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

Why Single-Skin Sports Betting Could Limit Ohio, New York Markets

December 3, 2020

A regulatory model that could limit the sports betting market in Ohio and New York is under consideration in both states. Senate sponsors of an Ohio sports betting bill surprised the industry when they mentioned their latest draft would include just one skin per casino/racino in the state. That dropped from three each in September […]

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The Week In Sports Betting News: Is It Too Late For Ohio, Massachusetts?

November 23, 2020

This week's recap of sports betting news includes an update out of Ohio and Massachusetts as well as solid numbers out of Illinois and Tennessee.

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Ohio Sports Betting Bill Inches Forward In 10-Minute Hearing

November 19, 2020

The wait for a delayed Ohio Senate committee to begin was significantly longer than the actual discussion on sports betting. The General Government and Agency Review Committee heard less than 10 minutes of discussion on SB 111. That’s mostly because the bill is outdated at this point. Sponsors John Eklund and Sean O’Brien have worked on […]

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