If you’re in Kansas and you’re serious about legalizing sports betting, call your state lawmakers and demand it. The newest legislative efforts for Kansas sports betting passed the State Senate but did not pass the House of Representatives, which means legalization is all but dead – unless constituents make their voices heard.
House Speaker Ron Ryckman (R-Olathe) stated the following: “We’ll see if the people of the state still want sports betting. If they don’t, then I think this body has spoken. If they do, they’ll let us know.”
Kansas bettors, your best course of action is to do exactly that.
However, the 2021 Kansas legislative session ends on May 15, 2021. Given this major setback and new reality, legal sports betting in Kansas is looking like a serious long shot.
Kansas Sports Betting Recent Updates
- May 15, 2021: This date marks the end of the 2021 Kansas legislative session. While sports betting proposals could get pushed through the Kansas State Legislature before this date, lawmakers are putting it to constituents to pressure their lawmakers. And passing the buck is a bad sign for political progress.
- March 30, 2021: The Kansas House rejected a sports betting proposal, which may have ended all hopes for legalization this year. While additional proposals are still on the table and some lawmakers, such as Ron Ryckman, are still hopeful, this may be the death knell for Kansas sports betting hopefuls.
- March 8, 2021: Senate Bill 84 passed the Senate, a proposal to amend the Kansas Lottery Act and allow for online and retail sports betting. State Sen. Larry Alley (R-D32) expressed optimism that it would pass the House as well, stating: “I think they’ve hammered out most of the big decisions.”
- February 7, 2021: Super Bowl LV kicked off between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, marking yet another year of the Chiefs making it to the big show without legal sports betting in Kansas. Proponents of legalization hoped to get something passed before Super Bowl LVI, which the Chiefs are favored to win by a relatively large margin.
- January 27, 2021: Senate Bill 84 and companion bill House Bill 2199 were presented to both chambers of Kansas’s legislature, marking a return to serious discussions about sports betting legalization. The bills would legalize sports betting as well as expand the state’s lottery commission to oversee Kansas sports betting.
Top Sports Betting Sites Coming To Kansas
It’s tough to tell what sports betting sites will come to Kansas if and when sports betting is finally legalized. But we can make some educated guesses based on operators already in Kansas at some capacity and the activities of operators in other legal states.
Some sportsbook operators already have partnerships with Kansas casinos, making them likely candidates to receive licensure faster than other competitors:
- PointsBet partnered with Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel
- FanDuel partnered with Boyd Gaming, which runs Kansas Star Casino, in other states.
- Barstool Sports is owned by Penn National Gaming, which operates the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.
Additional online sportsbook operators likely to come to Kansas include:
The above sports betting sites are among the first to enter a state when it launches legal online sportsbooks. Kansas is unlikely to be an exception.
How To Place A Bet In Kansas
Download A Sportsbook
Naturally, you’ll first need to download the sportsbook of your choice. If you have an iPhone, you’ll be able to visit the App Store and download the app immediately and easily. The process is similar for Android, in light of the Google Play store’s recent revision of its policy banning gambling apps.
After downloading the app, your device will also receive some geolocation tracking software. This will prevent you from placing a wager outside of Kansas’s state lines. While geolocation software has not been finalized as a legalization necessity, every other legal sports betting state does require this caveat.
Register For Your Sportsbook
After downloading the sportsbook of your choice, you’ll need to register and create an account. You can do this by providing some personal information, such as your Social Security number and physical address.
Fund Your Account
Online sportsbooks offer a variety of deposit methods, including credit and debit card. However, those transactions are usually rejected by the bank and can come with major fees, so your best bet is to use PayPal and online bank transfer.
You’ll also want to take advantage of any welcome bonuses during this step. Some online sportsbooks, such as the FanDuel welcome bonus of a risk-free bet up to $1,000, don’t offer deposit-match bonuses. But the BetRivers signup offer is a 100% deposit-match up to $250 with just a 1x playthrough requirement.
Plus, many sportsbooks include special promotions or game day bonuses if you sign up during a certain season. For example, signing up at the beginning of baseball season may allow you to benefit from special baseball promotions. Signing up before March Madness for basketball will let you get in on the ground floor for long-term futures wagers and more.
However, all sportsbook promotions come with terms and conditions, some of which may be deal breakers. So be sure to read them before opting in. Check out our guide on sports betting bonus terms for some tips and insights.
Once you’re registered and your account is funded, you can start placing bets. Simply click on the line you like, enter your wager, then submit it to your betslip. Sports betting apps make building parlays, including multi-sports and single-game parlays, easy and intuitive as well.
Conveniently, the sportsbook will also display how much you stand to win when you enter the wager. And that’s before you submit the bet too.
Withdraw winnings whenever you’re ready by using online bank transfer for PayPal.
Kansas Legal Sportsbooks
Many Kansas residents enjoy sports as a major part of the state’s culture. But even though sports betting is something you may want to do soon, you should wait until legal sportsbooks to launch, even if it takes another several months for the industry to get going.
That’s because illegal betting sites are never worth your time and money. They have terrible digital security and your personal information may be at serious risk of theft or misuse. Identity theft is more common than ever, so it’s something you should certainly consider.
Furthermore, offshore and illegal books don’t usually have great odds or robust wagering experiences. By spending your money on an illegal book, you’ll be wasting your cash and getting a subpar sports wagering experience at the same time.
Legalized and licensed sportsbooks are a much better choice. They come with high-tier digital security to protect your personal information and any funds you provide to your account. But they will also be regulated by a body like the Kansas Lottery, which can make sure they never steal your funds or act immorally.
Kansas Sports Betting Revenue
The potential revenue from Kansas sports betting is difficult to measure. However, we can look at a few data points to make an estimate:
- Kansas has a population of around 2.9 million people.
- Kansas casinos generated around $4.4 million in revenue in March 2021 from slots and table games.
- Sportsbooks in Iowa, another Midwest state with a comparable population, handled around $161.4 million in sports wagers in March 2021.
Based on the available information, we can speculate that Kansas would likely handle a total of around $150 million per month through sports betting apps, which would translate to roughly $12 million in revenue.
If the tax rate for online sports betting revenue is 10%, that would mean the state would get about $1.2 million per month in taxes from online sportsbooks – and that doesn’t include in-person retail sports betting and casino gaming.
Kansas is a middling state when it comes to general gambling freedom and opportunities. For example, it has four casinos that are regulated by the Kansas Lottery, plus another five casinos that run on tribal lands. Kansas residents have multiple places in which to enjoy games like poker, blackjack, and slot machines.
Furthermore, Kansas includes horse and dog racing in certain counties where voters directly approved those kinds of wagers. The state also allows daily fantasy sports, and big operators like DraftKings and FanDuel are already in a position to launch sports betting upon legalization.
However, there’s no denying that Kansas has stalled when it comes to legalizing sports betting. This is in part due to the reluctance of Governor Laura Kelly (D), who has not been particularly supportive of those legislators who have pushed for legalization since 2018.
The tide recently turned in favor of sports betting legalization, and it seemed likely that Kansas bettors would have their way. But those hopes were dashed when the Kansas House rejected a sports betting proposal in April 2021, just a month before the end of the legislative session.
Kansas Betting Successes And Failures
Kansas Sports Betting Success
Kansas lawmakers successfully got sports betting legislation passed in the State Senate. And while that bill died in the State House, that’s not the worst sign of what’s to come.
Most likely, Kansas lawmakers will adjourn on May 15, 2021, without legalizing sports betting. When lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session in January, a new sports betting bill will be introduced. Hopefully, pro-legalization lawmakers will work out something that can actually get passed in the meantime.If both houses of the Kansas State Legislature pass a sports betting bill, then Governor Laura Kelly (D) will almost certainly sign it.
Until that happens, Kansas State has no sports betting successes to speak of.
Where Kansas Could Improve Online Gambling
Although Kansas residents have a wide variety of gambling activities to check out, the state’s online gambling industry could still be a little better. For example, online casinos and poker are still illegal, and gaming enthusiasts would undoubtedly like to see these operations expanded in the future.
However, it’s unlikely that this evolution will come to pass in the near future due to resistance from the Native American casinos in the state. The Native American casinos hold most of the slots and video poker activities, so they’d likely be reluctant to open up these activities to the online sphere as it may result in lost revenue for them.
It will take much more discussion and compromise to expand other types of online gaming in this state.
Legalization Effort In Kansas
The sports betting legalization effort in Kansas actually began in early 2020, when the state Senate passed a bill that legalized sports betting at four commercial casinos. This is an interesting development since most other states with legal sports betting allow the activity to take place at Native American casinos.
But Kansas did things the opposite way. Under the current proposed legislation, only the commercial casinos overseen by the Kansas Lottery would have the ability to partner with sportsbook operators and provide wagers for players across the state.
COVID-19 significantly stalled legalization efforts and required legislators to focus on other concerns for most of 2020.
But the beginning of 2021 saw a renewed discussion about sports betting legalization. Unfortunately, bills that showed some promising movements this year have since stalled into near-oblivion. While there’s a tiny chance that sports betting legalization could still happen in the state, Kansas bettors will likely need to wait until 2022 for any additional movement.
Timeline Of Kansas Sports Betting
- 2007 – Kansas passes the Expanded Lottery Act, which allows the construction of four retail casinos on non-Native American land
- 2020 – The Kansas Senate passes a bill that legalized sports betting only at the state’s four commercial casinos rather than the Native American casinos
- Jan 27, 2021 – SB 84 was introduced, as was HB 2199. Both bills followed the earlier recommendation that the state lottery oversee the future sports betting industry
- Feb 2021 – The state House and Senate both oversee hearings regarding the positives and negatives of both sports betting bills
- Mar 2021 – Two bills, one in the House and the other in the Senate, make promising movement and are expected to pass
- Apr 2021 – The House rejects the sports betting bill, effectively ending hopes for legalization this year
- Jan 2022 – The 2022 Kansas legislative session begins, giving lawmakers another opportunity to legalize sports betting
Kansas Professional Sports Teams
That being said, the state does have an MLS or soccer franchise called Sporting Kansas City. Furthermore, many Kansas residents love to support professional teams that play games in Missouri, a neighboring state, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs, a major NFL team that’s technically based in Missouri.
Any sportsbooks that appear in Kansas will undoubtedly have excellent betting markets and lines for these teams and more. So if you live in Kansas and like to support out-of-state teams, don’t worry. You’ll be able to place as many wagers as you like for your favorites.
Kansas College Sports Teams
Kansas does have a slightly more developed collegiate sports team collection (which may explain why the proposed legislation does not seek to ban collegiate betting). For example, the Kansas Jayhawks are a very popular basketball team, particularly for March Madness bets and predictions.
The Kansas State Wildcats are another popular college basketball team, as are the Wichita State Shockers. Basketball overall seems to be the most popular collegiate sport in this state, although football and baseball are also solid fan favorites.
Other Sports To Bet On In Kansas
In addition to major sports described above, any future sportsbooks in Kansas will provide wagering opportunities for other sports activities, including MMA and UFC fighting, NASCAR and other motor racing, and more niche events like darts.
Plus, many Kansas sports bettors already like to place off-track bets for horse and dog races. There aren’t any OTB parlors in the state, so players are currently restricted to horse and dog racing apps like TVG. Fortunately, many of the best sportsbooks also let you place wagers for horse or dog races, so you won’t necessarily need to use two separate apps to place all the bets you like.
Kansas Sports Betting FAQs
No, online sports betting is not legal in Kansas. While some legislative movement occurred this year to legalize sports betting, it did not pass the State House. That means Kansas sports bettors will have to wait until the early 2022 before sports betting legalization is on the table again.
No, college sports betting is not legal in Kansas because no sports betting is legal in Kansas. However, college sports betting will likely be allowed in Kansas when the state legalizes it in 2022 (or later).
Any future sportsbook operators will be regulated by the Kansas Lottery, which will oversee their partnered retail casino locations as well.
No, you will not need to be a Kansas resident to bet on sports online when sports betting is legalized in the state. However, you will need to be at least 21 years old and physically located within state lines.
Yes, FanDuel DFS and DraftKings DFS are legal in Kansas. These Daily Fantasy Sports platforms accept all adults in Kansas aged 18 and up. However, FanDuel Sportsbook (and all other sportsbooks) are not yet legal in Kansas, and won’t be until at least 2022.
When (and if) sports betting launches in Kansas, bettors will be able to bet on professional sports as well as college sports. This includes major league sports like football, basketball, and baseball as well as individual sports like MMA, golf, and tennis.