Kansas sports betting finally has a launch date.
After a morning of swirling rumors, the Kansas Lottery Commission released the news that Kansas online and retail sports betting will launch on Thursday, Sept. 1, in time for week 1 of the NFL season.
According to the lottery, Sept. 1 will be a soft launch starting at noon local time and a full launch will take place on Thursday, Sept. 8, in time for the NFL games that evening.
It’s the quickest state turnaround from a bill being signed into law to its launch. Kansas only needed about 74 days compared with Iowa’s previous record-setting 95 day turnaround. Arizona needed 148 days to launch its sports betting program after its bill became law, now the third-quickest turnaround in the country.
The launch date announcement comes one day after several sources told Sports Betting Dime that at least four major sportsbook operators were gearing up for an early September launch.
BREAKING: It's official. Kansas retail and online sports betting will launch on Sept. 1. It's the fastest turnaround of any state from the bill's legalization to launch.
— RLinnehanXL (@RLinnehanXl) August 18, 2022
Kansas Retail and Online Sports Betting to Launch
Gov. Laura Kelly congratulated all partners involved in the quick turnaround.
“Legalizing sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues,” Kelly said in a press release. “I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.”
The four casinos contracted with the state to offer sports wagering through independent platforms are Boot Hill Casino & Resort; Ford County near Dodge City; Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane; Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS; and Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel in Pittsburg.
The casinos already have several sports betting partnerships in place:
- Boot Hill Casino and Resort: DraftKings and Bally Bet
- Kansas Star Casino: BetMGM and FanDuel
- Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway: Barstool Sportsbook and FoxBET
- Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel: Caesars Sportsbook and PointsBet
Kansas Sports Betting Details
The Kansas casinos will each be able to partner with up to three online sports betting operators each.
Casinos will also be able to partner with up to 50 additional locations, including professional sports franchises, to install sports betting kiosks. Currently, the only professional franchise in the state is MLS Sporting Kansas City.
The sports betting bill levies a 10% tax on retail and online sports betting. The law is expected to bring in nearly $10 million annually in taxes, of which 80% will be earmarked to lure professional sports franchises to relocate to the state. This means upwards of $8 million a year could be invested into the specialized “Attracting Professional Sports in Kansas” fund.
Kansas will officially launch retail and online sports betting on September 1, 2022.