Who is approved for sports gaming licenses in Cleveland?

3News has learned that the Browns, Guardians and Cavaliers have been approved to host personal sportsbooks.

CLEVELAND — Ohioans will be eligible for sports gaming in just over 100 days.

“This is the largest expansion of gaming in Ohio’s history,” said Jessica Franks, communications director for the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

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Franks told 3News that the Ohio Casino Control Commission also believes this is the largest simultaneous launch in the US. On January 1, 2023, Ohioans will be able to bet on sports.

Meanwhile, companies are busy applying for licenses to participate. There are three types of licenses defined by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

  • Type A: Online or mobile device
  • Type B: Personal sports book
  • Type C: kiosk

3News has learned that the Browns, Cavaliers and Guardians have been approved for “A” and “B.”

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“The customers can place a bet either online or at that sporting goods store location,” said Franks, who told 3News that more than 800 locations in the state are approved for type “C.” “Those will be at kiosks that people might see in bars, restaurants and certain other businesses that have proper liquor licenses.”

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According to Franks, companies must adhere to specific rules and regulations to remain eligible to offer sports games.

“We understand Ohioans are excited about the prospect of sports gaming,” she explained, “but we want to make sure that for those who do it responsibly.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above was previously broadcast on 3News on June 1, 2022.

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