Ohio launches legal sports betting
| By Daniel O'Boyle
Legal sports betting has launched in Ohio, with a number of major brands going live on 1 January.
Ohio set out a 1 January 2023 launch date for sports betting in a bill agreed by conference between both houses of its legislature.
Among the operators to have already received licences are national market leaders, FanDuel, BetMGM and DraftKings, European businesses Bet365 and Tipico and startups Betr and Prophet.
Ohio is set to represent a major opportunity to operators and suppliers as the seventh-most populous US state, with 11.8 million residents.
“Today marks a monumental day of growth for both BetMGM and the sports betting industry,” said BetMGM CEO Adam Greenblatt. “Ohio is home to thousands of passionate sports fans, who now have the opportunity to enjoy first-hand the excitement and benefits of wagering with BetMGM.”