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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 Ohio Casino Control Commission’s sports betting application windows guaranteeing operators a January 1 launch have closed and the commission has started to review and approve applicants. Operators and businesses can still apply 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.

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

The Ohio sports betting picture is starting to take shape as the OCCC granted conditional approval to eight companies on September 7 that will have both Type A and Type B licenses and approved an additional 13 licenses on September 21.

Those approved in the first bunch include three professional sports teams, four casinos/racinos and a golf club.

Business/OperatorLicense TypeLocation
Cleveland BrownsType BCuyahoga County
Cincinnati RedsType BHamilton County
Columbus CrewType BFranklin County
Hollywood Casino ToledoType BLucas County
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning ValleyType BMahoning County
JACK Cleveland CasinoType BCuyahoga County
JACK Thistledown RacinoType BCuyahoga County
Muirfield Village Golf ClubType BFranklin County

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

For the second batch there were 12 mobile sportsbooks that were approved. Some of these operators have retail sportsbook partners that are also approved or going through the approval process.

Operator License TypePartner
Barstool SportsbookType AHollywood Casino Columbus
bet365Type ACleveland Guardians
BetfredType ACincinnati Bengals
BetMGMType AMGM Northfield Park
BetRiversType APro Football Hall of Fame Village
BetwayType AN/A
CaesarsType AScioto Downs
Fanatics SportsbookType AColumbus Blue Jackets
FanDuelType ABelterra Park
FuboType ACleveland Cavaliers
Prophet ExchangeType AN/A
SuperbookType AFC Cincinnati

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

Type A License

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. 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 the sports betting apps and their partners:

  • DraftKings (Hollywood Casino Toledo)
  • Caesars (Scioto Downs)
  • BetMGM (MGM Northfield Park)
  • FanDuel (Belterra Park)
  • Betfred (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Barstool (Hollywood Casino Columbus)
  • Fanatics (Columbus Blue Jackets)
  • PointsBet (Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley)
  • Bally Bet (Cleveland Browns)
  • Hard Rock (Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati)
  • bet365 (Cleveland Guardians)
  • PlayUp Interactive (JACK Cleveland Casino, JACK Thistledown Racino)
  • SuperBook (FC Cincinnati)
  • Tipico (Columbus Crew)
  • Fubo Sportsbook (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Instabet (NFL Hall of Fame Village)
  • BetPARX (Muirfield Village Golf Club)
  • Underdog (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Out the Gate (SPIRE Institute)

Gamewise (Betly) is a mobile provider but does not have a partner. Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley Racing and Gaming have applied for Type A licenses but have not listed an online platform provider.

BetRivers is also listed as the second mobile provider for Hollywood Casino Columbus.

Type B License (retail sportsbooks)

In addition to the businesses and venues listed above, the following places have applied for an Ohio Type B license.

  • Cedar Downs OTB (BetMGM)
  • Harry Buffalo (PointsBet)
  • Flats East Bank
  • Phantom Fireworks
  • Lori’s Roadhouse

Harry Buffalo and Flats East Bank are unlikely places to house a retail sportsbook and unlikely to receive a license. Both are in Cuyahoga County and there are three professional sports venues and two casinos that have preferred locations.

Although InstaBet is the mobile partner for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Village, BetRivers will provide the onsite sportsbook management. Similarly, Barstool will be the management services provider for retail sportsbooks at Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway, Hollywood Casino Toledo, and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley. If you go to the Great American Ball Park, you’ll find BetMGM as the sportsbook of choice.

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.

Type C License

The OCCC has not put a limit on the number of Type C licenses that will be awarded. These licenses give businesses the ability to have two sports betting kiosks on site. The only requirements for applicants are a current liquor license or that they provide lottery gaming. This means you could potentially be placing bets at bars, restaurants, casinos, racinos, bowling alleys, and convenience stores.

The commission has said they expect 3,000 license applications to hit their desk and this is where the majority will come from. Already, the Ohio Lottery has published a list of more than 1,300 pre-approved businesses. You can see a list of pre-approved locations here.

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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