Sports Betting is Now Live in Kansas

Sports betting is now live in the state of Kansas in what has become a very fast-moving process. It wasn’t long ago that sports betting wasn’t even legal in the state, but sportsbooks are now up and running as both retail and mobile wagering is available.

Kansas was able to launch legal sports betting right around four months after the bill was signed. Only the state of Iowa was able to get this done faster, and the Kansas Lottery and Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission worked quickly to get this done.

The launch on September 1 is only a soft launch, though, as sportsbooks are supposed to check and make sure that there are no issues. The official launch date will be on September 8, 2022, and the sportsbooks will still be available before the start of the NFL season.

Mobile sportsbooks are expected to dominate the betting market, especially in the first few weeks. There are no online-only licenses available, though, as operators must partner with one of the retail casinos before applying for a license.

A Dozen Options Coming

Since the Kansas sports betting law requires operators to partner with a retail casino before applying for a license, the state had to come up with another layer to this. There are just four casinos in the state, and each of those four casinos is allowed to have access to up to three online sports betting skins.

That means that there are 12 online sports betting licenses available, and nine of those have already been accounted for. When sports betting first launched on September 1, there were just six online sportsbook apps that had gained final approval.

These six sportsbooks were the first available in Kansas:

The other three sportsbooks that have market access but won’t launch on September 1 include Bally Bet, FOX Bet, and Golden Nugget.

Missouri Missing Out

Those at least 21 years of age or older in the state of Kansas are the big winners with this launch, and there is a big loser as well. The state of Missouri is the biggest loser in the Kansas launch as those two states appeared to be in a tight race to see which state could go live first.

Lawmakers in the state of Missouri just continued to battle over simple things, and that state never really got close to passing a law. Kansas sportsbooks are expected to see plenty of action from Missouri residents as the action really starts to heat up.

Ohio is set to launch sports betting on January 1, 2023, and it will leave Missouri as one of the only Midwestern states without sports betting options.

DraftKings Looking For Big October

Retail betting is going to be a slow launch in Kansas, and most sportsbooks don’t have a firm launch date set. That is the case for DraftKings Sportsbook, but it has announced that retail betting will be available at Boot Hill Casino at some point in October.

Barstool Sportsbook is now wasting time in offering retail sports betting, setting up a temporary sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. There are plans to build a permanent sportsbook on-site at the Speedway, and it could become a leader in the state.

The Kansas Star Casino has partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook to offer retail wagering. Work has been done on the retail sportsbook for weeks, and the property was done just in time to launch retail betting.