Latest Update: As of September 1, 2022 sports betting is legal in Kansas. BetMGM, FanDuel, Caesars, DraftKings, and PointsBet are the first active sportsbooks in the state with more to follow.
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Compared to some of its neighboring mid-western American states, Kansas has fairly progressive views on gambling. With several land-based casinos, legal pari-mutuel wagering, a state lottery with multiple games as well as numerous charitable gaming options, residents of the Sunflower state can already scratch their gambling itch in a variety of ways.
In 2022, Kansas added sports betting to its gambling portfolio after years of trying to get laws passed.
In Kansas, the state owns all of the casinos.
Here, we’ll dive into further detail about how sports betting became legal in Kansas and the road to getting there.
If you’re curious about where in the US it’s legal to bet on sports, browse our state-by-state guides.
Nearly four years after the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was overturned in May 2018, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed SB84 into law on May 12, 2022.
Following the signature, the law took full effect on July 1, 2022, with a soft launch for online sports betting set for September 1, 2022, in preparation for a complete launch on September 8, aligned with the start of the 2022-23 NFL season.
There are currently four casinos in Kansas partnered with online platforms.
Additionally, just hours before the soft launch, BetMGM partnered with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sports betting in Kansas saw some interesting interaction as more than 16,000 Missouri residents attempted to bet at Kansas sportsbook, per GeoComply, a cybersecurity/fraud prevention firm.
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When the soft launch occurred on September 1, 2022, six operators were allowed to launch, and one is pending.
Below is a chart showing the four retail casinos and their online platform partners.
|Land-Based Casino||Mobile Partners|
|Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel||BetMGM, Caesars, PointsBet|
|Boot Hill Casino & Resort||DraftKings and Bally Bet*|
|Kansas Star Casino||FanDuel|
|Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway||Barstool|
*= not launched yet.
As already mentioned, PASPA was overturned in 2018, and some states got to work faster than others. However, Kansas did initially try that year.
Below, we’ll look at everything from 2018 today.
After years of trying vigorously, Kansas passed SB 84, and Governor Laura Kelly signed it. The bill was previously known as HB2470. She signed it on May 12, 2022, officially becoming law on July 1. The state had hoped for a September 8 launch in time for the NFL season, and it successfully did so.
BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings were among the first online sportsbooks to go live in the state during the soft launch on September 1.
Once again, another bill was passed 26-12 in the Senate that would have allowed the four casinos to have three partners (this makes a return in 2022). However, the bill died in the House after a 77-40 vote.
Additionally, Governor Laura Kelly was against sports betting, though enough money coming into the lottery would have swayed her.
Kansas passed SB 283, which allowed the four casinos to offer sports betting. A tax structure would have called for 7.5% on in-person wagers and 10% online.
The bill had support from the casinos, but gambling entities such as the horse and greyhound industries and non-operating racetracks opposed it.
However, according to Rep. Don Hineman, Governor Laura Kelly may not have signed that bill into law anyway.
Hineman said, “There will definitely be some changes on the House side. “I don’t expect the Senate bill to survive intact, especially because the administration is against it. It will at least have to be amended to open up the iLottery a bit to provide more of an online presence.”
Due to the Kansas Constitution stating that the state itself must run any gambling, there was a hold-up in getting legislation done after positive signs in 2018. In Kansas, the state owns the four casinos and tried to pass a law for sports betting that would have included a 50% tax.
When these rumors arose, casino and sportsbook companies opposed it.
Despite legalization not happening until 2022, Kansas held hearings on three separate bills. One of the bills would have allowed the Kansas Lottery to offer wagering at lottery retailers. Also, those bills mentioned an integrity fee, which would have been a tax on legal sports betting that would go directly to the leagues.
Now that online sports betting is legal and has officially launched, the future of sports betting in the state is an additional expansion.
Right now, six operators are approved to launch, and that could ramp up significantly during the NFL season, where operators make a large sum of their profit.
Kansas has crossed the finish line.
Yes, if you reside in Kansas you can engage in fantasy sports, including daily fantasy sports (DFS).
In 2015, the state passed HB 2155 making it legal to play.
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Of the six active operators right now, none currently offer a no-deposit bonus. These are the current offers for all six legal platforms.
|Online Sportsbook||Welcome Offer|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||20% Deposit Match Up to $1,000|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Bet $5, Get $150|
|Barstool Sportsbook||100% Deposit Match Up to $500|
|Caesars Sportsbook||$1,250 Risk-Free Bet + 1,000 Tier/Reward Credits|
|PointsBet Sportsbook||Up to 5 $100 Risk-Free Bets|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||$1,000 Risk-Free Bet|
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After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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