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PlayUp license in jeopardy from Ohio Casino Control Commission

The Ohio Casino Control Commission has said it plans to deny iGaming operator PlayUp’s application for a license after having looked into the company and discovered “potential illegal gambling activity”.

At a December 14th meeting of the OCCC, the regulation authority revealed that it had notified PlayUp of its intention to deny the company its online betting management service provider license, which would be necessary to offer an online iGaming product in Ohio.

After having received conditional approval for its license, the Ohio Casino Control Commission further investigated PlayUp and said that “staff uncovered information regarding potential illegal gambling activity by PlayUp”.

The OCCC intends to vote on whether to take disciplinary action at a further hearing with a date still to be announced.

It comes as a particularly harsh blow to the PlayUp company given that Ohio is on track to legalise online sports betting come January 1 of 2023. A number of operators have been granted provisional approval for licenses, including market leaders like FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and Caesars.

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