The gaming regulator for the American state of Ohio has reportedly unanimously approved the inaugural group of five online sportsbetting operators who are to soon be allowed to begin offering their services to local aficionados.

According to a Wednesday report from the online news domain at, the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) granted the services branded under the Betfred Sports, PointsBet Ohio, Caesars, Bet365 Ohio and SuperBook Sports monikers with licenses that may well allow them to go live for punters in ‘The Buckeye State’ from the first day of 2023.

Evolving environment:

Home to almost twelve million people, Ohio passed legislation last year that is set to see it soon become the latest American jurisdiction to take advantage of the 2018 revocation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) by legalizing online sportsbetting. Bordered by the sportsbook-friendly territories of Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the state is purportedly requiring remote sportsbook operators to be licensed after agreeing partnerships with local land-based venues or professional sports franchises.

Support selection:

At the Wednesday licensing hearing in the city of Columbus and the OCCC reportedly moreover granted US Integrity Incorporated with a sportsbetting integrity monitoring license while simultaneously certifying a six-strong club of software suppliers encompassing Angstrom Sports, SG Gaming, Amelco UK Limited, Marown Limited, NeoGames Solutions and Novomatic Americas. The President for this former firm, Matthew Holt, purportedly expressed excitement about his company’s endorsement in advance of predicting that ‘this is going to be one of the biggest launches’ in the United States.

Needed nods:

The OCCC reportedly followed all of this by approving 37 Type-C sportsbetting licenses, which will permit sports bars and restaurants in Ohio to start running kiosk-based retail sportsbooks from January 1. The source explained that these certifications took the total number of such licensees to beyond 800 with all of the accreditations being linked to the overall population of a host county.

Detailed dictates: reported that the Wednesday hearing furthermore saw the OCCC approve the fifth and final batch of rules on sportsbetting with the provision that these become effective from October 15. This latest consignment purportedly deals with a number of matters such as county population exceptions, operator licensing provisions, wagering rules and advertising guidelines alongside incident reporting, revenue auditing and prohibited persons requirements.

Terminal timeline:

The OCCC purportedly finished by noting that it now expects to receive a final raft of responsible gaming, facility, geolocation and equipment testing reports from all of the newly-licensed sportsbetting operators by November 2. These disclosures are to reportedly moreover be obliged to embrace authorized employee applications so that these individuals will be able to start work from the first day of January.