Kansas Sports Betting Bill Advances After Senate Approval

Kansas Sports Betting Bill Advances After Senate Approval
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Kansas sports betting is one step closer to legalization.

SB 84 has passed by a 26-12 vote in the state Senate. It would amend the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) to allow sports wagering operations by lottery gaming facilities.

The bill, which was introduced in late January and received the approval in the Senate on Wednesday, now heads to the House.

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SB 84 would allow the state lottery to offer sports wagering in accordance with the Kansas Lottery Act and through lottery gaming facility managers who have contracted with the Lottery under KELA to manage sports wagering on behalf of the Lottery. Residents in Kansas would be permitted to wager online through websites, devices and apps approved by the lottery.

Under the bill, each of Kansas’ four brick-and-mortar casinos will be permitted to open a retail sportsbook and have up to three sports betting skins. Children’s Mercy Park, the home of Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, and Kansas Speedway also would be allowed to partner with casinos for access to online sports betting.

The bill also states that Kansas will retain 5.5% of all sports wagering revenues placed in person and 8% of sports wagering revenues placed online. Also, 2% of the lottery gaming facility revenues will be used to combat problem gambling and assist the addictions grant fund.

Bettors can wager on both college and professional sporting events. The bill specifically excludes greyhound races or any sporting events involving children up to 12th grade.

Kansas Should be a Competitive Market

Kansas players can expect well-known brands such as DraftKings and FanDuel to apply for market access. Both sports betting companies expressed support in favor of the bill.

In January 2020, PointsBet announced it secured sports betting market access in the state with its partnership with Kansas Crossing Casino. Boyd Gaming is the operator for the Kansas Star Casino and already has an online betting interface with its BConnected Sports app.

Under the bill, tribal casinos in Kansas will be eligible to renegotiate their gaming pacts to allow sports betting. The four tribes with casinos in Kansas include Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation, Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska.

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