Online gambling is currently not permitted in Ohio. But state senators have been trying hard to push forward with some sort of gambling legislation.
After all, neighboring states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia have passed sweeping laws legalizing most forms of online gaming. Ohio politicians will be keen for the state not to be left behind.
Current Gambling Laws in Ohio
The most promising piece of legislation with regard to legal gambling in Ohio is HB 194. The bill sets out a framework for regulated sports betting in the state. Some online sportsbooks would be allowed under strict licensing rules.
Ohio does have a handful of land-based casinos, most of which are racinos with racetracks incorporated.
Timeline of Ohio Online Casino Legislation:
- 2012: Land-based casinos are legalized in Ohio
- February 2020: SB 111 is introduced, which would allow casinos to operate retail, mobile and online sportsbooks
- May 2020: HB 194 clears hurdle on way to being made law
- September 2020: Sen. Bill Coley pushes for online lottery sales to be legalized alongside sports betting
Top Casinos in Ohio
- MGM Northfield Park Casino
- Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
- Hollywood Casino Columbus
- Jack Cleveland Casino
- Miami Valley Casino
- Scioto Downs
- Hollywood Casino Toledo
Ohio’s casino industry is still fairly fresh, with land-based establishments only being legalized in 2012. The state now has nearly a dozen brick and mortar casinos and racinos – casinos with racetracks included.
Ohio Online Casino Sites*
- DraftKings Ohio
- FanDuel Casino
*It’s likely that most of Ohio’s land-based casinos will try to secure partnerships with online operators if online casino gaming is ever legalized. Expect to see one or all of these operators doing business in Ohio (see online sites/apps above).
Casino Games to Play in Ohio
Ohio’s land-based casinos offer a range of video slots and table games to gamblers over 21. Hollywood Casino Columbus is the largest in the state, spreading over 2,000 slots and gaming terminals.
- Progressive slots
- Pai Gow
- Live casino
Ohio Online Casino FAQs
Can I play online casino games in Ohio?
No. Under Ohio gaming law, you can only play games of chance in a brick and mortar casino like MGM Northfield Park or Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati.
How old do I have to be to play casino games?
You must be aged 21 or over to play slots and table games at a land-based casino in Ohio. You can make race bets at racinos and racetracks if you are 18 or over.
Is casino gambling app legal in Ohio?
No. There is a sports betting bill still moving through the Ohio Senate which would legalized mobile sportsbooks. However, in October 2020 it’s still illegal to play casino games by phone.