Ohio Sports Betting Bounces Back with March Handle

Ohio Sports Betting Bounces Back with March Handle
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Ohio sportsbooks have been up and running for just four months.

If March is any indicator, good things will be coming to the Buckeye State.

After a steep decline in February, Ohio sportsbooks bounced back big time.

The state's official March figures were released Monday afternoon by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC).

In Ohio, sports betting occurs online/mobile (Type A proprietors), in the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos and racinos (Type B), and at kiosks (Type C) in smaller retailers throughout Ohio.

Total sports betting handle in the state for March generated $738,613,175, up a solid 15.4% from February's $639.8 million. Handle from Ohio betting apps posted more than $715 million, another 15.2% gain from February's $621.1 million.

The state’s retail sports betting handle (Type B proprietors) recorded more than $21.92 million, up a huge 23.8% from February's $17.7 million.

The increase in self-service kiosks (Type C proprietors) topped all with more than $1.34 million in sports betting handle, an impressive 42.2% jump from February's $973,208. There were 74 additional kiosks in operation in March.

Ohio Sports betting revenue (Types A, B and C combined) came in at more than $95.31 million, up a nice 15% from February's $82.88 million.

Mobile promotional gaming credits (not deductible from total gross receipts) were more than $44.44 million, which marked a decrease of more than $15 million from February's $59M. The top betting sites by handle:

  1. Belterra Park (FanDuel Ohio): $258.54M
  2. Hollywood Toledo (DraftKings): $228.41M
  3. Cleveland Guardians (Bet365 Ohio): $54.46M
  4. Northfield Park (BetMGM): $53.95M
  5. Hollywood Columbus (Barstool): $37.91M

You can find all Ohio sportsbook promos at BetOhio.com.

Casino Records Broken

Ohio’s 11 casino and racino facilities (racetracks with slot machines) in March posted a new record revenue of more than $218.67 million, an 11% increase from February’s $197.05 million. The March number broke the old mark of more than $217.08 million in April 2021.

The state’s four casinos combined for a new record total of more than $93.48 million, up 13.2% from February and breaking the old mark of $93.32 million in March 2022.

Seven racinos also combined for a new record of more than $125 million, up 9.4% from February. That breaks the old mark of more than $124.52 million in April 2021.

Two racinos set new records: MGM Northfield Park (more than $26.38 million) and Miami Valley Gaming (Lebanon), which garnered more than $22.29 million.



Lou Monaco
Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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