Legal Sports Betting is in Kansas!
The Kansas City Lottery confirmed Kansas would launch for mobile sport betting on September 1, 2022 - a week before opening day of the NFL season. September 1st is being categorized as a soft launch, with Sept 8th being the official opening day.
Kansas put the gears in motion to bring legal sports betting to the state in 2018 almost immediately after the Supreme Court made it possible. Unfortunately, several roadblocks prevented it from happening until May of 2022 when SB 84 was signed into law giving bettors the ability to place wagers on sporting events.
Several bills were introduced between 2018 and today in the hopes of legalizing sports betting in Kansas. In 2020, the state passed SB 283 which was similar to the current bill, but that effort was derailed by the pandemic.
The state tried again in 2021, but was unable to get agreement from both the House and the Senate. Gov. Laura Kelly was vocal in her opposition to sports betting which also presented a problem.
Finally, in April of 2022, the state legislature merged HB2470 and SB 84 to make sports betting legal in the state of Kansas. In May, Gov. Kelly signed the bill ushering in a new era for sports bettors.
On September 1, 2022, the state had a soft opening with six sportsbooks going live in anticipation of the NFL season. A week later, a full launch of mobile and retail sports betting launched across the state.
Currently, each of the four state-owned casinos is authorized to operate with three online skins. DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, FanDuel, PointsBet, and Barstool Sportsbooks are some of the early arrivals on the Kansas sports betting scene.
With the Kansas sports betting scene in its infancy, there is much room for growth. Not all of the 12 open spots for online partnerships have been filled. However, with the instant popularity of sports betting in the state, expect those to fill quickly.
In the two weeks after legalization, over $2.4 million in bets were placed with $47 million in tickets cashed.
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Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.
BetMGM is one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the U.S. offering some of the best live betting odds in the industry. They’re also the largest iGaming operator across the U.S.
FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.
DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.
bet365 is one of the largest and most popular sportsbooks globally. With a well-received mobile app, popular same-game parlays, and a wide variety of sports leagues to bet on it’s no wonder 80 million sports bettors worldwide continue to use bet365.
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PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.
With a large variety of ongoing promos and contests featuring Barstool personalities, Barstool Sportsbook is a solid option available for casual bettors.
While this book won’t wow you with its design, you won’t find many apps easier to navigate – or with the sheer volume of sports markets Betway offers. And although you'll find more generous signup offers elsewhere, Betway remains a strong global sports betting brand that deserves to be mentioned among the second-tier sportsbook options in the U.S.
Thursday, September 1, 2022, was the soft launch with Thursday, September 8, 2022, the first official day for sports betting in Kansas. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in Kansas.
PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player.
Make sure to use promo code 5X100RC to claim.
Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a bet credit.
Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The bet credit is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.
New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.
Tier Statuses are as follows:
Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier CreditsPlatinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier CreditsDiamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier CreditsDiamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier CreditsDiamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier CreditsSeven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)
Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.
FanDuel is rolling out a lucrative welcome bonus for new users to take advantage of.
Upon registering, new users will receive $150 in bonus bets regardless of whether their bet wins or loses when they deposit and wager $5 on any live sporting market. All users will receive their bonus bets within 72 hours after placing the initial wager.
It is important to note that only bets placed on the FanDuel app are eligible for this promotion. Mobile browser and desktop users will be prompted to download the app to claim the offer when visiting the FanDuel website.
New customers to BetMGM are eligible for up to $1,000 back in bonus bets when they sign up for an account.
For this bonus bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those.
At DraftKings New Jersey, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.
The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.
Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. They word it differently by calling it a “2-for-1,” but Michigan residents know better: it’s a standard welcome bonus.
With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. While that’s commendable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.
|🚀 Launch Date||Sept. 1, 2022|
|💰 # of Betting Sites||Six|
|📱 Online Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🎰 Retail Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🖥️ Online Casino||❌ No|
|🃏 Retail Casino||✅ Yes|
|🏈 College Sports Betting||✅ Yes|
|🌎 2022 Population (est.)||2.92 million|
|💸 Tax Rate||10 percent|
Legal Sports Betting is coming to Kansas!
The Kansas City Lottery confirmed Kansas would launch for mobile sport betting on September 1, 2022 - a week before opening day of the NFL season. September 1 is being categorized as a soft launch, with Sept 8 being the official opening day.
Starting September 1, you can consult our top list for the best sports betting options available to you. Our interactive list will allow you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.
If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Kansas once online sports betting takes off. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.
Registration requirements will vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.
Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it will be time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Kansas residents should come in one of two forms:
Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.
From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.
Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!
Kansas sports bettors are no doubt elated to have access to legal wagering – but you can’t blame them for thinking that it would happen a lot sooner.
The Sunflower State was one of only a handful of states that moved quickly as soon as the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. But disputes over tax rate, who would regulate the industry and where sports betting would be offered delayed a successful bill for years.
Here’s a look at Kansas’s sports betting history:
Not long after PASPA was officially repealed, Kansas lawmakers introduced three bills aimed at allowing for legal sports betting. The most notable bill included the “integrity fee” the professional leagues had been asking for, amounting to one percent of all wagers payable to the leagues.
The bill would also see the Kansas Lottery handle the specifics of where sports betting would be offered – in this case, the organization would join forces with gaming and horse racing facilities while also offering legal wagering at lottery kiosks.
None of the bills progressed to a vote before the end of the legislative session.
Despite great progress being made on Bill S 455, legislators couldn’t agree on who would be responsible for regulating sports betting in Kansas – and that indecision ultimately torpedoed any chance at the bill passing in 2019.
One of the biggest issues: the tax rate that would be levied on sports betting operators. Those in support of S 455 wanted a model similar to that used in New York, which included a stunning 50 percent tax rate on gross gaming revenue; as you might imagine, that was a non-starter for the casino operators.
The start of the 2020 Kansas legislature saw opposing bills presented.
One would allow for sports betting at the four state-run casinos with a tax rate of 7.5 percent for in-person wagers and 10 percent for mobile bets. That bill garnered plenty of support from the casino operators but earned a chilly reception from the state’s racing operators, who would be left on the outside.
The House bill wasn’t nearly as egregious as the previous version, but it still had its doubters. That bill featured a tax rate of 15 percent for in-person bets and 20 percent for mobile wagers, while still including an integrity fee and requiring sportsbooks to use official league data.
With both sides entrenched, neither bill received enough support to pass before the legislative session came to end early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things looked promising early in 2021 when the Senate passed a bill that would give each of the four state-run casinos three sports betting operator skins apiece. But the bill didn’t make it past the House, effectively scuttling it for the year.
Meanwhile, the House bill continued to stall. It was geared primarily toward lottery retailers within the state rather than the state-operated casinos, and continued to carry far higher tax rates on gaming revenue (which chafed casino owners).
The House finally relented early in 2022, opting to carry specific language from HB 2470 into the Senate-backed SB 84 bill.
The amended agreement would see casinos carry three skins each, but would also allow for marketing deals with non-casino retail establishments. Casino operators could also request a fourth skin, provided it is tied to a pro sports team within the state (hence the push to get a franchise to potentially relocate to Kansas).
Once the two sides came together on the other most pressing issues – specifically a 10 percent tax rate on retail and mobile betting – the bill passed through the House and Senate before landing on Gov. Laura Kelly’s desk.
She signed it into law May 12, setting the stage for Kansas to finally offer legal sports betting as of July 1.
The Kansas Lottery announces sport betting will launch September 1, 2022.
Like most U.S. states, Kansas has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots.
The Responsible Gambling section of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission site offers players a wealth of resources to help with their problem gambling. Resources include access to the state’s voluntary exclusion program, published brochures, a problem gambling FAQs and videos on how to deal with gambling addiction.
Visit the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission site.
It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Kansas bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):
That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Kansas is prohibited:
Kansas has four retail casinos and six additional gaming sites on tribal land – and each of them is expected to see a flood of interest from sportsbooks that want to operate within the state. One retail location has already aligned with two notable sports betting operators: Boot Hill Casino will partner with both DraftKings Sportsbook and Bally Bet. Check in here for future retail sportsbook details.
Not yet – but soon! With Kansas having green-lit legal sports betting across the state as of July 1, 2022, it’s only a matter of time before sportsbook operators are licensed and offering sports wagering within state borders.
You can create an account, deposit, make bets and even withdraw using any active sportsbook in Kansas, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).
Kansas doesn’t allow for legal esports wagering at this time.
Kansas is on the smaller end when it comes to U.S. sports betting markets, ranked 36th in the country in population at 2.92 million people (2022 estimate).
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission has jurisdiction over sports betting advertising in the state, while the Kansas Lottery oversees betting regulation. You’ll find plenty of info on the KRGC website, including gaming statutes and regulations, revenue reports and links to the state’s Responsible Gambling resources.
Based on existing partnerships or ownership stakes with Kansas casinos, it’s clear that there will be a handful of well-known sportsbooks at the front of the line. That list includes Barstool Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel and Hard Rock Sportsbook.