Betting Promotions in Ohio Undergo Major Rule Update by OCCC

The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) has implemented stringent new guidelines to regulate gambling advertisements, promotional offers, and bonuses. These changes primarily affect how gambling companies can offer bonuses related to non-gaming transactions.

Under the new regulations, gambling operators are prohibited from using non-gaming consumer transactions as a basis for offering promotions or bonuses. This rule is especially pertinent if the target audience includes individuals under 21, vulnerable players, or those ineligible for sports betting.

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Furthermore, all bonus offers must adhere to the specifications detailed in rule 3775-16-08(C) of the Ohio Administrative Code. However, the OCCC clarifies that these restrictions do not prevent sports betting proprietors from engaging in approved customer loyalty programs.

The OCCC emphasizes the importance of sports gaming proprietors halting any promotion or bonus that violates these rules or compromises the integrity of sports betting.

One key requirement is that operators must transparently define the conditions of their bonuses. Risk-free bonuses, for example, should not necessitate spending on sports gaming or withdrawing funds from the free wager. Moreover, while promotions and bonuses that necessitate playing through bonus funds are permissible, they should not restrict Ohio players from accessing their own funds or winnings.

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The commission insists on clear communication from gambling companies regarding bonus rules, ensuring they are accessible to both players and the commission. This includes providing unambiguous details of promotions and bonuses.

Therefore, sports betting operators are now required to specify the active dates and times of promotions, rules, prize nature and value, eligibility restrictions, wagering and redemption requirements, eligible events or wagers, cancelation requirements, and full terms and conditions.

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