Retailers line up for kiosks as Ohio Chugs head to January 1 betting launch


A Cleveland Browns fan flashes his chain after a Nick Chubb touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio.

A Cleveland Browns fan flashes his chain after a Nick Chubb touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio.

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As the calendar has now shifted to September, there are less than four months left before sports betting in Ohio at retail and online sports betting will become legal at the start of the new year on January 1, 2023 at 12:01 a.m. HEY.

State licenses are currently issued for casinos, racinos and sports teams that have applied for licenses. Every location gets at least one license, although some may require an additional license if it meets certain state requirements.

There will also be about 1,500 lottery kiosks in restaurants, bars and even grocery stores across the state that will allow limited sports betting. According to, around 800 retailers have already applied for Type C host licenses – which allow each licensee up to two betting kiosks.

Once online betting kicks off, expect a slew of sign-up offers to flood the state, with a Caesars Sportsbook Ohio Promo Code probably offering the largest dollar amount (its flagship offering is currently an industry-leading $1,250 first bet insurance).

More sports betting options than almost any other state?

Unlike other states which typically have far fewer sportsbook operators, Buckeye State is expected to have up to 26 online sportsbooks when betting begins on January 1.

While many of them will be online only, a significant number of this amount will offer in-person betting and be affiliated with casinos, racinos and sports teams.

Companies that have already submitted applications for online sports betting include Bally Bet, Barstool, Bet365, Betfred, BetJACK, Betly, BetMGM, BetPARX, BetRivers, Betway, Caesars, DraftKings, Fanatics, FanDuel, Fubo, Hard Rock, Instabet /Betr, MaximBet, Out the Gate, PlayUp, PointsBet, Prophet Exchange, Superbook, Tipico, Underdog and WynnBet.

Until now, only betting on horse races was allowed in Ohio. Granted, many bettors use illegal offshore sports betting apps to place bets on sporting events, but payouts on winning bets are often sketchy at best, non-existent at worst.

Football-Crazy Ohio has never claimed a Super Bowl

Much attention will likely be given to the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, provided one or both are still in contention for the playoffs and eventually the Super Bowl by the time betting begins Jan. 1.

The Bengals have never won a Super Bowl, but they have at least reached the big game three times (1981, 1988 and last season), losing each time. The Bengals also beat the Browns and other professional teams to become the first team in the state to apply for a betting license.

Unfortunately, past history does not exactly favor the interstate Browns or their fans who will potentially place bets on them. Cleveland has not only never made a Super Bowl appearance, but it has also only reached the playoffs once since the NFL awarded the city an expansion franchise in 1999 after leaving. of the original Browns for Baltimore in 1995.

Other professional sports teams expected to participate in in-person and online betting play include the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Guardians of the MLB, the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL, and the Columbus Crew of the MLS. .

Bets will also be taken on state colleges such as Ohio State, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, University of Dayton, University of Miami of Ohio and other smaller schools.

Responsible Gaming

Always gamble responsibly. All licensed and legal operators in the United States have resources available to bettors, including instructional guides on how to spot gambling problems, links to support services and tools for self-help. exclude for a defined period of time. Assistance is available at National Problem Gambling Council, 1-800-PLAYER and American Addiction Centers. Be sure to only bet on gambling sites licensed and regulated by your state’s gaming regulator. This ensures that games are fair, bets are honored, customer funds are secure and there are legal protections for the consumer.

Sports betting and gambling are not legal everywhere. Be sure to follow applicable laws where you live.

Veteran sportswriter Jerry Bonkowski has worked as a staff writer for a number of the biggest online publications/sites, including 15 years with USA Today, four years each for and Yahoo Sports, as well as nearly eight years with NBCSports .com. Although his main pace in recent years has been motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and NHRA, he has also made his mark in other sports, including covering the Chicago Bulls’ six championships, Tiger Woods’ debut at the PGA, the 1985 Chicago Bears run to the Super Bowl and more. Follow him on Twitter @JerryBonkowski


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