Kansas Sports Betting Now Available Throughout Sunflower State
- Kansas sports bettors can now bet online and in several retail locations throughout the state
- Some betting options may be limited to NFL, MLB, and NCAAF
- The full Kansas sports betting launch will take place on Thursday, Sept. 8
Less than three months after Gov. Laura Kelly (D) signed the state’s sports betting bill into law, Kansas sports betting is now live in the Sunflower State.
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Kansas completed 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.
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Kansas Sports Betting Soft Launch Underway
On Aug. 18, the Kansas Lottery announced a sports betting soft launch for the state with a full launch taking place on Thursday, Sept. 8, before the start of NFL games that evening.
According to a Kansas Lottery spokesperson, the four state casinos and their online operator partners are only required to take bets on the NFL, MLB, and NCAAF during today’s soft launch. The spokesperson did say the operators would likely offer more betting events than just those three today, but these are the only three event types required during the soft launch.
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Despite the potentially limited betting catalogue, the spokesperson noted that no other restrictions would be placed on Kansas sports bettors or the operators during the soft launch period. Customers will be able to access online sportsbook apps with no limitations, register and fund accounts, and use offered promo bets as normal.
The Kansas Lottery has approved six sports betting operators through partnerships with the state’s four casinos. Each casino is allowed to partner with up to three sports betting operators by law. The approved operators are as follows:
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The Hollywood Casino in Kansas City is currently offering both in-person and online sports betting available through Barstool Sportsbook.
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The Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane is offering both in-person and online sports betting through its FanDuel partnership. Additionally, the Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City is currently offering online sports betting through DraftKings Sportsbook, with in-person sports betting to be announced at a later date.
Finally, the Kansas Crossing Casino is currently offering online sports betting through BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and PointsBet, with in-person sports betting starting a later date.
Kansas Sports Betting Full Launch Sept. 8
A week from today the state will fully launch its sports betting program. Each casino and its operators will be required to take bets on more than just the NFL, MLB, and NCAAF.
When at full capacity Kansas casinos will 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.
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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 tribes will also be able to amend their gaming compacts to potentially offer online and retail sports betting at their casinos. The amended gaming compacts will have to be approved by Gov. Kelly and the U.S. Department of the Interior.