The Ohio sports betting market is close to going live and more sportsbooks are being approved for betting licenses. The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) just granted five more applicants market access during a recent meeting. At the meeting, BetMGM, BetRivers, DraftKings, Hard Rock Digital, and Tipco Sportsbook were approved.
Ohio On Pace For January Launch
The official launch date for online sportsbooks in Ohio is January 1, 2023. Online sportsbooks will all be able to go live on the same day for a universal market launch. The OCCC had approved the likes of FanDuel and DraftKings during a previous meeting.
Retail sportsbooks were also approved during the meeting. This includes the Columbus Crew SC Stadium, Hard Rock Casinos Cincinnati, MHM Northfield Park, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Village. They will see several betting locations including kiosks at businesses across the state and sportsbooks at local stadiums.
Many sportsbooks are also already accepting early registration from locals. Pre-live promos are available for Ohio residents in preparation for the launch. The launch is going according to schedule with no signs of delays insight.
More Sportsbooks Approvals Underway
The OCCC will continue to meet to discuss Ohio sports betting applications. Ohio regulators have several applicants still awaiting final approval in order to go live. In addition to the online operator licenses, there are 1,4000 businesses that have been preapproved for kiosks.
The kiosk or Type C licenses have already been approved up to 876 in Ohio by the Commission. The OCCC still has over 600 businesses still awaiting approval in time for the date. This backlog of applicants could see several not be approved in time for the January 1 date.
This also doesn’t account for the local retail sportsbooks in casinos and stadiums still awaiting final approval from the OCCC. While progress has been made, the market will not be in its final iteration come January 1.
Online sportsbooks are likely to be all approved in time as the OCCC has made emphasis on these operators. Online sports betting is the most popular form of betting and Ohio would like to have as many operators live ahead of the Super Bowl.