Ohio is getting closer to offering legal sports betting by the end of 2019. Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states have been proposing legislation to legalize sports betting.
Residents of the Buckeye state would be able to legally bet on professional sports like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, boxing, UCF and other sports including college football and basketball. The legal age for gambling in Ohio is 21.
There are four casinos and seven racinos in Ohio that could offer sports wagering, and each of those locations with a license would potentially be able to also offer one online/mobile betting platform.
Legislation Updates on Sports Betting in Ohio
Senate Bill S 318 was introduced in July, 2018 with the intent to enact a sports wagering bill. Since then, a number of Ohio lawmakers have spent months analyzing alternatives and are offering competing sports-betting proposals in the Ohio House and Senate.
House Bill 194 would allow casinos, racinos, veteran’s halls, and fraternal organizations to host sports betting. But there would be no mobile betting per HB 194.
The Casino Control Commission would likely regulate sports wagering, as it has more extensive experience regulating more complex gambling than the State Lottery Commission.