Legal Sports Betting to Launch in Kansas on September 1

Laura Kelly, the Governor of Kansas, has announced that legal sports betting will be going live in the state on September 1.

Each of the four state-owned land casinos, Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Kansas Star Casino, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, and Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel, will be able to accept sports bets both in person and via mobile apps.

At the same time, the state’s tribal casinos are working with the state to launch sports betting and further announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

Legalising 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. I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.

Laura KellyGovernor of Kansas

Stephen Durrell, the executive director at Kansas Lottery, also welcomed the announcement and said that it is the culmination of “hard work and collaboration” between the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, and the states’ and tribal casinos.

In May 2022, Kelly signed Senate Bill 84 into law, which legalized sports betting via mobile apps, in casinos, and some other venues, together with historical horseracing. The bill enables lottery facility mangers to run sports betting in the state on behalf of Kansas Lottery, and it will be facilitated through partnership with online sports betting operators.

Each lottery facility manager is permitted to operate up to three online sports betting platforms. Operators will initially be granted a one-year provisional license based upon their past performances in other states. An announcement about which platforms have been awarded contracts is expected very soon.