There’s some great news for Ohio and sports bettors in general. Ohio sports betting has been in the works for quite some time now, and recently closed its first application period for sports betting operators. Although fewer than expected applications were received by the last article we published regarding Ohio sports betting, it seems that many operators were waiting until the last minute to get theirs in.

There are many different types of applications that sports betting operators are able to submit to the state’s Casino Control Commission. These include Type A applications, which include online sports betting operators, Type B applications, which are for in person operators like brick and mortar casinos, and Type C applications, which are for Sports Gaming Lottery Products.

By the end of the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s last day of the application period, which was July 15, 20 different online operators had submitted their applications. This number already seems like a great start, and it can be assumed that the state will only receive more applications from here on out. Of course, many online operators will probably partner with in person casinos, as is typical in the sports betting industry.

Some big names in sports betting, as well as some smaller and local operators, can be found in the stack of applications, so sports bettors in Ohio will be able to support many different types of operators. It’s always nice to have options, and the Buckeyes will have at least 20 come the beginning of legalized sports betting.

Who Has an In on Ohio Sports Betting?

So far, BetMGM and DraftKings are the two biggest names that have submitted their Type A applications for online sports betting in Ohio. Along with these operators are bet365, Fanatics, PointsBet Ohio, Barstool, SuperBook, and quite a few more. Many in person operators have already demonstrated their interest in the next application window, which began on July 15.

According to Mike Potraffke, who is the Director of Operations for Harry Buffalo, the company is looking forward to sports betting legalization, and will be submitting a Type B license for in person wagering:

“Yeah, we’re really excited! You know, we take pride in having all of the games on and lots of TVs and the atmosphere will be almost like a Vegas sports bar,”.

Many people throughout the state are feeling the same excitement, as the beginning of applications means that Ohio is pretty close to the start of sports betting operations, which have been a long time coming.

A Long Walk to Wager

Sports betting was legalized in Ohio in 2021 by Governor Mike DeWine. Since then, it’s hit a few bumps in the road, as nearly every state has during its own process of getting sports betting up and running. The start date for sports betting, which will be January 1, 2023, was announced in the spring of 2022, and sports bettors have been waiting anxiously ever since.

But the beginning of Ohio sports betting is getting closer and closer, and some great operators look to be coming to the state.


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