The gaming regulator for the American state of Ohio has reportedly approved its first batch of firms that will soon be able to begin supplying the jurisdiction’s sports bars and restaurants with self-service sportsbetting kiosks.
According to a Wednesday report from the online news domain at OHBets.com, the move from the Ohio Casino Control Commission will permit Intralot Incorporated, Green Bear Gaming Development, Iron Gate Gaming and Skybox Sports Network Incorporated to start rolling out their machines from the first day of 2023. The unanimous approvals from the six-member body purportedly came after the quartet officially applied for these ‘type c’ supplier licenses on July 15 alongside the still-to-be-decided Gold Rush Amusements, J&J Ventures Gaming of Ohio and Elys Gameboard Technologies.
During its half-our meeting on Wednesday and the Ohio Casino Control Commission reportedly also approved a further 29 businesses that are to be allowed to host such self-service betting kiosks. The source detailed that this list was expanded by 37 via the regulator’s last gathering some two weeks ago and is now thought to embrace more than 800 properties who will be able to go live from January 1.
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 sportsbetting. Bordered by the sportsbook-friendly territories of Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the state has purportedly furthermore legalized online sports wagering for entities that can pass a rigorous licensing process and agree partnerships with local land-based venues or professional sports franchises.
OHBets.com reported that the Ohio Casino Control Commission additionally used this week’s meeting to approve a number of firms for the provision of associated services and supplies encompassing International Game Technology (IGT), Simple Bet Incorporated, SkyBox Sports Network Incorporated, Aristotle International Incorporated and IMG Arena US. This was purportedly followed by similar online operator certifications for the Barstool Sports-branded service from Penn Entertainment Incorporated and the Betfair Interactive US subordinate of FanDuel Group as well as four management services provider licenses.
June Taylor serves as the Chair for the Ohio Casino Control Commission and she reportedly noted that the launch date for online and retail sportsbetting in ‘The Buckeye State’ is now a little over seven weeks away with only two deadline dates now remaining on her body’s implementation timeline. The experienced regulator purportedly disclosed that all final facility, responsible gaming, geolocation and procedural rules and plans in addition to employee certification applications must be submitted by November 2 while all equipment must be verified in advance of a December 2 closing date.