Between Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team taking down the 2022 National Title and talks of the Kansas City Chiefs moving into the state of Kansas, there may not have been a better time for the state legislators to cash in and legalize Kansas sports betting.
After an invigorating legislative process, legal sports betting in Kansas is finally a reality. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly officially signed bill SB 84 into law on May 12, 2022. Now, just because the law is signed doesn’t mean you can place a bet yet. While there’s still some work to do before that can happen, Kansas residents (and visitors!) can take solace in knowing they’ll have access to some of the industry’s best sports betting mobile apps in short order.
Below we will breakdown what’s in the new Kansas sports betting law, which sportsbooks and bonuses will be available in the state, when they plan to launch, what the registration process will look like, deposits and withdrawals, and more.
Legal sports betting in Kansas: where we are right now
Sports betting is now legal in Kansas, that’s where we are right now! However, we’re still waiting for market launch.
The Kansas legislature came through in 2022, agreeing on SB 84 to expand the Kansas Lottery to allow online sports betting. The House approved the bill 73-49 on Thursday, April 28th, and the Senate jumped on board with a 21-13 vote on Friday the 29th, advancing the new piece of legislation along to the Governor. Gov. Laura Kelly put her pen to paper just a few weeks later on May 12th, officially legalizing sports betting in Kansas. Now we sit back, relax, and follow the action as the nation’s top online sportsbook operators vie for market access.
When will online sports betting launch in Kansas?
As mentioned above, just because KS sports betting is legal doesn’t mean it’s live. You can’t bet on sports in Kansas yet. After the Governor signs a sports betting bill into law it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to actually see betting go live. Thankfully, we know for a fact that Kansas will be on the shorter side.
The legislation indicates that the law will officially go into effect on July 1st. Beginning on August 15th, online sportsbooks can begin the application process with state regulators (the Kansas Lottery and Racing and Gaming). Once licenses are handed out, Kansas online sportsbooks can go live.
All of these processes can take time – but as of now, our best guess is that Kansas accepts its first legal bets at some point during November or December. At the very latest, the KS sports betting law indicates that online operators must be live by January 1, 2023. So no matter what happens, Kansans will be betting, legally, by 2023.
Important Kansas sports betting details
Now that Kansas is signed, sealed, and delivered, let’s recap a few of the basic elements of the state’s sports betting law:
- Regulatory duties fall to two separate entities, the Kansas Lottery and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission
- The Lottery will handle applications and the day-to-day
- The KRGC will be the official regular, setting rules, conducting background checks, and the like)
- The legal age to bet on sports in Kansas has been set at 21.
- To participate in Kansas online sports betting you must be physically present inside the state of Kansas. Geolocation technology will be required for all mobile apps and sports betting websites to prove the bettors location.
- There will be a maximum of 12 online sportsbooks in Kansas. Each of the four commercial casinos in Kansas are each eligible to host 3 online sports betting skins on their license.
- Betting on college sports, and Kansas college sports specifically is allowed.
- The sports betting tax rate for Kansas has been set at a very reasonable 10%.
Confirmed online sportsbooks in Kansas
Now that sports betting has been officially legalized in Kansas, it’s time to brace for partnership agreements. They’ll be coming in fast and furiously during the next few months leading up to launch.
Each of the four commercial in-state Kansas casinos can host three Kansas online sports betting skins each, in addition to both Children’s Mercy Park (home of Sporting KC) and the Kansas Raceway having opportunity to get involved. This means that there could be as many as 12 online books available in the state. That’s a crowded, and competitive market. Who will it include? We’ll go over what we know for sure about online sportsbooks in Kansas, and also what we expect will happen.
|Kansas Online Sportsbook||License Partner||Launch Date|
|Bally Bet Sportsbook||Boot Hill Casino||TBA|
|BetMGM Sportsbook||Kansas Star Casino (Boyd Gaming)||TBA|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Kansas Crossing Casino||TBA|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||Boot Hill Casino||TBA|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Kansas Star Casino (Boyd Gaming)||TBA|
|FOX Bet Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway||TBA|
|PointsBet||Kansas Crossing Casino||TBA|
|Barstool Sportsbook||Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway||TBA|
Bally Bet Sportsbook
Bally Bet is on the way to Kansas! We know that Bally Bet and DraftKings will occupy two of the three potential sports betting licenses for the Boot Hill Casino. The Kansas sports betting market access agreement was confirmed in May 2022. While DraftKings get’s the nod for retail duties at Boot Hill, this Kansas partnership gives Bally’s the opportunity to continue its midwestern growth. Missouri sports betting and Kansas are key points of focus for the brand, as it operates the Bally Sports Kansas City TV station which carries all kind of local sports.
MGM Resorts is one of the world’s largest casino operations and has infiltrated into the sports betting landscape in a huge way. They have a surplus of market options for their users as well as recurring promotions for new and existing customers. BetMGM has locked up KS sports betting market access through an agreement with Boyd Gaming, and the Kansas Star Casino. MGM and Boyd agreed to a multi-state partnership back in 2018 that’s still paying dividends. They make an excellent team that will surely achieve success in Kansas.
Caesars Sportsbook is home to the largest retail sportsbooks in America, but they didn’t have a retail presence of any kind within the state of Kansas. However, it didn’t take long to find one. Just days after sports betting was legalized in Kansas, Caesars announced a partnership with the Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, KS. Caesars Sportsbook is coming to Kansas.
In May 2022 DraftKings Sportsbook along with Bally Bet, announced that it had also reached a partnership agreement with the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City, KS, confirming their presence in the state. In addition to offering online sports betting, DraftKings Sportsbook is also planning to operate the retail sportsbook at the Boot Hill Casino. There will be a temporary brick-and-mortar DraftKings Sportsbook in a former high-limit area of the casino near the cashier, until they can build out a larger, permanent facility.
Kansans may be familiar with DraftKings already as their daily fantasy sports (DFS) operation has been legal in their state for years. DraftKings Sportsbook is also a very big player in the sports betting industry as they always seem to be at the forefront when new states launch. After all, they were the first online bookmaker to legally launch in New Jersey back in 2018, and have been on the cutting edge of the industry since.
FanDuel Sportsbook may be the best sportsbook in America. It is easy to use, has a nice interface and is continuing to grow. FanDuel has a partnership with Boyd Gaming which owns the Kansas Star Casino and we imagine it would be a big player in the Kansas launch. We can’t imagine a state like Kansas legalizing sports betting and FanDuel Sportsbook not offering its services within the state.
FOX Bet Sportsbook
It would be fair to say that FOX Bet hasn’t been the most active sportsbook in the US market. They came out of the gate back in 2018 with strong brand recognition and plenty of support in New Jersey, but they’ve been slow to expand. FOX Bet entered one new market (PA) in 2019, one new market (CO) in 2020, and one new market (MI) in 2021. Their limited presence simply didn’t match the quality of the platform.
Does FOX Bet’s entry into Kansas represent a change of the tide? FOX Bet is confirmed to have reached a partnership agreement with Penn National Gaming and the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway to utilize one of their three in-state sports betting licenses.
PointsBet has agreed to a market access partnership with the Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel. PointsBet joins Caesars in occupying two of the casino’s three Kansas licenses.
The Australian company is making a lot of noise and acting as a potential disruptor in US sports betting. Between the number of markets offered and their unique features like “PointsBetting,” it was no surprise to see PointsBet add their name to the mix in Kansas. They’re no retail casino giant, like MGM, Caesars, and a few others, but that hasn’t slowed them down.
Barstool Sportsbook is Penn National Gaming’s sports betting brand. Penn National owns Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway and would most likely have a retail sportsbook in that venue for sports betting operations. A Barstool Sportsbook KS mobile app would make a lot of sense based on this information.
Caesars Sportsbook is home to the largest retail sportsbooks in America, but they don’t currently have a retail presence of any kind within the state of Kansas. They will undoubtedly look to partner up with an existing casino to enter the state with their Kansas mobile sports betting app. They have a number of banking options that make depositing and withdrawing easy for its customers.
Possible Kansas sports betting bonuses
The good news about having all of these sportsbooks compete against each other for customer outreach is their need to separate themselves from the pack. And what is the easiest way to do that? Let’s discuss welcome bonuses.
A welcome bonus is a way for sportsbooks to entice new customers to join their sportsbook by attracting customers with different sorts of monetary incentives through their initial deposit.
What different ways can sportsbooks attract new customers through welcome bonuses? Well, there are a few different ways:
Free bets in Kansas
A free bet is given out by bookmakers as a way to encourage loyalty and entice customers to stick around with their sportsbook with free credit. The way a free bet would work is a sportsbook can grant you this ticket, completely free of charge. Completely free bets usually range somewhere from $5 – $25. They aren’t huge, but they’re essentially a shot at free cash. You have the ability to win a wager with house money without the risk of losing any money. So, if you lose your free bet wager, you’re not really down anything – it’s a freeroll. And if you win, it’s a good way for you to start in the positive with your new sportsbook.
Another common offer is the risk-free bet. Once Kansas finally OK’s sports betting, you’ll see plenty of risk-free bets available in the state. Essentially, you would deposit funds and place your initial wager using the risk-free promotion. If it loses, you do lose the cash you wagered… but the sportsbook will credit you with free bets equaling the amount of the lost wager. For example, a Kansas online sportsbook offering a $1,000 risk-free bet means you could wager $1,000… and if it loses, you may be out the cash, but the sportsbook will credit you with $1K in free bets to try again.
Kansas Deposit match bonuses
A deposit match is when a sportsbook gives you free bets equal to the amount you deposit when you sign up. Sportsbooks will always have a deposit match limit but nevertheless, these are great enticers for new sports bettors. For example, a sportsbook may be offering a deposit match of up to $500. If you deposit the $500 and opt in to the promotion, you’ll get a $500 free bet or multiple free bets worth up to $500 depending on the sportsbook to match the deposit.
Deposits and withdrawals with Kansas sportsbooks
The online aspect of sports betting has changed the game in a number of ways. Having versatility in methods on how to deposit and withdraw your money is certainly one of them. Before you can bet you must deposit funds to your online account. And when you want to cash out, you need a way of getting your funds back. Thankfully, that’ll be easy in Kansas.
The norm use to be going to a retail sportsbook inside a casino and logging your bet. Although that is still on the table, the online options are plentiful from e-wallets, to online banking, and even writing checks. We’ll dive into some of the most common methods of depositing and withdrawing money at the biggest sportsbooks.
Here are some of the most common ways that sports bettors can deposit money into their accounts at U.S. sportsbooks:
- (ACH) VIP preferred e-Check
- Visa/MasterCard credit and debit cards
- Online banking transfer
- Play+ Prepaid Cards
- Cash at the casino cage
- Bank wire transfer
- Paper checks
Customers have the ability to transfer their money into their accounts quicker than ever and it hasn’t been safer. With these sportsbooks being operated under the lens of the state government, your money is secure.
Here is a list of the most common withdrawal methods for U.S. sportsbooks:
- ACH e-check
- Prepaid card
- Check by mail
- Cash at the casino cage
As is common practice at all sportsbooks, there will be fewer options to withdraw than there are to deposit. This should not be a worry though as there are plenty of methods for users to withdraw their winnings, many of them being instant transactions.
Kansas sports teams
College and professional midwestern teams in Kansas and Missouri have fielded a lot of remarkable teams with plenty of regular season success along with a number of championships.
Below, we review some of the state’s biggest teams and who you can wager your money on once sports betting gets the green light. Of course, Kansas teams won’t be the only teams you can bet on… just amongst the most popular due to being local.
Kansas Jayhawks basketball (and other sports)
There haven’t been too many programs that have yielded more success in college basketball than Kansas during head coach Bill Self’s illustrious tenure.
There seem to be three certainties in life: death, taxes and Kansas winning the Big 12. Kansas has produced a number of stars in the NBA including 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, 2022 NBA All-Star and former #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, and one of the league’s most exciting players in Joel Embiid.
Some states have not permitted their residents and bettors to place wagers on in-state college teams, but Kansas will allow it. You will be able to legally bet on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Kansas City Chiefs
Yes, I know the Chiefs are in Missouri but Kansas can take credit for the Chiefs as well as the next four teams listed below.
The Chiefs under head coach Andy Reid and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes have generated fireworks on the offensive side of the football. The dynamic duo were able to secure their first Super Bowl title in fifty years topping the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 54.
The team currently plays just over the Kansas border on the Missouri side of the city. The team is beginning the process of seeking out new stadium options since Arrowhead has been in service since 1972. If the price is right, a shift back across the border to Kansas could be in the works.
Kansas City Royals
Similar to the Chiefs, the Royals had periods of success and tribulations but were able to break through after a 30-year drought. The Royals were able to secure their first World Series in the 21st century in 2015 when they defeated the New York Mets in five games avenging their 2014 World Series defeat.
Although expectations won’t be high for the Crowns, the Royals have some palpable buzz. Whit Merrifield has been a solid producer for the past few years and the team added slugger Carlos Santana. And Royals fans will get to enjoy a familiar face as potential future Hall-of-Famer Zack Greinke will be making a reunion in the royal and white this upcoming season.
The Royals play at Kauffman Stadium, which is just a few miles from the Kansas border. This makes them one of the more local Kansas sports teams.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Kansas’s MLS team. Since their foundation in 1996, Sporting Kansas City has yielded two MLS Cups and four U.S. Open Cup titles.
The team resides in Kansas City, Kansas and has grown intrigue heading into the 2022 season. Of the major Kansas City teams, they’re the only one that landed on the Kansas side of the border, which will allow them to actually get involved in online sports betting themselves.
St. Louis Cardinals
You’d be hard pressed to find a team that is as consistent of an organization as the St. Louis Cardinals. Dating back to 2000, the Cardinals have the second highest winning % in the entire MLB, just behind the New York Yankees.
Cardinals fans will enjoy a trip down memory lane as the team re-signed Albert Pujols for a final hoo-rah going into the 2022 season.
They’re across the state, from Kansas, but still garner a significant following in Kansas due to relative proximity and sustained success.
St. Louis Blues
A franchise that enjoyed a lot of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they never seemed to quite break through. That all changed in 2019 when the St. Louis Blues hoisted their organization’s first ever Stanley Cup title.
Under head coach Craig Berube, the Blues have enjoyed a lot of success and have solidified themselves as legitimate contenders year after year under his tutelage. They are the closest NHL franchise to the state of Kansas.
The sports betting race with Missouri, neighboring states
The pressure Kansas is received from neighboring states was a primary catalyst for them to legalize these operations that much faster.
As some readers may already know, some states near Kansas have reaped the rewards of legalized sports betting, like Colorado and Iowa. Fellow midwestern state, Illinois, has enjoyed legalized sports betting since June of 2020.
The state of Arkansas has had legalized sports betting since 2018 but this was only at the state’s three casino locations. This changed in March of 2022 when the Arkansas Racing Commission voted that online sports betting be officially legalized. The state now has access to legal mobile sports betting apps.
More importantly, Missouri emerged as an immediate, and close rival for sports betting action. On March 24, the Missouri House passed two sports betting bills, 115-33, but they ultimately died in the senate. A near-four hour filibuster from Missouri state Senator put an end to Missouri’s bid for betting.
Not only is there a rivalry on the field between Missouri and Kansas but these states were also competing to be the first to offer legal sports betting. On their battle to legalize first, Kansas State Rep. Stephanie Clayton said, “I do not like Missouri. I want to beat them.”
And beat them they did. With Kansas advancing and Missouri not doing so, KS will assuredly benefit from plenty of cross-state betting traffic. After all, Kansas City, and its Missouri residents and sports teams, are only a stones throw from the Kansas border.
Each of the biggest sportsbooks and any legal operation for that matter is a proponent of responsible gambling. What does that mean?
It means these brands are committed to their players gambling responsibly and well within their means. Gambling can lead to an addiction – betting on sports is supposed to be another way to make our favorite games and teams more entertaining and fun. If it evolves beyond that, there are options.
The way these companies instill a platform where players can enable responsible gambling is through betting limits as well as a number of responsible gambling self-help tools like deposit limits and self-exclusion tools.
For new bettors, the best rule of thumb is to wager well below your means and never risk more than you can afford or are prepared to lose. It is supposed to be fun and should be treated as such. When new sports bettors treat gambling as anything more than a leisure activity, that’s when issues can arise.
Kansas sports betting FAQ
Is sports betting legal in Kansas?
Yes! Sports betting is now legal in KS thanks to a positive 2022 legislative session. KS Governor Laura Kelly signed the bill into law on May 12, 2022.
When will online sports betting launch in Kansas?
Q4 2022 is our current estimate. License applications can begin on August 15, and it’s not uncommon for those to take 90 days to approve. We’ll keep you posted, but Nov/Dec seems like a good estimate.
What is the legal betting age in Kansas?
21+. Much like retail gambling in Kansas, you have to be 21 to bet on sports.
Do I have to be in Kansas to place a legal wager?
Yes, presence in KS is required to place a legal bet with a Kansas online sportsbook. Your phone will be able to prove your location automatically through geolocation, while your computer will require a quick plugin download.
How many online sportsbooks will be in Kansas?
Twelve. Kansas has four retail casinos, and each casino is allowed to host 3 online sports betting skins.
Will Kansas sportsbooks offer bonuses?
Yes, they certainly will. Keep an eye out for an assortment of risk-free bets, deposit match offers, and the like.
Can I bet on college sports in Kansas?
Thankfully the answer to this question is YES. The KS legislature made sure that the state’s wildly popular in-state teams will be available to bet on.