Kentucky Announce Starting Dates for Sports Betting Pre-Registration

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The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has confirmed August 28 as the start date for Kentucky sportsbook operators to start pre-registering customers ahead of the state’s online launch on September 28.

As the released timeline suggests, the KHRC will decide on approving seven potential licensees during a meeting on August 22. Once approved, operators will have six days to go from approval to initiating pre-registration.

Although customers can proceed with pre-registering accounts and confirming their identity, they will need to wait an extra 10 days, which is Thursday, September 7, before they can make deposits into their accounts.

Starting at 10 am on Thursday, September 7, individuals can place in-person bets at authorized retail facilities. However, approved mobile sportsbooks in the Bluegrass State will only start accepting wagers on September 28, at 6 am, when the Kentucky sports betting market goes live.

The countdown is on. We are just three weeks away from sports wagering in Kentucky. We are ready to deliver the quality entertainment experience Kentuckians asked for while bringing money to the state to support pensions and free up funds that can be used to build a better Kentucky.

Andy BeshearGovernor of Kentucky

Seven Applicants for Online and Retail Licenses

Last week, KHRC announced that only seven operators submitted applications for online sport betting licenses in the state, including bet365, BetMGM, Caesars, Circa, DraftKings, ESPN BET, and FanDuel.

Related: BetMGM Looks to Kentucky for US Expansion.

Additionally, while Kentucky’s sports betting laws allow for up to nine retail sportsbooks, only seven tracks submitted applications for retail licenses as well namely Churchill Downs, Cumberland Run, Ellis Park, Oak Grove, The Red Mile (Caesars), Sandy’s Gaming and Racing (BetMGM) and Turfway Park.

The KHRC is excited to open sports wagering and is working efficiently to meet the necessary deadlines. This is a careful process dedicated to wagering integrity and protecting bettors in the state of Kentucky.

Jonathan RabinowitzKHRC Chairman

When Kentucky’s sports betting market finally launches, the state will join more than 30 markets currently offering regulated sports betting in the United States.

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