Is Sports Betting Legal in Ohio?
Sports Betting is not available in Ohio.See All States
- Can you bet online? No
- Can you bet in person? No
Ohio is surrounded by states that have legalized sports betting (or appear poised to do so in 2020), so it’s no surprise that state lawmakers are trying to advance legislation. The issue is that there are two different bills competing with each other — one in the House, the other in the Senate. Both bills call for mobile wagering but have key differences in the state agency tasked with regulating sports betting. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has previously said that he wants to legalize sports betting in the state, and he's pushed the legislature to put a bill on his desk prior to November's elections to avoid the possibility of a special interest group putting an initiative on the ballot. On May 28, 2020, the Ohio House passed a sports betting bill that will now go to the Senate this summer. The two branches will work out differences between the bills -- notably whether the lottery or a casino commission will regulate the industry -- with the goal to legalize sports betting in 2020. We're predicting Ohioans will be able to legally wager on sports at the beginning of 2021.