Sportsbooks in Ohio Get Jump on Launch with Pre-Registration

Sportsbooks in Ohio Get Jump on Launch with Pre-Registration
By Lou Monaco
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The early pre-registration of new mobile customers for Ohio sports betting officially started on Saturday, Oct. 1 with 15 providers making their pitch to sign up.

Those 15 mobile providers have been conditionally approved and can begin the process of signing up new customers before the state’s start date at midnight on Jan. 1. Both brick-and-mortar and mobile sportsbooks can begin accepting bets at this time.

After the Jan.1 start date, sports bettors in Ohio will be allowed to place wagers in-person at sportsbook teller windows inside casinos, racinos and professional sports venues. Bettors also will be able to download Ohio sports apps to place bets and use self-service kiosks in bars and restaurants with liquor licenses.

The providers that can begin that process are:

  • Bally’s
  • Barstool Sports
  • Betfred Sports
  • BetMGM
  • BetRivers
  • Bet365
  • Caesars Sportsbook
  • DraftKings Sportsbook
  • Fanatics
  • FanDuel Sportsbook
  • Fubo Sportsbook
  • MaximBet
  • PointsBet
  • Superbook Sports
  • WynnBet

 

What Does Pre-Registration Mean?

New customers can sign up for new accounts and make deposits for an early registration. If any sportsbook is not approved and an account has been created somehow, customers will be refunded.

FanDuel Ohio, for instance, is offering $100 in free bets on launch day if you sign up in advance.

Sports gaming advertising and marketing have occurred in the Buckeye State for some time in anticipation of early registration. However, rules are in place to protect customers.

For example: Under current consumer protection guidelines, a mobile sportsbook provider would have to notify “all recruited users” that they can unsubscribe or cancel their accounts if that particular sportsbook isn’t granted a license or withdraws from consideration.

Keep in mind, also, that Ohio online casinos are not legal yet.

Three bordering states – Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Michigan - do have real money online casinos, as do Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Those states can offer online slots and table games such as roulette and blackjack.  They also, along with Nevada, have online poker.

More Insight Possible on Wednesday, Oct. 5

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) will hold its next meeting on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with several sports gaming issues on the meeting agenda posted on the OCCC website.

Sports gaming final rules and consideration of five (5) sports gaming service providers. including PointsBet Ohio, LLC (PointsBet), American Wagering Inc. (Caesars), Betfred Sports (Ohio), Hillside (Ohio) (bet365) and SBOpco, LLC (SuperBook Sports), are the two highlighted agenda items listed.

Stay close to BetOhio as it nears the launch of sports betting to start the new year as well as for top Ohio sportsbook promos.  

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Lou Monaco
Reporter/Journalist

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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