Sports betting isn’t legal in the Sunflower State yet, but the sun is shining on Kansas after Governor Laura Kelly signed SB84 into law on May 12. The law will allow for mobile and retail Kansas sports betting for users at least 21 years old beginning on July 1. Kansas sports betting apps and retail casinos are pushing for implementation as quickly as possible ahead of the 2022 NFL season which kicks off in early September. Since SB84 wasn’t signed until mid-May, there’s a good chance online betting won’t launch until midway through the NFL season. However, retail sports betting in Kansas should be available on July 1st.
According to Bookies.com, “The operator application process is slated to begin no later than Aug. 15, and it’s typically a process that takes around 90 days.” Combine the red tape and paperwork hurdles with needed infrastructure updates, and we’re left with an unclear timeline. The Kansas Lottery and Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will need to get licensing structures in place as well.
Fortunately, we can project which online sportsbooks will reign supreme when Kansas online sports betting goes live and what bettors have to look forward to after sports betting is officially launched. At OwnersBox, we’re all about getting ahead of the curve and bringing you the best available information as soon as possible. As William Shakespeare said, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
Projected Retail Kansas Sports Betting Sportsbooks
Kansas sports betting currently has four non-tribal casinos: Hollywood Casino at KS Speedway in Kansas City, Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, KS, Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, and Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane. Retail sports betting is expected to be available at all four.
DraftKings and Bally's will both offer online (and retail) sports betting in Kansas. The Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City announced the partnership earlier in the week.
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- Hollywood Casino (KS Speedway, Kansas City, KS): Hollywood Casino and Barstool Sportsbook are both owned by Penn National Gaming, so it’s likely Barstool Sportsbook sets up shop here.
- Boot Hill Casino & Resort (Dodge City, KS): DraftKings Sportsbook agreed to a mobile sports betting deal in November 2021, so we can expect a brick-and-mortar setup in Dodge City.
- Kansas Star Casino (Mulvane, KS): There are still some legal issues to be settled here, as the Kansas Star Casino sued the state almost immediately after SB84 was signed into law. The lawsuit is due to an alleged breach of contract for a non-competition clause. We’d bet on the dispute getting settled before sports betting goes live. Once the litigation is out of the way, we can expect a partnership with FanDuel Sportsbook, which has an access partnership with the owner of the casino, Boyd Gaming.
- Kansas Crossing Casino (Pittsburg, KS): PointsBet has an agreement in place with Kansas Crossing Casino that will allow market access for the major sportsbook. The casino is operated by Peninsula Pacific Entertainment which has an existing relationship with Hard Rock Sportsbook as well.
In addition to the three sportsbooks named above, Kansas is expected to host most major sportsbooks, including:
DraftKings Sportsbook Kansas
DraftKings KS Promo
DraftKings Sportsbook offers a new user bonus in the form of a 20% signup bonus worth up to $1000. To claim the $1000, you’ll need to deposit $5000 and play through that entire amount, with $1 in site credit deposited to your account for every $25 wagered. DraftKings makes up for the underwhelming offer with consistent weekly offers, favorable betting lines, and one of the widest arrays of sports available.
- Wide coverage of major sports and e-sports not commonly offered at other books
- Low juice
- More favorable odds than most books
- Frequent promotions and odds boosts
- Mostly Easy to Navigate App
BetMGM KS Promo
BetMGM also offers a $1000 risk-free bet for new customers, but it’s a bit more friendly than the one offered by DraftKings Kansas. To claim the offer, you’ll need to deposit at least $10 and make a qualifying wager. If your wager loses, you’ll get a free bet or bets to equal the amount of the original wager. If you wager more than $50, you’ll get five wagers equal to 20% of the original stake (bet $500, get five $100 bets).
BetMGM is also known for its Lions Boost, which gives a daily line boost on a single-game wager. These are usually targeted to local or regional sports, so Lions Boosts will likely be available for Chiefs and Royals for the KS sports betting markets. The BetMGM bonus code in any new region offers new users a great first-time experience.
- Weekly FREE Bets
- Daily Odds Boost
- One Game Parlay
- Early Cash Out
- Extensive Live Betting Menu
Caesars Sportsbook Kansas
Caesars KS Promo
Caesars Sportsbook offers an excellent new customer bonus that is arguably the best on the market. New users in Kansas can wager up to $1100 and if that wager loses, they’ll receive a free bet token for that same amount. The beauty is that the token is not broken into multiple wagers, meaning this truly is a risk-free bet. There aren’t any strings attached either, as users will receive that token within 48 hours and can use it right away.
This is the expected sign-up bonus if Caesars Sportsbook Kansas launches. However, we’ve seen Caesars boost their sign-up offers when entering new states as they did when New York online sports betting went live.
- Daily odds boosts
- Excellent new customer offer
- Great sports betting app user interface
Barstool Sportsbook Kansas
Barstool KS Promo
Barstool Sportsbook Kansas should have no problem drawing new users thanks to a couple of quality signup offers. New users get a $10 bonus just for completing registration. Upon signing up, new users can deposit $10, make a wager and get a risk-free bet of up to $1000 if that wager loses. Barstool Sportsbook calls this their “2 for 1 bonus” because you’re essentially getting two bets for the price of one.
As per their other state launches, this can be the expected offer when online sports betting in Kansas launches.
- Exclusive promotions
- Wide variety of sports coverage
- “Reduce the Juice” offers
- Easy to navigate app
- Quality retail sportsbook
PointsBet KS Promo
PointsBet should have no problem bringing in new bettors in Kansas thanks to a new customer bonus worth up to $2000. However, being an Australian-based company, their sign-up offer is a little bit more difficult to understand than other ones. Here is how the sign-up offer would work if they end up launching in the Kansas sports betting launch:
Upon signing up and depositing with PointsBet you will be able to take advantage of new customer offers worth as much as $2000. Your first fixed odds bet, at any odds, will be reimbursed in free bets if it loses up to $500. You can split these free bets up to four times if you so desire. If you are to win with the free bets you will receive the winnings minus the amount bet.
PointsBetting is a unique product to PointsBet and works as follows. If your bet wins by one point (or unit), you would win 1x your bet amount (stake). If your bet wins by 2 units, you win 2x stake. If your bet wins by 10 units, you win 10x stake. Conversely, if you lose by 1 unit, you would lose 1x stake. Lose by 10 units, lose 10x stake. PointsBet is offering new customers a risk free first PointsBetting wager up to $1,500. If your first PointsBetting wager loses, you will receive the amount back in free-bets.
PointsBet Ontario was the newest region for the online sportsbook to reach. With KS sports betting on the horizon, PointsBet will be looking to make a push in this new state as they did in Canada.
- Live Same Game Parlay
- 2 Parlay Boosts Daily
- Partial Cash Out
- Name a Bet
- Karma Committee
- No Rollover on Free Bets
FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas
FanDuel KS Promo
FanDuel Sportsbook offers a pretty standard new user bonus in the form of a risk-free bet up to $1000. New users can bet up to $1000, and if that first qualifying wager loses, the user will get $1000 in site credit deposited to his account to use on any future wager. The promo, combined with FanDuel’s renowned sports betting app navigation, interface, and user experience makes FD Sportsbook one of the top sportsbooks that will be offered in Kansas.
In terms of Kansas retail sports betting space, look for FanDuel to secure a partnership with Kansas Star Casino.
- Renowned App
- Odds Boosts
- Esteemed Loyalty Program
- Solid selection of events to wager on
- Excellent live betting experience
Hard Rock Sportsbook Kansas
Hard Rock KS Promo
Hard Rock’s offer to new users of its sportsbook is lackluster at best with a $100 risk-free bet. Unlike other sportsbooks’ risk-free options, this bet is refunded in cash if it loses, and the bettor can pocket the money giving it slightly more appeal. The low introductory offer is likely because Hard Rock is trying to tempt users to signup for its Casino with a 100% deposit match up to $1000 and 50 free spins.
- Easy withdrawal process
- Live betting
- Easy to Navigate App
What Kansas Online Sportsbook Should You Choose?
There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Choosing the best sportsbook for you is all about personal preference, so bettors should make their choice based on the following criteria:
- New customer bonuses
- Types of sports you like to bet
- Types of bets you like to make
- Variety of sports vs. strong emphasis on two or three major sports
- Interest in traditional wagers like point spread or moneyline vs. interest in exotic wagers such as player props
- Small vs. large bankroll and how typical lines and juice affect betting strategy
- Customer support
- Ease of withdrawal
- Application user experience, including interface and navigation
- Trust and reputation
- Secure and safe login and deposit processes
What Kansas Sports Betting Sites are Legal?
They won’t be legal until July 1, but we can anticipate most major sports betting sites like BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, and others being available to bettors once sports betting officially launches in Kansas.
What Sports Can You Bet on in Kansas?
Football – The NFL is king in ratings and viewership, and that popularity is no different in sports betting, where football draws the highest number of sports bettors and the biggest handles. Kansas sports bettors can wager on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl as a futures bet or take Kansas City on the moneyline against the Chargers, among other types of bets.
Soccer – Soccer is sure to draw plenty of interest from bettors in Kansas. The state is home to just one major league team, Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer (MLS).
Baseball – Kansas sports betting markets will finally be able to offer lines on the Kansas City Royals as well as any other major league team and a number of minor league teams to boot.
Basketball – There aren’t any professional basketball teams in Kansas, but one of the most popular is the Thunder from Kansas’ neighbor to the West, Oklahoma. Jayhawks fans can also bet on alumni like Joel Embiid with the 76ers or Andrew Wiggins with the Warriors. Fans who root for Wichita State might want to lay some money down on Toronto and Fred VanVleet. Every team in the entire NBA will be available to bet on at Kansas sports betting sites. You can even bet on how many points Embiid will score in a given game.
Golf – The US Open and Masters always attract plenty of interest from bettors, and most major sportsbooks offer favorable odds boosts, rewards, and other bonuses for these tentpole events.
College Sports – College football bowl season and college basketball March Madness offer some of the best types of betting markets.
Hockey – You can bet on the NHL Stanley Cup champion, moneyline, over/under, and plenty more!
Kansas Teams You Can Bet On
Kansas Jayhawks – With no professional teams to call their own, Kansas residents gravitate to the beloved Jayhawks, one of the Blue Bloods of college basketball whose first coach James Naismith invented the game! Kansas is fresh off a national title win over North Carolina, so interest in betting them should be sky-high once sports betting launches.
Kansas State Wildcats – K State enjoys far less success than big brother Kansas, but the Wildcats still have plenty of faithful fans in the Sunflower State.
Kansas City Chiefs – Technically located in Kansas City, MO, the Chiefs still hold a dear place in the hearts of Kansas residents. Patrick Mahomes has guided the Chiefs to four straight AFC Championship games, two Super Bowl appearances, and a title win.
Kansas will be the 35th state to legalize sports betting after Gov. Laura Kelly signs it bill. Here's what you need to know.
👉Four state casinos can partner with up to 3 online sports betting operators
👉Sports betting kiosks at certain locations
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Kansas City Royals – The Royals haven’t made the postseason in seven seasons and are located in MO, but Kansas residents still love the team that made back-to-back World Series from 2014-15.
Sporting Kansas City – The men’s soccer club has made the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons, delivering one championship in that span. Sporting Kansas City had a rough 2022, but the team has 19 playoff appearances and two titles in 26 seasons.
FC Kansas City – Another team located in MO, FC Kansas City was a founding team in the National Women’s Soccer League in 2012 and has won two titles over the last 10 years.
What Types of Bets Can You Make at Kansas Online Sportsbooks?
Moneyline – A wager on who will win a game without delving into point totals or margin of victory.
Total – Also referred to as an over/under bet. Bettors can wager on whether a point total will go over or under a specified amount. For example, let’s say the over/under for the Chiefs/Chargers game is 48.5. The Chiefs win 25-24, and the total points scored by both teams is 49 which went over the total. Bettors who took the over will win their bet.
Spread Bet – A wager placed on the margin of victory in a game or event. The favored team gets a negative spread, while the underdog gets a positive spread. These numbers are what sportsbooks give each team to make them even. For example, the Chiefs are favored to beat the Broncos by 7.5 points. In order to make the teams even, the Broncos are given a +7.5 spread, meaning books think Denver needs a 7.5-point head start to be competitive with the Chiefs, while the Chiefs at -7.5 need that number of points shaved off to be even with the underdog Broncos. For the Chiefs to cover, they’ll need to win by at least 8 points, and for Denver to cover, the Broncos need to lose by less than seven or win outright. You can win a spread bet by taking the losing team as long as they cover the points.
Parlay – In the simplest terms, a parlay is a combination of wagers made together whose odds have been combined. For example, let’s say you bet the Royals to cover the spread at standard -110 odds, which means you’ll win $90.91 if you wager $100. Now, let’s say you decide to parlay the Royals bet with a Chiefs spread bet which also has -110 odds. In order to win the parlay, both legs (individual bets) will need to win. By stacking the bets into a parlay, your updated odds are -264, meaning you’ll win $264.46 on the parlay compared to just $181.82 if you bet on each leg separately. Bigger risk, bigger reward.
Teaser – Teasers are special bets offered by sportsbooks to draw bettors into a game or event. A teaser allows the bettor to buy or sell points in order to make a line more favorable. For example, the Chiefs are -7.5 against the Broncos, but a teaser will allow you to sell a point to bet the Chiefs at -8.5 which allows reduces the book’s juice (cut of the overall wager). Buying a point will bring the line up to Chiefs -6.5, but the juice will increase.
Futures – A futures bet is a wager placed on the outcome of a game, event, award or player prop that isn’t going to be settled right away. These include winners of tentpole events like the Super Bowl or World series, team awards like Stanley Cup Champion or NBA Champion, player awards like NBA MVP or NFL Comeback Player or player performances like MLB home run champ or NFL rushing champ.
Are Kansas Sports Betting Apps Legal?
Kansas sports betting apps will be legal on July 1. However, with operators only coming into the state around September, users will have to wait to use DraftKings, FanDuel, and others.
Will Live Sports Betting be Available in Kansas?
Live sports betting will be legal on July 1st, but the availability is yet unknown due to needed licensing and infrastructure not yet in place.
Are Daily Fantasy Sports Available in Kansas?
Yes, daily fantasy sports have been available since 2015, and bettors itching to make a wager have relied on the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel over the last seven years. However, OwnersBox weekly and daily fantasy are also available in the state.