DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM & Caesars among Kansas approvals

DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, Caesars, PointsBet and Barstool will be among the operators jockeying for position when Kansas’ sports betting space becomes available to the public next week.

Earlier this month, Governor Laura Kelly signed Bill 84, which will see the region’s four-state owned casinos officially begin accepting in-person and online sports wagering from a September 1, 2022, soft launch before commencing full activity one week later on September 8.

Moreover, this legislation also allows the negotiation of a new or existing gaming compact regarding sports wagering with tribes across the region. These venues will be authorised to launch as soon as they are ready. 

Ahead of this impending go live date, the Kansas Lottery has disclosed which platforms will become immediately available to users, with each establishment able to offer both in-person sportsbooks and mobile sports wagering on up to three platforms

This will see Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway offer retail and mobile betting via PENN Entertainment’s Barstool, while Mulvane’s Kansas Star Casino will team-up with FanDuel in a similar capacity. 

Elsewhere, Dodge City’s Boot Hill Casino and Resort will offer the activity on a mobile basis through DraftKings, with a physical location set to be announced “in the near future”.

Finally, Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg will offer mobile sports betting via BetMGM, Caesars, and PointsBet, with an in-person sports wagering date to be revealed shortly.

After detailing the imminent launch earlier this month, Kelly noted: “Legalising sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues.”

Sports wagering, like all gaming in Kansas, is owned by the state and operated by the Kansas Lottery, and will see full launch commence on the day that the regular NFL season gets underway when the Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills.