Ohio bars and restaurants wanting a sports betting kiosk in their establishment were allowed to begin submitting applications to state gaming regulators on Friday.

These so-called Type-C liquor permit holders have until Aug. 15 to submit applications if they want kiosks up and running in their businesses by Jan. 1, 2023, the date legal Ohio sports betting is allowed to begin. 

Jessica Franks, the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s director of communications, told Gambling.com the liquor permit holders that submit their applications by Aug. 15 would be guaranteed consideration to launch on the Jan. 1 universal start date.

“We will continue to accept applications after this date; however, those applicants will not be guaranteed to start on Jan. 1,” she said.

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Governor Signs Sports Betting Bill

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed a legislative bill into law late last year that legalizes sports betting at land-based sites across the state and on mobile apps.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission set Jan. 1, 2023, as the date when all licensed sports betting operators can begin accepting wagers simultaneously. Until then, sports betting cannot take place legally in Ohio.

After Jan. 1, as many as 50 mobile apps could eventually be in operation in Ohio, though gaming regulators have said they doubt that many will be licensed.

According to a Casino Control Commission report, the land-based sportsbooks can be located at four casinos, seven racinos and 10 professional sports venues.

Sports betting also will be available on kiosks in bars and restaurants with liquor permits.

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License Applications So Far

As of midday Friday, the following online operators and land-based sites submitted applications seeking a sports betting license. 

These applications have been submitted in time for the operators to be considered for the Jan. 1 universal start date. 

Applications submitted after July 15 will still be considered. However, if approved, these later applicants won’t be in the group that can begin accepting bets on Jan. 1, gaming officials said.

Type-A Sports Gaming Proprietor

JACK Cleveland Casino 

JACK Thistledown Racino

Hall of Fame Village

Cincinnati Bengals

Type-B Sports Gaming Proprietor

JACK Cleveland Casino 

JACK Thistledown Racino

Hall of Fame Village

Type-C Sports Gaming Proprietor

Elys Gameboard Technologies, LLC

Mobile Management Services Provider


PointsBet Ohio

Crown Ohio Gaming (DraftKings) 

Penn Sports Interactive 

Betfair Interactive US (FanDuel) 

FBG Enterprises Opco (Fanatics)

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JACK Cleveland Casino (betJACK) 

Betfair Interactive US (FanDuel) 

FBG Enterprises Opco (Fanatics)

The NFL’s Bengals have entered a multi-year partnership to make Betfred its official sports betting partner. Pending licensing approval, the Bedfred mobile app will be available anywhere in the state on Jan. 1. 


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