DraftKings Inc. has applied for a license to conduct online sports betting in Ohio, adding another major name to the slowly growing list of operators aiming to take action in the Buckeye State.
If the application is successful, the permit will allow DraftKings to operate an online sportsbook on behalf of an Ohio-based professional sports organization, casino, or other entity that holds a “proprietor” license for mobile wagering.
DraftKings’ application also follows those of BetMGM and PointsBet, which applied earlier in June for the same sort of license. The proprietor partners of those operators have yet to be revealed.
"Partnership information will be published once applications from both parties have been received," the casino control commission's document says.
The first applications for brick-and-mortar and online sportsbook proprietor licenses have been filed as well by JACK Entertainment, a Cleveland-based gaming company that operates a casino and racetrack-casino ("racino") in the state.
JACK applied last week for both a "Type-A" online betting license and "Type-B" retail sportsbook license for the two locations. JACK intends to run at least one of the retail sportsbooks on its own and could end up doing the same for its online-betting operation, as it already runs a free-to-play sports betting app called betJACK.
Lots to do
The latest round of applications is another sign of progress in getting legal sports betting up and running in the Buckeye State. On the state’s “universal start date” of Jan. 1, 2023, bettors will have to be at least 21 years old and physically located in Ohio to play.
Ohio's sports-betting law provides for 25 online wagering licenses initially, in addition to 40 permits for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks.
Applicants that are professional sports organizations or that operate casinos or racinos are given preference for online proprietor licenses. The wannabe mobile proprietors must also operate a retail sportsbook or have some of their business based in Ohio.
The first window for Ohio sports betting licenses — which covers online, retail, and kiosk-based wagering — will close on July 15, giving operators a few more weeks to file for the first wave of mobile service provider licenses.
“The Commission will continue to accept sports gaming applications,” after the deadline, the regulator’s website says.
It adds that “any application received after the deadline is not guaranteed consideration in time to start on the universal start date,” which is Jan. 1, 2023.