There are currently no legal sports betting options available in Kansas as the state missed an opportunity to establish a regulated market early in 2021.
In March 2021, the senate passed SB 84 that would have legalized sports betting in the state. The bill then went to the house where it failed to gain enough votes to pass. Three other sports betting bills were also introduced during this legislative session, but none made it through a committee review.
While legislation has stalled due to details such as the number of licenses, most lawmakers seem to agree that a sports betting industry would be extremely beneficial to the state. As such, we can expect to see more attempts to create a regulated market in upcoming legislative sessions.
Who regulates the Kansas sports betting market?
The Kansas sports betting market has yet to be established, but if legislation were to pass, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission would be a likely candidate to regulate the industry.
Which sportsbooks are available in Kansas?
There are six tribal casinos in Kansas along with four state-owned casinos. The casinos are the most likely locations for retail sportsbooks, but until legislation is passed, it’s impossible to guess which sports betting retail operators will enter the market.
Any sportsbooks at tribal casinos will require amended gaming compacts.
The state’s casinos are listed below. We will update this list if legislation is passed.
|Casino||Type||Betting Partner/Retail Brand|
|7th Street Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Casino White Cloud||Tribal||TBD|
|Downstream Casino Resort||Tribal||TBD|
|Golden Eagle Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Prairie Band Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Sac and Fox Casino||Tribal||TBD|
|Boot Hill Casino & Resort||State-owned||TBD|
|Hollywood Casino at KS Speedway||State-owned||TBD|
|Kansas Star Casino||State-owned||TBD|
|Kansas Crossing Casino||State-owned||TBD|
Kansas sports betting apps
As there are currently no sports betting operators with a presence in the state, it’s impossible to determine which brands will enter the market.
We will update this section if any announcements are made regarding mobile sports betting licenses.
Daily Fantasy Sports in Kansas
In May of 2015, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill that legalized Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in the state. HB 2155 dealt with DFS contests, charitable gaming, bingo, raffles, and the lottery.
The bill had near complete support from legislators as it passed the house by 98-21 and the senate by 37-1.
There are only two regulated operators currently in the state. These are DraftKings and FanDuel.
What about online poker in Kansas?
There is no regulated online poker or casino gaming available in Kansas. The last time the online industry was addressed was back in 2013 when legislators sought to pass a bill that would ban all forms of online gaming. Bill 2055 was created with a view to protecting the bricks and mortar casino industry but failed to gain enough support in the house.
It’s unlikely that we will see online poker legislation any time in the near future.
Kansas sports betting frequently asked questions
Is sports betting legal in Kansas?
No, sports betting is not yet legal in Kansas.
What is the legal age for gambling in Kansas?
Kansas casinos have a minimum age requirement of 21 while DFS players must be 19 or older.
When will sports betting become legal in Kansas?
Sports betting bills have been introduced several times in the recent past with legislators arguing over the finer details of these bills. We can expect to see further attempts made in 2022.