Latest Ohio Sports Betting Approvals Include Sports-Focused High School

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Four more mobile sports betting operators received their Ohio licenses Wednesday morning, as the state inches closer to launch.

Also approved for its mobile and retail proprietor license was Geneva Sports, which operates a sports-focused high school.

After Wednesday, 16 mobile Ohio sportsbooks could launch at midnight on Jan. 1, pending partner licenses and final tests.

Four latest Ohio sportsbooks approved

The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved two sportsbooks with limited operations and two that have yet to launch anywhere:

Betr co-founder Joey Levy thanked the commission for its work and said he was confident the brand would play a “meaningful role” in the market. Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment said it expects Betr to launch on Jan. 1 in its third-quarter report.

Class C sports betting supplier approvals too

Both Elys Technologies and Gold Rush Amusements were approved as Class C proprietors to install sports betting kiosks at approved Lottery-licensed facilities.

Elys has more than 100 agreements in the state already.

Seven suppliers also received approved:

No discussion on Geneva Sports approval

There were no questions from the commission on the mobile and retail licenses for Geneva Sports after reviewing staff reports that found no reason for any applicants to be found “ineligible or unsuitable.”

The high school is one part of the story at Spire, which also hosts tournaments and camps across its 750,000-square-foot campus. Spire’s president told local media the sportsbook would not be near the school or accessible to those under 21 years old.

Retail and mobile partner Out the Gate is not yet licensed in Ohio.

First Ohio sports betting catalog published

The CCC approved 84 leagues for “generally approved wagers,” according to Ohio’s first sports betting catalog.

That includes 11 different leagues for esports betting.

The regulator also posted a list of bets that require specific approval by the executive director. Those include betting on league drafts and end-of-season awards.

Ohio will not allow betting on coin flips, stats determined by refs or coaches like penalties and timeouts, and the color of Gatorade baths.