Published: September 15, 2022

Four Casinos/Racinos Among 1st Batch of Approved Ohio Sports Betting Licenses

  • The Ohio Casino Control Commission has approved an estimated 500 sports betting licenses in preparation for the state launch in 2023.
  • During its September 7th meeting, the Commission gave the green light to two casinos, two racinos, and three professional sports teams.
  • Last month, the OCCC revealed that it had greenlighted 200 out of 727 Type C license applications.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission has been busy in the last couple of months and that effort has seen a total of 500 sports betting licenses issued as of its September 7th meeting.

Last Wednesday’s meeting saw the approval of 300 more applications to host sports wagering at betting kiosks. The commission also approved 8 out of 10 applications for a retail sportsbook license during the said meeting.

Two Casinos and Two Racinos Get Sports Betting Nod

The seven-member commission heard the applications from 10 total retail sports betting hopefuls whom it said submitted “complete and timely” applications. Of the 10, the OCCC approved a total of eight Type A and B licenses. Two of them were casinos, and another two were racinos while three professional sports teams also got the green light from the commission.

JACK Cleveland Casino and Hollywood Casino Toledo were the two out of for casino applicants to receive a Type A and B sports betting license. Meanwhile, JACK Thistledown Racino and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Racino were the two among the seven racino applicants to get the green light from the Commission.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Casino Columbus and Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati are the two casinos that have applied and are still awaiting approval. On the other hand, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, Belterra Park Racino, MGM Northfield Park Racino, Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs Racino, and Miami Valley Gaming and Racing Racino are the five racinos whose approvals for Type A and B licenses are still pending.

Aside from the casinos and racinos, the Commission also approved the applications from three professional sports teams in the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, MLB’s Cincinnati Reds, and MLS team Columbus Crew. Meanwhile, the Commission has yet to make a decision on the application of FC Cincinnati. Also receiving approval last September 7th was the Muirfield Village Golf Club.

Ohio Casino Control Commission Approved 200 Bars and Restaurants

Last month, the Ohio Casino Control Commission Approved 200 applications from bars and restaurants to operate with Type C sports betting licenses. Type C licenses are given to pre-qualified kiosks, bars, and restaurants that own D-1, D-2, and D-5 liquor licenses.

According to an August release, the Commission received a total of 727 Type C licenses last month with two withdrawn. Per the state’s eLicense portal, 200 of those were granted “conditional approval” by the regulatory body. Prior to last month, the Ohio Lottery pre-qualified a total of 1,254 locations for a Type C sports betting license. These included 63 Giant Eagles locations, 42 Kroger supermarket branches, and 9 ACME fresh market sites.

Unlike operators who possess a Class A or B gaming license and can offer a bigger scope of services, Class C license holders can only accept bets on the Moneyline, Spread, and Total. Parlay bets on those wagers are allowed but up to four legs only. The maximum bet per week for an individual is also limited to $700 when using Type C sports betting shop.

The commission also announced last month that it has extended the acceptance of Type C license applications and set November 2 as the deadline for Type A and B license applicants to submit their respective requirements.


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