Rollout for Jan. 1 Start in Ohio Continues with Sportsbook Approvals

Rollout for Jan. 1 Start in Ohio Continues with Sportsbook Approvals
By Shelby Dermer
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Sports gamers are just over three months from the rollout of Ohio sports betting in the Buckeye State on New Year’s Day.

This week, the Ohio Casino Control Commission provided some clarity on the bevy of options that sports bettors will have when the calendar flips to 2023.

Nearly 20 online sportsbooks have been granted approval by the Ohio Casino Control Commission to go live in January: BetRivers, DraftKings, Caesars, Bally’s, Fanatics, SuperBook, WynnBet, SuperBook, Parx, BetMGM, BetFred, Fubo, bet365, Tipico, Underdog Sports, Barstool, FanDuel, PointsBet and PlayUP.

The Jake Paul-backed Betr, Gamewise, Out the Gate and Seminole Hard Rock are still awaiting approval for Ohio mobile betting apps.

Retail Venues Also Licensed

There were five retail locations approved for in-person sportsbooks: Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway (Barstool and BetRivers), Scioto Downs (Caesars Ohio), Hollywood Casino Columbus (Barstool), Belterra Park Cincinnati (FanDuel) and MGM Northfield Park (BetMGM).

Barstool Sportsbooks also will be coming to Youngstown (Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course) and Toledo (Hollywood Casino Toledo).

In August, BetOhio reported that the Ohio Casino Control Commission approved 200 drinking and dining establishments for gaming kiosks. On Thursday, 42 Kroger grocery stores in Ohio were approved to install sports betting kiosks.

Ohio Considered Fertile Sports Betting State

Ohio’s sports betting landscape has been a much-anticipated market by providers. Ohio is one of just 13 states in the country to have teams from each of the four major sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL). The state also has a pair of Major League Soccer franchises (FC Cincinnati, Columbus Crew) and top college athletics such as Ohio State football and several Division I college basketball programs. 

In July, the Cincinnati Bengals announced a multi-year partnership with Betfred, making it the team’s official sports betting partner. The Bengals will not have a retail sportsbook inside of Paycor Stadium.

In the spring, the Cleveland Browns announced a similar deal with Bally Bet Ohio that will include a sportsbook lounge inside First Energy Stadium. The Cleveland Cavaliers made Caesars Sportsbook Ohio its official sports betting partner and also are involved with Fubo Sportsbook Ohio. The Columbus Crew and Tipico Sportsbook Ohio announced a long-term partnership in January. 

Other professional sports teams and their sports betting partners approved this week were the Cleveland Guardians (bet365), FC Cincinnati (Superbook) and Columbus Blue Jackets (Fanatics).

Stay tuned to BetOhio.com for all the excitement leading to the Jan. 1 launch and for the best Ohio sportsbook promo codes.. You can expect a FanDuel promo for Ohio as well as other offers in the near future. 

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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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