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Sports betting legalized in Ohio

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Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 22, 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed the state’s sports betting bill into law, which makes Ohio the eighth state to legalize sports betting in 2021.

The House and Senate agreed on plans that will allow for 25 class A or mobile licenses, which is where most sports bets are placed — 40 brick and mortar locations, either standalone or in casinos, racinos and ballparks, as well as an undetermined amount of self-serve kiosks in bars and restaurants in communities of all sizes across the state.

Legalized betting in Ohio is expected to begin by Jan. 1, 2023.

"This is going to benefit the state of Ohio economically,” said State Sen. Kirk Schuring of Canton prior to the signing of the bill. “In addition, we all know that sports gaming is going on right now as we speak illegally, and we're going to put the necessary regulatory guardrails around it to make sure that it's done correctly here in Ohio."

The state will impose a 10% tax on all licensee winnings after all bets are paid, which is in line with states across the country, with the exception of Pennsylvania, which charges a nation-high 36%.

The president of Jack Entertainment released the following statement:

“JACK, Ohio’s only headquartered gaming company, enthusiastically supports the implementation of Ohio’s sports betting legislation, HB 29. We thank the Ohio General Assembly, Governor DeWine, the Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Lottery Commission for creating this market for Ohioans. JACK will offer this exciting industry to gaming customers by adding new levels of engagement for sports fans.

We are eager to bring new amenities to fans and our guests through both our sportsbook experiences at our properties and through our betJACK online platform. Ohioans can already head to for news about the teams we all love, and participate in free to play pick-em style games for the chance to win thousands of dollars in Visa gift cards.

Ultimately, we know that our current customers and our friends in the community have been looking forward to placing sports bets in Ohio. Today, we’re one step closer to that excitement becoming a reality.”

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