In First Month of Kansas Sports Betting, State’s Casinos See Revenue Climb

In First Month of Kansas Sports Betting, State’s Casinos See Revenue Climb
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

It was a solid September for the four state-owned casinos in Kansas, with more than $33 million in revenue and $7 million in taxes during the month.

In total, the four facilities chipped in $33.745 million worth of revenue, which represented a 3.4% increase, month-over-month, from the $32.625 million the casinos reported for August.

As far as taxes are concerned, the $7.424 million the Kansas casinos reported represented a 3.4% increase from August, when the facilities had $7.177 million in tax payments.

Both figures were up 4.9% year-over-year, from the $32.174 million in revenue and $7.078 million in taxes that the casinos paid during September 2021. Kansas sports betting debuted in September 2022.

What to Know About Kansas’ September Casinos Report

As far as market share is concerned, Hollywood Casino in Kansas City was the leader during September, with $13.280 million in revenue, followed by Kansas Star ($13.055 million), Boot Hill ($4.123 million), and Kansas Crossing ($3.285 million) trailing behind.

Hollywood Casino was also the leading generator of revenue via electronic gaming devices at $11.771 million, beating out Kansas Star by just more than half a million dollars.

Hollywood Casino opened its Barstool Sportsbook Kansas retail location in September, as well as playing host to a NASCAR race during the month.

Kansas Star, which opened a FanDuel Kansas retail location in September, did finish with the highest share of table game revenue in the month. It posted $1.879 million, with Hollywood Casino coming in second at $1.506 million.

Dodge City’s Boot Hill Casino ($500,422) and Kansas Crossing of Pittsburg ($205,740) were third and fourth in table games revenue, respectively.

A Strong September for Kansas Gaming

The strong results for the state’s four casinos comes on the heels of a stellar Kansas betting apps revenue report.

In total, Kansas reported a sports betting handle of $160.5 million in its opening month of operation, giving it the fourth-largest opening month sum for an American state.

Kansas came in behind New York ($1.365 billion), Arizona ($291.2 million), and Nevada ($286.5 million), but ahead of Tennessee ($131.4 million), Virginia ($58.896 million), Connecticut ($54.641 million), Indiana ($35.215 million) and Colorado ($25.621 million) during its opening month of business.

Stephen Durrell, who serves as the executive director of the Kansas Lottery, said the opening month of sports betting in September was a success story for all involved.

“We have put together consensus revenue estimate numbers for the legislature to sort of expand and work on budgets for the upcoming year,” Durrell said. “… And I think there was a lot of pent-up demand for sports wagering within the state and people wanted a legal and safe way to place wagers on their favorite teams, and it’s been really interesting to watch.”

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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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