing the waters here in Ohio. The new sportsbook will focus solely on live-play events and prop bets.

What is an Ohio Type A Sports Betting License?

Ohio Type A licenses are for online sportsbook providers. Per HB 29, Ohio’s sports betting legislation allows for up to 25 mobile sportsbooks at full maturity. Type A licenses are state entities that are able to bank a bet through a mobile platform.

As of this writing, 20 businesses have secured a partnership with an online provider. Two additional businesses have applied for a Type A license without listing a mobile platform provider.

Here are just a few examples of sports betting apps and their partners:

What is an Ohio Type B Sports Betting License?

An Ohio Type B licenses are for future brick-and-mortar sportsbooks across Ohio. These can be applied to by professional sports teams, casinos, racinos, and ultimately any venue that is able to operate a retail sportsbook on-site.

There can be a maximum of 40 retail sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with county population dictating where they can be located. County populations of 100,000 to 399,999 can have one retail sportsbook. The next threshold from 400,000 to 799,999 allows for three. Any Ohio county with 800,000 or more people can have up to five brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.

A few examples of businesses granted Type B licenses are below:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers- Caesars Ohio
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus- Barstool Sportsbook Ohio
  • Jack Thistledown Racino- betJACK Ohio
  • Cleveland Browns- Bally Bet Ohio
  • Columbus Crew- Tipico Ohio

Type C License

The OCCC has not put a limit on the number of Type C licenses that will be allocated across Ohio. The Type C licenses provide businesses the ability to have two sports betting kiosks on site. Applicants filing for this type of license will be required to have a current liquor license or provide lottery gaming.

This is exciting for Ohio residents because they could soon be able to place bets at bars, restaurants, casinos, racinos, bowling alleys, and convenience stores. With this form of licensure, sports betting is becoming more accessible throughout Ohio.

Overall, the OCCC has reviewed over 3,000 applications and approved many sports betting license applications over the past three months. The sports betting kiosks are a majority of that sports betting approval number. With more operators to be granted licenses, there are already a list of pre-approved sports betting kiosk locations in place.

Story contributed by Cody Kutzer

Joshua Buckley is a contributor for NEO Sports Insiders. Along with award-winning experience as a sports editor in Alabama and Texas, he has also spent time in public relations for the tourism and blood banking industries. Joshua is co-host of "Whole Lotta Wolves," the only U.S.-based Wolverhampton Wanders FC podcast.



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