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 requires all forms of sports gaming be allowed to start accepting wagers on the same date. The Commission has announced that the universal start date for sports gaming will be January 1, 2023.

Implementation TImeline & Guidance

Currently, the Commission is working through the rules, applications, forms, systems, and other items necessary to implement the bill’s provisions and has announced a timeline for applications, compliance materials and the sports gaming universal start date. The Commission will continue to provide updates 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 sports gaming implementation timeline can be found here.

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

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

Draft Rules

The draft rules are available in a combined PDF here. Please note that these rules are largely still in draft format and are working their way through the statutory rule-filing process. For an update on where each of the Commission's rules stand, please click here.

Licensing & Investigations

For information on licensing and investigations, including instructions on how to apply and how to find a list of applicants or licensees, please visit the Commission's Sports Gaming Licensing Page.

Sports Gaming FAQs

*Updated September 7, 2022

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