CINCINNATI — The Ohio Casino Control Board has conditionally approved sports betting licenses for the Cincinnati Reds and seven other entities wishing to wager online and in sportsbooks. He also approved sports betting kiosk licenses for 41 Kroger stores statewide.

The Reds have partnered with Underdog Sports Wagering LLC as their mobile service provider and BetMGM for their retail sportsbook. Underdog caters to fantasy sports fans and recently raised $35 million from investors to “create innovative licensed sports betting products” and hire over 100 new employees.

“Underdog’s success is driven by the company’s focus on creating innovative new games and delivering incredible customer experiences. As the company ventures into licensed sports betting, I believe the focus on product and experience will reshape the industry,” said investor Chris Grove. of Acies Investments, in a July 26 press release.

The commission also conditionally approved 300 new licenses on Wednesday for companies that want to offer sports betting kiosks in their bars, restaurants and retail establishments. This brings the total number of kiosk licenses to 500 in Ohio, including 12 local Kroger stores. To find licenses approved so far, go to the state’s “License Lookup” page.

Conditional approval means that licensees have not yet submitted compliance documentation to show how they will manage security and responsible gaming standards. These details are expected in early November, with sports betting set to begin on January 1, 2023.

The Casino Control Board took no action Wednesday on pending applications from the Cincinnati Bengals, FC Cincinnati, Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, Belterra Park in Anderson Township and Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe.

The Cleveland Browns, Columbus Crew and Muirfield Village were among the sports facilities that received conditional approval, along with Hollywood gaming properties in Toledo and Youngtown and two Jack Entertainment properties near Cleveland.

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