Ohio Casino

  • Ohio sports betting applicants continue to apply for betting licenses weekly.
  • Rush Street interactive’s Elys has applied for a betting kiosk license, the first kiosk application.
  • DraftKings and Penn Sports applied for mobile applications.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More sports betting applicants in Ohio have been announced with DraftKings and Penn Sports Interactive applying for mobile licenses and Elys applying for the first kiosk application.

Elys is a property of Rush Street Interactive (RSI), a staple in the sports betting realm.

The regulations for sports betting in Ohio allow for up to 25 online sportsbooks alongside 40 retail locations. Locals can expect to see more applicants apply each week.

Weekly Applicants Announced

DraftKings, Elys, and Penn Sports join the ranks of BetMGM and PointsBet which were announced in previous weeks.

In order for applicants to be granted sports betting licenses, they must be aligned with proprietor partners. DraftKings’s application meets the requirement as they applied under Crown Ohio Gaming LLC – a DraftKings company held in Ohio.

Additionally, JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino applied for Type A retail licenses. JACK became the first entity to apply for a retail space.

Elys’ application for kiosks was also a first.

While most applications so far have been from mobile and online betting entities, the other applicants coming in show that companies are looking to enter Ohio in many ways.

Ohio Betting Applicants (So Far)

License Type Applicants Date Applied
Mobile BetMGM, LLC 6/15/2022
Mobile PointsBet Ohio, LLC 6/16/2022
Mobile Crown Ohio Gaming, LLC (DraftKings) 6/22/2022
Mobile Penn Sports Interactive, LLC 6/30/2022
Kiosk Elys Gameboard Technologies, LLC 6/29/2022
Retail JACK Cleveland Casino, LLC (betJACK) 6/22/2022

Ohio Launch Date Imminent

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) is looking for a January 1, 2023 launch. This gives them enough time to review all applicants and issue out licenses intime for the 2023 Super Bowl.

This also gives applicants enough time to curate proprietary partnerships with local teams and casinos to offer odds in Ohio. As more applicants are announced every week, Ohio’s regulated betting market is one step closer to going live.

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