BetMGM launches horse race betting app in Ohio

NORTHFIELD, Ohio – Ohio is the first state to get BetMGM’s new betting app for horse racing.

The BetMGM Horse Racing app went live Thursday, and lets users within Ohio’s borders bet on races at over 200 tracks around the world, said BetMGM, which is the sports betting division of MGM, operator of MGM Northfield Park.

Currently, most sports betting isn’t legal in Ohio, but betting on horse racing is. BetMGM spokeswoman Elise Richardson said the app will help people skip the trip to the track. Users have to register and be physically in Ohio to use the app.

“Our goal is to make it a really convenient experience,” Richardson said.

Richardson said betting has long, historical ties with the horse racing community, and that BetMGM expects there to be a lot of interest in the app. Users can bet on races at the local tracks, as well as marquee events like the Kentucky Derby.

She said BetMGM hopes to expand to more states soon, and will be learning as it rolls the app out in Ohio. Richardson said the response in Ohio will be interesting for the company, since betting on team sports isn’t yet legal, the app lets BetMGM get its brand into the state.

The app lets users bet and watch races across the country, and has pages to explain horse racing and the betting odds to people new to the sport.

Currently the app is available on desktops, IOS devices and on Android devices. But since the app is not allowed on the Google Play Store, due to restrictions, users have to use a download link to put it on their phone if they have an Android device.

The download link can be found at bit.ly/3jNw7ml.

BetMGM partnered with NYRA Bets, a company with its own horse betting app in multiple states, to create the new BetMGM app. Richardson said the app uses NYRA technology but is a standalone product.

Sports gambling legislation is currently being worked on in the Ohio Statehouse, but the House and Senate have bills that differ on specifics. Legislators are currently working on negotiating those differences.

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