FanDuel Sportsbook First Operator to Announce Kansas Sports Betting Kickoff Offer

FanDuel Sportsbook First Operator to Announce Kansas Sports Betting Kickoff Offer
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

Sports betting online in Kansas is one step closer. On Thursday, August 8, 2022, FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas began accepting early registration for new accounts.

Sports bettors in Kansas can download the betting app today and create their new account. Those who choose to download and register early will receive a generous FanDuel Kansas promo, which includes up to $100 in free bets to use on Launch Day.

Why Register Early?

To clarify, this does not mean Kansas sports bettors can start placing bets today but they can at least download the FanDuel Sportsbook app and register for a new account. This will save a ton of time on the day of the Kansas sports betting launch, which means more time to place bets.

Bettors who signup early for a new account will also receive $100 in free bets when the operator’s mobile application goes live — whenever that may be. The deal is applicable to all new users on FanDuel’s mobile and desktop sites who register between now and the state’s launch date.

New Kansas users will also be able to take advantage of FanDuel’s “No Sweat First Bet” deal, which gives bettors up to $1,000 in free bets if their first wager settles as a loss.

This figures to be the first of many Kansas sportsbook promotions announced in the run-up to the state market opening. The exact opening day, however, is still up in the air.

FanDuel Kansas Partnership Joins Other Top Sportsbooks

FanDuel Sportsbook has partnered with the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane to enter into the Kansas market, pending a license from the Kansas Lottery and KRGC, who are overseeing the rollout of wagering.

Several casino operators in Kansas have already announced their betting partners. Each licensee is allowed to partner with up to three operators, meaning we’ll likely see many more pacts being announced over the next few weeks.

There had been optimism the state could start taking bets as early as Sept. 8, the first game of the 2022 NFL season. But Todd Allen, the director of wagering for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, was less optimistic about an opening NFL weekend launch when interviewed by BetKansas.com in late July.

So far, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway has announced it will use one of its skins to partner with Barstool Sportsbook, both on a retail facility at the Kansas City track and on a mobile basis.

The casino is aiming to have its retail Barstool Sportsbook location up by the Sept. 11 NASCAR race at the track — which is also the same weekend as the opening of the NFL season.

Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg announced a deal to make PointsBet its primary retail and mobile sports betting partner in January 2020, more than two years before sports betting legislation passed.

Keith Smith, the president and CEO of Boyd Gaming (which manages Kansas Star Casino), talked about the company’s partnership with FanDuel in Kansas during a recent earnings call.

“Kansas and Ohio recently passed sports betting legislation, and with our partner FanDuel we plan to offer retail and mobile sports betting in both states,” Smith said. “Subject to regulatory approvals, we expect to launch sports betting in Kansas in the fall and Ohio around the first of the year, expanding our FanDuel partnership to eight of our nine regional states.”

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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