TOPEKA, Kan. — Sports betting platforms are raising the stakes, and fleshing out their plans to start mobile sportsbooks in Kansas.

Sports betting in Kansas will begin with a soft launch at noon Thursday, followed by a full opening on Sept. 8.

According to state law, each state-operated casino can offer in-person sportsbooks and mobile sports betting on up to three platforms or applications.

All four state-operated casinos have already made their first partnerships:

  • Hollywood Casino in Kansas City will have both in-person sportsbook and mobile sports betting available through Barstool Sports.
  • Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane will have an in-person sportsbook and mobile sports betting available through FanDuel.
  • BoBoot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City will offer mobile sports betting through DraftKings, with an in-person sports wagering date to be announced soon. 
  • Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg will offer mobile sports betting through BetMGM, Caesars and PointsBet. Plans for in-person sports wagering will be announced soon.

Two of those sports betting platforms have already released their plans for launching this week:

FanDuel

The online FanDuel Sportsbook will launch at noon Thursday, and sports fans in Kansas can download the FanDuel Sportsbook app for iOS and Android

At the same time, FanDuel and Boyd Gaming will open a temporary retail sportsbook at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas, on Thursday, followed by a grand opening Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m.

Kansans will be able to place wagers across the state on professional and college football, basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, MMA, boxing, soccer, and tennis with a variety of betting and payment options available.

The FanDuel Sportsbook app offers several features, including:

  • Bet $5 and get $150 in Free Bets for online customers:  Sign up for the FanDuel Sportsbook and make a deposit of at least $10. Place your first bet of at least $5 and automatically receive $150 in sportsbook Free Bets.  Customers can also Refer and Friend by inviting friends to join and both receive $100 in free bets.   
  • An Innovative Spirit: FanDuel was the first U.S. sportsbook to offer Same Game ParlayTM  bets, the first to offer live streaming of sporting events inside a betting app, the first to provide Bad Beat Relief, the first to give early payouts for championship teams, and the originator of the crowdsourced Spread the Love promotion.
  • Customer Focused: FanDuel Sportsbook offers safe and secure banking, lightning-fast payouts, a Cash-Out early feature, and 24/7 customer service.
  • Sports Betting 101: FanDuel Sportsbook has a sports betting guide to help customers learn the ins and outs of legal sports betting.
  • Commitment to Responsible Gaming: FanDuel is the industry leader in promoting responsible play, including in-app tools that allow customers to set time, deposit and wager limits, as well as its PlaySafe site where customers can find additional support services.

With this launch, the Boyd-FanDuel partnership will expand to seven states, with Kansas joining Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania.

DraftKings

DraftKings is also slated to launch its online sportsbook in Kansas on Thursday.

DraftKings, as the contracting counterparty of BHCMC, LLC, manager of Boot Hill Casino & Resort, will allow eligible customers in Kansas to place bets on professional and collegiate sporting events. Officials said they’ll have more “skin in the game” with access to various DraftKings offerings.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver our award-wining products to Kansas sports fans for the 2022 NFL and college football seasons,” said Matt Kalish, DraftKings co-founder and president of DraftKings North America. “It’s an especially exhilarating time of year, and we are excited for eligible Kansans to be able to get in on all the action through DraftKings’ seamless and responsible sports betting experience.”

Following the launch in Kansas, fans will be able to access the latest betting markets and more by
downloading the DraftKings Sportsbook app available via iOS and Android here.

In addition, customers will be able to access DraftKings’ first-ever blockchain-based gaming franchise, Reignmakers Football, which recently revealed Player Card NFTs for fans to collect and play within new fantasy contests all NFL season long.

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