In recent years, Ohio has started reviewing its position regarding sports betting as both leaders and local groups have outlined their objective of coming up with regulations governing this activity
A bill crafted by two senators has been tabled for debate, whereas Open Ohio is working to ensure sports’ betting is among the issues to be voted on in the November 2019 elections
Currently, there is no certainty regarding whether online sports betting as well as Poker and Casino gambling will be allowed in Ohio or not
The only ratified online gambling allowed in Ohio involves horse racing betting, fantasy sports, and games of skill
In Ohio, online fantasy sports’ betting is legal as a result of a bill that was ratified by Governor John Kasich in December 2017. This law also created several consumer safety guidelines focused on ensuring that clients’ money is secure, promotes fairness, and offer funding to deal with problem gambling.
So far, online fantasy sports’ betting is provided on two primary platforms in Ohio. They are FanDuel and DraftKings.
Horse Racing represents the second type of gambling allowed in Ohio. Betting on Horses is permitted both online as well as at any of the seven horse racing tracks located in different parts of the state. A regulation ratified in 2011 permitted the tracks to install Video-lottery Terminals which resemble slot machines.
Online betting sites are legitimate in Ohio. TVG, BetAmerica, and Twinspires represent the major wagering platforms that accept wagers from the public. Mahoning Valley racecourse is one of the main racetracks in Ohio. It offers 850 VLTs with plans to increase the number to 1500. The second major racetrack in Ohio is Miami Valley which has 1600 VLTs. Scioto Downs, Thistledown Racino, Hard Rock Casino, Belterra Park, and Dayton Raceway represent the other racetracks in Ohio that offer 2100, 1150, 2250, 1500, and 1000 VLTs respectively.
Betting on games involving skill in Ohio is a legal activity. Although these games are captivating, they do not generate significant interest from the public because they are played for low stakes and viewed as a pastime.
WorldWinner represents the main skill game you can place wagers on in Ohio.
Casinos in Ohio
There are currently 14 active casinos in Ohio housing over 18,000 slots and virtual gaming machines and over 300 table games. The Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield near Cleveland, OH is the largest casino in the state with 2,300 virtual gaming machines, though no table games.
The second largest Ohio casino Hollywood Casino Columbus occupies nearly 2150 virtual gaming machines and around 80 table games.
The minimum bet in Ohio casinos is $0.01 with a maximum of $500.00.
|Property||Location||Has Sports Betting?||Has Slots?||Has Table Games?|
|Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center||Cincinnati||No||Yes||No|
|Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park||Northfield||No||Yes||No|
|Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Valley Raceway||Dayton||No||Yes||No|
|Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course||Austintown||No||Yes||No|
|Miami Valley Gaming||Lebanon||No||Yes||No|
|Scioto Downs Racino||Columbus||No||Yes||No|
Is Sports Betting Legal in Ohio?
Sports Betting is still considered to be an illegal act in Ohio. Legislators in the State have tabled a bill in Senate for debate while lobby groups insist Sports Betting will be on the ballot in November 2019.
What is the Legal Betting Age in Ohio?
The legal betting in age in Ohio varies, depending on the form of gambling. For Bingo, the legal age is 16. For Lottery, Keno, & Horse Racing the legal age to bet becomes 18. Casinos require a minimum age of 21.
Can I Bet Online in Ohio?
So far Ohio only permits online gambling for fantasy sports, horse racing, and skill games. For Fantasy sports, one can use sites like FanDuel or DraftKings, while TVG, BetAmerica, and Twinspires offer horse wagering . For skill games, wagers can be placed on WorldWinner.