The Ohio Casino Control Commission has set January 1, 2023 as the official launch date for both online and retail sports betting in Ohio.
The commission has also established a sports gambling implementation timetable in advance of the state’s sports wagering launch at the beginning of next year.
The first licensing window will be open from June 15 to July 15. There will also be a second licensing window from July 15 to August 15.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission will accept applications for 25 online sportsbooks (Type-A licenses), 40 retail sportsbooks (Type-B licenses), kiosks/clerk-operated terminals in bars and restaurants (Type-C licenses) via the Ohio Lottery Commission, first-designated mobile management service providers (MMSP) partnering with Type-A and Type-B license holders, and sports betting equipment suppliers during the first licensing window.
The second licensing opportunity is for establishments to add up to two sports betting kiosks if they currently conduct business with the Ohio Lottery, as well as for second-designated MMSPs or service providers that desire a second online sportsbook partnership to submit applications to the commission.
On August 1, sportsbooks can submit their responsible gaming plans, house rules, facility plans, geolocation processes, mandatory procedures, and equipment testing to state regulators through the compliance document licencing window. On November 2nd, this window will expire.
By December 2, sportsbooks must have their equipment ready to be verified by the commission.
All sports gambling employee applications must be received by November 2, before the state of Ohio’s start date of January 1, 2023.
Ohio sports betting will be available before to the NFL games between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Commanders on January 1 and the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, as well as the 2023 Rose Bowl and the College Football National Championship game.