Jack Entertainment Launches Free to Play Sportsbook in Ohio

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Jack Entertainment launched Tuesday betJack, a sports betting app that allows Ohio users to place free-money bets on sporting events.

The betJack Training Camp app from the Cleveland-based gaming and hospitality company allows Ohio players to bet on sporting events with free tokens and no money involved.

Designed like real-money apps, betJack can now be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play stores and available at betjack.com.

In a video attached to the tweet, A spokesman says, “It’s is the easiest app in the world to teach Ohioans how to gamble.”

In December, Ohio legalized online and retail sports betting, and the state’s sportsbooks will be up and running by Jan. 1, 2023.

But live sports wagering with the use of real money can begin after the Ohio Casino Control Commission establishes the rules to govern the new industry. The commission will start accepting applications from potential operators who want to offer sports betting this year in the summer or fall.

What Does betJack Offer to Ohio Bettors?

The free training app allows Ohio bettors to practice for free while the state prepares for the launch of its real-money sports betting industry. The launch is expected later this year, any time before Jan. 1, 2023 as mandated by the bill signed by Gov. Mike DeWine last December.

The app will allow Ohio bettors to receive 100 free tokens each day to bet on sporting events, including the NBA, NHL, MLB games, international soccer, e-sports, and rugby. In addition, they can earn additional tokens with each winning bet.

The app also offers in-game sports wagering options besides the traditional betting options like money lines, spreads, and over/unders.

According to JACK Entertainment, betJack will allow Ohio fans to try their hands at sports wagering without the risk of losing any real money.

Jack Cleveland Casino Eying the Eventual Launch

Jack Cleveland Casino – owned by Vici Properties and operated by Jack Casino – is located in downtown Cleveland. Besides operating a casino downtown, the company also operates the Jack Thistledown Racino in North Randall, around 10 miles southeast of Cleveland.

 Jack Cleveland is one of four Ohio casinos currently preparing for legalized sports betting in Buckeye State.

Jack Entertainment partnered with Shape Games and sports betting platform provider Kambi Group to develop betJack.

The app also incorporates social features and a leaderboard. Players can connect with friends, share betting strategies, and earn virtual trophies.

Upon the launch of Ohio sports betting, the betJack app will grow into a full-fledged sports betting platform. Besides launching the mobile operation, JACK Entertainment also plans to operationalize retail sports betting via its two sportsbooks at JACK Cleveland Casino and JACK Thistledown Racino.

“JACK is excited to offer a fun and engaging platform to help Ohioans become familiar with the world of sports betting,” said Brian Eby, President of JACK Entertainment. He added that the app was designed with the Ohio sports bettors in mind, and it will help the state residents learn and become comfortable with sports betting.

When Will Ohio Sports Betting Launch?

In December, Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 29 into law, kickstarting rulemaking that will allow Ohioans to place legal wagers on professional, college, and esports by no later than Jan. 1, 2023.

Sen. Kirk Schuring had said that they want to get Ohio sports betting up and running as soon as possible, but they’re building a whole new industry. But he expressed the hope to go live before 2023.

Though under the law, sports betting must be launched no later than Jan. 1, 2023, there are no other mandatory dates for launching the industry in Ohio. However, the supporters hope it can begin in time for NFL season this fall.

Besides betting on pro and college sports, Ohioans will also be able to wager on the Olympics, automobile racing, and other events.

The law allows as many as 50 online sportsbooks and 40 land-based sportsbooks. But the Ohio market may not see its full potential, as Matt Schuler, the Ohio Casino Control Commission executive director, said lately.

The land-based ticket windows can be located at four Ohio casinos, seven racinos, and 10 professional sports venues, according to the official report.

Besides, betting kiosks will also be available in bars and restaurants with liquor permits.

Commission Scheduled to Meet April 20

The Ohio Casino Control Commission meets each month to put steps in place to launch sports betting in the Buckeye State.

At a Wednesday meeting, the seven-member commission voted unanimously to file a set of sports betting rules to the state’s Common Sense Initiative.

The commission will hold its next meeting April 20 at its office in Columbus.

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