Legal Kansas Sports Betting To Begin On September 1, 2022

Legal Kansas Sports Betting To Begin On September 1, 2022

When the Kansas City Chiefs open the 2022 NFL regular season, Kansans may have already had several days to get in their wagers on how the team will fare. On Thursday morning, several reports pointed to a potential Sept. 1 start for legal Kansas sports betting.

The Kansas Lottery, which regulates gambling in the state, has yet to confirm this news. A press conference is expected later Thursday and this post will be updated as official statements surface.

Potential launch date for Kansas sports betting

At this time, there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the launch of legal wagering on sporting events in Kansas. However, there is reason to believe that the onset of September will bring at least some Sunflower State sportsbooks with it.

610 sports radio host Alex Gold was among the first with the report on Twitter.

At least one potential sportsbook operator is ready to start accepting pre-registrations in Kansas, too.

Additionally, it seems the Kansas Lottery has coyly given a kind of confirmation that at the very least, a press conference is happening Thursday.

Currently, that’s all that’s for certain. There are more questions that the press conference should answer Thursday afternoon.

Who, when, and where still up in the air

Kansas’ latest gambling expansion law allows for online sports betting but at this point, there is no official word about whether a launch during the first week of September would include online sportsbooks and if so, which. Legal Sports Report shared on Aug. 12 that the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission approved regulations for sports wagering in the state.

Additionally, it’s still unknown if any of the state’s four casinos will have their physical sportsbooks ready for the first week of September. There’s a clear incentive for them to do so, though. The first week of September coincides with the beginning of the 2022 NFL season and every day of that season without live sports betting operations means missed opportunity costs.

The Chiefs begin their season on Sept. 11. Thus, even if the launch doesn’t occur until Sept. 8, that would still mean time to get bets down. Much more information is yet to come.

Author: Tyler Gutierrez