Ohio Sports Betting Will Start Near Jan. 1, Regulator Says

Written By Matthew Waters on May 18, 2022
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Thinking the earlier application window for Ohio sports betting would lead to a faster launch was flawed logic, it seems.

As it turns out, that earlier window will not have a big impact on when the state launches, its regulator said at Wednesday‘s meeting. A spokesperson told LSR the launch date for Ohio sportsbooks will not be significantly earlier than the mandatory Jan. 1, 2023 deadline.

The Casino Control Commission will confirm the start date at its June 1 meeting.

Ohio sports betting launch date more than application timing

Jessica Franks, the director of communications for the CCC, explained why the earlier application windows do not mean much in the long run:

“At today’s meeting, Executive Director [Matthew] Schuler addressed recent speculation about the Universal Start Date for sports gaming in Ohio. Much attention has been focused on the status of the Commission’s rules pertaining to sports gaming and the announcement of application windows, as if these were the last steps in the process.

“However, this does not fully consider the sheer volume of applicants or the unique and multi-faceted statutory requirements that must be met by both the operators and the Commission prior to the commencement of sports gaming.”

How many applications?

Franks also detailed just how big a launch sports betting in Ohio will be:

“Ohio is undertaking the largest gaming expansion in its history and largest-ever simultaneous launch of sports gaming in the United States, with all eligible online applications, brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, and kiosks in bars and taverns eligible to start on the exact same date.

“This will necessitate the Commission to undertake due diligence investigations and ensure compliance requirements for approximately 3,000 applications in time for the Universal Start Date.”

Senators hoped for quicker sports betting launch

Two of the Senators who played a big role in legalizing sports betting previously told local media they expected a fall launch.

Sen. Niraj Antani told the Dayton Daily News he anticipated a launch around the MLB World Series. That would put the launch window around late October or early November.

Sen. Kirk Schuring, meanwhile, said everything should be operational by mid-to-late fall, according to the same article.

Ohio bettors need to keep their tanks full

Bettors based in Ohio will be using a lot of gas this fall to place legal bets.

Luckily for Ohioans, there are plenty of nearby options for legal NFL and college football betting. Aside from Kentucky on its southeastern border, there are four states with legal betting on Ohio’s borders:

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Matthew Waters is a reporter covering legal sports betting and the gambling industry. Previous stops include Fantini Research and various freelance jobs covering professional and amateur sports in Delaware and the Philadelphia area.

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