Barstool, Caesars, DraftKings Among Operators Approved for Kansas Sports Betting

Regulated sports wagering debuts in Kansas on Sept. 1 with mobile betting following on Sept. 8. In advance of those launches, the Kansas Lottery announced the initial batch of operators approved in the state.

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Motor Speedway. The venue will be home to one of several Kansas sportsbooks. (Image: Belleville News-Democrat)

Those gaming companies are as follows: Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet.

After Governor Laura Kelly’s announcement last week that sports wagering in Kansas will begin with a soft launch starting at noon on Thursday, September 1st, followed by a full opening on September 8th, the Kansas Lottery is pleased to announce which sports wagering platforms will be available to the public on launch day,” according to a statement issued by Kansas Lottery.

Under the terms of the recently signed legislation, each state-regulated casino will be eligible to open brick-and-mortar sportsbooks while offering up to three mobile betting platforms.

Kansas Capturing Football Season

Kansas bettors will be able to place wagers at retail sportsbooks starting Sept. 1, meaning they can wager on that weekend’s slate of college football games, should they so choose. The commercial casinos in Kansas are Boyd Gaming’s Kansas Star, Penn National Gaming’s Hollywood, and the Prairie Band Casino & Resort. The Golden Eagle is a tribal gaming venue.

When sports wagering debuts in the state on Sept. 1, the time from passage of legislation to going live and legal will be less than 90 days. To date, that’s a record since the 2018 Supreme Court ruling on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

With the Sept. 1 start date, Kansas will only be without mobile wagering for one week of the 2022 college football season and will capture all of this year’s NFL campaign. That’s relevant to state coffers because football is the most wagered on sport in the US.

Forecasts indicate sports betting could create $1 million to $5 million in new revenue for Kansas.

Exploring Kansas Sports Betting Partnerships

Not surprisingly, Penn Entertainment’s Hollywood Casino in Kansas City will have a Barstool Sportsbook and that will be the operator’s mobile platform as well. Penn Entertainment owns Barstool Sports.

FanDuel — the largest online sportsbook operator in the US — is partnering with Kansas Star Casino. Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City is teaming up with DraftKings.

“Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg will offer mobile sports betting through BetMGM, Caesars, and PointsBet, with an in-person sports wagering date to be announced in the near future. In the interim, players are still welcome to visit Kansas Crossing Casino and place wagers via a mobile application while there,” according to Kansas Lottery.

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