On Thursday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation for legal sports betting to enter the 35th state. Not only will there be Kansas sports betting for up to 12 online sportsbooks, but it also allows for in-person sports betting at casinos.
Below is additional information on what’s to come for sports betting in the Jayhawk State.
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As first reported by Legal Sports Report, the state could have sports betting in time for both NFL and college football season. Arizona and Wyoming accomplished this feat last year after passing a sports betting bill around the same time, but Kansas still may take until January 2023.
“We work closely with a lot of states, so some communications moving forward with them to see what they’ve done and what’s worked well and what hasn’t,” Stephen Durrell, Kansas lottery executive director, said. “Maybe we can get through some of those infancy stages a little more smoothly than some other states.”
MLS’ Sporting Kansas City is the state’s lone pro sports team, yet there won’t be an issue with wagering on the nearby Kansas City Chiefs. Nevertheless, Kansas could have provisions in regards to collegiate sports betting, which we’ve seen with Illinois sports betting before Gov. J.B. Pritzker repealed it.
If the same legislation were to be in place, it would halt bettors from backing the Jayhawks and Wildcats in both single-game and futures betting. It may also create the same issue for college sporting events taking place in Kansas.
Operators are expected to pay a 10% tax on gaming revenue while 80% of that tax revenue will be used to attract additional professional sports teams to Kansas. Moreover, the state is projecting $10 million annually in tax revenue from sports betting.