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Ohio to Consider Multi-Factor Authentication for Sports Bettors

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The Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) has sent a letter to gaming stakeholders informing them of its plan to amend a sports gaming account rule Ohio Adm. Code 3775-16-03.

The amendment would mandate Ohio sports bettors to use multi-factor authentication to access their accounts. The existing sports gaming rule in Ohio only requires operators to offer multi-factor authentication methods. With the measure, the regulator aims to enhance the security of the funds of sports bettors in the state.

Ohio launched its sports betting market on January 1, 2023, and is now home to 20 sportsbooks, including FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Caesars. Recently launched ESPN Bet has also secured market access in the jurisdiction.

Push for Improved Sports Betting Security

The regulator’s proposal mirrors moves made by other states to safeguard sports bettors' funds. In June 2022, New Jersey's Division of Gaming Enforcement ordered sports betting operators in the Garden State to adopt multi-factor authentication.

Following suit, later that year, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board also enforced multi-factor authentication for the bettors in its jurisdiction. Amid rising instances of fraud, states across the U.S. are suggesting changes to gaming rules. In 2023, the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of New York brought charges against Joseph Garrison, an 18-year-old from Wisconsin.

Garrison was accused of hacking into over 60,000 DraftKings accounts and pilfering more than $600,000. He faces six counts related to fraud.

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