Kansas Sports Betting Regulations Gain Attorney General Approval

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on August 29, 2022
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The office of Kansas State Attorney General Derek Schmidt approved a set of sports betting regulations. That clears the way for a potential launch ahead of the 2022 NFL season, with Sept. 1 the target date for soft launch and Sept. 8 for a full launch.

You can view the regulations in full here via the Kansas Racing And Gaming Commission. They include a few nuggets that bettors may find worth noting.

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Kansas Sports Betting Clears Another Hurdle

Sports betting in Kansas has been on the fast track as the state’s stakeholders race to get everything up and running in time for the NFL cash cow. While only legalized as of July 1 — with the bill signed by Gov. Laura Kelly on May 12 — an optimistic timeline has been maintained for months.

Unfortunately, the AG’s office did not approve of the initial draft of regulations from the Kansas Lottery. That put a potential snag in the process. However, the Lottery quickly fixed the “shortcomings” and everything sounds back on track. The initial time line of a Sept. 1 soft launch and Sept. 8 full launch should still happen.

“The ‘soft launch’ is just a way to give our casino partners and their platforms a chance to get up and running, start taking bets, etc. before the official start of the professional football season,” Cory Thone of the lottery told Legal Sports Report. “Just adds some runway to make sure everything is safe, secure, and functional for our players.”

Credit Card Deposits Allowed, No College Betting Ban Apparent

Scanning through the 107 pages of regulatory red tape, one can find a few notes that will affect the user experience for many Kansas sports bettors.

Deposit methods did make into the current draft, and the state doesn’t look to be placing many restrictions on customers. They can deposit via both credit and debit cards, notably. Also, electronic bank transfers are allowed, including those made “through third parties.” That would appear to clear the way for use of PayPal to fund accounts.

The regulations delineated what Kansas sports bettors will need to verify identity when making accounts:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Social Security number

Perhaps of most note, no language in the bill appears to ban college betting of any kind. That includes in-state teams, a particularly significant provision in Kansas, where the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats could potentially drive plenty of betting interest.

Finally, operators may not accept wagers on an event “whose outcome has already been determined.” It remains to be seen what that means for something like betting on NFL MVP. If the regulators and operators interpret that strictly, they might have to close the markets when voting ends rather than allowing wagers right up until an announcement of a winner.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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