On April 2, the state of Kansas announced that its house passed a sports betting bill, which outlines how the state will address the legal sports betting market. In fact, Senate Bill 84 in Kansas passed by a fairly wide margin (88-36).
Next up, the bill must go through a conference committee where lawmakers will finalize the framework for Kansas sports betting by incorporating some elements of Bill 84 and the Senate’s version of the same bill, which was presented in 2021 and sent back to the House in March 2022.
That next action could be taken as early as April 25 when the state legislature returns from a 23-day adjournment.
Recent Updates On Kansas Sports Betting
- April 1, 2022 – The Kansas House approved Senate Bill 84 during a late-night session. However, the bill will not be revisited by the state Senate until at least April 25th.
- March 30, 2022 – The Kansas House introduced Senate Bill 84 to the floor for review. The bill must be agreed upon by both the Senate and the House before the governor can sign it into law.
- March 24, 2022 – Kansas lawmakers continued conversations around a legal sports betting bill publicly aiming for April 1st as their deadline to legalize sports betting in Kansas.
- March 18, 2022 – Kansas legislators sent Senate Bill 84 back to the House for review so that the Senate can agree upon any changes the House may make to SB 84.
When Will Kansas Sports Betting Launch?
While the recent news from the Kansas House committee is positive it does not mean that sports betting is legal in Kansas just yet. In fact, state lawmakers are set to revisit the House amended bill no earlier than April 25th. If and when the finalized bill is agreed upon by the Senate once more, then the bill can head to the governor’s desk for enactment. And thus, sports betting will become legal in Kansas once Gov. Laura Kelly signs the final bill.
Furthermore, legal sports betting in Kansas does not mean that sports betting will launch immediately. It’s extremely difficult to predict the official launch date but judging by how lawmakers have progressed thus far, residents can expect that lawmakers would set a goal of having sports betting in Kansas in time for the start of the NFL season in September.
In addition to the recent momentum behind Senate Bill 84, Kansas is also feeling pressure from neighboring states such as Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, all of which are also looking at legalizing online sports betting. Missouri and Kansas are closely linked due to the fact that the Kansas City Chiefs play their home games in Missouri.
What Kansas Sports Betting Could Look Like
The basics of sports betting in Kansas are expected to mirror what many states have adopted thus far, which would include a minimum age requirement, geofencing technology requirements for online operators, and a well-thought-out licensing and approvals program along with a specific tax structure.
In regards to the tax element, lawmakers are ironing out differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, and among them include different tax rates. The Senate version of SB 84 includes a lower tax rate — 8% for online operators and 5.5% for retail sportsbook operators. The House version is 14% for online sportsbooks and 20% for retail.
Additionally, the Senate version is more partner-friendly as it would allow for both the Kansas Speedway and Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City to take part in the sports betting market. While the House version of the bill would only Sporting KC to partake.
In order for sports betting to move forward, state legislators must agree on the above two points among others but the future of sports betting does still look promising for Kansas sports fans and bettors.
Which Sports Betting Apps Could Launch In Kansas?
Sports betting has a ways to go before it launches in Kansas, but it’s never too early to preview what sportsbook operators could launch in Kansas once online sports betting is legalized.
- FanDuel Sportsbook — FanDuel is already one of the most popular sportsbooks in the nation. It also partners with Boyd Gaming, which owns the Kansas Star Casino. The existing partnership indicates that FanDuel would vie for market share in Kansas once the state begins to accept sportsbook license applications.
- Barstool Sportsbook — Another sportsbook with an existing partnership that should help its case is Barstool. Barstool has partnered with Penn National Gaming which owns the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.
- Caesars Sportsbook — Caesars does not have any casino properties in Kansas but is close by in Missouri. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Caesars lobby hard for a license in Kansas.
- DraftKings — DraftKings is almost synonymous with sports betting nowadays. The popular sportsbook will undoubtedly be looking to expand into Kansas once the opportunity presents itself.
- Hard Rock Sportsbook — The Hardrock brand isn’t as flashy as larger players such as FanDuel, DraftKings, or BetMGM but the company does have close ties with Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, which operates the Kansas Crossing Casino.