Several of the states surrounding Ohio are embracing online casino gambling. Ohio has yet to take the plunge.
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Online casino gambling is not legal in Ohio, meaning players must cross state lines to place a wager from their account. The other alternative is social casinos, where players can play for free with virtual coins. Table games and slots are played on the casino websites or Facebook apps with no real money changing hands. The top-rated online social casinos are listed above.
Legal forms of online gambling in Ohio include pari-mutuel wagering and Daily Fantasy Sports. There is no legal sports betting in Ohio – yet.
Online casino gambling faces the same hurdle in Ohio as in several other states: Sports betting, which has become far more mainstream, is simply a higher priority with legislators. Ohio sports wagering legislation is gradually making progress, but still isn’t a done deal.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich did commission a 2016 study which recommended that the Ohio Lottery consider expanding into online gambling. So, it’s possible the idea could be introduced after sports betting is approved, especially if state lawmakers need help filling budget shortfalls exacerbated by the coronavirus.
Ohio has four standalone casinos and seven racinos (racetracks with slots only). A complete list of Ohio casinos:
|Casino||City||Address||Hours of Operation|
|MGM Northfield Park||Northfield, OH||10777 Northfield Road||Open 24 Hours|
|Jack Cleveland Casino||Cleveland, OH||100 Public Square||Open 24 Hours|
|Jack Thistledown Racino||Randall, OH||21501 Emery Road||Open 24 Hours|
|Belterra Park Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||6301 Kellogg Road||8 a.m.-4 a.m.|
|Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati||Cincinnati, OH||1000 Broadway Street||Open 24 Hours|
|Hollywood Casino Columbus||Columbus, OH||200 Georgesville Road||Mon-Fri: 7 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sat-Sun: Open 24 hours|
|Eldorado Gaming Scioto Downs||Columbus, OH||6000 South High Street||Open 24 Hours|
|Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway||Dayton, OH||777 Hollywood Boulevard, Dayton||7 a.m.- 4 a.m.|
|Miami Valley Gaming||Lebanon, OH||6000 State Road 63||8 a.m.- 4 a.m.|
|Hollywood Casino Toledo||Toledo, OH||1968 Miami Street||Open 24 Hours|
|Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course||Youngstown, OH||655 North Canfield Niles Road||Mon-Thu: 7 a.m.-4 a.m.; Fri-Sun: Open 24 hours|
Address: 10777 Northfield Road, Northfield
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
About: Harness racing (200+ nights per year) and slots casino with 2,200 gaming machines. Purchased by MGM Resorts in 2019. Led all Ohio gambling facilities in total revenue in 2019. Located 20 miles south of Cleveland, 20 miles north of Akron.
Address: 100 Public Square, Cleveland
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
About: Downtown casino is part of the Tower City Center complex and has more than 1,300 slots, nearly 100 tables games, poker room. Jack Entertainment’s owner is Rock Ventures LLC, holding company for Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
Address: 21501 Emery Road, North Randall
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
About: Live thoroughbred racing June-October and nearly 1,400 slots. One of two Ohio gambling facilities owned by Jack Entertainment. Located 10 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland.
Address: 6301 Kellogg Road, Cincinnati
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-4 a.m.
About: Live thoroughbred racing June-October and more than 1,300 slots. Facility formerly named River Downs produced lowest revenue total among Ohio racinos in 2019. Owned by Nevada-based Boyd Gaming. Located in Hamilton County, about 10 miles southeast of downtown Cincinnati.
Address: 1000 Broadway Street, Cincinnati
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
About: Jack Cincinnati Casino was purchased in 2019 by Hard Rock International and Vici Properties. Hard Rock is in process of rebranding the facility, which is a two-story casino with nearly 2,000 slot machines, 85 tables games and poker room.
Address: 200 Georgesville Road, Columbus
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 7 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sat-Sun: Open 24 hours
About: Among the state’s largest casinos with 160,000 square-foot gambling floor, 2,150 slot machines, 79 table games, poker. State’s No. 2 facility in total gambling revenue in 2019. Operated by Penn National Gaming.
Address: 6000 South High Street, Columbus
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
About: Became Ohio’s first racino in 2012. Live harness racing is offered May-September. Facility includes more than 2,200 slot machines. Located 11 miles south of downtown Columbus. Owned by Eldorado Resorts, which recently completed purchase of Caesars Entertainment.
Address: 777 Hollywood Boulevard, Dayton
Hours of Operation: 7 a.m.- 4 a.m.
About: Racino with live harness racing from September-December. More than 1,000 slot machines. One of four Ohio gambling facilities operated by Penn National Gaming.
Address: 6000 State Road 63, Lebanon
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.- 4 a.m.
About: Racino with live harness racing from January-April. More than 1,600 slot machines. Ownership is joint venture of Churchill Downs and Delaware North. Located about 30 miles from both Cincinnati and Dayton.
Address: 1968 Miami Street, Toledo
Hours of Operation: Open 24 hours
About: Casino with more than 2,000 slot machines, 60 table games and poker room. Located four miles south of downtown on banks of Maumee River. Operated by Penn National Gaming.
Address: 655 North Canfield Niles Road, Youngstown
Hours of Operation: Mon-Thu: 7 a.m.-4 a.m.; Fri-Sun: Open 24 hours
About: Offers two live thoroughbred racing meets (January-April, October-December) and more than 1,000 slot machines. One of four gambling facilities in state owned by Penn National Gaming (two casinos, two racinos).
NOTE: Hours of operation and available games at all Ohio gambling facilities subject to change due to COVID-19 mandates and social distancing restrictions.
If legal to do so, it’s probable that all Ohio casinos would offer online gambling. Nearly all of Ohio’s 11 standalone casinos and racinos are owned by experienced operators who offer some form of online gaming in other states. Adding online operations in Ohio would be a logical extension for each, including Penn National Gaming, the state’s most prolific casino operator.
Mobile apps are a key component of any online casino gambling operation. Casino apps give players access to wagering 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In states that allow online sports betting, upwards of 80% of all wagers are made online, with most of those placed on mobile apps.
Casino gambling apps are easy to use, available for both Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded for free on the operator’s website or through the App Store.
All of the casino games found at traditional casinos are generally available online, often with additional variations. Among them:
Online Slots: Online operators have not only replicated thousands of slot titles available at physical casinos, but added new games with improved graphics and 3-D imaging, each designed to fit the screen of your computer or mobile device.
Online Poker: As many casinos and poker rooms across the country were forced to shutter due to the coronavirus, online poker revenue reached new highs in several states. Online cash games and tournaments are available for a wide range of buy-ins and stakes.
Lottery: The Ohio Lottery already offers a mobile app which can scan and cash winning state lottery tickets and directs you to the nearest retail locations.
Online Roulette: Instead of a physical wheel, the online version of the popular casino game uses an electronic random generator. European and French Roulette offer players more favorable odds.
Online Blackjack: Several varieties of blackjack (Spanish 21, European Blackjack, etc.) are offered online with lower minimum bets available, making this casino game extremely popular.
Live Dealer: Typically used for table games such as blackjack or roulette. A live person deals the game from a studio, with the action streamed to your computer or mobile device. Players can chat with the dealer or other players at the table, adding a social element to the game.
Online casinos want to make deposits and withdrawals as easy and convenient as possible. Among the most common payment options offered in other states:
Play+/Prepaid cards: The Play+ card was created to fund casino and sportsbook accounts. Typically you will find a link on your online casino’s website to sign up for a card. You can fund Play+ via credit card or bank account, withdraw winnings back on to the card and access those funds at an ATM. Prepaid cards are available through retail outlets or often can be purchased on your online casino operator’s website. Prepaid cards contain a specific amount of money, which helps prevent overspending, and some cards can be used for withdrawals.
E-wallets: Set up an account with companies such as PayPal or Neteller, which store your financial information and allow you to transfer funds in and out of your online gambling account for low fees.
Credit/debit cards: Always the most convenient option but not always the best. While deposits may be processed instantly, some financial institutions charge high fees and others automatically reject gambling transactions even in legal states. In addition, credit/debit cards generally can’t be used to make withdrawals.
ACH/bank transfer: A form of electronic check, with a digital connection established between your bank (or third party) and online operator. Can be used for deposits and withdrawals. Generally low fees, though transactions can take longer to process.
PayNearMe: A cash-only deposit method at a 7-Eleven, CVS Pharmacy or Family Dollar in which funds are transferred via barcode to your online gambling account.
Online casino operators routinely offer bonus offers to sign up new players or as an incentive to keep existing ones. Most require some form of playthrough requirement, in which the bonus money must be risked at least once before it can be redeemed. Always read the terms and conditions before signing up. Among the most popular bonus offers in other states:
No deposit welcome bonus: A small bonus just for signing up for an account.
Deposit match: Make your first account deposit and the casino operator will match it up to 100%. So if you deposit $200, the casino site will match that $200. Be aware that you will likely have to wager that bonus money several times before it can be unlocked.
Free spins, freerolls: Free slot spins may be offered to try new or different games. A freeroll is a tournament with no entry fee.
Loyalty bonus: Offered to players who have surpassed specific wagering thresholds on various games.
Gambling laws in Ohio are practically a tale of two eras. In prior decades, the legislation seemed guided by the Prohibition era, as it maintained a negative stance toward casino betting. Although horse racing, charity bingo, social poker and lotteries crept into the regulatory realms, casinos were left out in the cold. However, things turned around in 2009, when a new casino bill paved the way for a new, more liberal Ohio.
Ohio House approves sports betting legislation by 83-10 vote. Bill differs from Senate version, primarily over which government agency will regulate. Both bills allow for sports wagering online and at casinos/racinos.
Ohio lawmakers introduce legislation to legalize sports betting with both in-person and online component.
Gov. John Kasich signs bill making Ohio the 18th state to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports.
Hollywood Casino Toledo is first of the four casinos to open. Scioto Downs becomes state’s first racino to open.
Ohio Issue 3, legalizing gambling at four casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo, is approved by 52% of voters. Ohio Casino Control Commission is formed.
Voters overwhelming approve Ohio Lottery. First tickets are sold the following year.
Pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing is approved.
Sports betting is making slow, but steady progress with Ohio lawmakers.
Ohio sports wagering legislation received its first hearing in 2019, about a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protections Act, which allowed states to legalize sports gambling. In May 2020, the Ohio House Finance Committee advanced the bill — which would allow sports betting online at the state’s 11 gambling facilities and at kiosks in veterans clubs and fraternal halls — and the House voted overwhelmingly to approve it.
The Ohio Senate has its own sports betting bill, meaning the two chambers must negotiate an agreement. The House bill gives oversight to the Ohio Lottery Commission, sets a sports betting tax rate of 10%, with revenue earmarked for education. The Senate bill gives oversight authority to the Ohio Casino Control Commission, a lower 6.75% tax rate, with funds directed to the state’s general fund.
Gov. Mike DeWine is a proponent of sports betting and has said he wants a bill on his desk before the November 2020 election. If that happens, look for online and retail sports betting to begin in 2021 after rules and regulations are passed and licenses awarded.
The coronavirus may have delayed progress on sports betting legislation, but now it’s up to lawmakers to reconcile their two bills into one. That neighboring states Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and West Virginia have all legalized sports betting may create a small sense of urgency.
Former Gov. John Kasich signed a bill legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports in late 2017. Two years later, the Ohio Casino Control Commission approved a number of additional rules to provide more consumer and anti-fraud protections.
Ohio has seven racetracks that offer live and simulcast racing. All seven are racinos, which are permitted to offer slot machines but no table games. Ohio voters approved pari-mutuel wagering in 1933 and Beulah Park in Columbus was the first track to open in the state. The state’s seven racetracks that currently offer live racing:
Ohio law allows online horse racing betting on pari-mutuel races through online/mobile providers such as TVG, TwinSpires and Xpressbet.
Ohio is a big, attractive market so expect all of the major online sportsbooks to be active in the licensing process. Penn National Gaming, which operates two Ohio casinos and two racinos, is likely to have a sizable presence and already has strategic online partnerships in other states with DraftKings, PointsBet and several others.
Boyd Gaming, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment are other notable names that own Ohio facilities and will likely seek online sportsbook licenses or enter into partnerships.
If the House bill becomes law, sports wagering will be allowed on most pro and major college sports, including Ohio’s college teams. Wagering on many International sports would also be permitted.
You can gamble on Daily Fantasy Sports and pari-mutuel racing online in Ohio. Ohio does not allow online casino gambling or legal sports betting, though social casinos are legal.
The minimum age is 21 for casino gambling and 18 for pari-mutuel wagering.
Ohio law allows one standalone casino in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo, all of which are operating. No other standalone casino licenses are available without a change in law.
Commercial casino gambling, pari-mutuel wagering, video lottery terminals, Daily Fantasy Sports, bingo and lottery are all allowed in Ohio.
No. But you will need to be physically located within the state to legally place a wager. States use geolocation software to ensure you are in the state.
Many of these offers are from offshore-based gambling sites, which operate outside of U.S. and Ohio laws and should be avoided. Others may be from social and sweepstakes casinos, which offer free online games with no real money changing hands.
You can gamble in Ohio at any of the state’s four casinos in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo, and at seven racinos spread across the state.
No, sports betting is not yet permitted in Ohio.
The Ohio Casino Control Commission regulates casino gambling in the state. However, it’s still to be determined if that agency or the Ohio Lottery Commission will regulate online sports wagering when legalized.
Yes, provided the site is licensed and regulated by the appropriate Ohio agency, which will be responsible for ensuring the integrity of online casino gaming. Gambling with an offshore casino site provides no such safeguards and is never recommended.
All gambling winnings are taxable, according to the IRS. Ohio assesses a 4% state tax on winnings as well.
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