- Is betting legal in Kansas?
Retail and online sports betting are legal in Kansas. SB 84, the law to legalize sports betting, came into effect on July 1, 2022. Sports betting hasn’t gone live in the Sunflower State but is expected to on January 1, 2023.
- Who governs sports betting in Kansas?
The Kansas Lottery oversees Kansas sports betting. The state lottery sets out all the regulations and requirements for sportsbooks. However, the Kansas Racing and Gambling Commission will aid the lottery.
- How old do you have to be to bet in Kansas?
You must be 21 or older to place sports bets in Kansas. Alternatively, you can place online horse racing bets if you are at least 18 years old. You may be required to verify your age by sending copies of your photo ID to the betting site.
- When will sports betting launch in Kansas?
There is a hard deadline of January 1, 2023 for the launch of sports betting in Kansas. However, if the Kansas Lottery is satisfied that the state is ready, the launch could be brought forward.
- Where will I be able to bet on sports in Kansas?
When sports betting is live in Kansas, you will be able to place bets using online sportsbooks anywhere in the state. Alternatively, you can visit one of the state’s retail sportsbooks at its commercial casinos. The Kansas Lottery will also license 50 retail locations to offer sports betting kiosks.
- Will sportsbooks in Kansas be safe?
Yes, sportsbooks in Kansas will be safe. The Kansas Lottery is currently determining the safety measures sportsbooks must have, including player safety protocols. The state lottery is also deciding on the responsible gambling measures each site must bring.
- Would I have to pay taxes on betting winnings in Kansas?
Yes, you would have to pay tax on betting winnings in Kansas and declare all those gambling winnings to the IRS. You’ll have to fill out a W-2G form if you win more than $600. In addition, you must include your gambling winnings in your state income tax. There are three tax rates: 3.10%, 5.25%, and 5.70%.
- Can you play DraftKings in Kansas?
DraftKings has announced a partnership with Boot Hill Casino and will likely be one of the first sportsbooks to launch in Kansas. You can download the DraftKings app ahead of market launch and opt in to a $100,000 sweepstake which will be paid out on launch day, while they are also offering $100 in free bets to pre-registering users. In the meantime, you can play its Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games.
- Can you play FanDuel in Kansas?
FanDuel have opened a pre-registration period where they are offering new bettors $100 in bets for opening an account prior to launch. The sportsbook has previous partnerships with Kansas Star Casino owners Boyd Gaming, which could make launching very easy. For now, you can play FanDuel's Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) games.
- Can you play BetMGM in Kansas?
BetMGM has reportedly signed a deal with Kansas Star Casino to launch when the online sports betting market goes live.
- Can you play Caesars in Kansas?
There has been no official announcement on Caesars’ plans for Kansas. However, Caesars has a casino, Harrah’s Kansas City, right across the Missouri border and is available online in neighboring Colorado.
- Can you play TwinSpires in Kansas?
TwinSpires Sportsbook is shutting down and won’t be available in Kansas. However, you can legally use its online horse racing betting site.
- Which sportsbooks will be available in Kansas in the future?
Some of the top operators in the US will be available in Kansas in the future. Sportsbooks like DraftKings, Bally Bet, and BetMGM have made partnerships to apply for sports betting licenses.