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Inch by inch, it appears Ohio is edging ever closer to the legalization of sports betting within state boundaries. The situation we have at the moment is there are two bills: one, SB 111, that is sponsored by Sen. John Eklund and the other, HB 194, that is sponsored by Dave Greenspan, at the committee stage.
Both of these bills are focused on making Ohio online sports betting legal, but there is a difference of opinion as to which regulator will oversee this new industry. SB 111 is calling for the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) to be in charge, whereas in HB 194, Greenspan proposes the Ohio Lottery Commission (OLC) as the primary industry regulator.
This is not really a major issue as both sets of lawmakers are aiming for the same goal. In fact, Dave Greenspan recently gave cautious optimism that Ohioans and state visitors will be able to enjoy sports betting sometime in 2020.
OH Online Sports Betting
While that’s positive news for the industry in general, the matter of Ohio online sports betting is still up in the air. Neither SB 111 nor HB 194 is pushing to make online wagering legal in the Buckeye State.
On the bright side, horse racing is legal and so are daily fantasy sports (DFS), so there are Ohio online sports betting options available in some capacity. Ohio online casinos, however, remain unplayable and off-limits.
OH Sports Betting Rules
As nothing has been finalized yet in relation to the two bills being proposed, there are no definitive OH sports betting rules to set out.
A few minor amendments are certain to take place as the bill’s sponsors seek to merge their plans into one bill which will then be signed by the State Governor into law. What both sides can agree on is that the minimum age for sports wagering in Ohio will be 21 years odd.
OH Horse Betting
Horse racing betting is legal at all of Ohio’s seven race tracks and online. Bettors have a choice on online racebooks to pick from, including:
Each of these online racebooks is fully licensed and regulated in the US, so there’s no question mark over their legality (unlike online sportsbooks based offshore). The OSRC (Ohio State Racing Commission) is in charge of all racing and parimutuel wagering with the state. Learn more about Ohio online gambling.