The governor for the American state of Kansas, Laura Kelly, has reportedly announced that sportsbetting aficionados in ‘The Sunflower State’ will be able to begin placing legal retail and online wagers from early next month.
According to a Thursday report from local television broadcaster KSHB-TV, the move from the Democratic lawmaker comes some four months after local legislators passed a measure so as to allow the state’s four commercial casinos to start hosting sportsbooks. This was purportedly followed by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission’s approval of new sportsbetting rules in July now set to be overseen and enforced by Kansas Lottery officials.
The broadcaster reported that the Kansas Star Casino, Boot Hill Casino and Resort, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway and Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel will now be able to begin offering patrons the ability to place legal sports wagers from as early as September 8. A full week before this and already-established online sportsbetting firms are purportedly set to be permitted to roll out mobile-friendly services under the terms of one-year licenses.
Reportedly read a statement from Kelly…
“Legalizing sportsbetting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants and other entertainment venues. I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.”
Kansas has a population of slightly less than three million people and the legislation officially signed into law by Kelly in May will reportedly allow individuals over the age of 21 to place wagers on a wide range of professional and collegiate sports using a plethora of mobile devices. This measure’s language is to purportedly furthermore see aficionados eventually be given the right to lodge in-person bets at up to 50 retail locations beginning with the coming sportsbooks situated inside the state’s four commercial casinos.
American sportsbetting giant FanDuel Group reportedly told KSHB-TV that it will be looking to launch its own mobile-friendly sports wagering service for patrons in Kansas next month in advance of premiering a counterpart retail service in partnership with the 300-room Kansas Star Casino, which is operated by Boyd Gaming Corporation. The New York City-headquartered behemoth purportedly furthermore pronounced that it is currently ‘awaiting regulatory approvals’ but is hopeful its online platform will be live ‘in early September.’
Stephen Durrell serves as the Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery and he reportedly told the broadcaster that any state-approved online sportsbetting platforms are to be obliged to exploit technologies so as to ensure their services are being enjoyed only by patrons within the borders of Kansas.
A statement from Durrell reportedly read…
“The process to bring this to fruition has moved at an unbelievable pace. We are excited to be bringing sportsbetting to Kansas players and adding more fun and exciting play options to ‘The Sunflower State’.”