Kansas is home to more than cornfields and college football stadiums – it’s also a state with four retail casinos operated by the state lottery and six more casinos operated on Native American grounds. The lottery-run casinos were constructed thanks to a piece of 2007 legislation called the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act.
Aside from these Kansas retail casino activities, gambling offerings are fairly limited. Bingo and instant bingo games, horse and dog racing, and a state-run lottery are available. But online casinos and online gambling, in general, are still strictly forbidden.
Furthermore, sports wagering in any capacity is not yet legal in Kansas. There has been some recent legislative momentum that may lead to legalization over the next year or so; however, sports wagering enthusiasts will still have to wait until their favorite activity comes to this state.
Let’s take a closer look at the gambling industry in Kansas as it stands so you know what to expect both now and in the near future.
Is Online Gambling And Sports Betting Legal In Kansas?
No. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any significant push for online casinos, poker games, or sports wagering, although retail sports betting is likely to come over the next year or two. At the moment, it’s unlikely that any new developments for online gambling will come to light until sports wagering has been settled one way or the other.
Additionally, Governor Laura Kelly has announced her intention to push back against all attempts to expand gambling in her state. This includes online gambling and sports wagering, although it’s likely the state legislature has the votes to veto any attempt to block sports betting legalization in the future.
Still, this doesn’t bode well for the future of online gambling in the short term. Additionally, no retail casinos have announced intentions to partner with sports betting operators.
However, given the success of online gambling industries in other states, it’s possible that Kansas’s state government may decide to accelerate online gambling legalization to take advantage of potentially lucrative tax revenue. This may be even more important since Kansas, like most other states, has financially suffered due to COVID-19.
Casinos In Kansas
In total, there are 10 live casinos you can visit in Kansas. Four of these are owned by commercial entities, while the other six are owned by a few different Native American tribes. Below are the six Native American retail casinos in Kansas followed by the four commercial casinos.
The casino is situated 10 miles north of Wichita and opened in March 2021. It has immediately become a smash hit for the locals in the area. It’s open seven days a week and has 20,000 ft.² of gaming space with 500 slot machines and a high-stakes slot room for high-rolling gamblers.
You’ll also find 200 VGT machines and a poker and bingo room that are not yet reopened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This casino is small but is looking to expand in the near future and currently includes both a bar and café.
Casino White Cloud is a relatively old casino, as it opened in 1998. But it is still a popular location to this day offering 350 slot machines and a variety of virtual table games including roulette and blackjack. There’s also a popular bingo hall that holds evening sessions Tuesdays through Saturdays, as well as matinee sessions every Sunday.
A full, country-style buffet is available to visitors.
This tribal casino is right off Highway 20 and offers 600 slot machines in total alongside 16 table games and a bingo hall. It’s open 24 hours a day and has 45,000 ft.² of total space. In addition to its gaming offerings, this casino has both a diner and a café; the diner is open daily while the café is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Prairie Band Casino & Resort is accessible using free bus service and is 15 minutes north of Topeka. It’s open 24 hours a day, offers 35,000 ft.² of gaming space, and 1,100 slot machines in total. Also included are 31 table games ranging from blackjack to craps to roulette. Players will also find a variety of poker games, plus a dedicated poker room, although it has not yet reopened due to the coronavirus pandemic. This resort includes an almost 300 room hotel, an RV Park, a golf course, and a variety of restaurants and cafés, including three bars, a pizza place, and a buffet.
This casino is open 24 hours a day like many other Kansas casinos and has 30,000 ft.² of space. Included in this casino are 600 slot machines and 10 table games that are open from 2 PM onward. Craps games are available on Thursdays to Mondays starting at 4 PM. Visitors will also find a bingo entertainment center, a live event showroom, an RV park, a gift shop, and a variety of restaurants including a deli, a buffet, and a steakhouse. Visitors can check out the truck stop, fuel center, and convenience store as well.
7th Street Casino is located in Kansas City, Kansas, and is open 24 hours a day. Featuring 20,000 total square feet spread across three gaming floors, this casino offers 550 slot games and a few different eating and drinking areas: a casino café and a pair of bars, both of which are on the second and third floor, respectively.
At Boot Hill Casino, the first state-owned and commercial casino in Kansas, visitors will find hundreds of slot machines and a high-limit gambling room. Also included are 16 table games including blackjack, roulette, and craps. You’ll also find Poker in variations like Texas Hold ‘Em, 3-Card Poker, and more. This fully realized resort includes a hotel and a variety of restaurants. An entertainment arena for live shows is included to provide a complete resort experience for all visitors.
Kansas Star Casino is the second-largest commercial casino in the state, including 50,000 ft.² of gaming space. Despite the lower amount of space, however, this casino includes 2,000 slots just like Hollywood Casino.
This is the largest casino in Kansas, including about 100,000 ft.² of gaming space plus 2,000 slots. It opened in 2012 and its proximity to the Kansas Speedway makes it a favorite for NASCAR and other racing event fans.
Located in Pittsburg, Kansas, this casino has 625 slot games and 16 gaming tables. In addition, it’s partnered with a Hampton Inn and Suites, so there’s a place to stay for all visitors. An entertainment complex is attached to the main casino location for live events like concerts and comedian shows. Those looking for food or beverages will find a dedicated casino restaurant and a nighttime bar, both of which require visitors to be over the age of 21 to enter.
Live Sports Betting In Kansas
The issue of live sports betting in Kansas has been around for some time, but it looks as though things may finally progress.
In 2020, the Kansas Senate passed a bill looking to legalize sports wagering at four commercial casinos throughout the state. The House of Representatives supported the bill and expanded it to provide sports wagering kiosks at lottery retailers.
However, the governor delayed voting on the sports betting bill and the legislative session was shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, no final vote was tallied. But fortunately, it looks as though the Kansas Legislature will discuss sports betting in 2021 to finally determine whether retail sports betting will be legal.
This may be because the Kansas City Chiefs won a recent Super Bowl. This drove additional support for sports wagering in the state as many Kansas residents are supportive of sports betting if only to put money down on their favorite teams.
Even with these developments, however, there hasn’t been any word as to the specifics of a future sports wagering industry in Kansas. Time will tell whether the state legislature manages to overcome Gov. Laura Kelly, who is still resisting the expansion of gambling in her state.
Kansas Gambling FAQs
You need to be 21 years of age or older to gamble in Kansas in any capacity, including visiting the retail casinos or playing the lottery.
The state lottery, bingo games, and retail casinos are regulated by the Kansas Lottery, and it will likely regulate the sports betting industry if and when it finally becomes a reality.
Casinos in Kansas are owned by either Native American tribes or several commercial entities that are overseen by the Kansas Lottery.
Not for sports wagering, although DraftKings does offer daily fantasy sports to Kansas residents.
Same as DraftKings – FanDuel offers daily fantasy sports but not sports wagering as the latter activity is not legal.