The Ohio Casino Control Commission approved its first group of applicants for Type C sports betting proprietors licenses during its meeting on Wednesday morning.
Green Bear Gaming Development, which will do business as UBet Ohio; Iron Gate Gaming, doing business as betIGG; Skybox Sports Network Inc.; and Intralot Inc. received unanimous conditional approval for sports gaming proprietors licenses by the commission. The approval guarantees that they will be able to operate on the universal start date of Jan. 1, 2023.
They represent four of the seven businesses that had applied for Type C licenses dating back to July 15. Elys Gameboard Technologies, J&J Ventures Gaming of Ohio, and Gold Rush Amusements have also applied for the license and are still waiting to be approved by the commission.
During the meeting, which lasted approximately a half-hour, the commission also approved another 29 businesses for Type C sports gaming host licenses, which allow for businesses such as restaurants and sports bars to have self-service sports betting kiosks on site. The total list of applicants approved for Type C sports betting host licenses is well over 800.
The commission also approved a number of businesses for sports gaming suppliers licenses and sports gaming services providers licenses. IGT, Simple Bet Inc., IMG Arena U.S., SkyBox Sports Network Inc., and Aristotle International Inc. received approval for sports betting suppliers licenses. PENN Entertainment (Barstool) was approved for one mobile management services provider license and four management services provider licenses while Betfair Interactive U.S. (FanDuel) was approved for one of each.
Sports betting timeline countdown
Commission Chair June E. Taylor noted that the launch date for retail and mobile sportsbooks is 7½ weeks away, excluding the commission’s time off for the holidays. In the meantime, only three deadline dates remain on the commission’s Sports Gaming Implementation Timeline.
On Nov. 2, all final responsible gaming plans, facility plans, geolocation procedures, house rules, and required procedures must be submitted to the commission in order to assure being approved for participation on the universal start date. All standard sports gaming employee applications must also be submitted on this date.
On Dec. 2, all equipment must receive verification by the commission in order to guarantee approval to take part in the universal launch date. All sports gaming is scheduled to begin on New Year’s Day.