The Ohio Slate is a weekly look at developments in Ohio’s gaming industry – including betting angles – as the state prepares to launch legal sportsbooks on Jan. 1, 2023.
A total of 42 Kroger grocery stores across the state of Ohio have received approval for sports betting licenses from the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
Kroger applied for Type C sports gaming host licenses, which will allow the supermarkets to have sports betting kiosks on site. There are nearly 200 Kroger stores located in Ohio, so a fifth of the total are in position to have sports betting kiosks in place for participation on the universal start date. Mobile sports betting in Ohio is scheduled to commence on Jan. 1, 2023.
Kroger isn’t the only major supermarket within the state planning to make sports betting kiosks available to customers. A total of 64 Giant Eagle grocery stores are listed on the Type C sports gaming host pre-approval list. None of the Giant Eagles has yet received approval.
— Kiosk Marketplace (@KioskMktplc) September 13, 2022
Buckeyes huge favorites over Rockets
Third-ranked Ohio State is looking to go 3-0 when it faces in-state opponent Toledo (2-0) Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.
DraftKings lists the high-octane Buckeyes as 32-point favorites in the matchup, even though Toledo is considered a favorite to win the Mid-American Conference. FanDuel has Ohio State favored to win by 31.5 points.
The Buckeyes, who have not covered in either of their first two games, are coming off a 45-12 rout of Arkansas State. Quarterback C.J. Stroud and wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. connected on three touchdown passes to lead the way. With starters Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming sidelined by injuries, Harrison caught a career-best seven passes for 184 yards, including touchdown receptions of 42, 42, and 30 yards. Smith-Njigba and Fleming are expected to play against the Rockets.
Smith-Njigba led the Buckeyes with 1,606 receiving yards a year ago.
Toledo Rockets v. Ohio State Buckeyes football series history – Buckeyes Wire https://t.co/XcdDF5w8UY
— Ohio State Football News (@OSU_fb_news) September 15, 2022
In another in-state matchup, Cincinnati (1-1) plays Miami (1-1) at Paycor Stadium.
DraftKings has Cincinnati as a 22-point favorite over Miami, while FanDuel favors Cincinnati by 22.5 points coming off a 63-10 blowout of Kennesaw State.
Also, DraftKings and FanDuel have Ohio University (1-1) as an 18.5-point underdog in a matchup with Iowa State (2-0).
FanDuel and DraftKings also list Akron (1-1) as a 47.5-point underdog against undefeated No. 15 Tennessee (2-0).
Lastly, winless Bowling Green (0-2) plays host to undefeated Marshall (2-0). FanDuel and DraftKings have the Falcons as 16.5-point underdogs to the Thundering Herd, who are coming off a 26-21 upset of Notre Dame.
Of course, sports betting is not yet available in Ohio, so placing wagers requires a visit to a neighboring state that offers sports wagering.
Dayton racino sportsbook update
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is expected to have a Barstool Sportsbook built and up and running by the universal start date for sports betting. Specific details on the upcoming buildout of the sportsbook inside the PENN Entertainment property haven’t been announced.
However, Lehman Daman Construction of Westerville will handle the $3 million project, according to Dayton Business Journal. A Lehman Daman Construction representative didn’t confirm if the company was also under contract to build Barstool Sportsbooks at Hollywood Casino Columbus, Hollywood Casino Toledo, and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley.
ICYMI: What happened in Ohio gaming this week
Image: Blundell Design