It is official. Legal online sports betting is coming to the state of Kansas. Gov. Laura Kelly signed SB 84 on May 12 — the bill that establishes the framework for legal sports betting.
This development is obviously welcomed news for sports bettors and sports fans throughout Kansas. However, the government stands to benefit from sports betting as well. The Kansas Lottery Commission is forecasting to rake in up to $10 million a year by 2025 from the sports betting industry via a 10% commission on all wagers placed.
The law will go into effect on July 1, 2022, but sportsbooks may need additional time to meet the requirements to operate a sportsbook legally. With that, let’s take a look at what Kansas sports betting apps may launch and what sports betting will actually look like for Kansas residents.
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What Will Legal Sports Betting Look Like In Kansas?
Just because the sports betting law goes into effect on July 1 does not guarantee mobile sports betting apps will be up and running in July. Nevertheless, the expectation is that sports betting in Kansas could arrive in time for the upcoming NFL season and certainly by the end of the year.
Per the rules and regulations outlined in SB 84, local casinos can partner with online sportsbooks and betting platforms as well as up to 50 retailers (such as restaurants) to offer both online and in-person sports betting.
Additionally, the law allows for local Native American tribes, the Kansas Speedway, and Sporting Kansas City to partner with sportsbook operators and offer betting.
Furthermore, sports bettors must be at least 21 years old to bet at sportsbooks in Kansas or via mobile betting apps. It is worth noting that customers must be inside state lines to place bets online as mobile sportsbooks are required to leverage geolocation technology to verify a customer’s location.
And lastly, Kansas sports fans may see sports betting kiosks inside their favorite sports team’s stadium as the law permits sports teams to enter into formal agreements with casinos to explore betting partnership opportunities.
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Which Sports Betting Apps Will Launch In Kansas?
As of May 2022, there have been very few details that have emerged in terms of what retail locations will offer in-person sports betting and which sports betting apps will launch in Kansas.
However, it’s likely that Kansas will follow in the footsteps of other states offering online sports betting. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the best online sportsbooks that are operating in the USA today and are likely candidates to go live in Kansas.
You can expect all of them to offer bonuses and other welcome offers for new customers.
One big reason why Barstool Sportsbook might launch in Kansas is due to the fact that it is owned by Penn National Gaming. Penn National Gaming owns Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, which would likely be a good location for an in-person betting kiosk.
Thus, Barstool is a mobile betting app that makes a lot of sense. Currently, Barstool is offering new customers in other states a 100% risk-free bet of up to $1,000, which would likely be their new player offer in Kansas if they are approved to launch.
Another betting app that could launch in Kansas is BetMGM. BetMGM is owned by MGM Resorts, which is one of the most trusted names in gaming.
In addition to its reputation, BetMGM is already live in nearby states, which makes it a prime candidate. The sportsbook app is live in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and South Dakota. Therefore, expansion into Kansas would make a lot of sense. And, like Barstool, BetMGM tends to offer a risk-free bet welcome bonus of up to $1,000.
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Like BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook is another nationally recognized gaming brand. Caesars does not have a casino presence in Kansas, however, it could look to explore a partnership with an existing casino in order to offer its mobile sportsbook to Kansas residents.
The new player promo code at Caesars is a bit higher as it offers a risk-free bet of up to $1,100. Time will tell if Caesars can find a strategic partner inside Kansas to help them expand its mobile app.
Casual sports fans in Kansas will likely be interested to find out if DraftKings will launch its sportsbook app. DraftKings has already secured a number of partnerships with major sports leagues and brands such as the UFC, thus, its brand is expanding.
DraftKings has continued to expand its mobile betting app ever since launching in 2018, and many expect the company to vie for an operator’s license in Kansas. If DraftKings does launch, new players can expect a welcome bonus of around $1,000 in the form of a risk-free bet and a free bet of up to $50.
And finally, another top sportsbook app that may launch in Kansas this year is FanDuel. FanDuel is another top candidate due to its partnership with Boyd Gaming, which owns the Kansas Star Casino. A continued partnership inside state lines would make a lot of sense for both companies.
Like their competitors, FanDuel is offering new players a 100% risk-free bet of up to $1,000, which would likely be their welcome offer if and when they launch in Kansas.
All-in-all there are still a lot of specifics to firm up but sports bettors in Kansas can expect casinos and online betting platforms to continue their push towards an official launch sometime before the Kansas City Chiefs’ first game of the 2022 season.
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