Kansas Opens Doors To Legal Sports Betting In September

Written By Grant Taylor-Hill on August 26, 2022

Recently, we reported on the news that the state of Massachusetts had made sports betting legal. Now, in yet another win for the betting industry in the United States, it has been revealed that Kansas will launch legal sports betting on the 1st of September. Reportedly, this will go down as the shortest time period in U.S. history between a state legalising betting to actively launching state-owned betting solutions.

From the 1st of September, four state-owned casinos will begin offering legal sports betting services. These ‘tribal casinos’ have signed contracts with the State of Kansas, marking another milestone achievement for the betting industry in the USA.

Betting Comes to Kansas

Kansas State Capitol in Topeka, Kansas (Image Credit: Flickr)

As the NFL season opening approaches, fans in Kansas are revelling in the knowledge that they’ll be able to place legal sports bets both online and in-person from September. At four state-owned casinos in the state, bettors will be able to place wagers on some of the most popular sports betting markets in the USA. These are the (first) four casinos across Kansas where state-owned sports betting services will be hosted:

  • Boot Hill Casino & Resort (Ford County)
  • Kansas Star Casino (Mulvane)
  • Hollywood Casino (Kansas Speedway)
  • Kansas Cross Casino & Hotel (Pittsburg)

Governor Laura Kelly spoke highly of the news and explained how legalising sports betting in Kansas is nothing but a good thing for Kansas:

Legalizing sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues.

This landmark update to the law was made possible through a collaboration between the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, and the various casinos and tribal partners involved in the reform. It was back in May that the ball started rolling, with Governor Kelly writing sports betting back into state law with the passing of Senate Bill 84.

Since 2018, many states have either examined the concept of introducing legal sports betting practices or have simply introduced them altogether. It was a reform kicked off by Montana in 2019, and now, 31 states have followed suit. Today, both online and in-person sports betting is legal across most of the United States.

Most recently, Massachusetts joined the sports betting revolution, and now, Kansas has also stepped up to the plate. Which state will be next to legalise sports betting?

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