Ohio Casino Control Commission Banning College Player Prop Bets in Buckeye State

By Andy Anders on February 23, 2024 at 1:02 pm
Ohio State helmet

There will be no betting Will Howard over on passing yards for Buckeye fans living in Ohio this fall.

College player prop betting will be banned by the Ohio Casino Control Commission as of March 1, per a letter sent by the commission to NCAA president Charlie Baker and the state's gaming license holders.

Prop betting occurs when a bettor places a wager on a specific outcome for a player in a game, such as a football player to score a touchdown or a basketball player to score a particular number of points. Gamblers in Ohio will still be able to place such bets for professional athletes but not collegiate ones.

"I have determined that good cause supports the NCAA’s request to prohibit player-specific prop bets on intercollegiate athletics competitions because the NCAA’s request will safeguard the integrity of sports gaming and will be in the best interest of the public," commission executive director Matt Schuler said in a statement.

Baker and the NCAA requested that Ohio enact such measures in a letter to the commission earlier this month.

"The data is clear that student-athletes are getting harassed by bettors," Baker said in the note. "Sports betting without appropriate controls poses real risks to the well-being of student-athletes and to the integrity of collegiate competition – risks which are heightened by individual prop bets."

According to Schuler's letter announcing the prop bet ban, Ohio sportsbooks took in $104.6 million in college player prop bets in 2023, approximately 1.35% of all wagers placed in the state.

All sports gaming licensees in the Buckeye State are required to have college player prop betting features removed by March 1.

View 44 Comments