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Kansas Sports Betting

Kansas Sports betting is ready to launch starting on September 1st, 2022. The news comes after Governor Laura Kelly made the announcement at a press conference on August 18th. The initial launch of sports betting in Kansas is what is considered a soft opening for the first week, but by the time the first week of sports betting in Kansas takes place the first week of the NFL season will be in full swing.

What’s Happening In Kansas Sports Betting Right Now

A lot of people may be shocked to learn that the law was actually passed on May 12th and signed into law on that date. However, it did not go fully into effect until July 1st, but the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission did not approve the regulations for sports betting until earlier in August. To help improve the sports betting atmosphere in Kansas 4 casinos have signed a contract with the state and have online sports book partners as well.

Is Sports Betting Legal In Kansas?

As of July 1st, 2022 Kansas legalized sports betting. However, the state commission on racing and gaming did not set up the regulations and get final approval on the regulations until early in August.

Does Online Sports Betting In Kansas Start At The Same Time?

Online sports betting, with the likes of BetMGM, FanDuel, and DraftKings is starting on September 1st in what is considered a soft launch. However, you can preregister at a site that is accepting Kansas residents to be fully prepared and ready to go once sports betting is fully up and running.  

Who Are The Online Sportsbooks Partnered With?

The online sports books in Kansas have casinos as partners. Here is a short list of who is partnered with who currently.

  • Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway – Barstool Sports.
  • Kansas Star Casino – BetMGM and FanDuel
  • Boot Hill Casino & Resort – DraftKings and Bally Bet
  • Kansas Cross Casino & Hotel – PointsBet and Caesars

What Sports Can Be Bet On In Kansas

With the popularity of sports in Kansas it is important to know what actually is allowed to have wagers placed on. 

NCAA – College basketball is an immensely popular sport in Kansas with both the Kansas State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks both being top tier teams. Not to mention Kansas also has several other schools that are extremely popular. Since the popularity is so high for the Kansas based basketball teams betting on the NCAA is allowed.

NFL – Kansas does have one NFL team on the border in the Kansas City Chiefs that people tend to flock to. However, on the other borders of the state are the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Still, betting on the NFL is allowed in the state of Kansas.

NBA – The NBA is one of the last professional teams of the major three sports to have left the Kansas state area. However, the NBA is still a very popular sport to place bets on and that is allowed in Kansas.

MLB – Betting on baseball is a great way to pass the summer time fun and with the Kansas City Royals close by it is very easy to see which team will be backed in Kansas by quite a few fans. 

MLS – While soccer is not as popular in North America as it is in Europe, Kansas does have a home town favorite team to back. The Sporting Kansas City team is one that has become popular and has lauded fans to it and tends to be fully packed stadiums. Not to mention with the World Cup coming up in 2022 it will be very surprising to not see soccer become a popular betting sport in Kansas.

Motor sports – Auto racing is one of those sports that is very easy to lose a lot of money on, but if you hit the right driver at the right time you can win a fortune. With one of the casinos right at the Kansas Speedway hosting a sports book it is easy to see why this could become one of the most popular sports to bet on. 

Horse Betting – betting on the horses is a past time for a lot of people and has been for ages. Betting on horse racing has been legal in Kansa for quite some time, but it has to be done via an online option like TVG, BetAmerica or TwinSpires. 

Who Oversees Sports Betting in Kansas?

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and the Kansas Lottery.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Gamble In Kansas?

21 in casinos and 18 for online horse betting and the litters. Sports betting requires you to be 21 years old.

Kansas is another state that has decided to legalize sports betting and now you know what is required. Remember the sports betting is set to launch in Kansas on September 1st, 2022. However, if you are new to betting or unsure how to place your sports bets, then make sure you check out some of our handy sports betting guides. Are you not a Kansas resident? Then check out our legal sports betting page and see what the status of your state is currently.

What will be the tax situation in Kansas 

Kansas will have a sports betting tax of 10% on gross revenue. The estimates have been that the state will make between $1 and $5 million in annual revenue from sports betting taxes. Kansas is a little unlike other states in that the lion’s share of the sports betting tax funds (80%) will go into a Kansas Department of Commerce fund to help bring professional sports teams to the state, such as the venture to lure the Kansas City Chiefs within the Sunflower State’s borders. 

Timeline of main events in Kansas 

  • July 2022 – Sports betting in Kansas officially legal 
  • May 2022 – Governor Laura Kelly signs bill SB84 into law 
  • April 2021 – Kansas House and Senate pass bill SB84
  • March 2021 – Kansas House votes against a bill for legal sports betting 
  • May 2018 – The Supreme Court overturned Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which made sports betting legal on a state-by-state basis

How do I start betting online in Kansas when it is legal? 

Once sports betting is up and running in Kansas, it will be a straightforward and quick process to start betting online. The first thing to do is pick one of the state-licensed online sportsbooks. Then you can sign up for an account coming up with a username and password. Then the sportsbook will verify your identification, and you will have to give them info such as your: 

  • Full name 
  • Birthday 
  • Social Security Number 
  • Personal verification information (i.e., recent tax statement or utility bill) 

You will get a confirmation email if the ID verification process is successful. Then you can head to the sportsbook, make a deposit and start to bet on your favorite sports. 

FAQ

Who will regulate legal online sports betting in Kansas?

The Kansas Lottery and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will work together to oversee sports betting in the Sunflower State.

Will the odds be the same while betting in Kansas as in any other state?

Pretty much, yes. If there is the same brand in another state, such as BetMGM Kansas and Bet MGM Kansas, they will have identical odds. If the brand is different, such as BetMGM and DraftKings, the odds may be a little different but they will still be very similar.

Is sports betting in Kansas expected to launch soon, and when?

There has not been an announcement on when Kansas sports betting will launch. The state wants to get it up and going by the football season, but it will likely launch at the beginning of 2023.

Will there be differences between sports betting in Kansas compared to any other state?

There will be some differences, such as people in Kansas being able to bet on in-state college teams. There will not only be online sportsbooks available but retail sportsbooks and physical betting kiosks located around the state. One difference is the taxes from sports betting, as most of the tax funds in Kansas will go to a fund to lure pro sports teams to the state.

How old will you need to be for online sports betting in Kansas?

You will need to be at least 21 years old to wager on sports in the Sunflower State.

Will there be retail sportsbooks available in Kansas?

Yes, the four commercial land-based casinos partnering with online sportsbooks are all expected to have retail sportsbooks.

Once sports betting is legal in Kansas, can I access the site out of the state?

Yes. While you will have to be within state lines to make a wager at Kansas online sportsbooks, you can access the site out of state. Again, you can’t make wagers out of the state due to geolocation technology, but you can access the site to check out odds, contact customer service, and make deposits and withdrawals.

Will I need to be a resident of Kansas to wage at Kansas sportsbooks?

No. You will not need to be a resident of the state to wager at Kansas online sportsbooks, but you must be within it to make a bet.