Kansas Casinos Saw Revenue Dip in August Ahead Of Sports Betting Launch

Kansas Casinos Saw Revenue Dip in August Ahead Of Sports Betting Launch
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The month of August was one to forget for the four state-owned Kansas casinos, with revenue falling by 9.3% month-over-month.  

Overall, the quartet of casinos reported $32.625 million in revenue during August, which was down from the $35.971 million the facilities raked in during July.  

The state-owned facilities did gain a small bit of traction, year-over-year, gaining 0.07% from the $32.602 million that Kansas’ casinos reported in August 2021.  

The four facilities — Dodge City’s Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Mulvane’s Kansas Star Casino & Resort, Kansas City’s Hollywood Casino & Resort, and Pittsburg’s Kansas Crossing Casino & Resort — had their contributions to the Sunflower State decline from $7.913 million in July to $7.177 million in August.  

The overall leader in revenue during August was Kansas Star, at $12.758 million, followed by Hollywood Casino ($12.408 million), Boot Hill ($4.075 million), and Kansas Crossing ($3.382 million).  

August also happened to be the final month without sports betting in Kansas, as the state’s market went live officially on Sept. 1.

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Kansas Adds Sports Betting to Casino Play

All four of the state-owned casinos will have retail sportsbooks inside them at some point in the future, with Hollywood Casino (Barstool Sportsbook) and Kansas Star Casino (FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas) opening their brick-and-mortar facilities already.  

Those facilities should add to the state’s casino haul going forward, given the increased traffic that likely will come with the addition of the retail facilities.  

For now, Cory Thone, who serves as the Kansas Lottery’s public information officer, said that the opening stretch of sports betting in Kansas has been a win for the state, with lots of interest in the newest form of gaming.

“The hard launch for sports betting in Kansas went incredibly smoothly, with no major issues or outages reported,” Thone told BetKansas.com in an emailed statement. “We are working with our casino partners and their betting platforms to begin the process of compiling and reporting data. Sports betting interest has been very high, and the high volume of new signups and members means that initial reporting could take some additional time.” 

Only time will tell how much of an impact the addition of sports betting in Kansas will have on the state’s casino numbers.  

For now, it seems like the Sunflower State has a solid baseline to go off of, when it comes to casino revenues, as its sports betting scene takes off.

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Christopher Boan

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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