⭐ Online Gambling in Ohio
Currently Ohio gamblers can only visit retail casinos, but in 2022 the online sports betting industry will be launching in the state as well. In December 2021, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the long-awaited sports betting bill, and now the Ohio Casino Control Commission can start drawing up the regulations for the industry. However, there are currently no plans to legalize online casinos, although the success of Michigan and Pennsylvania might tempt lawmakers to look into that next.
⭐ Ohio Sports Betting
Ohio online sports betting is not currently operational, but will be launching during 2022. The sports betting law allows up to 25 mobile licenses, which will be issued to professional sports teams, leagues, casinos and racinos. In addition, up to 40 licenses can be issued to operators who want to set up retail betting. Other key details include 10% tax rate, betting on esports is allowed, and operators are not required to get official league data for live bet settlement. We can expect the best online sportsbooks to launch in the state:
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
Ohio sports betting is finally becoming a reality in 2022, as the Ohio Casino Control Commission can now begin drafting the regulations. While the road to to this point wasn’t easy, persistent legislators pushed House Bill 29 into existence.
- Winter 2022: Ohio Casino Control Commission begins to draft rules and regulations for the sports betting industry in Ohio.
- December 22, 2021: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs HB29 into law; Gov. DeWine has been an outspoken supporter of online sports betting.
- December 8, 2021: Both Ohio House of Representatives and the Senate vote to pass sports betting legalization; both retail and online operations are approved
- December 6, 2021: The chambers come to an agreement on the sports betting bill, with all Type A licensees guaranteed at least one skin.
- November, 2021: Senator Schuring is hopeful the Senate and House can resolve their differences on betting legislation; key issue is the number of mobile licenses.
- June 16, 2021: The Senate passes SB176 following amendments to the bill; the House will not vote on the issue before Summer break.
- May 12, 2021: Sen. Kirk Schuring introduces SB176, which offers up to 40 betting licenses split between mobile and retail operators. Casinos, sport treams, and the lottery retailers all oppose the bill.
- 2018-2021: Several attempts by Ohio legislators to reach agreement on sports betting; no luck thus far.
- May, 2018: SCOTUS strikes down Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), letting states set up their own online wagering legislations.
Retail Sports Betting
Retail sports betting is not currently available in Ohio, but was legalized alongside online wagering. You can expect to see retail sportsbooks launching during 2022. 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. Out of the main online sportsbook operators, BetMGM already has their horse racing site up in Ohio.
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 when 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 passed into law, 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.
Online Gambling Q&A
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