Sports Betting In Kansas Begins Sept. 1
Kansas sports betting officially goes live Sept. 1 across the Sunflower State. On that date, Kansas' four state-owned casinos can begin accepting wagers, Gov. Laura Kelly announced on Thursday. The Sept. 1 date includes wagers placed in person at casino sportsbooks and on mobile apps.
This gives bettors in Kansas a chance to wager on the complete NFL regular season, which kicks off Sept. 8 and ends with the Super Bowl on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. Though Kansans also will be able to bet legally on an array of other sports, NFL games are the most heavily wagered events on a week-to-week basis in the U.S.
"This will drive business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues -- just in time for football season," Kelly, a Democrat, said in a tweet.
Stephen Durrell, Kansas Lottery executive director, said the Sept. 1 tentative "soft launch" begins at noon on that date, with a "full launch" getting underway on Sept. 8.
Retail and Mobile Betting Legal
Under the new law, the four state-owned casinos will be permitted to partner with mobile operators in making apps available to bettors. According to the Kansas Lottery, the casinos allowed to establish these partnerships are:
- Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas
- Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane
- Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg
- Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City
The partnerships have not been announced, though they are expected to include national online bookmakers such as Bally Bet, Barstool, BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, Fox Bet and PointsBet. The Major League Soccer team based in Kansas City, Kansas, also can partner with mobile sports betting operators. The team, Sporting KC, plays its home games at Children’s Mercy Park near the Kansas Speedway.
NFL Season Launch Goal Reached
Supporters of sports wagering in Kansas had hoped betting would be allowed in time for the NFL betting season. The NFL regular season begins Sept. 8 with an 8:30 p.m. ET game between the visiting Buffalo Bills and defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. At Caesars, the Rams are favored by 2.5 points.
The local NFL favorite, the Kansas City Chiefs, begin play Sept. 11 on the road against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The Chiefs are favored by three points at Caesars. The Chiefs play their home games across the state line in Missouri at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Lottery Act Expanded to Enact Sports Betting
In May, the governor signed legislation legalizing sports betting by expanding the Kansas Lottery Act of 2007 to include on-site casino and mobile sports betting apps. The Kansas Lottery is working with the Racing and Gaming Commission on the rollout.
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