Ohio sportsbooks have been busy in the lead-up to December 2, when they must be ready for inspection by the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC). This Friday is a major deadline, and the OCCC has reminded businesses that they need to have their operations ready for review.
Ohio Sports betting industry will finally open on January 1, 2023, and the equipment deadline this Friday will be the last major deadline. With the deadline looming, sportsbooks need to make sure their operations are in compliance with all OCCC resolutions.
OCCC Reminds Operators
According to the email from Ohio regulators:
“All proprietors must have their already lab-tested and Commission-approved sports gaming systems and equipment installed and ready for Commission verification by December 2”.
This will include commission approval in the sports gaming compliance website for remote system verification access and remote systems report generation capabilities. In addition, the sports betting sites must also be “free of material construction activities” before the said visitation.
For proprietors and services providers which will not launch on January 1, the Commission said that they must first secure approval 60 days before their planned launch and be ready for verification 30 days before they go live.
One Month Until Sports Betting Launch
With the New Year just around the corner, businesses in Ohio are hurrying to get their ducks in a row before legal sports betting goes live on Jan. 1, 2023. The Buckeye State is one of several that have recently legalized sports betting in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling that struck down a federal ban on the activity.
Ohio sports betting law only allows up to 25 online sports wagering licenses (Type A), which will be awarded to local proprietors, including casinos and professional sports teams. Proprietors may partner with up two mobile management services providers which will be the ones to execute the platform. Some of the approved service providers include:
The Commission may also award up to 60 retail sport betting licenses (Type B) for proprietors who want to join the market by offering in-person betting.
While some operators are already up and running in other states, others are still working to get their systems in place. In any case, it’s clear that the start of legal sports betting in Ohio is going to be a major event for the state’s economy.