Kansas casinos and betting platforms have brought in nearly $1.3 million in the first month of legal sports betting in the state with more than half coming from the casino in Kansas City, Kansas.
Sportsbooks in Kansas first launched on September 21, four months after Governor Laura Kelly signed the Legislature’s bill legalizing sports wagering into law. Kansas’ four casinos, working with six sports betting platforms, brought in just under $1.3 million during the first month, according to Kansas.com.
The Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas, accounted for roughly $762,000 or 59% of the revenue statewide. The figures appear to affirm that Missourians are crossing state lines to place bets in Kansas after that state failed to legalize sports betting before the NFL.
FanDuel Sportsbook at Kansas Star Casino
Kansas’ sports betting program launched just in time for the Kansas City Chiefs’ season, which is set to fuel wagering activity. The state took in just under $130,000 in tax revenue from the four sportsbooks in its first month.
“These revenues reinforce what we already knew: legal sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and supports Kansas business,” said Governor Kelly. “While legal wagering is just in its infancy, these revenues will continue to grow and benefit the state over time.”
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane brought in nearly $208,000 in revenue, while the Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg saw $326,000. The Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City, which is partnering with DraftKings, did not report any revenue in September because of a promotional program, which allowed first-time bettors to play for free.
Tribal casinos are also working to align on contracts with the state for sports wagering. According to Governor Kelly’s office, these casinos will be authorized to launch as soon as they are ready.
“Sports betting has successfully kicked off in Kansas, and players could not be more excited to get in on the action," Stephen Durrell, Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery, said. "The launch went smoothly thanks to the efforts of our casino partners, the sports wagering platform, the KRGC, and our staff at the Kansas lottery. We will continue to work to make sports betting in Kansas safe, secure, and fun for all players as we expand and grow.”