As expected, the Friday deadline to submit applications for Ohio sports betting licenses brought forth a lot of paperwork from parties seeking to host or run an online or retail sportsbook in the Buckeye State.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission updated the list of applicants early Saturday morning, and with that, the state regulatory body also revealed many of the partners seeking to work together in what will be the country’s fourth largest legal sports betting market.
Bars in Ohio can install sports betting kiosks for their patrons. The window for license applications opened on Friday, and four companies applied to offer kiosks to bars.
Ohio has a sports betting law that allows up to 25 online operators and 40 retail sportsbooks. Pro teams and casinos can apply to serve as proprietors for up to two online operators and one retailer.
We are seeing new names pop up among the 18 companies that submitted online license applications by Friday.
Underdog Sports has been operating in fantasy sports. The Brooklyn-based company is applying to be the online sports betting partner. The Reds are interested in partnering with BetMGM for a retail sportsbook.
HOF Village Newco, which operates a sports-and-entertainment district around the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is partnering with a Latin American-based company for an online application. BetRivers will have a partnership with the retail sportsbook.
JACK Cleveland Casino and PlayUp and HOF Village Newco-Instabet are two of the applicants seeking to be partners for online sports betting in Ohio.
Hollywood Gaming Dayton Raceway is one of three entities that have applied to host online sportsbooks.
FanDuel has applied for an online license in Ohio and is likely to partner with Belterra Park. There are sports betting partners in several states. Delaware North and Churchill Downs formed a joint venture called Miami Valley Gaming. Delaware North’s Gamewise division has applied for a mobile license in Ohio.
The largest counties in the state will be the only places where retail sportsbooks can be found. There are pro teams and casinos. There are 20 applications that list both a proprietor and a sportsbook. The company that does not yet have a named sportsbook partner is one of the more interesting names on the list.
On Friday, Phantom Fireworks applied to operate a retail sportsbook. The national retailer is located in Youngstown.
The filing announcement does not necessarily indicate that the application is complete, because the list indicates that it is still subject to updates.
There may be an update to this story.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission has updated the list of applicants seeking to host or run an online or retail sports betting in the state. The state regulatory body also revealed many of the partners seeking to work together in what will be the country’s fourth largest legal sports betting market. Ohio’s sports betting law allows up to 25 online operators and 40 retail operators.