What Are All These Machines Popping Up At Restaurants, Stores and Bars?
SPRINGBORO, OH -- You may have noticed machines popping up at restaurants, gas stations and stores that resemble ATM's and wondering what they are.
Remember back on Jan., 1 of this year when sports betting became legal in the state of Ohio? (Ohio is now the 32nd state to allow legal sports betting.)
Passed in December of 2021, House Bill 29 authorizes the Ohio Casino Control Commission to license Type C sports gaming proprietors to operate lottery sport gaming in Ohio. While the state has limited the number of Type C sport books to 20, currently the state has 6 that have been licensed and are under contract to offer sports gaming in Ohio. The are:
- Green Bear Gaming Development, which will do business as UBet Ohio
- Skybox Sports Network Inc., known as BetSkybox
- Intralot Inc., which is known as Sportsbet Ohio
- Gold Rush Gaming Sports Betting
- Wright Bet — a Dayton, Ohio based company working with ELYS Game Technology
- betIGG — Iron Gate Gaming owned and operated by Ohioans
While all sportsbooks must follow lottery regulations and guidelines, each sportsbook will be able to offer their own unique terminal equipment, prize payment capabilities, and field service support. In Ohio, this means when it comes to placing a bet, there are three ways that a bet can be placed:
- In person at casinos and sportsbooks
- Kiosk - electronic betting machines
These little "ATM" looking machines you are seeing are known as sportsbook kiosk. As of Feb., 17, there are about 861 Kiosk set up across the state in bars and restaurants. And,Warren County is not a stranger to these new electric betting machines. The Barrel Sports Bar in Springboro has two BETIGG Kiosk in its facility.
“We were one of the first to get one,” said Dawn Roskovich owner of The Barrel.
Roskovich explained how they worked. “They are very user friendly. You must show your ID. The machine scans it. And if for some reason, the person is not allowed to place a bet, the machine will not let them,” Roskovich said.
Roskovich noted the different ways a player can cash in their wins. Players can receive cash at the local business where they placed their bet.... if funds are available, or by mail, or at a lottery office, or at a location that sell lottery tickets.
Roskovich explained that for the bigger wins of $600 or more at her location, the winner can head down to Miami Valley Gaming in Monroe to cash in their win. To learn more on how kiosk work read Mark Strotman’s s Article at bookies.com. or Tyler Andrews Article at PlayOhio.com
GAMBLING CAN BE ADDICTIVE. PLAY RESPONSIBLY! If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) or Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline (800) 589-9966 or visit www.GamblingHelpOhio.org
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