Ohio sports betting receives first provider applications from PointsBet, BetMGM
Friday will henceforth be Ohio sports betting application day for the foreseeable future.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission released its first batch of Ohio sports betting applicants last Friday. No Type A, Type B, or Type C license applications were submitted, but PointsBet and BetMGM both submitted applications to be “Mobile Management Service Providers” in the Buckeye State.
The commission will update its list of applicants every Friday. The first application window for licenses opened on June 15 and will close on July 15.
PointsBet and BetMGM are first provider applicants
If approved, these operators would be allowed to launch an online sports betting skin in the state on Jan. 1, 2023.
Both companies submitted applications to be Mobile Management Service Providers, which will enable the operators to partner with a Type A license holder and be one of two official online sports betting skins for the license holder.
BetMGM also submitted a “Management Service Provider” application, which if approved will allow it to operate a brick-and-mortar sportsbook for a Type B license holder. The online operator will likely partner with the MGM Resorts International-owned MGM Northfield Park casino in Northfield, Ohio, for both applications.
PointsBet gained Ohio access through a partnership with Penn National Gaming. Penn National Gaming owns and operates several casinos throughout the state, but a specific location for PointsBet’s mobile management service provider application partnership was not designated.
Several other operators have gained market access in Ohio and will likely submit operator or license applications soon.
First two skins of 46 potential operators?
On Jan. 1, 2023, Ohio will launch a massive retail and online sports betting program. Ohio’s approved sports betting bill legalized retail and online sports betting for casinos, racinos and professional sports franchises. It also will allow sports betting kiosks to be installed in retail establishments with D-class liquor licenses.
The bill calls for a maximum of 25 Type A licenses, which will allow license holders to operate online sports betting. There are currently 21 potential Type A license holders, each of which will be able to partner with up to two sportsbook operators. The remaining four Type A licenses (to reach the cap of 25) are only permitted to contract with one online sportsbook operator each. This would allow for a maximum of 46 online operators in the state.
Forty Type B licenses for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks will also be available.
Type C licenses will be for operators seeking sports betting kiosks.