Is sports betting legal in Kansas?
Yes. Governor Kelly, a known supporter of sports betting, signed into law Senate Bill 84 on May 12, 2022. The law will go into effect July 1, 2022 and requires operators to launch no later than January 1, 2023.
On April 29, 2022, the State Senate voted 21 to 13 to approve SB 84, which the House had already ratified by a vote of 73 to 49 on April 28, 2022. The bill allows legal sports betting in the state’s four commercial casinos, each of which will be able to host onsite betting and partner with up to three online sportsbooks.
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Kansas Sports Betting Updates
Spurred by its competition with neighboring Missouri, which has yet to legalize sports betting and is home to the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, Sunflower State has made the decision to finally allow bettors to bet on sports. A total of 80% of this revenue is to be siphoned off into an “Attracting Professional Sports to Kansas Fund”. Concerns about gambling addiction and the disruption caused by COVID-19 have long delayed passage of the legislation, but with Governor Kelly’s signature, it’s just waiting.
Here are some critical dates in Kansas sports betting history:
July 20, 2022: Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway announces partnership with Barstool Sportsbook. A temporary retail sportsbook is expected to open in time for the 2022 NFL season.
June 20, 2022: Governor Kelly ceremonially signs SB 84. Kelly also downplays the likelihood that Kansas sports betting will generate enough revenue to lure the Kansas City Chiefs out of Missouri.
June 15, 2022: The Kansas Lottery and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission are already working on regulations and stakeholder contracts before July 1, 2022 — when legal sports betting comes into effect.
May 12, 2022: Governor Kelly signs SB 84, legalizing sports betting in Kansas. The law will come into force on July 1, 2022, with operators likely to go live shortly thereafter.
May 11, 2022: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly prepares to sign the sports betting bill into law, saying, “I think this week…so stay tuned.”
April 29, 2022: The State Senate approves the Kansas Sports Betting Bill (SB 84) by a vote of 21 to 13, sending the legislation to Governor Kelly’s office. By all accounts, the governor should sign off and officially introduce legal sports betting in the Sunflower State.
April 28, 2022: The House overwhelmingly advances SB 84 with a vote of 73-49. The bill is now heading to the Senate, where it must be approved before reaching the governor for a final green light.
April 3, 2022: After sweeping through the House, 63-50, a new wrinkle in Kansas’ sports betting bill (SB 84) causes the legislation to stall in the Senate. The last-minute provision would have 80% of the revenue generated from sports betting go towards a fund intended to attract professional sports franchises to the state.
March 30, 2022: Senate Bill 84 is amended by lawmakers to include content from HB 2740, keeping the dreams of legal sports betting alive. The move helps push the bill through the House via an 88-36 vote and sends it to a joint committee, which will try to make the bill acceptable to both houses of the legislature.
March 16, 2022: The House introduces HB 2740, a bill similar to SB 84 that includes some additional language. Under the legislation, Kansas’ four commercial casinos could operate retail and online sports betting with up to three mobile partners each.
March 30, 2021: The state House Committee of the Whole votes against SB 84, 77-40, ending the forward momentum for legal sports betting.
March 3, 2021: Kansas Senate approves SB 84, 26-12, sending it to the House for further consideration.
January 26, 2021: The State Senate introduces SB 84, legislation that would legalize sports betting in Kansas if it were eventually ratified.
May 14, 2018: The Supreme Court repeals the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). This allows all states to start making their own sports betting regulations.
How to start betting in Kansas
Once arrived, mobile and online sports betting will allow Kansas bettors to confirm wagers from anywhere within state borders. Some Sunflower State residents may also find themselves with nearby access to retail sports betting.
Select a bookmaker
Those interested in Kansas sports betting should familiarize themselves with the options available to them in the Sunflower State. Each region has different sports betting regulations and operators, so it’s worth identifying a bookmaker with bonuses, odds and banking methods that suit your personal needs.
Once Kansas legal sports betting officially arrives, bettors will be able to create an online sports betting account immediately. This is relatively easy, but can be simplified by making sure all relevant credentials and funding are nearby.
Claim a bonus
When a bookmaker comes online in a new location, they offer different types of promotions and sign-up bonuses. Some of the more common sports betting sign-up bonuses include risk-free bets, deposit matches and no deposit bonuses. Be sure to always read the terms and conditions associated with any incentive.
Most operators make it very easy to deposit funds. Once sports betting is legalized in Kansas, there will be a multitude of sports betting deposit and withdrawal methods, including credit and debit cards, PayPal, direct bank transfers, and more.
After registering the account, adding funds and grabbing a bonus, it’s time to start betting. Make sure you are familiar with the chosen bookmaker and their terms and conditions before placing a bet.
Kansas online sportsbooks may have different processes when it comes to withdrawals. Research your options before adding funds to an account, as it can be annoying winning bets and not being able to withdraw money quickly.
When Kansas sportsbooks officially arrive, sportsbooks will default to US odds. These are the most commonly provided silver line odds in legal sports betting in the United States. American odds reveal the favorite with a minus sign (eg -200) and the underdog with a plus sign (eg +150).
Favorite odds are stated as the amount a player will have to wager to win $100. Conversely, odds on the underdog are displayed to show how much a player will win on a $100 bet.
For example, a $200 bet on a -200 favorite will pay out $100 plus the original bet. Meanwhile, a $100 bet on a +150 underdog will pay out $150 on top of the original bet.
Visit our odds converter if you prefer to display odds as decimals or fractions. There you can see the odds displayed in American, Decimal and Fractional formats.