KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s been a month since legal sports betting began in Kansas, and the state says it has generated over $1 million in total revenue.

“These revenues reinforce what we already knew: Legal sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and supports Kansas businesses,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “While legal wagering is just in its infancy, these revenues will continue to grow and benefit the state over time.”

The Kansas Lottery reported that five of the six legal sports wagering platforms generated $1,296,174, with just under $130,000 staying with the state. Revenue from DraftKings was not reported.

The Barstool Sports sportsbook at the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas, reported $762,305, with $76,230 for the state.

Not included in the revenue is future wagers placed on end-of-season bets like MVP awards or Super Bowl winners.

“The launch went smoothly thanks to the efforts of our casino partners, the sports wagering platforms, the KRGC, and our staff at the Kansas Lottery,” Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery Stephen Durrell said. “We will continue to work to make sports betting in Kansas safe, secure, and fun for all players as we expand and grow.” 

Sports bars in Kansas said they’re seeing the benefits, too.

“People are staying longer,” said Ryan Lunnin, bar manager at Maloney’s Sports Bar and Grill.

He said the restaurant stays busy, but they’ve seen a slight increase in sales in the last month. The buzz is that’s because of sports betting bringing in a new crowd.

“We’re busy as it is, but you definitely an influx of people that are out caring about games that necessarily wouldn’t before,” Lunnin said, “and you hear a lot of chatter about it like, that covered or this didn’t cover.”

Many people said they used to frequent Missouri bars on game days, but now post up in Kansas spots so they can place bets. 

“For the most part, it’s about what we expected,” Durrell said.

He said Kansans are winning big.

Since sports betting became legal in Kansas in September, he said total wagers are a little over $160 million, and payouts were about $139 million.

“We were hopeful it was going to be strong, but it’s been very strong,” Durrell said. “Folks are getting to wager on their favorite teams. but it’s been great for Kansans.”

“If it’s helping Kansas, that’s great. I’m all for it,” Susan Smith said. “Everyone chooses what they want to do. Everyone, let’s support Kansas.”

And if Lunnin was a betting man, in Monday’s rivalry game against the Raiders, he’s taking the Chiefs all the way. 

“Chiefs are winning by at least a touchdown,” Lunnin said. “There’s been a lot of Raiders fans actually in the last couple of days talking smack. I’ve just got to let them know, that’s not going to happen.”

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