Fantasy sports betting now legal in Ohio, subject to regulation

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed into law a bill legalizing fantasy sports gambling and giving the Ohio Casino Control Commission the authority to regulate it.

House Bill 132 reached the governor’s desk after passing the Senate 25-4.

The new law exempts fantasy sports contests played by thousands of Ohioans from Ohio’s gambling laws but places them for the first time under the Casino Control Commission, which will now adopt rules. The bill bans fantasy contests based on youth or college sports and bars operators from advertising to minors. It also prohibits players under 18 from participating.

More than 57 million people in the U.S. and Canada participate in both daily and season-long fantasy sports.

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