BetMGM & PointsBet First in Line to Apply for Ohio Online Betting Licenses

BetMGM & PointsBet First in Line to Apply for Ohio Online Betting Licenses
By Howard Gensler

The state Casino Control Commission has announced its first applicants for Ohio online betting licenses, and BetMGM and PointsBet were at the front of the line as Mobile Management Service Providers (MMSPs). BetMGM also applied as a Management Service Provider (MSP).

Gaming companies like BetMGM Sportsbook and PointsBet Sportsbook seeking to apply for licenses in these areas, or for Class A and Class B licenses, have until July 15. The commission announced the first applicants last Friday and will do so every Friday until the deadline.

It’s a safe bet the OCCC will soon be receiving applications from Bally’s, Caesars, betParx, Rush Street, Fubo and Tipico, as all of those companies have already made betting partnership deals with Ohio sports franchises, arenas or events. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are also likely to join the fun.

The OCCC is accepting sports betting license applications from Type A, B, & C proprietors, first designated Mobile Management Service Providers (MMSPs), Management Service Providers (MSPs), and suppliers. 

The commission announced June 1 the go-live date for Ohio sportsbooks will be Jan. 1, 2023.

Types of Licenses in Ohio

Type A licenses are reserved for mobile gaming and professional sports. The state’s existing casinos and racinos, which last month took a slight drop from their revenue numbers in April, may apply for these. Type B licenses will be allotted to brick-and-mortar sportsbook facilities. 

Type C licenses will go to proprietors of self-service terminals, who have D-class liquor licenses. The proprietors are the companies supplying the betting terminals and handling the wagering. The hosts are the places housing the betting terminals. The window for applications from Type C sports gaming hosts and second designated MMSPs will run from July 15 to Aug. 15.

The Ohio Lottery Commission has already pre-qualified more than 500 establishments for Type C licenses. These are licensed sales agents and also hold a valid D1, D2, or D5 liquor permit. 

According to the OLC, the OCCC will issue licenses based upon the OLC’s recommendation. Interested sales agents must be in good standing with the Lottery’s rules and regulations and to obtain approval from the OLC before applying for a license with the OCCC. Being pre-qualified by the OLC does not guarantee a license by the OCCC. The cost of the application fee, paid to the Ohio Casino Control Commission is a non-refundable $1,000.

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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist who’s worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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