Allowing sports betting at restaurants, bars, grocery stores will be good for customers, worker says

SPRINGFIELD — Giving customers at restaurants, bars and grocery stores the ability legally bet on sports will be good for them and customers, a supervisor at Fricker’s in Springfield said Wednesday.

The Fricker’s is one of the hundreds of locations that has been pre-approved for legalized sports betting beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

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That date is when bars, restaurants and even grocery stores and supermarkets will install sports betting kiosks inside their businesses under House Bill 29, overseen by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

“I think it’ll be good for business and customers as well,” Abigail Brisson, shift supervisor at Fricker’s, told News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott.

Being able to place bets without having to leave a bar or restaurant is a social thing to do as she sees it, Brisson said.

Specific Kroger stores are other locations where fans will be able to shell out money to bet on their games and teams before or after they fill their shopping carts.

“There’s going to be a lot of broke people; Wives will be mad at them,” said Ken Davis of Fairborn.

Ntezey Swalita, a University of Dayton student, said that people who might add sports betting as part of their routine when they run errands might be “really good.”

You can find the full list of every bar, restaurant and store that has been preapproved here. This list will be updated weekly as new host locations are pre-approved, according to Ohiolottery.com.