By HRI Staff — Ohio sports fans are anxiously awaiting the chance to place their first sports bet now that the state legislature has finally signed off on it. Now the only thing holding it up is Governor Mike DeWine’s expected signature. But betting on horse racing is available now.
Horse Racing In Ohio
Horse racing has a long history in Ohio. It was for a long time the only legalized form of betting in the Buckeye State. The Ohio Derby is the biggest horse race in the state, held annually in June in North Randall. The 1 ⅛ mile race began in 1876.
There are six racinos in Ohio as well as two tracks which offer OTB-type wagers. The BetMGM app will work for these races, as well as races across the country and around the world.
Ohio racinos have had a strong 2021. Every month since March the racinos broke previous records. Warren County’s Miami Valley Gaming brought in more than $90 million in net wins through early December.
The sports betting legislation passed in 2021 allows for sports betting at the racinos in addition to placing bets on the races at hand.
Horse Racing And The MGM Brand
Ohio sports fans can now bet on their mobile phones on horse races taking place all over the world, thanks to the BetMGM NYRA Horse Racing app. BetMGM joined forces with NYRA Bets to develop the app, but it is independent from NYRA. The NYRA app is available in 31 states. BetMGM hopes to expand its app to more states in the future.
“We’re proud to introduce BetMGM Horse Racing, our new mobile offering to the state of Ohio,” Adam Greenblatt, BetMGM CEO, said in a statement earlier this year unveiling the program. “In partnership with NYRA Bets, we’ve created an innovative digital experience for horse racing fans and anticipate the platform’s future launch in additional states.”
“The Northfield Park harness racing grounds have been home to some of the nation’s premier races since the 1950s. Working with BetMGM to elevate harness racing throughout Ohio is a sign of our continued commitment and investment in the sport,” he said in a statement.
Although this is not the MGM brand’s intro to the Ohio market, expect more from the brand in the future. Assuming Gov. DeWine signs off on sports betting in Ohio, expect BetMGM to launch its app in the state as well.
How Does Horse Racing Betting Work In Ohio
Under the program, Buckeye bettors can place a wager on more than 200 tracks around the world. A person must be inside Ohio state lines in order to place the bet. They can not only bet on the horses but can also watch the races in real time, and see replays. This will be key for the premiere horse racing contests in the United States, including The Preakness, the Kentucky Derby, and the Belmont Stakes.
There is one hiccup, however. The app works on iOS and Android operating systems, as well as desktops and laptops. If a bettor has an Android, however, they must download a link to operate the app due to licensing restrictions. The app is not available from the Google Play Store.