Ohio’s sports betting market is filled with big-name mobile sportsbooks, including BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and FanDuel. The market also has a few lesser-known competitors that offer unique customer experiences.
Among those lesser-known competitors is MVGBet, an offering from Miami Valley Gaming. MVG, operated by Delaware North in a joint venture with Churchill Downs, has a retail facility near Cincinnati and Dayton in addition to its new mobile offering. The online sports betting platform is powered by Gamewise, a joint venture formed in 2021 between Delaware North and GAMING1.
“We’ve had a very good response from thousands of people who have signed up and been betting using the app, especially regular guests at Miami Valley Gaming,” Todd St. Jule, general manager of Gamewise, told OH Bets in an email. “They like that it’s very user friendly and unintimidating for people who want to give sports betting a try.”
Ohio and national presence
The in-person Miami Valley Gaming facility includes 1,800 slot machines, a racing track, and a simulcast center, which streams horse racing action from across the country. From a dining perspective, the venue notably has a steakhouse and a buffet. It’s a popular destination for gaming in Ohio, and the online offering of MVGBet can help the racino try to capture customer attention throughout the year.
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“This approach allows us to strengthen our Miami Valley Gaming brand and extend its reach, giving our patrons the opportunity to continue to play and engage with the brand when they are away from the gaming property and the onsite sportsbook,” St. Jule said.
MVGBet often offers boosts and promotions related to Ohio teams, including local college basketball teams like Dayton. Those types of promotions cater to Ohio customers in a way sometimes overlooked by major national operators. The app has reasonable reviews on the App Store, with a current rating above a 3.0.
Ohio is one of a few states across the country with sports betting apps powered by Gamewise. Gamewise powers Betly’s online sportsbook in both Tennessee and Arkansas, and those states and Ohio hold Gamewise’s sports betting focus in the immediate future.
“Currently Gamewise is focusing on these markets, and in addition will transition later this year to take over operating Betly in West Virginia from IGT for two casinos owned and operated by Delaware North,” St. Jule said.
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