Kansas, also known as the Sunflower State, is located in the US heartlands and is named after the Kansa Native American Tribe that uninhabited the area. Kansas has given us a number of prominent figures including the first female mayor in the US, Susan Madora Salter as well as the 34th President of the United States Dwight, D. Eisenhower. However, one thing for which Kansas isn’t quite so well known is its gambling industry. While gambling laws in Kansas are friendlier than the average US state, it still has not joined other states in legalizing sports betting. We take a look at the current gambling and sports betting opportunities in Kansas.

Is it legal to bet on sports in Kansas?

In Kansas, it’s legal for residents to make parimutuel wagers on horse racing and dog racing in person and online via select platforms; all other forms of sports betting are illegal. Kansas residents may, however, place bets on daily fantasy sports games at sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.

In February 2018, lawmakers in Kansas unveiled HB 2752. The bill was introduced in the midst of the court case between New Jersey and the Supreme Court that questioned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

This bill would have legalized sports betting and proposed that the activity should be overseen by the Kansas Lottery and run through state-owned casinos, online platforms and mobile apps. The bill proposed a licensing fee of $10,000 for any casino or wagering platform that offered sports betting to customers. Under the bill, these licenses could be renewed annually for $5,000.

Stakeholders scrutinized bill 2752 almost immediately, largely because it proposed that 1% of a business’s total betting handle would be paid to US sports leagues as an integrity fee. The bill died in committee in May 2018.

A second bill, titled SB 455, was introduced in March 2018. This new bill, which also died in committee in May 2018, still included an integrity fee but lowered the rate to 0.25% of sports betting handle with a 5% cap for betting revenue.

Despite the two failed attempts to legalize sports betting, there is still a fair amount of support for its legalization. In fact, in December 2018, a Kansas senator that led a committee looking at sports betting invited lawmakers to attend a conference sponsored by the gambling industry. Lawmakers are expected to revisit the topic of sports betting in Kansas during the 2019 legislative session.

 

Where will I be able to place bets on sporting events in Kansas?

It’s unclear as to where Kansas residents could bet on sports if it were to be legalized in the state. However, it’s likely that, if sports betting in Kansas were legalized, bettors could make wagers at casinos and via online platforms and mobile apps, as proposed in HB 2752. While residents could formerly place wagers at dog and horse racing tracks, this changed in 2008.

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission states that “all parimutuel licenses for horse and dog racing in Kansas have lapsed and been revoked” and “no pari-mutuel racing has been conducted in Kansas since August 2008.” Kansas residents can currently place wagers on horse and dog racing events via the BetAmerica website and the Twinspires website.

 

What sports will I be able to bet on?

It is not yet clear which sports residents in Kansas will be able to bet on if the state does legalize sports betting. However, if state lawmakers follow the examples set by other states, it’s
likely that it will be legal to bet on professional and collegiate games in Kansas, including NBA, NFL and MLB events.

 

What else can I bet on in Kansas

Kansas may not have legalized sports betting, but there are plenty of other alternatives for bettors in the state. Residents can place wagers on horse racing and dog racing events via platforms.

Residents can also partake in the Kansas Lottery which holds multi-state draws, as well as participating in charitable gaming. Charitable gambling is a form of “incentivized gambling,” where a charity oversees gambling activities like bingo and uses the proceeds to assist with raising funds for the charity.

The state also offers casino-style gambling at casinos that are owned and operated by the state. There are also a variety of tribal gaming establishments that offer a full-blown casino gambling experience to residents in Kansas. Each casino in Kansas offers different games, but these are some of the casino games residents can play in the state:

  • Bingo
  • Slots
  • Virtual table games
  • Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Let It Ride
  • Baccarat

Casino Name Tribal/ Commercial Location Contact Email Opening Hours
7th Street Casino Tribal 777 N 7th St Trfy, Kansas City, KS 66101, USA +1 913-371-3500  Online form 24 hours
 Boot Hill Casino and Resort Commercial  4000 W Comanche St, Dodge City, KS 67801, USA  +1 620-682-7777  Online form 24 hours
 Casino White Cloud  Tribal  777 Jackpot Dr, White Cloud, KS 66094, USA  +1 785-595-3430  Online form Sunday – Thursday 9 am – 1 am

Friday – Saturday 9 am – 3 am

 Golden Eagle Casino  Tribal  1121 Goldfinch Rd, Horton, KS 66439, USA  +1 785-486-6601  Not available  24 hours
 Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway  Commercial  777 Hollywood Casino Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66111, USA  +1 913-288-9300  general.kansas@pngaming.com  24 hours
 Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel  Commercial  1275 South Highway 69 Country, Pittsburg, KS 66762, United States  +1 620-240-4400  Online form  24 hours
 Kansas Star Casino  Commercial  777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110, USA  +1 316-719-5000  Online form  24 hours
 Praire Band Casino Resort  Tribal 12305 150th Rd, Mayetta, KS 66509, USA  +1 785-966-7777  Online form  24 hours
 Sac and Fox Casino  Tribal  1322 US-75, Powhattan, KS 66527, USA  +1 785-467-8000  Not available  24 hours

 

Although there a fair number of gambling activities for residents to participate in, there are still a number of gambling activities that are outlawed in the state. For example, residents may not play online poker at online gambling sites. Any sites that currently offer online poker in Kansas are operating without a license and are therefore illegal.

Online casino sites are also illegal in Kansas and it is a crime for residents to play at these sites. Unlawful gambling in Kansas is classified as a Class A misdemeanour; any players that participate in the activity of unlawful gambling are liable for to a fine of $1000 and up to six months in prison.

 

Are offshore gambling sites legal in Kansas?

No. Kansas considers all betting sites that operate without authorization from the state as illegal enterprises. Not only are offshore gambling sites illegal, we’d also recommend steering clear because there is no regulation to protect players. This means sites may not be secure or may not have measures in place to protect vulnerable players. There is also no way of knowing who is accountable for handling the money you deposit into these online accounts.

You can spot offshore gambling sites by looking at the website’s domain name. Domains ending .EU or .AG do not hold a license to operate in Kansas and should, therefore, be avoided at all costs.

 

Will it be safe to bet on sports in Kansas?

Kansas already has strict gambling laws, which suggests that state regulators are likely to implement a tight regulatory framework for sports betting, should it become legalized. This regulation will ensure that sports betting in Kansas is safe and fair, whether punters are betting in person or online. Of course, it’s also up to bettors to take care and gamble responsibly.

If you’re worried that you, or someone you know, may have issues with problem gambling, you can contact the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) or the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gamblng for a number of resources and support.

Contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline via:

Phone: +1-800-522-4700

Text: +1-800-522-4700

Online Chat

Contact the Kansas Coalition on Problem Gambling via:

Phone: +1-785-224-3503

Helpline: +1-800-522-4700

 

Who regulates gambling in Kansas?

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is responsible for the regulation of casino gambling, dog and horse racing in Kansas, while the Kansas Lottery is overseen by the Kansas Lottery Commission.

 

How old do I have to be to gamble in Kansas?

Players must be 18 years old to play the Kansas Lottery and charity bingo games, while Kansas bettors must be 21 years old to place pari-mutuel bets and gamble in casinos.

The journey to legal and regulated sports betting in Kansas

1974 – The state of Kansas authorized non-profit organizations to offer bingo under strict licencing and regulations.

1986 – After an amendment to the state’s constitution, the Kansas Lottery became legal. The same year, parimutuel wagering on dog racing and horse racing was approved by the state.

1992 – Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), prohibiting sports betting across US states. Four states were made exempt from the law: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. These states had legal sports betting regulations
in place.

The same year a new state agency called the “Kansas Lottery” was put in charge of the state’s lottery games. This is still one of the most popular ways to gamble in Kansas. This year also saw the introduction of simulcast wagering for horse and dog racing events in other states.

1995 – Kansas entered into compacts with four native American tribes in the state. These compacts authorized the tribes to offer class 3 gaming to casino patrons. Class 3 gaming includes slot machines, poker and other casino table games. The four tribes opened casino venues in the state between 1996 and 1998.

2008 – In August 2008, all licenses that allowed racetracks to offer parimutuel wagering lapsed and were revoked by the state regulator.

2009 –  The state’s Attorney General made it clear that, according to Kansas gambling laws, gambling on the internet is illegal. He is quoted as saying: “There is no express internet prohibition, but an Attorney General Opinion does provide that clearly, placing, receiving or forwarding a bet, or conducting a lottery, over the telephone or the internet is illegal.”

2013 – As of 2013, gambling losses were no longer tax deductible. This created, and still poses, a huge issue for professional gamblers who must now place more bets to earn a profit. On top of that, their winning can still be taxed.

The same year a new bill that would expand land-based casino venues in the state and, at the same time, ban online gambling was introduced. The bill would have also banned slot machines from racetracks in Kansas until 2032. The bill was ultimately unsuccessful in the Kansas Senate.

2018 –  In 2018, two sports betting bills were introduced by lawmakers in Kansas. Although both failed to pick up much support, the bills did set the stage for the discussion of legal sports betting and whether or not the state should move to offer this activity.

On 14 May, the Supreme Court reached a decision. In a 7 – 2 vote it was agreed that one of the clauses in PASPA violated the Tenth Amendment, as it commandeered power from states to
regulate their individual gambling industries. This paved the way for all US states to decide whether or not to legalize sports betting. A number of US sportsbooks launched across America in the weeks following the PASPA repeal.

Kansas lawmakers are expected to discuss the idea of legal sports betting again in 2019.

While Kansas sports betting is yet to be legalized, state lawmakers are still in discussions about legalizing the activity. Make sure to check back with BettingUS for updates on legal sports betting in Kansas.