While the launch of Ohio sportsbooks is still on pace for January 1, 2023, not all planned sportsbooks will go live. The Kroger sports betting kiosks in the state will not go live in time for the official launch.
The kiosks are delayed until an as-of-yet unknown later date in 2023. Kroger was approved access in Ohio by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Kroger Sports Betting Kiosks
The announcement of the delay was first reported by Cincinnati Business Courier. The reason for the delay is due to Kroger working to complete its sports betting strategy. The supermarket chain holds 42 stores across the Buckeye State and has been approved to offer betting in each.
It is not definite that every store will launch a betting kiosk but they all have the option to host one. Kroger is one of 1,400 local businesses that have been approved to launch betting kiosks in Ohio. The OCCC has already issued 931 betting licenses and counting.
Kroger’s delay will cause them to miss out on the initial rush of betting that comes during the first few weeks of a new market. However, with Ohio projected to be one of the largest on the market, Kroger will still benefit once the betting kiosks go live.
How Betting Kiosks Will Play A Major Roll
Ohio allowing local businesses to host retail betting with betting kiosks is a major game changer for the local economy. Bettors will have more options to travel to in order to place bets as opposed to just local casinos.
Several bars, supermarkets, restaurants, and other businesses will now be hubs for sports betting. Alongside online sportsbooks, Kiosks could potentially be one of the main ways Ohio sports betting takes place.
The Kroger delay is so far the only known sports betting entity to miss the upcoming launch. Online sportsbooks and retail sportsbooks are set for a universal launch date. Ohio residents can even register for pre-live offers at popular sportsbooks. Despite the Kroger delay, it is an exciting time for sports betting fans in Ohio.