JACK Entertainment Opens Retail Sportsbooks in Advance of Ohio Launch

Posted on: November 22, 2022, 10:33h.

Last updated on: 22. November 2022, 10:33h.

Sports betting in Ohio will not be ready for another 40 days. However, starting Wednesday, sports fans in the Cleveland area can check out two retail sportsbooks that are scheduled to open on January 1.

A betJACK retail sportsbook. JACK Entertainment said it will open its lounges at the JACK Cleveland and Thistledown facilities on Wednesday ahead of the official sports betting launch in Ohio on New Year’s Day. (Image: JACK Entertainment)

JACK Entertainment announced Tuesday that its betJACK Sportsbooks will open on Wednesday at JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino. The similarly designed brick-and-mortar spot has several seating options, from bartop stools to theater-style seats. For the next few weeks, patrons will be able to watch major sporting events from the facility. That includes the Ohio State-Michigan college football game this weekend.

At the Cleveland casino, the sportsbook also has a 12-seat video poker bar and a 9-table slot game.

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When sports betting comes online, both places will have ticket writers at the station as well as self-serve kiosks.

JACK Entertainment President Brian Eby said he believes the company’s sportsbooks “will set the standard” for sports betting in Ohio.

We are excited to debut our state-of-the-art sports book, which will offer an unparalleled experience to Northeast Ohio and will quickly become a fan-favorite destination to see all the action,” Eby said. “We owe it to our fellow Ohio sports fans to deliver something great, and we’re sure they won’t be disappointed.”

The opening of the sportsbooks marks the culmination of a $100 million investment that the Cleveland-based gaming and entertainment company made in the casino and Thistledown.

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Besides the retail book, betJACK will also run an online platform.

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The application and website are now available in what JACK Entertainment calls “training camp” or free play mode. In the run-up to January 1, the betJACK site is offering a promotion like the one pictured for a $500 gift card, tickets to the December 6 Cleveland Cavaliers-Los Angeles Lakers game, and tickets to the December 10 “Crosstown Shootout,” the annual college basketball game between Xavier and Cincinnati.

Form Games, acquired by Kambi Group in September, develops online platforms.

Busy Week Ahead

Sportsbooks and the JACK app aren’t the only things to launch in Ohio on New Year’s Day.

It’s not certain exactly how many retail sportsbooks and online sites will launch (and don’t forget the kiosks either), but the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) has been busy working to review and approve licenses for owners and them. online.

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In the latest OCCC meeting last Wednesday, JACK Cleveland and Thistledown among 22 Type A proprietors conditionally approved to host online sportsbooks. JACK properties are also two of the 21 proprietors conditionally approved to host a retail sportsbook.

OCCC has also conditionally approved 16 online sports betting operators. Officials also preliminarily approved 10 retail operators who plan to run 17 sportsbooks across the country.

BetJACK is one of the approved operators. JACK Cleveland also has a partnership in place with PlayUp, which is still awaiting approval. MaximBet was also supposed to be a partner with JACK Cleveland, but the Carousel Group brand announced last week it was shutting down operations.

regulatory officials will inspect the site, equipment, and internal controls in the next month for the final approval to give to operators prepared in batches on January 1.


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