Ohio Sportsbook Ready Local Bars and Restaurants


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN0 – Ohio has waited on the sidelines as 32 states have legalized sports betting. Now Ohio is ready to step into the game.

Lawmakers approved it, now it’s up to the governor.

Sports bars and restaurants were waiting for sports betting to kick off in Ohio. Coaches Burger Bar has six locations (Austintown, Calcutta, Canton, Poland, Salem, St. Clairsville) that are ready.

It kind of goes hand in hand. Burger and beer and gambling and sports bar, ”said owner Patrick Howlett,

Howlett said he was happy Ohio is moving forward and catching up with other states that have seen the benefits of sports betting legalized. He notices the camaraderie and excitement that surrounds big games like watching Ohio State or the Super Bowl and thinks that will expand with sports betting.

“I really think it keeps them here a bit and it makes things more fun. I’m going down and I’m going to bet on the game, have a burger and beer and watch my game I’m betting on, ”he said.

Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that creates sports betting online, in casinos, stadiums and even bars.
This latest wrinkle in sports bar betting would likely be with machines like lottery machines already present.

“I think just like having the lottery in restaurants, having Keno, I think that keeps people there,” Howlett said. “I think you are developing more regulars. I think people come to play in certain places, and that’s what they do.

Ohio was penalized for not having sports betting. The players just crossed the border and bet in Pennsylvania. Ohio lawmakers took three years to legalize sports betting.

“I am in favor of sports betting in the state of Ohio. Its time has come, ”said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.

Lawmakers want sports betting to be up and running next year in the state. They set a deadline of January 1, 2023 for its start.

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