⭐ Online Gambling in Ohio
Gambling options for Ohio gamblers are limited, and at the moment, sports betting is the online gambling industry that Ohio is looking to legalize. However, with four Las Vegas style commercial casinos and seven racinos available in the state, the online casino gaming industry could be expanded. However, no law legalizing online casinos has been put out yet, and the track record of previous attempts to legalize new forms of gambling is not good.
⭐ Ohio Sports Betting
Ohio online sports betting is not currently legal. However, on May 12th 2021, Ohio Casino Control Commission announced that the state’s 11 land-based casinos and racinos could apply for a retail sports betting license. If implemented, this could lead to slowly opening up the option of sports betting online in Ohio as well. If gambling online is legalized, all 11 casino and hybrid horse track “racinos” would be eligible to apply for an online license, resulting in some of the most known national brands opening gambling sites the state.
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
Current Legislation Status
Although Ohio residents can currently play casino games, like slots and table games, at 11 land based casinos, online casino gambling or sports betting have not been legalized by the Ohio General Assembly for the Ohio Lottery Commission to regulate. However, Ohio gambling laws are slowly changing, and 2021 saw the introduction of SB 176, after the 2020 sports betting bill failed to pass. There are also rumors for another bill in 2021.
The SB 176 sports betting bill would allow for online betting in the state. The law would require licensees to have a physical presence in the state through the gambling venues. The licensee can also sub-contract with unlimited mobile betting skins. In theory, this could mean that each casino could offer an unlimited number of skins, up to the 40 licenses available in the state. Other details include a 10% tax rate. Some citizens worry that the bill might lead to an uncontrolled number of slots venues and an increase in problem gamblers in the state of Ohio, and are opposed to the bill.
Retail Sports Betting
Retail sports betting is not currently available in Ohio. If online betting is legalized, it’s reasonable to assume that retail sportsbooks would be included in the regulations. Currently, you can only bet on a horse race in Ohio, as racetracks and off-track betting are available.
Horse racing has been legal in Ohio since 1933, and it’s regulated by the Ohio State racing Commission. The Ohio Racing Commission also regulates harness racing. The legislation approves pari-mutuel wagering at seven live horse racing racinos in the state. Off-track betting is also available, and online horse race betting is allowed through sites such as TVG and TwinSpires, which offer a welcome bonus to new bettors.
Daily Fantasy Sports
Daily fantasy sports was legalized by then-governor John Kasich in 2018, and they are regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Most major DFS sites such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fantasy Draft operate in Ohio. For DK and FanDuel, launching a gambling site will be no problem, so they are definitely looking to expand into OH if real money gambling takes off in the form of online sports betting.
⭐ Ohio Casinos
Ohio does not yet have legal online casino sites, but the state has a vivid retail casino game industry with 4 casinos and 7 racetrack casinos operating around the state at the major population centers like Columbus and Cleveland. The casinos carry casino table games, slot machines, poker rooms, and video poker; you can try out games like Mini Baccarat and Mississippi Stud. The racinos are limited to operating slot machine video lottery terminals. The legal gambling age for real money games in casinos is 21 years.
|Belterra Park Cincinnati||6301 Kellogg Rd, Cincinnati||Racino|
|Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs||6000 S High St, Columbus||Racino|
|Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati||1000 Broadway St, Cincinnati||Casino|
|Hollywood Casino Columbus||200 Georgesville Rd, Columbus||Casino|
|Hollywood Casino Toledo||1968 Miami St, Toledo||Casino|
|Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway||777 Hollywood Blvd, Dayton||Racino|
|Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course||655 N Canfield Niles Rd, Youngstown||Racino|
|JACK Cleveland Casino||100 Public Square, Cleveland||Casino|
|JACK ThistleDown Racino||21501 Emery Rd, North Randall||Racino|
|MGM Northfield Park||10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield||Racino|
|Miami Valley Gaming||6000 OH-63, Lebanon||Racino|
Legal gambling online is not yet a thing in Ohio, and although a sports betting bill has been introduced to the Senate, online casinos are not going to be legalized soon. However, with the success of Michigan online gambling, Ohio law makers might change their mind in the upcoming years as more gamblers go over the state lines with their money.
Ohio Lottery Games
Ohio Lottery sells tickets for lottery games like Mega Millions, Powerball, and Lucky for Life, as well as five intrastate games: Classic Lotto, Rolling Cash 5, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5. Online lottery is however not permitted yet and all lottery tickets must be purchased from brick-and-mortar retailers.
Ohio residents do not have access to any legal online bingo options. However, bingo games can be hosted by charity organizations, religious groups, and educational organizations.
Online Gambling Q&A
- ⭐ Is online gambling legal in Ohio?
- ⭐ Is sports betting available in Ohio?
- ⭐ Are there casinos in Ohio?
- ⭐ Are online poker sites legal in Ohio?