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Kansas celebrated one year of legal sports betting by posting its largest handle to date in September. Bettors in the Sunflower State wagered over $219.2 million last month, an amount referred to as the “handle”. That was a 132% increase from August, driven chiefly by the beginning of the NFL season. The previous record for Kansas was in March 2023, when the state saw a $206.3 million handle.
Online betting accounted for the vast majority of wagers, with over $201 million. Mobile sportsbooks also saw a considerable jump in bonus funds claimed, thanks to several NFL-themed promotions. Kansas bettors claimed $11.6 million in bonus funds from online operators last month.
Sports betting in Kansas launched in September 2022, making last month its first anniversary. The state saw $160.5 million wagered in the industry’s opening month. Last September marked a 36% increase from that total, showing that the industry continues to grow in Kansas.
DraftKings Sportsbook and their casino partner Boot Hill led all operators in last month’s record handle. They added $97.2 million in wagers to the state’s impressive total while generating $3.3 million in revenue. The sports betting giant is one of the two largest online sportsbooks in the US, though they have begun to fall behind FanDuel in markets nationwide.
Speaking of FanDuel, they and Kansas Star Casino had the second largest handles last month at $54.5 million. BetMGM and Kansas Crossing Casino finished in third with a handle of $21.4 million.
Barstool’s sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway dominated the market for retail sports betting. They say over $16.0 million in wagers last month, while second-place FanDuel had just $1.2 million at their Kansas Star sportsbook.
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