DraftKings & JACK Properties Join List of Ohio Sports Gaming Applicants

DraftKings & JACK Properties Join List of Ohio Sports Gaming Applicants
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The second week of Ohio sports gambling applications is in the books, and JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino are the first companies to apply for Type-A Gaming Proprietor licenses. 

The two JACK properties also applied for Type-B licenses, with the Cleveland casino listed as the Management Service Provider (MSP) for Thistledown. JACK Cleveland Casino, therefore, also applied for an MSP license, becoming the state’s second MSP application following last week’s request from BetMGM.  

In the Mobile Management Service Provider (MMSP) category, Crown Ohio Gaming LLC (DraftKings) added itself to the list.

Last week, BetMGM and PointsBet were the first two sportsbook operators to apply for Mobile Management Service Provider licenses.

On June 1, the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) announced there would be a universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023. The state also provided clarity on the timeline for launching sports betting, including the licensing dates.

The OCC wanted all Ohio sports betting apps to be ready at the same time

Different Types of Ohio Licenses

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (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 window will be open until July 15. New applicants are announced on Friday afternoons.

Type A licenses are reserved for mobile gaming and professional sports. The state’s existing casinos and racinos, which had revenues that declined last month from their April numbers, can apply for these licenses. 

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 & second designated MMSPs will run from July 15 to Aug. 15.

BetJACK Free Betting App

To get Ohioans into the habit of betting with JACK, betJACK launched a free betting app in April that allowed sports fans to practice betting without spending money. 

JACK Entertainment, the owner of JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino, created the free app to look and feel like a real money sportsbook.

As for DraftKings, the operator could team up with multiple brick-and-mortar locations in Ohio. 

DraftKings in 2019 announced an access agreement arrangement in multiple states with Penn National Gaming, which runs Hollywood Casinos in Dayton, Toledo, Mahoning Valley and Columbus.



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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