Round 1 of Ohio’s sportsbook application is now closed. All operators applied for a Jan. 1, 2023 launch date, which is when legal sports betting goes live in the Buckeye State. Which sportsbooks applied for licensure in Ohio and who will we see in operation on launch day?
Before we get into it, there’s three major types of licenses in the state of Ohio: Type A, B, and C.
- Type A: Website or mobile online wagering
- Type B: Retail or in-person wagering
- Type C: Self-service or host facility
Keep up-to-date with TheLines for more Ohio legal sports betting coverage through the remainder of 2022.
Which Ohio Sportsbooks Applied For A Mobile License?
As the July 15 deadline approached, only eight total operators had applied for a license in state state of Ohio, far below the 25 open spots. When the first round of applications closed, that number jumped to 20. The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) is still accepting applications, but any sportsbook that applies past this July 15 deadline won’t launch on Jan. 1 with the rest of the state.
Just days after the application opened in June, BetMGM and PointsBet became the first two sportsbooks to apply for licenses. DraftKings Sportsbook, Barstool, FanDuel Sportsbook, and Fanatics followed shortly thereafter.
The rest of the applications came flooding in on July 14 and 15, right up against the deadline.
Complete List of Mobile Ohio Sportsbook Applications
All of the following applications are mobile operator’s license (Type A). This means you’ll be able to wager online or through a mobile app.
- Crown Ohio Gaming (DraftKings)
- Penn Sports Interactive US (Barstool)
- Betfair Interactive (FanDuel)
- FBG Enterprises Opco (Fanatics)
- American Wagering (William Hill)
- Seminole Hard Rock Digital
- Betfred Sports (Ohio)
- Hillside Ohio (bet365)
- PlayUp Interactive OH
- SBOpco (SuperBook)
- Tipico Ohio
- Fubo Gaming
- Parx Interactive
- Out The Gate
- Bally’s Interactive (BallyBet)
Who Else Applied For Licenses?
Ohio is home to multiple casinos and racinos, most of which submitted applications for Type B (in-person) licenses. Among the biggest names include MGM Northfield, JACK Cleveland Casino, and Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati. All of Ohio’s professional sports teams also submitted applications to pave the way for in-person sports betting at each of their stadiums.
Two popular tourist destinations also landed on the OCCC’s list: The Pro Football Hall of Fame (who just completed a new HOF Village) and Murfield Village Golf Club, host of the PGA’s Memorial Tournament.
You can find the final Round 1 list of applications here.
Books Partner With Ohio’s Pro Teams
When laying the framework for legal sports betting, Ohio set out to be one of the most encompassing and lenient states. So far, they’ve lived up to the hopes, allowing for record-amounts of licenses and matching the most number of pro team-sportsbook partnerships in the country (Arizona). The Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers already inked deals with operators to build retail Ohio sportsbooks in their stadiums earlier in the year; the Cincinnati Reds followed suit.
Part of the application process was either securing a partnership with a team or showing that an operator was pursuing a partnership. The eight mobile operator-pro team partnerships are as follows:
- Cincinnati Bengals: Betfred
- Columbus Blue Jackets: Fanatics
- Cleveland Browns: BallyBet
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Fubo
- Columbus Crew: Tipico
- FC Cincinnati: Superbook
- Cleveland Guardians: bet365
- Cincinnati Reds: Underdog
As of July, six retail books are set to launch in 2023:
- Blue Jackets: Fanatics
- Browns: BallyBet
- Cavaliers: Caesars
- FC Cincinnati: Superbook
- Guardians: Fanatics
- Reds: BetMGM