Each state has the power to legalize sports betting due to the Supreme Court overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. This decision was made in May of 2018. Since then New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, and New Mexico have all legalized sports betting to some extent. Another 30+ states have introduced some form of legislation to legalize sports betting, including Ohio.
Ohio sports betting is currently being discussed in Congress. There are currently two bills that would legalize sports betting, one from the House and one from the Senate.
Is Sports Betting Legal in Ohio?
No, sports betting is currently not legal in Ohio. However, there is currently legislation that would legalize sports betting in the Buckeye State.
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What Would Legal Sports Betting Look Like in Ohio?
Two bills in Ohio would legalize sports betting if passed.
Senate Bill 111 would legalize sports betting at casinos and racinos (racetracks), as well as mobile online betting. Under this bill, operators would pay a 6.25% tax on gross income. This bill does not have an established breakdown of where that tax money would go.
House Bill 194 would also legalize sports betting at casinos and racinos. This bill also permits in-person wagers at fraternal and veteran organizations, which are clearly defined in the bill. This bill does not mention mobile betting, which leads me to assume it needs to be further discussed. The House bill has a 10% tax on wagers, which would be distributed to the casino tax revenue fund, county student fund, and host city fund, amongst others.
The House bill would put the Ohio Lottery Commission in charge of regulating sports betting, while the Senate bill puts the Casino Control Commission in charge. Despite this gridlock, residents of Ohio should be glad that legal sports betting is feasible in the next year or two. Having both the House and Senate on board for legalization puts Ohio ahead of other states with introduced legislation.
Would the bills legalize online sports betting in Ohio?
The Senate bill introduced in Ohio would legalize online sports betting, while the House bill is currently unspecified.
Do the bills prohibit any specific bets?
Neither of the two bills prohibit wagering on certain collegiate events or teams.
Ohio Online Gambling FAQ
Is online poker legal in Ohio?
No, online poker is not legal in Ohio. There is a possibility it could be included in one of the bills that would legalize sports betting.
Are Daily Fantasy Sports legal in Ohio?
For those unfamiliar, Daily Fantasy Sports, or DFS, is a cross between fantasy football and legalized gambling. On a broad level, DFS contests are a subsection of fantasy sports. Players compete against their friends, or more often strangers to build a team of professional athletes under a given salary cap, and try and to outscore their opponents. Daily fantasy sports differ from traditional fantasy sports by having contests that last for an evening or the weekend, as opposed to having the same team for months.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Ohio?
No, offshore sportsbooks such as Bovada are not legal in Ohio. Offshore sportsbooks do accept residents of Ohio as clients. Although BettingBuck always recommends betting with legal sportsbooks, we do review a handful of offshore sites like Bovada, 5Dimes, and MyBookie.
Does Ohio have an online lottery?
No, Ohio does not offer an online lottery. There have been proponents who have been focusing on bringing an online lottery to Ohio. If approved, this likely wouldn't take place for another year or two.