Butler National strikes Kansas deal via DraftKings and Bally’s

IGT Global Solutions Corporation has extended its Kansas Lottery association as it inks a 10-year agreement, said to run through to 2032.

Butler National has inked an agreement with DraftKings and Bally’s via its wholly-owned subsidiary that manages Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, Kansas. 

The collaboration between the trio will see sports wagering launch in Kansas, set to be effective from July 1, 2022, allowing bettors in the Sunflower State to place bets directly from their mobiles devices or computers by accessing a participating sportsbook or by visiting a lottery gaming facility. 

“We worked diligently to find partners that would bring Kansans a seamless, safe and premium sports betting experience,” explained Clark Stewart, CEO, Butler National Corporation. “We are ready to work with DraftKings and Bally’s to make sports wagering available in Kansas.”

As the Boot Hill Casino manager for the State, the new sports betting law provides that the Butler National subsidiary may, subject to regulatory approvals, contract with up to three sports wagering platform providers, in addition to offering sports wagering at a retail sportsbook in the Boot Hill Casino facility.

Stewart added: “We are hopeful to try to bring mobile sports betting to Kansans by football season. Kansans should be proud of the cooperative efforts by Kansas Legislators, our Governor, government agencies and private businesses, like Butler National Corporation, to bring legalised sports betting to Kansas.”

According to the American Gaming Association, sports fans spent nearly $8bn placing bets on this year’s Super Bowl. Online sportsbooks now have their own betting apps allowing for more convenience, customisation and the ability to place bets in the middle of a live sporting event. 

“With the passage of mobile sports betting legislation in Kansas, DraftKings is excited for the opportunity to enter the state pending licensure and regulatory approvals,” noted Griffin Finan, Vice President Government Affairs and Associate General Counsel at DraftKings. 

“Together with Boot Hill Casino & Resort, we look forward to engaging with Kansans and providing them with a world-class sports betting experience.”

Adding to the thoughts, Adi Dhandhania, Chief Operating Officer of North America for Bally’s Interactive, explained: “We are pleased that Kansas has now legalised sports betting, joining an increasing number of states across the nation. 

“We look forward to working with our partners at Boot Hill Casino & Resort to bring Bally’s online gaming experience to Kansans.”

In addition to online sports betting through DraftKings & Bally’s, Boot Hill Casino & Resort also anticipates an on-site sportsbook to accept wagers as soon as this fall. 

“Our goal continues to be to drive tourism and revenue for the State of Kansas,” commented Stewart. “Sports betting at Boot Hill Casino will give guests another exciting reason to visit Dodge City.”

“This is an exciting addition to the gaming experience we are able to offer our patrons,” concluded Diane Giardine, General Manager, Boot Hill Casino & Resort. “We are eager to move forward with our partners to bring legal, safe sports betting to historic Dodge City, Kansas.”