Ohio doubles sports betting tax

In a significant development for the sports betting industry, Ohio recently approved a bill that effectively doubles the tax rate for sports betting operators in the state, which started to take effect this July 1st.

This decision comes as the state seeks to capitalize on the growing popularity of sports betting while also, according to Ohio’s governor Mike DeWine, stopping the aggressive ad campaigns this industry is constantly running. However, lots of people have expressed their concerns regarding this sudden tax increase as they think it’s not the best strategy to increase the state’s tax revenue.

In this article, we will explore the details of the tax increase, its potential implications on sports betting operators, and how it may impact the overall sports betting landscape in Ohio, so keep reading!

Ohio sports betting tax

The increase

As mentioned in the title of the article, the sports betting tax in Ohio doubled, going from 10% to 20%. And although it may seem like a lot, it does not come as a surprise since the state’s previous rate of 10% was among the lowest in the country.

With the tax rate for sports betting now sitting at 20%, it is pretty close to the one found in most states with legal sports betting, except of course especial cases like New York where the rate exceeds 50%.

Impact on sports betting operators

With operating margins already being relatively slim in the highly competitive sports betting market, the higher tax burden could affect the profitability of operators, especially for smaller operators who may face increased challenges in maintaining a sustainable business model.

And while larger operators may not face as many challenges, they still need to reassess their strategies to remain profitable in the new tax environment.

But despite the significant impact of the tax increase, sports betting operators in Ohio have been cooperatively working with the state following the new tax regime, always with a major goal in mind which is creating a safe and regulated market for all Ohio residents and visitors who frequently make use of this sort of entertainment.

Impact on bettors

While most of us may instantly assume that the tax increase affects directly only sports betting operators, there could be indirect consequences for consumers as well.

Although it shouldn’t be the case, operators may pass on some of the tax burden to bettors through lower odds or increased betting fees, which lowers their chances of losing money.

Ultimately, this could result in less favorable betting conditions for consumers, potentially affecting the attractiveness of the sports betting market in all of Ohio. However, this is unlikely to happen, at least at such a large scale.

Competitiveness and market growth

Higher taxes may deter potential operators from entering the market, limiting competition and potentially stifling innovation.

So, what does that translate into? Well, it translates into, now that operators face increased financial pressures with a higher tax rate, the growth of the market may start to slow down, impacting its overall competitiveness and growth, which is bad news for avid Ohioans bettors.


The decision by Ohio to double the tax rate on sports betting operators has both immediate and long-term implications for the industry.

While it aims to generate additional revenue for the state while stopping the aggressive ad campaigns that constantly encourage Ohioans to gamble, the tax increase could have a ripple effect on sports betting operators and consumers alike.

Moreover, the competitive landscape of the Ohio sports betting market may be impacted, affecting market growth and innovation. Therefore, it will be essential for policymakers to closely monitor the impact of the tax increase and its implications on the overall sports betting industry in the state.