BetMGM, DraftKings, BetRivers in line for mobile licenses

Ohio regulators are expected to resume approving online sports betting licenses Wednesday, including for some high-profile operators.

Last updated: October 31, 2022 4:25 PM ET
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A new batch of Ohio sports betting licenses are set to be approved this week.

Review of multiple licenses to operate online sports betting sites in Buckeye state is currently on the agenda for Wednesday’s Ohio Casino Control Commission meeting.

In particular, Ohio regulators will consider licenses for business mobile management service providers affiliated with BetMGM, DraftKings, Hard Rock Sportsbook, Tipico and BetRivers.

These licenses would allow operators to conduct online sports betting on behalf of the state’s legal sports betting “owners,” which are primarily casinos and professional sports organizations.

For example, Hard Rock is partnered with (unsurprisingly) Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati. DraftKings, on the other hand, is affiliated with Hollywood Casino Toledo.

The approvals, expected Wednesday, would come in addition to seven other operators that state regulators have approved, including Barstool Sportsbook and FanDuel. Ohio’s sports betting law will initially allow up to 25 online sports betting licenses to be granted to owners who may work with up to two mobile administrative service providers.

Ohio regulators have gradually licensed more and more operators ahead of the January 1, 2023 legal sports betting start date in Buckeye state.

Instead of a staggered start, Ohio will introduce all forms of sports betting at once – lottery, retail and online. Per the Casino Control Commission’s agenda, regulators will consider even more licenses for lottery kiosk hosts, suppliers and both retail and online sportsbook owners, including Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, during Wednesday’s meeting.

Although actual betting doesn’t start until the new year, operators have begun recruiting customers in Ohio ahead of launch. Caesars Sportsbook is one of those early operators, as it announced last week that it was offering a pre-launch bonus.

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