Organized sportsbooks will be coming online soon in Kansas.
On Thursday, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, signed her signature to the state’s sports betting bill, which would allow both in-person and online betting.
Sportsbooks are expected to be released later this year during the upcoming college and NFL football seasons. Each of the state’s four casinos can have a personal bet and up to three online sports betting partners, otherwise known as skins. Some of the best brands are expected to enter the market.
“Legalizing sports betting will bring more revenue to our state and grow our economy,” Kelly He said in a statement. “This is another mechanism that casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues can now use to attract Kansans to their establishments.”
Sports betting booths are allowed to be used in a wide variety of establishments.
“I was excited about passing sports betting in Kansas, which is something Kansans already do, and it will bring additional tax revenue to our state to help meet our needs,” Senator Rob Olson said. “My constituents have been pushing for this legislation for years, and now, the next time we hold an important sporting event in our state, Kansans will be able to bet their hometown team.”
According to the Associated Press, Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports through regulated channels since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal ban on sports betting in 2018. Most sports betting countries have an online component.
Sports betting is now legal in 35 states after entering Kansas.