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Ohio Approves Sports Betting Apps, Others to Launch New Year’s Day

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Ohio has approved 18 sports betting apps, including DraftKings, FanDuel and BetMGM, to launch on New Year’s Day.

Along with their online sportsbook approvals, the Ohio Casino Control Commission on Wednesday announced licenses for several additional types of in-person sports betting operators.

Ohio’s sports betting law, passed in late 2021, allows up to 46 apps, as well as in-person betting at sports arenas, casinos and convince stores by Jan. 1, 2023.

The full list of online sportsbooks approved for launch:

A handful of other apps, including Hardrock and Jake Paul’s micro-betting venture Betr, are still pending approval.

Grocery Stores Approved for Kiosks

The commission approved several local businesses, including 42 Kroger grocery stores to install sports betting kiosks.

Kiosks limit bettors to $700 in wagers a week and provide fewer options than a retail or online sportsbook. However, they’re much easier to get a license for.

More than 800 businesses have been approved so far.

Sports Arenas and Casinos

By law, the state’s professional sports teams are eligible for sports betting licenses. Online sportsbooks can only gain market access by partnering with them or a casino or racetrack.

The commission approved the Cleveland Cavaliers (Fubo and Caesars), Cleveland Guardians (bet365), Columbus Blue Jackets (Fanatics) and FC Cincinnati (Superbook) for online licenses and in-person sportsbooks at their arenas.

They join the Cincinnati Reds (BetMGM and Underdog), Cleveland Browns (Bally’s) and Columbus Are (Tipico)

The Cincinnati Bengals (BetFred) were approved for an online sports betting license, but no longer wish to pursue an in-person sportsbook, according to the commission.

The following retail locations were also approved for in-person sportsbooks and online licenses through their partners.:

  • MGM Northfield Park (BetMGM)
  • Soctio Downs (Caesars)
  • Hollywood Casino Columbus (Barstool)
  • Belterra Park Cincinatti (FanDuel)
  • Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (BetRivers and Barstool)

Each online betting operator will pay a 10% tax on gross gaming revenue. More approvals should be announced in the coming weeks.

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