Where Will Retail Sportsbooks Operate In Ohio?

Written By Brett Gibbons on July 25, 2022
Ohio sports betting

The first round of applications is now closed by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC). 22 operators applied for licenses in the Buckeye State and the process of partnering with teams is underway. Where will we see different sportsbooks operating when Ohio sports betting launches on Jan. 1?

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Where Will You Find Ohio Sports Betting Lounges?

The talk is around online betting, with that being the most accessible mean for Ohioans to bet on sports. However, plenty of in-person retail sports betting lounges are lined up to open in 2023.

As reported earlier this year, Caesars Sportsbook is building a sports betting lounge in Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was the first partnership of its kind announced in Ohio. In total, six retail locations are set to open at Ohio pro sports stadiums, including at FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns), the Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds), Nationwide Arena (Columbus Blue Jackets), Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Bengals), and Progressive Field (Cleveland Guardians).

The Buckeye State is also home to many casinos and racinos, most notably the JACK Casino in Cleveland, Hard Rock Casino in Cincinnati, and Hollywood Casino in Toledo. All three with feature sportsbooks, with JACK opening their own branded book, betJACK.

Two popular tourist destinations are set to open sportsbooks– Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin (home to the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

The largest US sportsbooks– BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook– will all open locations around the state. MGM already has a casino and horse racing track in Northfield (southeast of Cleveland), Caesars will open at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, DraftKings at the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, and FanDuel at Belterra Park in Anderson Township in Cincinnati.

Find the complete list of Ohio sportsbooks who applied for licenses

When Will Ohio Sportsbooks Open?

Since all of the operators applied for licensure before the July 15 deadline, they all may begin operation on Jan. 1, 2023. For the Caesars Sportsbook location, that lands right in the middle of the NBA season, while books like bet365 and Underdog may wait to see operation until the MLB begins in April.

The non-pro sport venues will also likely want to launch on Jan. 1 along with the rest of the state.

As the year progresses, we may see more applications submitted and more locations open around Ohio. Any operator who applies now will launch after Jan. 1.

Every Sportsbook Location Ohio

FanDuel SportsbookBelterra ParkAnderson Township
PointsBetHollywood Gaming at Valley Race CourseAustintown
BetRivers SportsbookPro Football Hall of FameCanton
Betfred SportsbookCincinnati BengalsCincinnati
Hard Rock SportsbookHard Rock Casino CincinnatiCincinnati
SuperBook SportsbookFC CincinnatiCincinnati
UnderdogCincinnati RedsCincinnati
Bally BetCleveland BrownsCleveland
bet365 SportsbokCleveland GuardiansCleveland
betJACKJACK Cleveland CasinoCleveland
Fubo SportsbookCleveland CavaliersCleveland
Barstool SportsbookHollywood Casino ColumbusColumbus
Caesars SportsbookScotio Downs RacinoColumbus
FanaticsColumbus Blue JacketsColumbus
TipicoColumbus CrewColumbus
BetPARXPGA TourDublin
betJACKJACK Thisledown RacinoNorth Randall
BetMGM SportsbookMGM Northfield ParkNorthfield
DraftKings SportsbookHollywood Casino ToledoToledo

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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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