Caesars Sportsbook Kansas became the fourth operator to open a retail location in the state Tuesday.
The company, which is partnered with Pittsburg’s Kansas Crossing casino, joins DraftKings Sportsbook Kansas (partnered with Boot Hill), FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas (partnered with Kansas Star), and Barstool Sportsbook Kansas (partnered with Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway) in operating a retail facility.
Caesars Sportsbook already had a Kansas mobile betting apps operation, raking in more than $34 million in wagers since launching in early September.
Now, the national sports betting operator has the ability to complement its mobile apparatus with a retail space that allows residents in the southeastern corner of the state to place bets in person, rather than on their phones.
A representative from Caesars Sportsbook confirmed to BetKansas.com retail kiosks were available to the public Tuesday but declined to give any additional details about the facility.
For regulators at the Kansas Lottery, Tuesday’s opening of the Sunflower State’s newest retail offering presents additional ways for Kansans to get involved with the fledgling wagering market.
“The Kansas Lottery is thrilled that the Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg has added a retail location to their sportsbook options,” a representative from the Kansas Lottery told BetKansas.com in an emailed statement. “The new kiosks are up and running, and we welcome everyone to visit the Kansas Crossing Casino to have some fun and see the new setup.”
Kansas Crossing’s Retail Plans
Kansas Crossing signed a sports betting partnership with PointsBet Kansas in 2020, two years before wagering was legal in the state. It was described as a “primary skin agreement,” and at the time PointsBet promised a “multi-faceted sports entertainment option.”
But PointsBet has yet to open a retail location at Kansas Crossing. And according to the Kansas Lottery, state law doesn’t prohibit casinos from having retail kiosks from any or all of its sports betting partners.
Under the 2022 gaming law that legalized sports betting in Kansas, the four state-owned casinos could partner with up to three sports betting operators.
In Kansas Crossing’s case, the deals were with BetMGM Sportsbook Kansas, Caesars Sportsbook and PointsBet.
“[Kansas Crossing] has BetMGM, Caesars, and PointsBet as approved interactive sports wagering platforms. Any one of them — or even all three of them — would be legally allowed to provide sports wagering through kiosks in the casino,” a Kansas Lottery representative told BetKansas.com. “Which one provides retail service and whether that is exclusive is between the platforms and the manager.”
Attempts to reach Kansas Crossing and PointsBet were not returned.
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