How Businesses Are Preparing For The Ohio Sports Betting Launch

Written By Giovanni Shorter on December 29, 2022 - Last Updated on December 31, 2022
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Several Ohio bars, restaurants, and casinos are preparing for the January 1 sports betting launch. At 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the first sports bets can be placed. With this, local businesses have already begun setting the stage for the Ohio sports betting launch. The countdown to the big day is ongoing.

Ohio Sportsbooks Setting The Stage

In Austintown, the Ice House Inn is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party where several guests will be in attendance. The Inn is home to sports betting kiosks prepared to go live at midnight on New Year’s Day. There is a total of 45 bars and restaurants in the Austintown area hosting betting kiosks.

“Our machines have been tested,” said Kevin Brogan, Hollywood Gaming’s marketing director The Ohio Casino Control Commission has signed off. “The Ohio Lottery Commission’s been involved. At 12:01 a.m., we fire it up and we’re going to start taking bets.”

Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course is also in the area and has plans to go live at 12:01 a.m. The retail gaming locale aims to be a fixture for sports betting in the area. Their sportsbook lounge area is currently covered with artificial football field turf in anticipation of the first NFL bets to be placed.

“This is going to be the place to watch sports and bet in Mahoning County,” continued Brogan.

How Online Operators Are Preparing

Online sportsbooks in Ohio are also preparing for the big launch. These operators are hosting pre-live promotions early, allowing residents to register their accounts from now. This allows bettors to quickly get in on the action as they will have already set up their betting accounts.

The pre-live offers also work to make betting easier. They offer the likes of deposit bonuses and bet credits for players. Bet credits allow Ohioans to wager without using their own real-world funds. Essentially working as a betting voucher. All of the top sportsbooks are offering pre-live promotions for locals who sign up today.

The FanDuel’s pre-live promos sees locals getting up to $100 in bet credits as well as three free months of NBA League Pass. This promotion can be accepted right now and the $100 bet credits will be available after the launch.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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