Ohio Legal Sports Betting Overview
|OH Sports Betting Law Details||Status|
|📆 Expected Retail Sports Betting Launch Date:||January 1, 2023|
|📆 Expected Online Sports Betting Launch Date:||January 1, 2023|
|✅ Expected Sportsbooks:||Bally Bet, Barstool Sportsbook, betJACK, BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, DraftKings, Elys, FanDuel, PointsBet, Tipico Sportsbook, Unibet|
|💵 Expected Legal Wagering Options:||Futures, moneylines, parlays, point spreads, same game parlays, teasers, totals|
|🔞 Legal Gambling Age in OH:||21+|
|🏈 Expected Sports to Bet On:||NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, MMA, NASCAR, tennis, golf, boxing, motorsports, cricket, European soccer, college sports betting|
|🏦 Expected Permitted Banking Options:||Mastercard, PayNearMe, PayPal, Play+, Skrill, Visa, Automated Clearing House (ACH), online bank transfers, wire transfers|
|⚖️ Ohio Gambling Regulator:||Ohio Casino Control Commission|
Ohio Sports Betting Summary
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine legalized retail and online sports betting in OH by signing HB 29 on December 22, 2021. While retail and online sportsbooks are yet to launch, the Buckeye State’s regulatory body, the Ohio Casino Control Commission, has set the deadline as January 1, 2023. However, the sports betting market may launch sooner if Ohio officials are satisfied regulation can be done safely.
There are three types of sports betting licenses in Ohio. The state will allow up to 25 operators to receive a Type A license, which is the only license to cover online wagering. There will also be 40 licenses for Type B retail sportsbooks, and Type C licenses will be available to any eligible bar or restaurant. A Type C License allows an establishment to operate betting kiosks.
Read our complete guide to learn about sports betting in Ohio, including the legal status, gambling age, the latest news about licensed sportsbooks, and expected launch dates.
Ohio Online Sportsbook Summary
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has closed the application window for Type A licenses, which cover online sportsbooks. While it’s not yet confirmed which applicants will receive licensing, two operators that already run Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games in Ohio - DraftKings and FanDuel - have applied and are looking to join the market. Other major operators like BetMGM, Caesars, and Barstool Sportsbook have also submitted applications, while betJACK, BetRivers, Elys, PointsBet, and Tipico Sportsbook are keen to join the market too.
Until OH launches its own betting market, sports fans can also play DFS with ESPN, Boom, Yahoo!, and FantasyDraft. Meanwhile, Ohio bettors are spoiled for choice if they wish to travel to neighboring states and place bets online. Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia are some of the biggest betting markets in the US, each with a wide variety of sportsbook operators. These four are states where gambling is legal, so you only have to travel inside their borders and download a sportsbook app to bet with the likes of BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet.
How to Place a Bet in Ohio
Online sports betting is coming to Ohio, and you’ll want to be ready for when it arrives. Follow our step-by-step guide to registering with Ohio sportsbooks below to get signed up and wagering as soon as betting launches:
Choose one of the online sportsbooks that will launch in Ohio.
Many sportsbooks have mobile apps you can download by visiting the operator’s mobile browser site. Alternatively, you can go to your Apple or Android app store when these OH betting apps are released.
Enter your full name, address, phone number, and the last four digits of your Social Security number to register an account. You may also need to create a password and answer security questions.
Visit the sportsbook’s cashier section and choose a payment method for depositing your money. You can add as much as you want, but ensure you are depositing enough to meet the minimum deposit requirements of the sportsbook’s welcome offer.
Look through your sportsbook’s markets and choose a betting line. Add it to your bet slip, where you can select your stake and place the wager.
If your bet wins, return to the sportsbook’s cashier section and follow its instructions to make a withdrawal.
You must verify your identity before withdrawing to avoid fraud and underage gambling. Send copies of documents like your photo ID and proof of address to the sportsbook.
Banking Methods Available in Ohio
The banking methods that will be available in Ohio have not yet been confirmed. However, we can make an informed prediction by looking at the options offered by sportsbooks that operate in other states and those that have filed applications to launch in Ohio.
Bank cards like Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted at US sportsbooks but may only be available for deposits. However, some cards cannot be used, as a few US banks still reject transfers to and from online betting sites. E-wallets are popular with sports bettors in other states, with Paypal and Skrill being likely options for Ohio bettors.
Play+ also has partnerships with sportsbooks expected to launch in Ohio like BetMGM and DraftKings, so it’s expected to be available. PayNearMe is another likely option, and there are thousands of retailers across Ohio like CVS and 7-Eleven where players can top up these cards. Banking methods like online bank transfers, wire transfers, and Automated House Clearing (ACH) will also probably be available on OH sportsbooks.
Who is Eligible to Bet in OH?
You will need to be 21 or older to wager in Ohio. If you are using a mobile device, you must be within the state’s borders and allow your sportsbook app to access your device’s geolocation services to prove it. Legal OH sports betting will not be exclusive to Ohio residents. As long as you’re old enough to gamble, you can legally place bets from anywhere in the state. However, some people are prohibited from betting in Ohio, including:
Individuals with the professional authority to influence players.
Athletes, coaches, or members of any professional sports and college teams.
Referees for professional and college sports leagues.
Individuals with a stake in a sports team.
Individuals employed by organizations with licensing from the Ohio Casino Control Commission, including key staff, owners, directors, and officers.
Individuals with non-public information about a sports team (e.g., player medical records).
Individuals that have voluntarily excluded themselves from gambling activities.
Individuals prohibited from betting on a state or federal level (e.g., due to criminal history).
Latest Ohio Sports Betting Updates
Current Sports Betting Status in Ohio
Ohio joined the list of legal betting states in 2021. However, no online sportsbooks are expected to launch until January 1, 2023. Online sports betting will be available to anyone aged at least 21 within the state’s borders. There will also be 40 Type B licenses available for retail sportsbooks, which are also expected to launch in 2023. Retail sportsbooks will only be able to launch in counties with more than 50,000 residents. Type C licenses will allow venues with Class D liquor licenses to provide betting kiosks.
Timeline for Sports Betting in Ohio
July 14, 2022: The window for sportsbook licensing applications closes. Applicants include Bally Bet, Barstool Sportsbook, betJACK, BetMGM, BetRivers, Caesars, DraftKings, Elys, FanDuel, PointsBet, and Tipico Sportsbook.
June 14, 2022: The application period for most sports betting licenses in Ohio opens. The Ohio Casino Control Commission approves provisional licensing rules.
June 1, 2022: The Ohio Casino Control Commission announces the sports betting launch date as January 1, 2023.
April 26, 2022: The NFL's Cleveland Browns and Bally Bet announce a partnership, including plans to build a retail sportsbook at FirstEnergy Stadium pending license approval.
February 24, 2022: Caesars Sportsbook announces a betting partnership with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Part of this partnership includes plans to build a retail sportsbook at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Stadium, pending license approval.
January 3, 2022: Tipico Sportsbook becomes the first sportsbook to sign a partnership to become a stadium sports betting location, signing a long-term agreement - pending license approval - with MLS franchise Columbus Crew.
December 22, 2021: Ohio Gov. DeWine signs H B29, legalizing sports betting in the state pending regulation by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
December 8, 2021: Ohio lawmakers finally pass HB 29, sending sports betting to Gov. DeWine’s desk for approval.
February 3, 2021: HB 29 is introduced to the Ohio House for the first time, sponsored by Senator Kirk Schuring, among others.
June 2, 2020: HB 194 is introduced to the Senate. However, the bill loses support as the Senate breaks up for a summer recess.
May 28, 2020: HB 194 passes the House after feedback from the Finance Committee.
April 9, 2019: Representative Dave Greenspan introduces HB 194, a bill to legalize sports betting, to the House.
May 14, 2018: The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) is ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The ruling gives individual states the right to legislate sports betting.
Ohio Sports Betting Background
Ohio has a long history with horse racing betting, with pari-mutuel wagering launching in 1933. There are seven active racetracks in the state. In 2009, a referendum saw Ohio residents vote in favor of building casinos in the state, with 11 opening by 2014.
Following the US Supreme Court striking down PASPA, Ohio tried to pass several sports betting bills before the successful HB 29, with HB 194 in 2019-2020 the closest attempt to success. Sponsored by Rep. Greenspan, the bill passed the House but lost support following the summer recess.
Future of Ohio Sports Betting
The most notable milestone in Ohio's betting future is the launch deadline, set for January 1, 2023. People in OH will be able to gamble online or in-person from this date, and major brands, including Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel, should be available. However, the Ohio Casino Commission hasn’t yet determined which sportsbooks meet the requirements to operate in the state following the July 14, 2022 application deadline.
It looks unlikely the Ohio Casino Commission will accept its maximum 25 applications for a Type A license, so there is scope for more applications in the future. Type A licenses are awarded to retail locations, which can then partner with operators to provide online sportsbooks. Initially, all Type A license holders are permitted one online sportsbook but may be able to apply for a second in the future.
Ohio Sports Betting Locations
10 casinos in Ohio have signaled their intent to open sportsbooks since sports betting was legalized in 2021. However, they are not expected to launch at these venues until January 2023. Therefore, licenses of the sportsbooks listed below are pending approval by the Ohio Casino Commission and are subject to change. Most prospective sportsbook and casino partnerships are only currently reported and not confirmed.
Hollywood Casino Columbus
Address: 200 Georgesville Road, Columbus, OH 43228
Phone Number: (614) 308-3333
Expected Operator: Barstool Sportsbook
Styled as a Las Vegas casino in Ohio, Hollywood Casino Columbus is open 24/7. It features seven restaurants, one of which is a sports bar where you can watch your favorite teams in action. It’s expected a Barstool Sportsbook will be built within the sports bar as the bookmaker’s owner, Penn National Gaming, runs the casino. In the meantime, you can enjoy 800 progressive slots, 65 table games, and 18 video poker games at the venue. There is also a dedicated poker room. The casino has six different restaurants and also offers entertainment and events.
Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
Address: 1000 Broadway Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone Number: (513) 250-3150
Expected Operator: Hard Rock Sportsbook
Across two stories, Hard Rock Casino has 100,000 square feet of gambling space. With casino owners Hard Rock International operating an online sportsbook, it’s very likely that come January 1, 2023, this casino will feature a Hard Rock Sportsbook. For now, you can enjoy 85 table games, 2,000 slot machines, and 31 poker tables. Alongside this, the casino offers a range of cuisine across all four restaurants across from the Hard Rock Center Bar. The bar hosts a variety of events, including concerts and comedy acts.
Jack Cleveland Casino
Address: 100 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone Number: (216) 297-4777
Expected Operator: betJACK
Jack Cleveland Casino is located at the heart of Cleveland City. Partnering with UK-based Kambi Sports, it’s likely that Jack Entertainment, the entertainment operator of Jack Cleveland Casino, will launch its own online sportsbook, betJACK, in January 2023. betJACK will likely provide retail betting at the casino’s sportsbook. The casino currently employs more than 1,600 team members to operate its near 2,000 slot machines, 89 table games, large poker room, and four restaurants. The casino is partnered with three downtown hotels and over a dozen local restaurants, which you can visit and receive special discounts if you are a ClubJACK member.
Ohio Land-Based Casinos
|Name||Address||Phone Number||Expected Operator|
|Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center||6301 Kellogg Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230||(513) 232-8000||FanDuel|
|Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs||6000 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43207||(614) 295-4700||Caesars|
|Hollywood Casino Toledo||1968 Miami Street, Toledo, OH 43605||(419) 661-5200||DraftKings|
|Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway||777 Hollywood Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45414||(844) 225-7057||Unibet|
|Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course||655 N. Canfield Niles Road, Youngstown, OH 44515||(877) 788-3777||PointsBet|
|Jack Thistledown Racino||21501 Emery Road, North Randall, OH 44128||(216) 662-8600||betJACK|
|MGM Northfield Park||10777 Northfield Road, Northfield, OH 44067||(330) 908-7625||BetMGM|
Ohio Lottery Locations
Although the Ohio Casino Commission officially manages sports betting in Ohio, the Ohio Lottery will soon begin licensing sports betting kiosks in bars and restaurants around Ohio. Type C licenses will only be available for establishments in Ohio with Class D1 (beer only), Class D2 (wine and mixed drinks only), or Class D5 (full bar) liquor permits.
There are more than 2,000 of these locations in Ohio. As of June 10, 2022, 556 establishments have applied for this license. However, approval will only be confirmed by October 2022 at the earliest, with no kiosk launching until January 1, 2023.
Off-Track and Stadium Betting Locations
Despite being home to seven horse racing tracks, there is only one off-track betting (OTB) location in Ohio. The Ohio State Racing Commission oversees this. However, you can also place pari-mutuel wagers at every racetrack.
|Cedar Downs OTB Theater||1935 Cleveland Road W., Sandusky, OH 44870||(419) 627-8573|
Stadiums in Ohio can apply for a Type B license to operate a retail sportsbook. The Ohio Casino Commission hasn’t licensed any operators yet. However, Caesars, Bally Bet, and Tipico have announced partnerships with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, and Columbus Crew, respectively, in anticipation of launching sportsbooks at their stadiums.
|Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse Stadium (Cleveland Cavaliers)||1 Center Court, Cleveland, OH 44115||(216) 420-2000||Caesars|
|FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns)||100 Alfred Lerner Way, Cleveland, OH 44114||(440) 891-5001||Bally Bet|
|Lower.com Field (Columbus Crew)||96 Columbus Crew Way, Columbus, OH 43215||(614) 447-2739||Tipico Sportsbook|
Ohio Responsible Gambling Resources
Ohio for Responsible Gambling – Brings together four Ohio state departments to provide advice on treating problem gambling, gambling addiction warning signs, and resources to find treatment. (800) 589-9966
GamblingHelpOhio – Offers a local database of responsible gambling resources.
Gamblers Anonymous – Provides a complete recovery program from gambling addiction, including meetings and mentoring. (855) 222-5542
Ohio Lottery Commission Play Responsibly Initiative – Links to further resources, alongside providing information about warning signs and problem gambling. (216) 774-5747
Like other states, Ohio has a state-wide self-exclusion program, the Ohio Voluntary Exclusion Program. Bettors struggling with problem gambling can ban themselves from Ohio casinos for a set amount of time, potentially the rest of their life. To enroll in this program, you must complete a Request for Voluntary Exclusion form while in the presence of a trained staff member at an Ohio casino. You can also make alternative arrangements with the Ohio Casino Control Commission or Lottery Commission.
As in other legal betting states in the US, Ohio online sportsbooks are expected to proactively introduce responsible gambling measures such as tools to manage time limits and bankrolls.
Teams to Bet on in Ohio
Cincinnati Bengals: Winning its first NFL playoff game in 32 years to get to the 2022 Super Bowl, the Cincinnati Bengals play at the Paul Brown Stadium to crowds as large as 66,000. This is an exciting time for the team that won the AFC Conference in 2021, led by star quarterback Joe Burrow and promising rookies such as wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase.
Cleveland Browns: After temporarily being suspended when the owner moved the NFL franchise to Baltimore, the Cleveland Browns have been in continuous operation since 1999. Playing to average attendances of 67,000 at the FirstEnergy Stadium, the team has struggled in the last 23 years with just a .302 record from 1999-2019. The Browns did, however, make it to the playoffs in 2020 under head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Launching in 1970 as an expansion franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been hugely successful in the last decade. Superstar LeBron James notably led a comeback from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA championship in 2016. Playing at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the team qualified for the NBA Play-Offs in 2021/22, marking the first time a Cavs team has done so without James since 1998.
Cincinnati Reds: As a five-time World Series and nine-time NL Pennant winner, MLB franchise the Cincinnati Reds will soon celebrate their 142nd birthday. Famous for the 'Big Red Machine' of the '70s, the Reds play from the Great American Ball Park, which hosted 1.4 million fans across the 80 home games in 2019.
Cleveland Guardians: The Cleveland Guardians were founded as the Grand Rapids Rippers in 1894. From 1915 to 2021, the MLB franchise was known as the Cleveland Indians. The Guardians hold the unenviable record for the longest time without winning the World Series, a run stretching back to 1948. Competing in the American League, the team plays at Progressive Field with an average attendance of 21,000.
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Columbus Blue Jackets were founded as an NHL expansion franchise in 2000 andare named after the famous blue jackets of the Union in the American Civil War. Since 2007, the Blue Jackets have famously brought a replica of a Napoleonic Cannon to home games at the Nationwide Arena. Firing after every start, goal, and win, the cannon fired 164 times in its first season.
Akron Zips: The University of Akron Zips are famous for the NCAA Division I National Championship-winning soccer team in 2010, led by head coach Caleb Porter, who now coaches MLS team the Portland Timbers. The Zips also have successful basketball, football, and baseball teams.
Bowling Green Falcons: Contesting major rivals Toledo Rockets in the Battle of I-75, the Bowling Green State University Falcons have several historic sports teams. The football team holds the second most MAC Conference Championships in history, the men's basketball team has 10 MAC titles, and the women's basketball team has 13. The hockey team is also fiercely competitive, holding seven CCHA titles.
Cincinnati Bearcats: The pride of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats is the UC Baseball Stadium, which was voted the best in the Big East Conference when it opened. The school also has a history of producing stars like baseball Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Miller Huggins.
Cleveland State Vikings: Basketball and soccer are the flagship programs for the Cleveland State University Vikings, with the women's and men's basketball teams playing at the 13,000-seater Wolstein Center arena. The team has been playing in green and white since its creation in 1931.
Dayton Flyers: Named after local brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who invented the world’s first airplane, the University of Dayton Flyers can boast one of the best-supported teams in the US. The men's basketball team regularly ranks in the top 25 best-supported college teams in the country. The football team produced the first 'Mr. Irrelevant', the last pick of the NFL draft, Kelvin Kirk.
Kent State Golden Flashes: Playing in navy blue and gold, the Kent State University Flashes basketball team holds the record for the most twenty-win league seasons with 10. The school’s baseball team boasts 15 MAC regular-season titles and a football team that won the Frisco Bowl in 2019.
Miami Redhawks: Based in Oxford, Ohio, the Miami University Redhawks disbanded its No. 1 national ranking ice hockey team in 2013, with basketball, football, and baseball programs ongoing. The Redhawks are known as the 'Cradle of Coaches', having produced many notable coaches, including John Pont, Ara Parseghian, Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Weeb Ewbank, Jim Tressel, and Terry Hoeppner.
Ohio Bobcats: With attendance at Peden Stadium for football games reaching 25,000 for a university with just 18,000 active students, the Ohio University Bobcats are well-supported. The Bobcats are known for the Marching 110 marching band that has played at events such as Bill Clinton's Inauguration Parade.
Ohio State Buckeyes: The Ohio State University Buckeyes are one of only seven teams to have won an NCAA National Championship in baseball, basketball, and football. The team boasts alumni such as Jesse Owens, Archie Griffin, and Hall of Fame coaches Paul Brown, Fred Taylor, and Woody Hayes.
Toledo Rockets: Facing off against the Bowling Green Falcons in the Battle of I-75, the University of Toledo Rockets play in midnight blue and gold. The football team plays at the 75-year-old Glass Bowl stadium.
Wright State Raiders: The Wright State University Raiders’ famous men's basketball team has gained a reputation as a giant slayer, frequently beating top 25 opposition in the NCAA Tournament. Alongside this, as of 2022, its baseball team had won 12 conference tournament championships.
Xavier Musketeers: Playing in navy blue, white, and gray, the Xavier University Musketeers basketball team has qualified for 16 consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Its baseball program also has several notable alumni, including Jim Bunning, the only Hall of Famer ever elected to the US Senate.
Youngstown State Penguins: Named lovingly by fans observing players flapping arm movements to stay warm in the cold, the Youngstown State University Penguins’ football team won 4 national championships in the late 90s. However, its women's basketball team is infamous for 12 straight seasons without a winning record between 2000 and 2012.
There are no professional women's teams in Ohio. However, almost every college program has women's varsity teams that compete across several sports, with basketball most prominent in Ohio. For example, the Kent State Golden Flashes women’s basketball team has won six regular-season MAC titles and appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times.
How Does Ohio Compare to Other States?
Ohio sportsbooks will likely offer markets on various professional sports, including major league sports and more niche sports like MMA and NASCAR. Currently, all types of college sports betting will be legal when the sports betting market launches, including wagering on in-state teams. This would match college sports regulations in states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, some of the least restrictive in the US. However, Ohio State University has submitted an official request for only college football and basketball to be eligible for wagering and to prohibit prop bets.
Competitive Odds & Prices
Ohio’s betting odds won’t be available until sports betting has launched in the state. However, top operators like DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM are likely to be operate in OH. These operators use the same odds across dozens of US states, so Ohio bettors will likely get those betting lines.
Ohio has not launched sports betting, so the state has not made any revenue yet. HB 29, which legalized sports betting, has set the sportsbook tax at 10% of gross gaming revenue. Colorado and West Virginia both also have a 10% tax rate. Ohio has a much larger population, almost 12 million, than Colorado (nearly 7 million) and West Virginia (around 1.75 million). With six major league sports teams, Ohio could collect more than the $20 million and about $12 million brought in by Colorado and West Virginia as of May 2022.
You need to pay state income tax in Ohio, which includes your betting winnings. The tax rate varies from 2.850% to 4.797% for five different income brackets. If you earn less than $21,750, you don’t need to pay income tax.
Alongside this, you must declare all your betting winnings to the IRS. If you make more than $600 in bets, you must fill out a W-2G form. Sportsbooks can also hold up to 25% of your winnings for tax purposes.
According to the Internal Revenue Code, every sportsbook also needs to pay an excise tax of 0.25% of its betting handle. The Internal Revenue Code also requires operators to pay $50 for every employee involved with accepting bets.
Who Oversees Sports Betting in Ohio?
The Ohio Casino Control Commission is the regulatory body responsible for sports betting in the Buckeye State. The Commission is currently drafting the rules and regulations for the soon-to-launch betting industry. This includes setting the licensing requirements and deciding which sports betting sites can offer. The commission will also select which applicants for the Type A online sports betting license and Type B retail sportsbook license will be accepted. Seven commissioners, chosen by the Ohio Governor with advice from the Senate, will head up the commission.
In addition, Type C licenses for betting kiosks will be overseen by the Ohio Lottery Commission. The Ohio Lottery Commission will follow the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s rules when implementing this type of betting across the state.
- Is betting legal in Ohio?
Sports betting in Ohio is legal but hasn’t launched yet. Governor Mike DeWine signed HB 29 to legalize betting in December 2021, and the Ohio Casino Control Commission has set a provisional launch date of January 1, 2023.
- Who governs sports betting in Ohio?
The Ohio Casino Control Commission oversees sports betting and is currently creating the rules and regulations for the upcoming sports betting market. The commission is also responsible for licensing sportsbooks to operate in the state.
- How old do you have to be to bet in Ohio?
You must be at least 21 to bet on sports in Ohio. If you are registering with an online sportsbook, you must verify your identity with a photo ID to prove your age. You will also need to bring a photo ID to a retail sportsbook.
- When will sports betting launch in Ohio?
The Ohio Casino Control Commission set a launch date for the sports betting industry of January 1, 2023. However, if regulators feel the market is ready before this, the commission could bring the launch forward.
- Where can I bet on sports in Ohio?
Currently, you can’t bet on sports in Ohio. From January 1, 2023 Ohio will offer online sportsbooks you can use anywhere in the state. There will also be retail sportsbooks you can visit to wager in person.
- Are sportsbooks in Ohio safe?
Yes, sportsbooks in Ohio will be regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission. This regulatory body sets regulations that every betting site must follow before receiving a license. This includes measures for player safety.
- Do I have to pay taxes on my betting winnings?
Yes, you must declare all your gambling winnings in Ohio to the IRS. You will need to fill out a W-2G form if you make more than $600 in profit, and sportsbooks can hold up to 25% of your funds for tax purposes. In addition, you need to include your betting winnings when paying state income tax.
- Can you play DraftKings in Ohio?
DraftKings has announced plans to partner with the Hollywood Casino Toledo to launch a retail and online sportsbook in 2023. Until then, you can play DraftKings' Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games legally in Ohio.
- Can you play FanDuel in Ohio?
FanDuel has partnered with Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center to launch its sportsbook in Ohio in 2023. FanDuel needs to be approved by the Ohio Casino Control Commission before it can move forward with plans, but you can play their Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games in OH for now.
- Can you play BetMGM in Ohio?
BetMGM will likely launch in Ohio in 2023, thanks to its partnership with MGM Northfield Park. You can place wagers with BetMGM to earn rewards points which you can redeem for real-life prizes and gambling bonuses.
- Can you play Caesars in Ohio?
Caesars Sportsbooks is expected to launch in Ohio in 2023 through a partnership with Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs. Caesars Entertainment operates this racino, and bettors can redeem Caesars Rewards earned through betting here.
- Can you play TwinSpires in Ohio?
TwinSpires won’t be available in Ohio when sports betting launches in 2023 because its operating company, Churchill Downs, is shutting down the sportsbook.
- Which sportsbooks will be available in Ohio in the future?
Ohio has the potential for 25 Type A licenses, so there is the capacity for a variety of online sportsbooks to launch, including BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel. In addition, 40 retail sportsbooks can launch with a Type B license.