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Legal Sports Betting is in Kansas!

The Kansas City Lottery confirmed Kansas would launch for mobile sport betting on September 1, 2022 - a week before opening day of the NFL season. September 1st is being categorized as a soft launch, with Sept 8th being the official opening day.

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  • Pro: Largest retail sportsbook in America.
  • Con: Live betting data can be slower to load than some competitors.
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Caesars Review

Caesars is proving to be one of the most aggressively expanding brands in sports betting. Unfortunately, like all major U.S. sportsbooks, they are quick to limit you if you go on a tear and their odds boost promos offer low maximum bet limits.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,250 On Caesars + 1000 Tier Credits + 1000 Reward Credits®

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  • Pro: Voted Casino Operator of the Year in 2021 and 2022.
  • Con: Quick to lower your limits when you're on a heater.
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BetMGM Review

BetMGM is one of the top-rated sportsbooks in the U.S. offering some of the best live betting odds in the industry. They’re also the largest iGaming operator across the U.S.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 Risk-free Bet

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  • Pro: Seamless transition from DFS to sportsbook with one wallet.
  • Con: Odds boosts and promos generally have low max bet limits.
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FanDuel Review

FanDuel reigns supreme right now as the No. 1 betting site in America. And it has largely earned that spot on the strength of superior brand recognition, an easy-to-use product, an overwhelming number of markets for North America’s most popular sports, and representation in every state in which it is permitted to offer legal sports betting.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 "No Sweat First Bet"

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  • Pro: Lots of promos and odds boosts.
  • Con: Indirect and unhelpful customer service.
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DraftKings Review

DraftKings had a solid reputation as the leading DFS provider in the country, so the shift to legal sports betting felt natural. They offer one of the most voluminous collections of ongoing promos and odds boosts in the industry as they cater to the beginner crowd. However, their reputation has dwindled as outspoken CEO Jason Robins leads the charge of the anti-profitable bettor mentality that runs rampant amongst sportsbooks that are quick to limit winning players.

Bonus iconKnown for: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000

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PointsBet Review Logo Online since: 2015
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  • Pro: 100% independent.
  • Con: After using the app for a while, you will no longer be qualified for promotions designated for “recreational” players.
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PointsBet Review

PointsBet’s innovative nature shows that they don’t want to just be another book you place typical bets. Unfortunately, they are quick to limit bettors on a hot streak and limit the number of promos you’re able to take advantage of, making it necessary for you to shop at other books regularly.

Bonus iconKnown for: 5 Risk-free Bets up to $500

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  • Pro: Interactive bets with their known personalities.
  • Con: Below-average odds.
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Barstool Sportsbook Review

Barstool Sportsbook’s controversial practices have made them one of the most polarizing companies in sports media. In addition, their fun-over-function business model offers little profitability for bettors who quickly find themselves limited after a hot streak.

Bonus iconKnown for: $1,000 Risk-free Bet

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  • Pro: Above-average betting limits.
  • Con: Boosts and parlays offered are either high-risk or low-value plays.
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WynnBET Review

Wynn has been steeped in the legal gambling scene in Vegas for as long as anyone out there. In other occurrences where you have an operator with a rich history and influence in retail casino operations and resorts, the focus can predominantly be on slots and table games. The online sportsbook can be a casualty of convenience. We were pleasantly surprised to find that isn’t the case with the WynnBET app. 

Bonus iconKnown for: Bet $100, Get $100

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  • Pro: Established global sports betting brand.
  • Con: Withdrawals can be slower than average.
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Unibet Review

Unibet offers its customers an excellent online betting experience. Our Unibet review feels that the company's experience as a global brand shines through with a streamlined, easy-to-use gaming platform.

Bonus iconKnown for: $500 Risk-Free Bet (PA only)

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  • Pro: Large offering of alternative lines and props.
  • Con: Will limit bettors on a heater.
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BetRivers Review

Unless you live near a physical casino/sportsbook to potentially take advantage of some rewards programs, there is no reason to use BetRivers as your primary sportsbook.

Bonus iconKnown for: 100% Deposit Match up to $250

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  • Pro: End-to-end tech through its ownership of Bet.Works.
  • Con: Low sign-up bonus.
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Bally Bet Review

Bally Bet’s bare-bones operation and limited features don’t warrant much consideration as a part of your regular sportsbook rotation unless you find holes in their lines. Still, it’s a company to be bullish about going forward.

Bonus iconKnown for: 100% First Bet Match up to $50

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  • Pro: BetFeed ranks most popular incoming bets.
  • Con: Non-existent customer service.
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SI Sportsbook Review

The Sports Illustrated Sportsbook is very much in its infancy, which is noticeable upon browsing the betting site or app, as the design is mediocre to go along with below-average betting odds. However, their relationship with 888 Holdings should allow them to evolve as they continue to grow in this hyper-competitive space.

Bonus iconKnown for: Bet $5, Get $100 (VA)

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Hard Rock Sportsbook Review Logo
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  • Pro: If the house is a rockin' don't bother knockin'
  • Con: Limited betting menu.
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Hard Rock Sportsbook Review

Hard Rock sportsbook is an excellent choice for super casual bettors. It is simplistic and offers some of the best sign-up bonuses for new users looking to try sports betting for the first time or those betting for light entertainment.

Bonus iconKnown for: Promos vary by state.

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Kansas Promos and Bonuses

Kansas Sports Betting has arrived! Thursday, September 1, 2022 was the soft launch with Thursday, September 8, 2022 the first official day. Here are the top bonuses and signup offers available in Kansas.

PointsBet: 5 Risk-Free Bets up to $500

PointsBet offers new players a $100 risk-free bet on each of their first five days as an account holder. Their deal is of the "if you don't use it, you lose it" type, so to get the most out of this, you must be super active in your first week as a player. 

PointsBet used to be one of the most generous betting sites with their new player promos, but as the industry as a whole has cut back on promotions, so has PointsBet.

Caesars: First Bet up to $1,250 +1000 Tier Credits + 1000 Reward Credits

Caesars Sportsbook is now offering its "Go Full Caesar this Football Season" welcome bonus for new users. For prospective bettors, your first bet is on Caesars up to $1,250. If the bet loses, you get 100% of your stake back as a free bet. 

Note that $10 is the minimum wager amount accepted to qualify for this offer. All credits will be added to a user's account within 7 days. The free bet is for one-time use within 14 days and cannot be divided across multiple wagers.

New users will also receive 1000 Caesars Rewards Tier Credits and 1000 Caesars Reward Credits®, win or lose. Tier Credits contribute to your Tier Status, which gives you more benefits and faster service.

Tier Statuses are as follows:

Gold: 0 – 4,999 Tier Credits
Platinum: 5,000 – 14,999 Tier Credits
Diamond: 15,000 – 24,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Plus: 25,000 – 74,999 Tier Credits
Diamond Elite: 75,000+ Tier Credits
Seven Stars®: 150,000+ Tier Credits (exclusive invitation only)

Sports bettors can earn 1 Tier Credit for every $5 of potential profit on sports bets placed *Up to 10 times the original amount staked* Users can redeem these points when playing, dining, shopping, or staying at Caesars resorts and casinos.

FanDuel: Bet $5, Get $150 in Free Bets

FanDuel is rolling out a lucrative welcome bonus for new users to take advantage of.

Upon registering, new users will receive $150 in free bets regardless of whether their bet wins or loses when they deposit and wager $5 on any live sporting market. All users will receive their free bets within 72 hours after placing the initial wager.

It is important to note that only bets placed on the FanDuel app are eligible for this promotion. Mobile-web and desktop users will be prompted to download the app to claim the offer when visiting the FanDuel website.

BetMGM: $1,000 Risk-Free Bet

BetMGM has an average sign-up bonus for New Jerseyans, offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. It’s a bump up from the lowly $600 they were offering for a while.

With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. There are no minimum or maximum odds restrictions on your first bet, which is nice since sign-up promos usually feature those. While that’s admirable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.

DraftKings: 20% Deposit Match up to $1,000

At DraftKings New Jersey, you will receive a $50 free bet with a minimum deposit of $5. If you don’t have the bankroll to make a more extensive first deposit, this is a humble offer. Still, this is far from generous, considering that DK is a multi-billion dollar industry giant.

The more significant offer DraftKings features is a 20% first deposit match up to $1,000. In this case, you must deposit $5,000 to be eligible to receive the maximum possible bonus amount of $1,000. This is not a reasonable offer for the casual bettor.

Barstool: $1,000 Risk-Free Bet

Barstool Sportsbook has an average sign-up bonus offering a $1,000 risk-free bet for new users. They word it differently by calling it a “2-for-1,” but Michigan residents know better: it’s a standard welcome bonus.

With the risk-free bet, you only get money back if your first bet loses, and they match your first bet up to $1,000. While that’s commendable insurance, it rewards you with nothing if your first bet hits. For that reason, deposit matches are generally slightly more appealing.

Kansas Sports Betting Quick Facts

Launch Date       Sept. 1, 2022
# of Betting Sites       Six
Online Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Retail Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
Online Casino       ❌ No
Retail Casino       ✅ Yes
College Sports Betting       ✅ Yes
2022 Population (est.)       2.92 million
Tax Rate       10 percent

Kansas Betting Apps

Legal Sports Betting is coming to Kansas!

The Kansas City Lottery confirmed Kansas would launch for mobile sport betting on September 1, 2022 - a week before opening day of the NFL season. September 1 is being categorized as a soft launch, with Sept 8 being the official opening day.

How to Bet in Kansas

Choose your sportsbook

Starting September 1, you can consult our top list for the best sports betting options available to you. Our interactive list will allow you to sort sportsbooks based on a number of criteria, including banking options, bonuses and quality of customer service.

If you’re looking for more information before making your choice, be sure to check out our detailed, unbiased reviews for each of the top sportsbooks in Kansas once online sports betting takes off. This is especially important if you want to understand how each book’s bonus offers work.

Register online

Registration requirements will vary slightly by sportsbook, but most follow the same protocols. Be sure to have your personal information (name, address, phone number) and credit card details (number, expiry date, CVV) handy.

Deposit and claim your bonus

Once you’re comfortable with how your sportsbook’s new signup bonus works, it will be time to make your initial deposit and claim that sweet bonus. The majority of first-time offers for Kansas residents should come in one of two forms:

  • Risk-free bets: This offer guarantees you a refund on your first wager if it is graded as a loss. The sportsbook will refund your initial bet amount (up to a specific limit) either as cash or as site credit.

  • Deposit match: This offer sees the sportsbook match your initial deposit dollar-for-dollar, though there are two caveats. The deposit match will come with a maximum limit, and in the majority of cases you will be required to “play through” your initial deposit by a certain multiple in order to earn the bonus.

Select and finalize your bet

Congratulations! You’re ready to place a wager. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the app interface before diving in. Most mobile operators make it easy for new sports bettors to navigate, but it’s still a good idea to know where everything is.

From there, you can place any type of wager you like; the most popular bet types are the moneyline, spread or total. You can also dive into team or player props, or even kick things off with a futures bet.

Once you have the desired wager(s) in your betting card, take one last look to ensure you’ve made the selections you want. If everything is good, simply click the “Bet” button – and you’re off!

Kansas Legal Sports Betting History

Kansas sports bettors are no doubt elated to have access to legal wagering – but you can’t blame them for thinking that it would happen a lot sooner.

The Sunflower State was one of only a handful of states that moved quickly as soon as the U.S. Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. But disputes over tax rate, who would regulate the industry and where sports betting would be offered delayed a successful bill for years.

Here’s a look at Kansas’s sports betting history:

2018: Three Bills, No Vote

Not long after PASPA was officially repealed, Kansas lawmakers introduced three bills aimed at allowing for legal sports betting. The most notable bill included the “integrity fee” the professional leagues had been asking for, amounting to one percent of all wagers payable to the leagues.

The bill would also see the Kansas Lottery handle the specifics of where sports betting would be offered – in this case, the organization would join forces with gaming and horse racing facilities while also offering legal wagering at lottery kiosks.

None of the bills progressed to a vote before the end of the legislative session.

2019: Tax Rate Dispute Scuttles Bill

Despite great progress being made on Bill S 455, legislators couldn’t agree on who would be responsible for regulating sports betting in Kansas – and that indecision ultimately torpedoed any chance at the bill passing in 2019.

One of the biggest issues: the tax rate that would be levied on sports betting operators. Those in support of S 455 wanted a model similar to that used in New York, which included a stunning 50 percent tax rate on gross gaming revenue; as you might imagine, that was a non-starter for the casino operators. 

2020: More Disputes Torpedo Legislation

The start of the 2020 Kansas legislature saw opposing bills presented.

One would allow for sports betting at the four state-run casinos with a tax rate of 7.5 percent for in-person wagers and 10 percent for mobile bets. That bill garnered plenty of support from the casino operators but earned a chilly reception from the state’s racing operators, who would be left on the outside.

The House bill wasn’t nearly as egregious as the previous version, but it still had its doubters. That bill featured a tax rate of 15 percent for in-person bets and 20 percent for mobile wagers, while still including an integrity fee and requiring sportsbooks to use official league data.

With both sides entrenched, neither bill received enough support to pass before the legislative session came to end early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021: Dueling Bills Stall Again

Things looked promising early in 2021 when the Senate passed a bill that would give each of the four state-run casinos three sports betting operator skins apiece. But the bill didn’t make it past the House, effectively scuttling it for the year.

Meanwhile, the House bill continued to stall. It was geared primarily toward lottery retailers within the state rather than the state-operated casinos, and continued to carry far higher tax rates on gaming revenue (which chafed casino owners). 

2022: Senate, House Finally Agree

The House finally relented early in 2022, opting to carry specific language from HB 2470 into the Senate-backed SB 84 bill.

The amended agreement would see casinos carry three skins each, but would also allow for marketing deals with non-casino retail establishments. Casino operators could also request a fourth skin, provided it is tied to a pro sports team within the state (hence the push to get a franchise to potentially relocate to Kansas).

Once the two sides came together on the other most pressing issues – specifically a 10 percent tax rate on retail and mobile betting – the bill passed through the House and Senate before landing on Gov. Laura Kelly’s desk.

She signed it into law May 12, setting the stage for Kansas to finally offer legal sports betting as of July 1.

2022: August 18

The Kansas Lottery announces sport betting will launch September 1, 2022.

Responsible Gaming in Kansas

Like most U.S. states, Kansas has put safeguards in place to ensure that bettors have a way out of any potential trouble spots. 

The Responsible Gambling section of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission site offers players a wealth of resources to help with their problem gambling. Resources include access to the state’s voluntary exclusion program, published brochures, a problem gambling FAQs and videos on how to deal with gambling addiction.

Visit the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission site.

Sports Leagues to Bet On

It will come as no surprise to see a rather extensive list of major professional and amateur sports available to Kansas bettors – a list that includes (but is not limited to):

  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NCAA Football
  • NCAA Basketball
  • MLB
  • NHL
  • Golf
  • Auto Racing
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • MMA

That doesn’t leave much off the table, but there are three major markets in which wagering in Kansas is prohibited:

  • Politics
  • Entertainment (including awards shows)
  • Esports

Kansas Retail Sportsbooks

Kansas has four retail casinos and six additional gaming sites on tribal land – and each of them is expected to see a flood of interest from sportsbooks that want to operate within the state. One retail location has already aligned with two notable sports betting operators: Boot Hill Casino will partner with both DraftKings Sportsbook and Bally Bet. Check in here for future retail sportsbook details.

Kansas Sports Betting FAQ

Can I legally wager on sports in Kansas?

Not yet – but soon! With Kansas having green-lit legal sports betting across the state as of July 1, 2022, it’s only a matter of time before sportsbook operators are licensed and offering sports wagering within state borders. 

Am I permitted to bet in Kansas even if I don’t live there?

You can create an account, deposit, make bets and even withdraw using any active sportsbook in Kansas, as long as you are within state borders. Be sure to complete all of your transactions before you leave; once you’re outside the state, you will no longer be able to access your account(s).

Can I bet on esports in Kansas?

Kansas doesn’t allow for legal esports wagering at this time.

How big is the Kansas sports betting market?

Kansas is on the smaller end when it comes to U.S. sports betting markets, ranked 36th in the country in population at 2.92 million people (2022 estimate).

Who is responsible for overseeing sports betting in Kansas?

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission has jurisdiction over sports betting advertising in the state, while the Kansas Lottery oversees betting regulation. You’ll find plenty of info on the KRGC website, including gaming statutes and regulations, revenue reports and links to the state’s Responsible Gambling resources.

Which online sportsbooks will be the first to launch in Kansas?

Based on existing partnerships or ownership stakes with Kansas casinos, it’s clear that there will be a handful of well-known sportsbooks at the front of the line. That list includes Barstool Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel and Hard Rock Sportsbook.