Kansas isn’t messing around. Just three months after sports betting became legal, you can now place your bets as of Sept. 1, 2022.
Best Kansas sports betting apps for Missouri residents
The apps available for NFL season in Kansas are:
- Barstool Sportsbook
- BetMGM Sportsbook
- Caesars Sportsbook
- DraftKings Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook
Later launches are expected for Golden Nugget and Bally Bet, among others.
Kansas sports betting launched last week
This launch bodes well for Missouri sports bettors as well, who will be able to bet legally as long as they cross the state line into Kansas first. Kansas law specifies that bettors must be within the state’s borders to place online wagers. Missourians who live in the Kansas City area – a region that straddles both states – will find themselves suitably positioned to benefit from the proximity.
Kansas Lottery officials said last week that a soft launch would begin on Sept. 1 – a week before the opening day of the 2022 NFL regular season. An official opening date will follow a week later, though all mobile and retail outlets started taking bets on Sept. 1.
Kansas allows 12 mobile licenses. That means each of the state’s four non-tribal casinos could partner with up to three sports betting apps. Tribal casinos are working with gaming officials to be able to offer sports betting at their casinos in the future.
In a recent press release, Kansas Lottery Executive Director Stephen Durrell said that it’s been a speedy process to get sports betting up and running.
“This announcement represents a lot of hard work and collaboration between the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, our casino and tribal partners. The process to bring this to fruition has moved at an unbelievable pace. We are excited to bring sports betting to Kansas players and adding more fun and exciting play options to The Sunflower State.”
Stepping up the Kansas wagering launch
Two organizations that have worked together in the past – the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and the Kansas Lottery – are entrusted with overseeing sports betting in the state.
Their cooperation has made it possible to deliver such an early launch date even though Gov. Laura Kelly signed the bill into law just three months ago.
“Legalizing sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants and other entertainment venues. I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.”
Casinos ink deals with sportsbooks
In mid-May, Boothill Casino & Resort, based in Dodge City, announced deals with Bally Bet and DraftKings.
Pittsburg’s Kansas Crossing Casino, which opened in 2017, forged a similar deal with PointsBet and Caesars Sportsbooks.
Just south of Wichita, FanDuel lined up access through Boyd Gaming at Kansas Star Casino.
Barstool Sportsbook’s entry into the state’s online betting market will be facilitated by Penn Entertainment’s Hollywood Casino in Kansas City. In related news, Kansas Speedway decided that the upcoming Sept. 11 NASCAR race will be renamed the Hollywood Casino 400, presented by Barstool Sportsbook.
Cross-border betting for Missourians
To save time, Missourians looking to cross the border to bet can set up everything beforehand. Simply download a Kansas sports betting app, register an account and deposit funds.
Online sportsbooks in Kansas — once up and running — will accept an array of deposits, ranging from e-checks and bank transfers to PayPal and similar services. Missourians can shop around for the most favorable odds by visiting BetMGM Kansas and Caesars Sportsbooks Kansas.
Once in Kansas, Missourians must have location services turned on to confirm they are actually within state lines.
Any winnings can then be cashed out at home in Missouri.
All wagers must be placed in Kansas though.