Kansas sports betting bill jumps final hurdle
By Bob Garcia
Everything is in place for bettors to start placing legal sports bets in Kansas
Having jumped the last hurdle in the race, Kansas sports betting legislation now awaits only a specific date to cross the finish line, the official launch. Yesterday it was announced that SB 84 received the long-awaited signature of Governor Laura Kelly, becoming the bill into law as of July 1. A month ago, this legislation received the go-ahead from both houses. Kansas would become the 35th state to legalize and welcome this market.
“Legalizing sports betting will bring more revenue to our state and grow our economy,” Kelly said. “This is another mechanism that casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues can now utilize to attract Kansans to their establishments.”
According to regulators’ estimates, sports betting will likely be ready to launch sometime this fall. This would mean that many of the residents and fans in Americas Cardroom will have the ability to place wagers based on the new NFL season. The regulatory and licensing process will be assisted by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC) and the Kansas Lottery, which owns the casinos.
Todd Allen, government relations manager of the KRGC, assured that the entity is analyzing all the mistakes of previous launches in the market so that Kansas gets off on the right foot. Ideally, the doors of the market can be opened once everything is completely ready and working properly.
According to the new Kansas law, each of the four casinos in the state will have the opportunity to operate retail sportsbooks. The casinos will also be eligible to receive three online masks. This means that relevant sports betting operators such as DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM could be seen in The Sunflower State.
The legalization doesn’t arrive without problems. The Kansas Star Casino is suing the state, accusing it of breach of contract. It argues that its contract with the Kansas Lottery prevents any new locations from offering “new gambling devices” in the Wichita area. The Boyd Gaming-operated property is 15 south of Wichita.