Kansas may be famous for college basketball, among other things, but that doesn’t mean that the state has gotten on board with legalized sports betting.
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.
However, the Sunflower State has yet to accept sports betting within their state lines. 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.
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. As it stands, it’s believed Governor Laura Kelly is not in favor of signing off on it as it won’t bring in enough tax revenue to the state.
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.
Overall sentiment towards sports wagering seems to be positive, however, COVID-19 has tabled any further serious discussions. Kansas sports bettors may have a chance to see legalized sports betting sometime in 2021.
Kansas Sports Betting FAQs
Is sports betting legal in Kansas?
Sports betting is currently illegal in Kansas, though multiple bills have been put forth towards legalization in recent years.
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.