Kansas may be famous for college basketball, among other things, and now the state has gotten on board with legalized sports betting.
The Kansas Senate voted for a sports betting bill in April 2022, and Kansas retail/online sports betting is now expected to launch in late 2022 or January 2023.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was overturned on May 14, 2018, allowing each state in the country to propose and create their own laws and regulations for sports betting.
Kansas residents are currently limited to things like horse and dog racing, as well as bingo, slots, and video poker.
These types of activities can be played at one of Kansas’ four state-run casinos or at one of their five tribal casinos. In addition to casino gambling, Kansas residents can bet on daily fantasy games.
For now, if you’re a Kansas sports bettor your best bet would be to make the trip to neighboring Colorado which has legalized sports betting. Kansas residents near the northeast or southeast regions of the state are also able to make a short drive over to Iowa or Arkansas respectively to find legal sports betting options.
When Will Online Sports Betting Be Legal in Kansas?
Kansas lawmakers have been busy trying to bring legalized sports betting to the Sunflower State. Now, it’s just a signature away from being fully legalized.
In 2019, a bill was introduced in favor of sports betting, though it called for a heavy taxation rate for operators. The Senate did pass a bill, SB 283, in February 2020 to allow for both retail and online sports betting.
On top of wagering at one of the state’s four casinos, the bill would also allow legal betting at Children’s Mercy Park and at the Kansas Speedway NASCAR track.
Kansas revisited the topic of legalized sports betting in 2022 with the latest bill, HB 2740, currently under review on the governor’s desk.
Latest Kansas Sports Betting News
Here are the latest updates on Kansas sports betting as the state tries to legalize wagering:
May 12. 2022: Gov. Laura Kelly officially signed the Kansas sports betting bill into law. While wagering is currently unavailable in the state, Kansas online sports betting and retail locations will launch across the state in late 2022 or early 2023.
April 29, 2022: The state Senate voted in favor of the Kansas sports betting bill, setting the stage for a retail/online launch in late 2022 or January 2023. The sports betting bill now heads Gov. Laura Kelly’s desk for a final signature, which is largely considered a formality at this point.
April 28, 2022: The Kansas House has once again voted on the state sports betting bill, and this time, it passed without issue. The Kansas sports betting bill then advanced to the Senate for a final vote.
April 27, 2022: In a surprising turn of events, The Kansas Senate decided to reject a conference committee report on the state sports betting bill. While this will delay the official vote on the bill, the Kansas sports betting legislation is not dead.
April 1, 2022: The Kansas Conference Committee compromised and worked out the details on the latest Kansas sports betting bill. The bill could officially move to the House and Senate for a vote as early as April 1, or potentially later in the month when the session resumes.
March 30, 2022: The amended Kansas sports betting bill was approved by an official voice vote of 85-32. Then, the HB 2740 sports betting bill passed a House of Representatives vote by a total of 88-36. If the Senate agrees to an identical version of the bill, Kansas sports betting will be legalized. While there is still a ways to go, this is a big step towards legal sports betting in the Sunflower State.
March 29, 2022: In a surprising turn of events, the Kansas Federal and State Affairs Committee meeting on bill HB 2740 ended without the sports betting legislation advancing to a House vote. Kansas sports betting legalization is now in doubt for 2022, however, Rep. Stephanie Clayton (D-19) is confident the issue could still be resolved soon.
March 23, 2022: The latest Kansas sports betting bill, HB 2740, could soon be heard in the state’s House of Representatives. While the Kansas Federal and State Affairs Committee has not yet advanced the bill, they will meet again next week to discuss further.
Kansas Sports Betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Kansas?
Yes, Kansas sports betting is legal and will launch across the state in late 2022 or early 2023.
How do you bet on sports in Missouri?
At this time there are no locations in Missouri that offer sports betting.
How much does Kansas spend on sports betting?
Estimates put the potential sports betting handle in the state of Kansas at anywhere from $300-600 million per year.