Ohio Legal Sports Betting: What Will Mobile Launch Look Like?

Written By Brett Gibbons on March 17, 2022
Ohio legal sports betting

By Jan. 1, 2023, Ohioans will be able to access sports betting. The complex process of regulating Ohio legal sports betting is well underway. What modes will Ohioans be able to use when it comes to sports betting?

Ohio Legal Sports Betting: Retail Vs. Mobile Betting

In some states, retail sports betting is the only option residents have. Retail sports betting means in-person betting at sanctioned places like casinos, physical sportsbook locations, and oftentimes tribal-owned casinos. North Carolina and New Mexico are two prime examples which sports betting as a whole has not been legalized in the state, but tribal exemptions allow it at very select locations.

The other, more accessible option is mobile sports betting. As the name suggests, this type of betting allows users to wager on sports via mobile devices and laptops. Books use encrypted geolocators to confirm an individual is within legal state boundaries, so VPN users won’t be able to bypass the system. Popular mobile operators include DraftKings SportsbookFanDuel SportsbookBetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and more.

HB 29 dictates that Ohio will launch mobile sports betting on or before that Jan. 1, 2023 date.

What Will A Mobile Launch Look Like?

So far in 2022, New York launched mobile sports betting after offering only retail in the past. It was announced not long before, but the state began rolling out sportsbook apps on Jan. 8, 2022 in time for the NFL Playoffs. In the first month alone, nearly $2 billion was wagered and over $138 million in revenue was gained.

New York is the United States’ fourth-most populous state, while Ohio is the seventh-most. The latter could see similar successful numbers upon mobile launch, as the state is home to seven professional franchises in the five biggest leagues (Bengals, Blue Jackets, Browns, Cavaliers, Crew, Guardians, Reds); it also houses one of the biggest major college brands, Ohio State. Compare that to states like New York (10 laid claim to in the NYC metro) and Illinois (six).

According to PlayOhio, the state could see numbers comparable to New Jersey’s record revenue in 2021. They project up to $12 billion in annual wagers and $1 billion in gross gaming.

Expected Operators

Caesars Sportsbook already announced a partnership to build a gaming lounge within Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. BetMGM also has a horse racing betting app that launched in October 2021. A couple other operators do have footholds in the state, as well.

DraftKings and FanDuel are expected to launch apps in Ohio even though nothing is currently up and running. HB 29 allows up to 25 online operators and 40 in-person locations in the state.

Of course, with the launch of mobile operators comes lucrative bonuses and special offers, so stay up-to-date with TheLines to ensure you’re maximizing your betting potential.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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