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  • Kansas sports betting regulations need minor changes before they become official.
  • These changes won’t take too much time, as sportsbooks in Kansas still prep for an NFL launch.

Announcing on Thursday that Kansas sportsbooks would be ready to go for a September 1 launch, a “setback” hit just a day later.

On Friday, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office requested the state lottery review some key details in order to ensure clear definitions and rules for sports betting in KS.

However, expect this to be more of a quick fix, as Kansas sports betting is still looking to launch within two weeks, per Kansas Lottery Executive Director Stephen Durrell.

The Changes In Question

Reviewing the letter, it is clear there are not many changes to consider. Rather, the focus is on the removal of a few times, the addition of problem gambling factors, and a clarification on virtual sports betting.

For the latter, the AG’s office asked whether virtual sports betting included esports and whether a “player” was a person engaging in betting or the game itself. Similar issues came from the definitions of a few terms, as the Kansas sports betting regulations used words that were comparable to terms already defined in the Kansas Statutes.

This will require changing a few terms like “Kansas Lottery” to “sports governing body” and other simple adjustments.

Perhaps the largest change will be in the form of advertising, as problem gamblers aren’t on the list of ones not to target.¬†Without a definition of “vulnerable persons”, the Kansas Lottery will simply include merits for self-exclusion and problem gambling.

Moving Forward

Despite these quick fixes, the September 1 soft launch will permit sports betting in Kansas in four land-based locations.

Kansas Sportsbooks

  • Boot Hill Casino & Resort (Dodge City)
  • Kansas Star Casino (Mulvane)
  • Hollywood Casino (Kansas City)
  • Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel (Pittsburg)

According to Governor Laura Kelly, additional sportsbooks in Kansas will launch at tribal casinos, once they finalize sports betting contracts with the state.

Kansas set a record (by nearly a month) for the fastest state to legalize and launch sports betting. If this completion is anything like the Kansas Legislature’s advancement of legal sports betting, tribal casinos should be launching right around the corner.

The Kansas City Chiefs kick off their NFL season on Sep 11, as three point favorites against the Arizona Cardinals. However, it won’t be until Thursday Night Football on Sep 15 (-3 vs the LA Chargers), when Kansas locals can bet on the Chiefs at home, in person.

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