Can you bet on sports in Kansas? And if so, how do you bet on sports in the Sunflower State? We reveal all about Kansas sports betting.
Ever since Governor Laura Kelly signed off on Kansas Senate Bill 84 on May 12, the state’s legislators have had one focus – to become the 33rd state in the U.S. to accept legal sports wagers. Now, the Kansas sports wagering launch is just weeks away.
Right now, 32 states are accepting legal sports wagers, with five others – Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Ohio – approved to accept wagers but not yet active. But Kansas looks poised to be the first of that group to make the leap.
Can You Bet on Sports in Kansas Yet?
Not just yet. But when?
September 8 is the stated goal. If the date sounds familiar, that’s also the date of the first game of the 2022 NFL season between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills. No, it’s not a coincidence.
Don Brownlee, executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, acknowledged to the Topeka Capital-Journal that opening sports wagering in time for the NFL kickoff on September 8 is the goal.
“Obviously, there is a lot of interest in getting sports wagering up and running in Kansas,” said Brownlee.
It’s looking good for a launch in early September. In fact, BetMGM, FanDuel and DraftKings have already issued Kansas pre launch bonus offers. You can claim any (or all) of the three pre launch offers below:
Kansas Pre Launch Sports Betting Offers
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What Can You Bet On & Where Can You Bet in Kansas?
Thus far, no major restrictions are placed on sports wagering in Kansas. This means bettors will be able to place wagers on games played within state lines, college games, etc. As with most states, wagering on high school games or certain other amateur contests will be forbidden.
Under the law, each of the state’s four casinos can partner with three retail sportsbooks to offer online sports wagering, plus up to 50 retailers (for example, a convenience store or other participating business) for in-person betting. Kansas Speedway, the Sporting Kansas City soccer franchise, and federally recognized tribes within the state can also offer sports wagering.
So far, eight total partnerships are official, with more likely to come in the days after legalization. Here are the known offerings right now:
|Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway (Kansas City)||FOX Bet, Barstool Sportsbook|
|Kansas Star Casino (Mulvane)||BetMGM, FanDuel|
|Boot Hill Casino and Resort (Dodge City)||DraftKings, Bally Bet|
|Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel (Pittsburg)||Caesars Sports, PointsBet|
This still leaves room for each of the four casinos to partner with one additional retail sportsbook – partnerships that figure to be announced once sports wagering is live.
Sports Betting in Kansas: Which Teams to Bet On
We saved the greatest element of Kansas culture for last. A rich and underrated sports climate that spans several professional and collegiate sports.
Most Kansas citizens count themselves among supporters of the major professional sports teams within Kansas City.
Sporting Kansas City
This Major League Soccer franchise became the first professional sports team to call the state home when they built a soccer-specific stadium called Children’s Mercy Park back in 2011.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium, located across the state line in Missouri and proud owner of the world record for loudest outdoor sports stadium. A mark they achieved during a 2014 game against the New England Patriots.
For the past sixty years, the franchise has called Kansas City home, building a proud and loyal following that fills almost 80,000 seats in Arrowhead Stadium at least eight times each season.
After becoming the second AFL franchise to win a Super Bowl in 1970, the Chiefs fought for years to reclaim their spot atop the National Football League, finally accomplishing that feat exactly 50 years later when coach Andy Reid led Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and the 2019 Chiefs to the Super Bowl 54 title. Hill has since moved onto Miami, but the Chiefs remain a consistent AFC front-runner. They have hosted the AFC championship game for the past four years running.
Kansas City Royals
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Royals since 1973, is currently celebrating its 50th season of Major League Baseball. Franchise legends such as George Brett and Bo Jackson as well as current all-stars and rising talents such as Salvador Perez and Bobby Witt Jr. have all called Kauffman, which shares a parking lot with Arrowhead Stadium, their home field.
Over that time, it’s been a mixed bag of highs and lows for the franchise. They celebrated World Series championships in 1985 and 2015 in between long stretches of losing seasons. The 1985 World Series saw the Royals defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in one of the greatest World Series of all time. The tilt became known as the “I-70 Series” for the stretch of highways connecting the two cities.
Incredibly, the team wouldn’t return to the playoffs for 29 years. But they finally did so in style in 2014, capturing their first of back-to-back American League championships culminating in a 2015 World Series victory over the New York Mets.
But the most enduring symbol of Kansas sports success resides in Lawrence, where the University of Kansas men’s basketball team captures their fourth NCAA Tournament championship this past spring, and their second under current coach Bill Self.
The Jayhawks play in Allen Fieldhouse (named for legendary players/coach Phog Allen) and are one of the most storied programs in college sports. Basketball legends from Wilt Chamberlain to Paul Pierce and Joel Embiid called Allen Fieldhouse home during their college days. Also, Kansas coaches have included Allen, Larry Brown, Roy Williams and none other than the inventor of basketball himself, James Naismith.
However, the university’s fortunes haven’t spread to the gridiron. Kansas’ football team hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2008. The archrival Kansas State Wildcats, up the road in Manhattan, KS, last won the Big 12 Conference in 2012 and this year celebrated a Texas Bowl victory over LSU.
Finally, Wichita State University has established a reputation as one of the strongest mid-major programs in college basketball, qualifying for the 2013 Final Four and making headlines as the only team to enter March Madness undefeated in 2014.
How to Deposit Money and Receive Payouts at Kansas Sportsbooks
Players will have numerous options for depositing money at online sportsbooks and casinos. Popular deposit methods include online banking, credit/debit cards, wire transfers, PayPal, prepaid cards and even good old-fashioned cash at some locations.
Some general guidelines are below.
How To Deposit Money in an Online Sportsbook
- Sign up for an account at the sportsbook of your choice. You’ll be asked for your name, email, and a password to access your account. Some sportsbooks may ask for other information such as address and phone number.
- Find the “Deposit” option. Most sportsbooks make this option very easy to find, as it is typically found at the top of the interface or within the front page of your online account. Some platforms use phrases like “Add Funds” in place of deposit.
- Choose your preferred method of deposit. These options display via a dropdown menu in rough order of popularity and ease of method.
- Choose the amount you’d like to deposit. The sportsbook will display minimum and maximum deposit amounts, but the interface will often prompt you with a common or recommended amount ($100 is a common example.)
- Fill in your account information – whether bank account, card number, PayPal account, etc.
- Await confirmation that your deposit is successful.
- Happy wagering!
How Quickly Can I Receive My Winnings?
Depending on your preferred method of withdraw, it can typically take from two days (prepaid debit card, PayPal) to 1-2 weeks (a physical check) to receive your winnings from an online sportsbook.
The NFL season is just around the corner, and the state of Kansas is determined to make it so the same can be said for sports wagering in the Sunflower State! Check back frequently for updates and additional sportsbook partnerships in Kansas. And, of course, if you want to know can you bet on sports in Kansas yet!
Kansas – State, Population, and Culture
You now know how to bet on sports in Kansas. So let’s dive a little deeper into the current Kansas scene.
Kansas became the 34th state back in 1861. Today, almost 3 million people call the Sunflower State home. More than half those people live in northeast Kansas, home to the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area as well as the state’s capital of Topeka and its two largest state university in the University of Kansas (Lawrence) and Kansas State University (Manhattan).
Kansas City is physically situated within two states (Kansas and Missouri). About 70% of the city’s population reside in the Missouri portion of the city. Wichita, Kansas’ largest city, is located in the south-central portion of the state.
Culturally, perhaps Kansas is best known as the home of Dorothy Gale, the main character in the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a novel later adapted into one of the greatest movies of all time. Little House on the Prairie, another novel that was popularized via television, was also set in Kansas.
Of course, world-famous Kansas City BBQ tops the list of the state’s favorites food items, with traditional favorites such as Kansas City steaks, fried chicken, corn on the cob, and a traditional German dish known as bierocks – pastries filled with meat and cabbage – also popular throughout the state.