Sports Gaming

House Bill 29

On December 8, 2021, the General Assembly passed House Bill 29, legalizing and regulating sports gaming in Ohio. The bill, which took effect March 23, 2022, allows sports gaming through licensed operators of online sportsbooks and brick-and-mortar establishments. The bill sets a comprehensive licensing and regulatory framework under the jurisdiction and rulemaking authority of the Commission. The bill also creates the Ohio sports gaming lottery, operated by the Ohio Lottery Commission through terminals at certain liquor permit establishments. For more detailed information about the provisions of House Bill 29, please click here.

The bill sets January 1, 2023, as the date by which sports gaming must be approved to begin and requires that all forms of sports gaming be allowed to start accepting wagers on the same date.

Commission Rules and Implementation

Currently, the Commission is creating the rules, applications, forms, systems, and other items necessary to implement the bill’s provisions and will provide updates as they become available. Those updates, including regulation drafts, applications, FAQs, or other general information will be posted on this webpage as they become available. If you would like to receive email updates from the Commission on sports gaming regulations, you may join our sports gaming mailing list.

The Commission will begin accepting applications for sports gaming licenses in June. More information about the application windows and deadlines can be found here.

* Click here to view the Commission's sports gaming FAQs.

* Click here to view the current status of all sports gaming rule batches.

* Click here to view Sports Gaming materials presented at the Commission's December 2021 meeting.

Currently Available Draft Rules

The Commission will be posting any currently available draft rules below. These rules are proactively sent out to all stakeholders via the Commission’s sports gaming mailing list. As such, there is no need to monitor this site if you are already part of the mailing list. Rules will be removed from this page if and when a new draft of the same rules are made available. Please note that comments on draft rules will only be considered if submitted within the time frame indicated on the rules document.

Rules as Batched

Batch 1: General provisions, provisional licensing, and independent testing laboratories. These rules were filed with the CSI Office on Feb. 16 - view the filings (which contain the latest version of the rules) here. These rules were filed with JCARR on March 22.

Batch 2: General licensing requirements, Type-A and B proprietor licensing, services provider licensing, general wagering provisions, and equipment. These rules were filed with the CSI Office on March 16 - view the filing (which contains the latest version of the rules) here. These rules were filed with JCARR on May 17.

Batch 3: Involuntary exclusion, Type-C entity licensing, the voluntary exclusion program and responsible gambling plans, and integrity monitors. These rules were filed with the CSI Office on April 6 - view the filings (which contain the latest version of the rules) here.

Batch 4: Supplier and employee licensing, Type-A, -B, and -C proprietor-specific duties, and house rules. These rules were filed with the CSI Office on April 20 - view the filing (which contains the latest version of the rules) here.

Batch 5: Supplemental Type-A and -B proprietor licensing, required procedures, and general proprietor duties. These rules were filed with the CSI Office on May 4 - view the filing (which contains the latest version of the rules) here.

Sports Gaming FAQs

*Updated May 24, 2022


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