Kansas Lottery Announces Six Sports Betting Sites to Launch Sept. 1

Kansas Lottery Announces Six Sports Betting Sites to Launch Sept. 1
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

We officially know what Kansas betting apps will go live when the Sunflower State launches sports betting Sept. 1.

The Kansas Lottery announced the names of the operators that received wagering licenses Friday. The six sportsbooks include BetMGM Kansas, Caesars Sportsbook Kansas, DraftKings Sportsbook Kansas, and FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas.

The best Kansas sportsbooks are scheduled for a soft launch Sept. 1 with the goal of having any issues resolved when the NFL kicks off its regular season Sept. 8.

Although each casino can have up to three sports betting partners, only six operators will go live on opening day. Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City announced its pairing this week with DraftKings, Golden Nugget and Bally Bet Kansas Sportsbook, but only DraftKings will open Sept. 1.

Friday’s announcement comes three days after one of the last remaining holdups for the rollout of sports betting was resolved — getting the final seal of approval from the state Attorney General’s office. That took place Tuesday.

“The Kansas Lottery received all our approved rules and regulations on Tuesday night, and we appreciate the Attorney General’s offices diligence in getting them finalized quickly,” said Cory Thone, who serves as the public information officer for the Kansas Lottery, in an email to BetKansas.com. 

Once betting does go live in the state, BetKansas.com will have all the Kansas sportsbook bonuses.

Kansas Sports Betting Partnerships

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway

  • Barstool Sportsbook*

Kansas Star Casino

  • FanDuel Sportsbook*

Boot Hill Casino

  • DraftKings Sportsbook**
  • Golden Nugget***
  • Bally Bet***

Kansas Crossing Casino

  • BetMGM**
  • Caesars Sportsbook**
  • PointsBet**

Sporting Kansas City

  • Partner TBA

* — Retail and mobile sportsbook will launch Sept. 1.
** — Mobile sportsbook will launch Sept. 1.
*** — Has announced partnership with casino, but has yet to be approved by Kansas Lottery.

What to Know About Sports Betting Launch in Kansas

Under Kansas Senate Bill 84 (which legalized wagering in the state), each of the four state-owned casinos received three sports betting skins apiece. The state’s tribal casinos received approval to operate sports betting once their compacts are amended and approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior and state regulators.

Pittsburg’s Kansas Crossing Casino was the only state casino of the four to have all three of its partners approved for a Sept. 1 launch.

Kansas Crossing, which has had a long-time partnership with PointsBet, added Las Vegas heavyweights Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM as its final two partners.

A Caesars Sportsbook Kansas promo code is expected sometime before the launch date.

The current BetMGM Kansas bonus code offer includes $200 in free bets with no deposit required upon signing up.

Kansas City’s Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will have its Barstool Sportsbook Kansas retail and mobile sportsbooks up and running Sept. 1.

The casino recently announced its Sept. 11 NASCAR race will be the Hollywood Casino 400 presented by Barstool Sportsbook. Hollywood Casino’s two other sports betting partners were not announced Friday.

Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane will have its FanDuel Sportsbook retail and mobile operations open Sept. 1. Its other two partners were not announced.

Dodge City’s Boot Hill Casino will only have DraftKings mobile apps available for opening day. There was no word Friday when Golden Nugget and Bally Bet would be licensed to begin operations.

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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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