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The Ohio Casino Control Commission expects to receive “approximately 3,000” license applications to run sports betting in the state, which is likely to happen closer to January 1, 2023.

Sports betting in Bucky was originally expected to begin on time or during the NFL and MLB World Series seasons later this year, taking advantage of interest in betting on these events.

However, Jessica Franksa spokeswoman for the Ohio Casino Control Commission recently said WCPO News 9 that the state is likely to operate with a bet on sports close to or Jan. 1 because of the number of license applications that the commission is expected to receive.

“For all concerned, they really should expect it to be very close, if not January 1st. We expect that approximately 3,000 (license applications) may be received, ”Franks said.

“We will need to conduct all these studies to issue these licenses and then make sure they meet all the rules and regulations. We will need all this time until January. “

Ohio will have three license windows for businesses interested in the state sports betting market to apply.

Starting June 15 for 30 days, in the first licensing window the state will accept applications for 25 online bookmakers (type A licenses), 40 retail bookmakers (type B licenses), kiosks / terminals in bars and restaurants via Ohio Lottery Commission (Type C licenses), the first designated mobile service providers (MMSPs) to work with Type A and Type B licensees as well as sports betting equipment providers.

Starting July 15, the second licensing window is for second designated MMSPs or service providers wishing to have a second online sports betting partnership, as well as for institutions that can add up to two sports betting kiosks if they are already working with the lottery. Ohio (type- license C).

The third licensing window will begin 60 days before the start of sports betting in Ohio. Employees of bookmakers must obtain a license, and bookmakers – to submit to state regulators plans for responsible games, house rules and equipment testing. Sports bookmakers must also have their equipment checked for commission 30 days before the launch date.

The start date of the third licensing window is expected to be announced on June 1.

Franks added: “Businesses themselves need such confidence in when it will start because they have to prepare their facilities.

“They have to hire staff. They have to teach them. If necessary, they must obtain a license. So it will also be important for them to have this universal start date if they know they have that time. ”

The Ohio Lottery Commission has already received at least 550 forms of interest in sports games after earlier this month more than 2,000 bars and restaurants reported they may be eligible for a sports license. Companies that have not been invited can still express their interest by filling out the form on the lottery website.

John DillingerDeputy Director of the Lottery, noted: “At the end of this month we will start posting pre-qualified hosting on our website.

“The goal will be to get potential owners access and really start gathering this information to give them an idea of ​​the number of pre-qualified hosts we have, where they are located across the state, and to start initial talks about a joint partnership.”

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