The bad news for Kansas residents is that sports betting is yet to be legalized, either at in-person venues or online, but the good news is that it could be happening sometime in the next few months.
Backers of a 2021 bill were hopeful a seismic change to the gambling laws would become a reality in the Sunflower State after legislation allowing four casinos to accept sports betting passed the Senate, a move that would have also led to the casinos partnering with online sportsbooks. However, alterations to the bill were made in a bid to open up the potential market involving race track sites and lottery retailers, leading to the bill stalling with no agreement reached.
The bill is expected to come up again this year with a more rigid structure, and the casino operators are especially hopeful to see a positive move. There are both state-owned and tribal casinos in the state offering slots and a range of table games to gamblers aged 21 and over, and there is also horse race betting available along with the state lottery.
Sports betting is still awaiting legalization with hopes high that a bill will be passed this year. At present, both online and offline sports betting is illegal.
No state legislation has been implemented to allow for online casino play in Kansas, but there are a number of land-based sites offering slots, roulette, and a variety of table game play.
Poker and Card Rooms in Kansas
No legal online poker but offshore sportsbooks say they are open to Kansas players; these sites operate outside US law and as such, offer no consumer protection with no guarantees that winning bets will be paid out. Live poker is available at the state’s land-based casinos.
There is no longer live horse racing in Kansas but online horse race betting is allowed through advance-deposit wagering sites such as TVG and BetAmerica.
There is a state lottery which has been running since 1987 and is open to players aged 18 or over with tickets available at retail outlets located across Kansas; there are no online sales available.
DFS events were legalized in Kansas in 2015 with games run by all the major sites like DraftKings and FanDuel available.
What is the legal gambling age in Kansas?
While land-based casinos in Kansas are not open to players aged under 21, lottery sales are open to players aged 18 or over. The gambling laws in Kansas come under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
Where in Kansas can I get help with problem gambling?
If you, or a friend or relative, is struggling with issues around gambling, you can find help and advice at a variety of sources in the state. National Council on Problem Gambling (ncpgambling.org).