A invoice working its approach to Ohio Governor DeWine is aiming to permit Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton to have seven brick-and-mortar sportsbooks as a substitute of 5. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Ohio lawmakers are contemplating a rise in sports activities gaming services within the state’s three largest counties, in line with the newest model of Ohio’s two-year price range invoice. If handed, Home Invoice 33 would permit the counties of Cuyahoga, Franklin, and Hamilton to have seven brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, as a substitute of the 5 presently permitted.
The present invoice permits 40 ‘Kind-B’ sports activities gaming licenses for brick-and mortar sportsbooks, however limits the above counties to 5 every. With the brand new laws, sportsbook candidates corresponding to Harry Buffalo, personal fairness agency Resilience Capital Companions, and Stark Enterprises, which have been beforehand rejected, could now have a chance to function in Cuyahoga County.
some Ohioan entities have already got first choose standing
Including further competitors, nonetheless, some Ohioan entities have already got first choose standing. Beneath state legislation, the Cleveland Browns, Cavaliers, and Guardians, plus a JACK On line casino and sister racino, all presently have precedence for Cuyahoga’s 5 licenses.
Ohio solely legalized sports activities betting in the beginning of 2023 however Governor Mike DeWine is conserving all events on their toes. Observers anticipate HB23 to ultimately land on DeWine’s desk, however first it’s anticipated to cross the total Home on Wednesday earlier than the Senate makes its personal tweaks.
Earlier this month, DeWine ordered an investigation into alleged “HR irregularities” involving ex-Ohio state lottery director Pat McDonald, who all of a sudden resigned.