Ohio Online Casinos

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Ohio sports betting is set to launch at the start of the new year, so Buckeye State bettors have much to look forward to. Gov. Mike DeWine signed HB29 into law on Dec. 21. The Ohio Casino Control Commission in June announced that Jan. 1, 2023, would be the universal start date for legal betting. The Ohio commission is accepting operator license applications for online and retail sportsbooks, and betting terminal operators.

With this good news for gamers, you may wonder, what's the status of legal online casinos in Ohio? The short answer is this — there are currently no announced plans for legalizing online casinos in The Buckeye State for the foreseeable future.

While this is disappointing news to be sure, that doesn't mean you should close the door on the possibility of it never coming to fruition. Many industry experts feel the legalization of sports betting will be a litmus test of sorts for Ohio regulators and the operators to get a feel for online gambling and to see whether or not legalized online casinos would be feasible down the road.

For now, though, Ohio gamers will just have to wait until the turn of the year and dabble in the legal sports betting market to get their online betting fix. If you are in Ohio and don't want to wait for legal online casinos to become available, you can always travel to one of the four full-service casinos or one of the seven racinos at racetracks to place your wagers.

OH Online Casino Quick Facts:

  • Date legalized: TBD
  • Launch date: TBD
  • Regulated by: Ohio Casino Control Commission 
  • You must be 21 years or older and within state lines to place bets once legal sports betting goes live on Jan. 1, 2023. It is likely the age requirement would be the same for online gambling if online casinos become legalized.

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Ohio Online Casino History & Legal Retail Casinos

A Look at OH Online Gambling History

June 2022 BetMGM and PointsBet are the first two sportsbooks to apply for online betting licenses in Ohio.
June 2022 The Ohio Casino Control Commission officially confirms Jan. 1, 2023, as the launch date for online and retail sports betting. Approved sports betting licensees will be able to take first bets by midnight on Jan. 1
December 2021 Ohio Senate, House and Gov. Mike DeWine overwhelmingly pass bill to legalize Ohio sports betting. On Dec. 22, Gov. DeWine signs HB29.
2009 Ohio voters pass the "Ohio Casino Approval and Tax Distribution, Amendment 3", which put one casino in each of the state's four largest cities (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toldeo).

There are 11 casino locations in The Buckeye State. Each of the state's four largest cities have one full-service casino within their respective cities. These casinos offer slots, table games, and live poker.

Ohio also has seven racinos, which are racetracks that have live racing, simulcast betting, and video lottery terminals.

Here are the locations of each casino and racino:

Land-based casinos

  • Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati — Opened March 4, 2013; Located at 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus — Opened Oct. 8, 2013; Located at 200 Georgesville Road, Columbus
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo — Opened May 29, 2012; Located at 777 Hollywood Blvd., Toledo
  • Jack Cleveland Casino in Cleveland — Opened May 14, 2012; Located at 100 Public Square, Cleveland

Racinos

  • Belterra Park Cincinnati in Cincinnati — Opened May 1, 2014; Located at 6301 Kellogg Road, Cincinnati
  • Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs in Columbus — Opened June 1, 2012; Located at 6000 S. High St., Columbus
  • Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway in Dayton — Opened Aug. 28, 2014; Located at 777 Hollywood Blvd., Dayton
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course in Austintown — Opened Sept. 17, 2014; Located at 655 N. Canfield Niles Road, Youngstown
  • Jack Thistledown Racino in North Randall — Opened May 14, 2012; Located at 21501 Emery Road, North Randall
  • MGM Northfield Park in Northfield — Opened Dec. 18, 2013; Located at 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield
  • Miami Valley Gaming in Turtlecreek Township — Opened Dec. 12, 2013; Located at 6000 St. Route 63, Turtlecreek Township

Responsible Gambling in Ohio

There are plenty of resources for Ohio gamblers looking for help or are just looking for more information related to problem gambling. Here are just a few of the resources you can turn to:

Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline

The Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline can be reached at 1-800-589-9966.

National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is a national organization that assists programs and services which deal with program gambling. Ohio bettors can reach the NCPG at 800-522-4700.

Gamblers Anonymous Hotlines

There are multiple hotlines based on where you're located if you want to contact Gamblers Anonymous. Here are some you can call for help or more information:

  • Toldeo: 419-327-9514
  • Youngstown: 330-505-5060
  • Cincinnati, Dayton, and other cities: 855-222-5542