You can make your sports bets in Kansas starting Sept. 1

You Can Make Your Sports Bets In Kansas Starting Sept 1
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TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas announces the launch date for sports betting in state-owned casinos.

Starting September 1, 2022, participating casinos can begin accepting wages. Gaming partners will launch it ahead of the first professional football game on September 8.

“This will drive business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues — just in time for football season,” stated Governor Laura Kelly this afternoon on social media.

For those making a bet, you can do so in person and on mobile platforms.

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. 

Tribal casinos are also working to align on contracts with the State of Kansas for sports wagering. According to Governor Kelly’s Office, these casinos will be authorized to launch as soon as they are ready.

“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,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.”

The state is giving operators a one-year provisional license based on the operators’ past performance in other states.

Kansas officials have not yet released what platforms were granted contracts. Kelly’s Office states, “Kansans will be able to use any of state-approved platforms within the geographic boundaries of the state. ”

“This announcement represents a lot of hard work and collaboration between the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, our casino and tribal partners,” Stephen Durrell, Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery, said. “The process to bring this to fruition has moved at an unbelievable pace. We are excited to be bringing sports betting to Kansas players and adding more fun and exciting play options to the Sunflower State.”

Sports Betting Legislation

In May, Governor Kelly signed Senate Bill 84, bipartisan legislation legalizing sports wagering in Kansas on mobile apps, in casinos, and other specific venues. SB 84 allows venues such as restaurants and nonprofit fraternal or veterans organizations to hold sports wagering. SB 84 preserves tribal sovereignty, allowing the negotiation of a new or existing gaming compact regarding sports wagering.

You can find more information about sports wagering on the KRGC website at krgc.ks.gov.