Ohio sports betting regulators have released the state’s first regulatory catalogue Events and betting that allow sportsbook operators and bettors to prepare for the start of the state New Year’s Day.
Ohio’s catalog includes sports governing bodies, which track about 95 percent of bets made in legal U.S. markets, Matt Schuler, executive director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC), told the commission at its regular meeting this morning.
“It was a very methodical comparison from state to state. There’s a lot of detailed work involved,” says Schuler.
The catalog list was compiled after researching sports betting offerings in other states, Craig Donahue, OCCC’s director of regulatory compliance, told the commission. Additional events may be added later, subject to government approval.
“This initial list is the starting point for the commission, and once it’s released, we will begin accepting requests for additional submissions from industry,” Donahue said.
You can see the list of sports eligible for betting in Ohio here.
The OCCC is required by law to publish a list of approved events and bets ahead of its launch in 2023.
Approved Ohio Mobile Sportsbooks now total 16
Four more Ohio sportsbooks were approved today to begin accepting bets when the state goes live on January 1st. All four will be taking online bets in partnership with licensed “sports game owners” – all businesses physically located in Buckeye State.
This brings the number of mobile sports betting apps scheduled to go live in Ohio on January 1 to 16.
The four mobile sportsbooks and their partners are:
Up to 17 personal sports bets allowed so far
Two other retail sportsbooks were also approved by the OCCC today. This brings the total number of approved personal sports bets in Ohio to 17 so far. This sportsbook complements more than 800 sportsbook kiosks already approved for rollout in restaurants, bars, supermarkets and other retail outlets across Ohio.
Both sportsbooks licensed today are operated by Fanatics. One will be at the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena. The other is in the Cleveland Guardians progressive field.
In addition, owner licenses for retail and mobile sports games were approved today for the SPIRE Institute. The Cleveland area sports and athletic training campus partners with Out the Gate for both in-person and mobile sports betting.
More mobile and retail sportsbooks could join the approved list for Ohio’s Jan. 1 launch before year-end, Schuler said on November 2nd.
With eight professional sports teams and millions of sports fans within its borders, Ohio will be a driving force in the world of sports betting at launch. The state’s betting amount is expected to be at least $1 billion in the first year.
“I think our (state) Legislative Service Commission’s financial statement is projecting a market of about $1 billion for fiscal year 2023, moving to about $3 billion in the following fiscal year,” said OCCC communications director Jessica Franks to Gaming Today this fall.