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About a week ago, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed the sports betting bill SB84 into law ushering in an era of legal sports gambling in her state that promised to generate millions of dollars in tax revenue from money that gamblers were already spending elsewhere.
Now Boot Hill Casino and Resort located in Dodge City, Kansas has announced on Monday it will be partnering with DraftKings and Bally Bet with a fall launch date in mind, a collaboration that makes sense given the popularity of those two sportsbook platforms.
By law, each of Kansas’ four casinos are permitted to partner up with up to three online betting platforms, so snagging the popular giant DraftKings is a key move as is lining up with Bally Bet due to its connection to Bally Sports Regional Networks, a leading provider of local sports in Kansas.
Chris Reedy, the vice president of Butler National Corporation which operates the Boot Hill Casino, seems optimistic that setting up this legal sports betting market in Kansas will go quickly, telling the media:
It’s an exciting time for Kansans. The regulatory agencies will make it a priority to get sports betting operational.
This next step in the operation is time consuming but critical.
The legal sports betting market legislation goes into effect on July 1, but there is no telling how long it will take to set up the actual marketplace given all the regulatory red tape that must be cut through as licenses are approved and the mobile infrastructure is created and tested.
Kansas could have started this process back in May 2018 once the U.S. Supreme Court overturned PASPA and put the choice of legalizing sports betting into the hands of the individual states, with over thirty of them already having launched their own legal market.
The four casinos in Kansas are owned by the state Lottery and they are regulated by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC), and both groups seem committed to making the regulatory part of the journey move rapidly so resident gamblers can bet on the NFL season.
Kansas Lottery Executive Director Stephen Durrell told the press:
We’ll definitely figure out the quickest and most efficient way to get it up and running.
Most of the tax revenue Kansas will make on sports betting has already been earmarked.
As we have already reported, tax revenue from legal sports betting in Kansas has been earmarked for a fund meant to lure pro sports teams to the state, specifically from their Missouri neighbors, home to the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL and the KC Royals of the MLB.
Those teams now live and play in Missouri where legal sports betting is still not permitted, and Kansas wants to prove it would be a more lucrative home by providing legal gambling as well as new stadiums to make a move there a bit more appealing.
More sportsbooks and Kansas casinos will begin to partner up soon and we will bring you all the latest news and updates on this ongoing story so do keep checking back.
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Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]More info on Mike Lukas
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