Ohio Sports Betting Will Start ‘Once the Ball Drops in Times Square’

Ohio Sports Betting Will Start ‘Once the Ball Drops in Times Square’
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Fans interested in Ohio sports betting will have their eyes on New York City this New Year’s Eve.

During Wednesday’s bimonthly meeting of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, executive director Matthew Schuler referenced that city’s iconic New Year’s celebration as the exact start time for sports wagering in Ohio.

The OCCC announced during its June 1 meeting that Jan. 1, 2023 would be the official start of sports wagering in the state.

“Once the ball drops in Times Square, sports gaming can commence in Ohio,” Schuler said Wednesday.

Jan. 1 falls on a Sunday and Week 17 of the NFL season. Cleveland is at Washington that day, while Cincinnati plays host to Buffalo on Jan. 2.

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What to Know About Wednesday’s Meeting

Among the other highlights from Wednesday’s OCCC meeting was an update on the number of applications for sports betting licenses in Ohio and the breakdown between classification levels.

In total, 850 applications were filed by operators to the OCCC, ranging from 22 in the “Type A” classification, 25 in “Type B,” and 7 in “Type C.”

A total of 385 applications for “key sports gaming employees” were submitted to the commission, while 235 applications for “Type C sports gaming hosts” were handed in to the commission.  

Type A sports betting licenses are awarded to mobile gaming operators, professional sports teams, casinos, and racinos, while Type B are set out for retail sportsbooks, and Type C classifications are for sports betting kiosks in licensed retail facilities and bars or restaurants.  

The deadline to apply for Type C Ohio sports betting licenses is Aug. 15, while Types A and B had a July 15 cutoff date to apply for licensure.

Ohio Sports Betting License Update

Here is the list of retail and Ohio mobile betting apps applications as of July 29, with each applicants mobile management services provider (MMSP) and management services provider (MSP).

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Locations1st MMSPMSP
Jack Cleveland Casino PlayUp Interactive betJACK
Jack Thistledown Racing betJACK
Pro Football Hall of FameInstabetBetRivers
Cincinnati BengalsBetfred Sports
MGM Northfield Park BetMGM BetMGM
Scioto DownsCaesars SportsbookCaesars Sportsbook
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati Seminole Hard Rock Digital Seminole Hard Rock Digital
Cleveland BrownsBally’s Interactive Bally’s Interactive
Columbus Blue Jackets Fanatics Fanatics
Crew SC Stadium Tipico
Muirfield Village Golf Club Parx Interactive Parx Interactive
Cincinnati Reds Underdog Sports Wagering BetMGM
Cleveland Cavaliers Fubo Gaming Casesars Sportsbook
Hollywood Casino Columbus Barstool Barstool
Cleveland Guardians Bet365 Fanatics
Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway Barstool
Belterra Park
Hollywood Casino Toledo DraftKings Barstool
Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley PointsBet Barstool
FC Cincinnati Superbook Superbook
SPIRE Institute Out the Gate Out the Gate
Miami Valley Gaming & Racing
Ravencrest Partners
Harry Buffalo PointsBet
Phanton Fireworks
Cedar Downs OTB BetMGM
Lori’s Roadhouse



Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan writes for BetOhio.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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