Kansas’s sports betting bill was signed by Governor Laura Kelly back in May. The law will go into effect this coming July 1. If all goes well, we may see Kansas sportsbooks open just in time for the NFL season. As most in the bookie pay per head industry know, football season is one of the busiest and most lucrative seasons in sports betting. For Kansas, residents will no longer travel to nearby Colorado or Iowa to place wagers.
In addition, Kansas may also attract sports bettors from neighboring Missouri. Missouri’s attempt at passing a sports betting bill failed, and the state’s legislators will need to wait until 2023 to try again. When we see sports betting platform providers open in Kansas, Missouri residents may as well travel and place their wagers just inside the Kansas border.
Kansas Sportsbooks Chances This Year
Kansas sports betting allows for both retail and online sports betting. Currently, there are no updates on the timeline for when operators can open a sportsbook in the state. The law gives a January 1, 2023 deadline to launch sports betting. But of course, many in the industry are hoping that sports betting will go live before September 8, the start of the NFL regular season. Other states have been able to launch in a short time, so locals are hopeful for the Kansas to share the same fate.
Kansas is one of the latest in US states to legalize sports betting in the country. Maine recently also legalized sports betting, where Native American tribes will have exclusivity over online sports betting. Meanwhile, Illinois dropped in-person registration requirements. Arkansas also recently launched their sports betting market, same as Louisiana and New York, earlier this year. Ohio also passed its sports betting bill, with a similar deadline of January 1, 2023 to launch sports betting.