Ohio Online Sports Betting Guide: Mobile Sportsbook Apps Set For Launch In 2021
In the northern part of the midwest, or “Big Ten country” as college sports fans would call it, there is legal sports betting available everywhere. With Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, and even Pennsylvania (western, PA) all in B1G country, all having legal sportsbook access. The one state left that is behind is Ohio, but that could be changing soon enough. With reports saying that Ohio may be one of the next states to offer legal sports betting, we will look into how the sports betting landscape will look in the state, what legal sportsbooks we could see, what sports available and more. While 2021 is expected to bet the release for Ohio sports betting, there has been lots of momentum in late 2020 that would help the case.
Ohio Legal Sports Betting Update
It looks like the reports are that there could be legal sports betting in 2021 for Ohio.
With states such as Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan ahead of them, Ohio certainly will want to capitalize.
— Action Rush (@ActionRushBets) September 17, 2020
As of early 2020, there were two possible bills that have come to the forefront, but only one was “passed”, but it did not mean much. Sports betting in Ohio is closer to the finish line, but it is not finished yet. The bill that was “passed” in May HB194, which has the following:
- Would allow for tax sports betting in Ohio, taxed.
- Lottery Commission would be controlling body (no more details on what that means)
- This version of the bill would allow for a “place-specific” betting style, including VFWs, casinos, etc.
The hard part is figuring out exactly what the mobile sports betting cycle will look like. Will it be one app like Oregon? Will they allow for others to enter such as DraftKings and FanDuel Sportsbooks? Time will tell, but it is expected to be ratified sooner, rather than later.
To summarize, this was the first bill, as there will need to be a full legislation to be released and agreed upon before sports betting in Ohio will begin.
Legal Online Betting Apps in Ohio
In states with legal sports betting, many of them have the ability to offer top-notch sportsbooks from various platforms. Ohio could follow suit, but they would need any outside mobile apps not to be controlled by the state lottery, which has led to many issues in other states such as Oregon and Delaware. If that does happen to be the case, it does not bode well for mobile sports betting in Ohio. Nothing is confirmed, but it is likely that Ohio will not adopt this and it will allow for the following top-tier sportsbook platforms to be offered. Expect to see the following in the state of Ohio, assuming it is allowed.
DraftKings Ohio Sportsbook
FOX Bet Ohio
When can I bet on sports in Ohio?
Given the amount of time left and what lawmakers need to deal with, I think it's unlikely a sports betting bill will pass by the end of the year. If it does happen, it'll be during the post-election lame duck session
— Jeremy Pelzer (@jpelzer) September 9, 2020
There is no official answer as of fall 2020, but the assumption is that sports betting will be legal and regulated in the state of Ohio in 2021. Per Jeremy Pelzer, he believes it is unlikely that a bill will pass before the end of 2020 given the other issues that need addressing. We would assume that 2021 is most likely, which puts Ohio slightly behind the neighboring states who are clearly earning revenue during the fall of 2020, which is a very popular time for wagering with the NFL, NBA, NHL, Golf and other sports all in season.
What sports can I bet on in Ohio?
Assuming that the laws passed in Ohio once sports betting is legalized and regulated are on par with other states, we can fully expect nearly every sport to be available to wager on. Some states have restrictions on Esports, so we will assume no Esports betting in Ohio until confirmed. Here are some sports that you can expect to wager on in Ohio, upon legalization.
- Auto Racing
- Mixed Martial Arts
- Track and Field
Types of Legal Sports Betting in Ohio
Once legal sports betting is enacted and regulated in the state of Ohio, it is expected that all betting types will be able to be wagered in the state. Here are some sports betting types that can be expected once the state has legalized.
- In-Game Live Betting
- And more!
Ohio Sports Betting Law
Ohio Sportsbetting could very well launch in Q2’21. Terms looks very appealing if they pass.
Rep. Greenspan said he doesn’t foresee any major opponents to the legislation at general assembly
– 8% tax rate
– Three skins allowed per casino/racino (11 in the state)
— dividendblower (@dividendblower) September 16, 2020
Of course this is a fluid situation, but is there an Ohio sports betting law. What could we see? Based on the above tweet, there is potential that while Ohio legal sports betting is not ratified yet, it could be soon given the lack of hurdles, per Rep. Greenspan in this tweet. Could there be an 8% tax rate? Three skins allowed per casino? These would be very competitive to the other states that have ratified legal sports betting, but be sure to stay tuned as no official law or report has been ratified. The only thing that has been passed is the May bill that makes the lottery the regulator, but there are still things to be decided that will help the transition between just physical betting stations and mobile betting capability.
Ohio Sports Betting Frequently Asked Questions
Is online sports betting legal in Ohio?
Not yet. Reports say legal sports betting could take place in early 2021.
How old do I have to be to bet in Ohio?
While the law is not officially ratified, it is likely that you will need to be 21 years of age or older to wager on sports in Ohio.
Can I legally bet on sports in Ohio?
Not yet. You will be able to wager on sports in Ohio legally after they pass a full legal sports betting bill. 2021 is likely.
Is DraftKings legal in Ohio?
DraftKings Sportsbook is not legal in Ohio as of fall 2020, but after legal sports betting laws are fully enacted it is expected that DraftKings Sportsbook will be in the state.
When can I bet on sports in Ohio?
It is expected that in the first half of 2021, Ohio will have legal sports betting. Stay tuned for more information.