Kansas Sports Betting to Launch in September
Kansas sports betting could begin as early as Sept. 1, according a report from 610Sports KC radio.
An announcement about the start date was expected at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, as reported on betkansas.com.
Once sports betting is rolled out in Kansas, bettors will be allowed to wager in person at on-site sportsbooks and by using mobile apps.
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Mobile, On-Site Betting Legal
Under the new law, professional sports teams and the four state-owned casinos will be permitted to partner with mobile operators in making apps available to bettors.
According to the radio report, the partnership deals could include the following:
Hollywood Casino: Barstool, Fox Bet
Kansas Star Casino: FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas, BetMGM
Kansas Crossing Casino: Caesars Sportsbook Kansas, PointsBet
Boot Hill Casino: Bally Bet, DraftKings Sporsbook Kansas
At least two national online bookmakers, FanDuel and DraftKings, already are offering pre-registration deals.
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Launch Occur In Time For NFL Season
The early September launch date will allow bettors to wager on the start of the NFL regular season. NFL games are the most heavily wagered events on a week-to-week basis in the U.S.
The NFL regular season begins Sept. 8 with an 8:30 p.m. ET game between the visiting Buffalo Bills and defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. At Caesars, the Rams are favored by 2.5 points.
The local NFL favorite, the Kansas City Chiefs, kick off their season on Sept. 11 on the road against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
At Caesars, the Chiefs are favored by three points. The Chiefs play their home games across the state line at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri.
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Governor Signs Sports Betting Bill
In May, Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, signed legislation legalizing sports betting by expanding the Kansas Lottery Act of 2007 to include mobile and on-site casino sports betting.
The Kansas Lottery is working with the Racing and Gaming Commission on the rollout.
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