Ohio Casino Control Commission Keeps Pace Up on Approving Sports Betting Licenses

Ohio Casino Control Commission Keeps Pace Up on Approving Sports Betting Licenses
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It is less than two months until Ohio sportsbooks get rolling in the state. The Ohio Casino Control Commission has approved its next round of sports betting licenses for operators ahead of the New Year’s Day rollout.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Casino Control Commission approved both Type A and Type B licenses for Miami Valley Gaming and Racing, Hall of Fame Village Newco LLC and Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati.

Hard Rock Sportsbook in Cincinnati is set to go live with entry into the Ohio sports betting apps competition on Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m. Major League Baseball’s Hit King, Pete Rose, is set to place the first wager. 

Miami Valley Gaming and Racing has partnered with Gamewise to provide its online sports gaming services, though Gamewise is still awaiting operator approval from the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Miami Valley Gaming and Racing has not named a retail sports gaming provider.

Other Approvals from Commission

The Ohio Casino Control Commission also approved Type A sports betting licenses for five online operators: DraftKings Sportsbook, Hard Rock Digital, Tipico Sportsbook, BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio and BetRivers. Four of those five operators were also granted retail service provider licenses.

The commission additionally approved more Type-C host licenses Wednesday for more kiosks to be offered in several different establishments. There have been nearly 900 Type-C licenses awarded thus far. Several businesses, however, are still awaiting a license to offer sports-betting kiosks. 

The OCCC has approved partnerships with these providers: BetRivers Sportsbook Ohio (Hollywood Gaming – Dayton), Tipico Sportsbook Ohio (Columbus Crew), Hard Rock Digital Sportsbook Ohio (Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati), BetMGM Sportsbook Ohio (MGM Northfield) and DraftKings Sportsbook Ohio (Hollywood Casino – Toledo).

So keep an eye open for a DraftKings Ohio promo code and promotions for other operators as each company is now on pace to offer sports betting starting on the Jan. 1 launch date. 

In October, Barstool Sportsbook Ohio and FanDuel Sportsbook Ohio were put on track for the Jan. 1 rollout when they were approved by the commission and given conditional approval for a retail management services provider license. Earlier in October, five sportsbooks – SuperBook Sports, bet365, Betfred, PointsBet Ohio and Caesars Sportsbook – were the first gaming operators to be approved for Ohio licenses. 

Wednesday was the deadline for the commission to receive “complete, final and Commission-approved versions of responsible gaming plans, required procedures, house rules, facility plans, geolocation procedures and equipment test reports,” from businesses hoping to go live Jan. 1, as BetOhio.com reported.

Stay close to BetOhio.com in the run-up to the Jan. 1 launch and for Ohio sportsbook promos.



Shelby Dermer is a reporter for BetOhio.com. Shelby has been a sports reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer for the last five years and now lends his expertise to the Ohio sports betting market. He grew up in Waynesville, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio University.

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