Sports gambling bill in Kansas heads to the House
By Bob Garcia
Kansas continues to make progress with its sports gambling legislation
Sports betting in Kansas is moving forward and it got some awesome news on Wednesday afternoon. It was announced that the Kansas Senate granted a 26-12 approval to a substitute bill to SB 84, which should help sports gambling find an easier path to success in the state.
This isn’t the first time sports gambling gets close to the finish line in the state since the Senate passed a similar proposal in 2020. However, that was before COVID-19 hit and everything was shut down. The acceptance of sports gambling legislation last year is now getting reflected in this new year and, if everything goes well, bettors could have the chance to wager up to $2 billion annually with plenty of options available. That’s the estimate most analysts predict the state would see in sports wagers.
When it comes to what the bill is proposing, the four casinos located in the state will be able to partner with up to three mobile sportsbook operators as well as open a retail sportsbook. In order to include online sports betting area, the casinos can also partner with sporting facilities, with Kansas Speedway and Sporting Kansas City’s Children’s Mercy Park as the current options.
Any K-12 interscholastic sports or and greyhound races are explicitly excluded from wagers. Regarding taxes, 5.5% will go to the in-person bets, while online wagers will receive an 8% tax rate. At the moment, major operators, such as BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel, are open, and they are fully supporting the Senate bill.
According to some stipulations that the bill has, tribes will now be allowed to renegotiate gaming pacts to potentially allow for sports wagering. This includes Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation, all of which currently have gaming facilities in the state.