Kansas sports betting to open to Oklahomans willing to drive

TULSA, Okla. — Sports betting will officially be legal in the State of Kansas starting Thursday, Sept. 1, and Oklahomans are welcome to get in on the action if they are willing to drive to place their bets.

In addition to in-person sports wagering being offered at four Kansas, sports betting apps like Draft Kings, BetMGM, Fan Duel, and others will offer the service to any phone that pings its signal off of a Kansas cell tower.

“You can go to one of our casino partners, but you are also free to use the apps as long as you are in the State of Kansas,” said Cory Thone, Kansas Lottery spokesman. “The apps are geo-fenced, and as long as you are physically in Kansas you can use them.”

Thone said Thursday’s launch is considered to be a soft launch, and the official start to sports betting will begin on Monday September 8, but the difference between what will happen on the 1st and the 8th will miniscule if there is any difference at all.

“Some states in the past have capped the number of participants for a soft opening, but we did not,” Thone said about the number of people who will be allowed to participate in the early days of the even before the official start.

The State of Kansas set up sports wagering in a matter of 80 days after being legalized, and the hope was to get the system in place in time for the start of the NCAA and NFL current football seasons.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) celebrated the passage of legal sports wagering saying it keeps money that was being wagered out of state and even overseas inside the state, and it will provide a boost to the state’s budget.

FOX23 asked Thone if an Oklahoman had to physically drive to a casino to place a bet on a game, and he said while that is one option, Oklahomans can use any of the apps the state has approved through its casino partners to place a bet. The closest casino Kansas has approved for on site sports betting is in Pittsburg, but Thone said as long as you are inside the state and your phone is in the State of Kansas, you can place your bet anywhere in the state digitally.

“The apps will ask you for an address, and you need to enter an Oklahoma address so we know where to send tax forms if you win over a certain amount,” he said. “But as long as you are physically in Kansas, you can place a bet no matter where you live.”

Thone said all of the casinos offering on-site sports wagering have indicated they are ready to and able to handle multiple sports, and so when basketball, baseball, and even the FIFA World Cup happen, the system is set up to make wagers in the future.

“Come on up, the door is open,” Thone said to Oklahomans looking to place bets on sports starting September 1st.

The following is a list of the approved casino partners the Kansas Lottery has joined with to allow for in-person sports wagering and the status of their services on September 1, 2022:

  • Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan. will have both in-person sportsbook and mobile sports betting available through Barstool Sports
  • Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan. will have both in-person sportsbook and mobile sports betting available through FanDuel
  • Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City, Kan. will offer mobile sports betting through DraftKings, with an in-person sports wagering date in the near future. In the interim, players are still welcome to visit Boot Hill Casino and Resort and place wagers via a mobile application while there.
  • Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg, Kan. will offer mobile sports betting through BetMGM, Caesars and PointsBet, with an in-person sports wagering date to be announced in the near future. In the interim, players are still welcome to visit Kansas Crossing Casino and place wagers via a mobile application while there.

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