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 is expected to become effective in mid-March 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.

Please note that the Commission is unlikely to accept applications until Summer/Fall of 2022.

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.

The first set of Commission rules made available for comment covers general provisions, provisional licensing, independent testing laboratories, and integrity monitoring providers. The latest version of the draft rules can be viewed here.

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