Ohio Sports Betting

Ohio sports betting news and information

Ohio currently has two sports betting bills attempting to work their way through the state legislature. However, there has been little in the way of movement on the bills since they were introduced in March and April 2019. Only one has even been referred to committee yet.

The bills under consideration:

HB194

  • HB194 is the more robust of the two bills and the one that has moved beyond introduction. It is a bill to legalize, regulate and tax sports wagering businesses.
  • The bill, a product of Rep. Dave Greenspan, would place the Lottery Commission as the controlling body.
  • Greenspan envisions sports betting occurring at normal locations, but also veterans’ and fraternal organizations.
  • The bill is designed to create sports betting as more of a kiosk-based lottery function.

SB111

  • SB111 has been introduced, but no other action has taken place since March 2019.
  • The bill is the work of Sen. John Eklund.
  • Sports betting would only be permitted at the 11 casinos or racinos.
  • In this bill, the Ohio Casino Control Commission would be the regulatory body.

What still needs to happen?

Legislators need to come to an agreement about which bill and which avenue they plan to pursue. Right now, everything is in a holding pattern, and these two bills recommend very different approaches.

Projected sports betting launch date in Ohio

We’re targeting June 2020. The current legislative session doesn’t conclude until the Summer of 2019. It’s possible that things will come together during that time. However, given some of the disagreements going on (integrity fees, official data, and the like), it might take Ohio a bit longer to sort everything out.

Ohio Sports Betting FAQ

Is sports betting legal in Ohio?

No, it is not. There are two bills to legalize in the state legislature, but the two bills are at odds with each other philosophically, so it may be a bit of time before Ohio legalizes.

Can I bet online on my phone in Ohio?

No. While there are gambling locations throughout the state, there are no legal online casinos operating instate.

When will sports betting be legal in Ohio?

Hard to say, but June 2020 is a decent guess. Assuming legislators can get things going soon, it will probably take about a year to hammer out the regulatory scheme and issue licenses to operators.

Is any gambling legal in Ohio?

Yes, there are four land-based casinos and 7 racinos scattered throughout the state. The 7 racinos do not offer table games, however.

What is the legal gambling age in Ohio?

It ranges from 16 to 21. 16-year-olds can play bingo; 18-year-olds can play the lottery and horseracing. However, patrons at Ohio casinos must be 21.

Is Bovada legal in Ohio?

No. As is the case throughout the US, Bovada is an offshore company that exists in a sort of legal gray area. Play there at your own risk, and understand that you may not have the same legal recourse in cases of disputes with Bovada.

Can I play in New Jersey online casinos or sportsbooks from Ohio?

No. New Jersey online casinos and sportsbooks utilize geolocation software to screen out any potential players from outside the state. Even someone just over the border could not play, let alone someone in Ohio.

Where is the closest state to Ohio that has legal sports betting?

Ohio borders two states that offer sports betting. Both Pennsylvania and West Virginia are available to the east.

For the time being, the Mountaineer Hotel Casino & Resort is probably the best option for Ohio residents.

However, Pennsylvania sportsbooks are set to open in Pittsburgh and Erie in the next few months. Those locations might be better options, depending on where in Ohio a player might be.

Ohio Sports Betting News

Who Called Official League Data Mandate A ‘Money Grab’ At Ohio Hearing?

May 24, 2019

A casino representative called any mandate to use official league data a "money grab" that is "in lieu of not being able to get the integrity fee."

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No Integrity Fee In Ohio Sports Betting Legislation, Key Lawmaker Says

March 26, 2019

An integrity fee or royalty to sports leagues could face an uphill battle as Ohio sports betting enters the Senate committee process. Requiring the use of official league data might stand a better chance.

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Ohio Sports Betting Bill Finally Appears; Will Sports Gambling Also Surface In Governor’s Budget?

March 14, 2019

A long-awaited sports betting bill appeared in Ohio on Thursday, marking one of the last major states in the Midwest or Northeast to address the topic in earnest. And it seems primed to get a real push this spring.

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