Sports Betting in Kansas Arrives On September 1

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The Kansas Jayhawks mascot poses for the camera before the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP.

The Kansas Lottery revealed last Thursday that Kansas sports betting would debut with a soft launch on September 1. A complete launch follows on Sep. 8.

This launch date has confirmed a full season of NFL betting will be gifted to Kansas bettors, from the Week 1 opening NFL season to the Super Bowl final. Once the legislation had passed in April, Todd Allen, the Director of Wagering at the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, boldly predicted that sports betting would be active for the football season.

“This announcement represents a lot of hard work and collaboration between the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, our casino, and tribal partners,” said Stephen Durrell in the announcement, the Kansas Lottery’s Executive Director. “The process to bring this to fruition has moved at an unbelievable pace. We are excited to bring sports betting to Kansas players and add more fun and exciting play options to the Sunflower State.”

Kansas Lottery Wastes No Time

Although Allen made this state, the KRGC didn’t approve regulations until August 12. This left the power of a launch date in the hands of the Lottery and their casino operators, as contracts needed to be finalized before launch.

The Lottery and the KRGC aren’t strangers, and their past relations are likely why this process was fast-tracked.

“We’ve got some good relationships established with them, and those make it go a lot smoother,” Allen commented when questioned about the KRGC relations with casino operators.

A Speedy Sports Betting Launch in Kansas

Since its official legalization, Kansas is on track to becoming one of the fastest US states to launch sports betting. Governor Laura Kelly signed over in May 2022 after a late-notice deal in the legislature.

“Legalizing 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,” Kelly said. “I want to thank all our partners for working with us to finish this in time for football season.”

In 2021, Wyoming and Arizona legalized sports betting in spring and were able to launch online sports betting in time for the NFL season. Kansas is ready to replicate this in a shorter time frame, but states like Maryland are still in limbo after legalization in spring 2021.

Sports Betting Operators in Kansas

Owned by the Kansas Lottery, four casinos in KS can partner with three online bookmakers.

  • • Boothill Casino wasted no time and announced its partnerships with DraftKings and Bally Bet soon after the legalization.
  • • FanDuel entered the Kansas market when teaming with Boyd Gaming at the Kansas Star Casino.
  • • Caesars Sportsbook, BetMGM, and PointsBet have partnered with Kansas Crossing, which has already delivered a collection of pre-launch promotions.
  • • Hollywood Casino – that Penn Entertainment operates – naturally added its partner Barstool Sportsbook.