When Will DraftKings Be Legal in Kansas?

Martin Green
By Martin Green
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When Will DraftKings Be Legal in Kansas?

DraftKings will be one of the first online sports betting sites to launch when Kansas rolls out its legal sports wagering industry on 1st September 2022. The team has already tied up a market access deal for the Sunflower State, and it is now has a license from the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Read on for a DraftKings Kansas update and information about the DraftKings Kansas launch, pre-registration offer and welcome bonus promo codes for Kansans.

Is DraftKings Legal in Kansas?

DraftKings has been offering legal Daily Fantasy Sports contests in Kansas since 2015. It has a large customer base of sports fans in the state, which could hand it an advantage over rivals when sports wagering begins.

It can now offer its online sportsbook or betting apps to Kansas bettors, as the legal sports betting industry starts on 1st September 2022. 

Last month, Governor Laura Kelly stated in a press conference that regulators had set themselves a goal of launching legal sports wagering in time for Week 1 of the NFL season, which starts on September 8 and they have made it!

Previously, Todd Allen of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC) then revealed that regulators had not yet voted on draft regulations. That could delay things by a month or so. Allen said that “stranger things have happened” when asked if they could hit the September 8 target, but it's now confirmed that people will be able to visit NFL betting sites in time for the new season.

Pre-Registration Offers are live with a handful of licenced providers of sports betting and DraftKings is one of those lucky to kick things off from noon on 1st September 2022.

DraftKings Kansas Updates Timeline

  • April 29, 2022: The Senate passes an amended sports wagering bill by a 21-13 vote after agreeing a compromise with representatives. Anyone hoping to see DraftKings legal in Kansas can celebrate the news.
  • May 12, 2022: Gov. Kelly signs Senate Bill 84, legalizing sports betting in Kansas. Playing DraftKings in Kansas is now a reality.
  • May 16, 2022: Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City announces that it has signed a market access agreement with DraftKings. It will allow DraftKings to build a retail sportsbook at Boot Hill Casino and offer online sports wagering state-wide.
  • July 1, 2022: The Kansas sports wagering law comes into effect, meaning DraftKings can apply for a license.
  • July 25, 2022: The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission reiterates that regulators want sports betting to begin during the upcoming NFL season but suggests the goal of a launch in time for Week 1 may be missed.
  • August 12, 2022: The Kansas Lottery Commission and Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission approved temporary rules and regulations for sports betting in the state.
  • September 1st 2022 - DraftKings officially open for online sports betting in Kansas.

Can I Use DraftKings in Kansas?

Yes! As of 1st September 2022.

You can currently play a range of Daily Fantasy Sports contests at DraftKings Kansas right now. They cover football, basketball, baseball, golf, hockey, soccer, UFC, tennis and motorsports at the DraftKings legal Kansas DFS site and mobile app.

DraftKings will soon be able to offer its popular online sportsbook in the state too. The official DraftKings Kansas launch date for sports wagering is not yet confirmed. However, DraftKings should be in the first batch of legal sportsbooks to go live. It already has a market access deal in place, and the technology is tried and tested in 17 different states.

We will provide a DraftKings Kansas update as soon as the KRGC nails down a launch date. The situation should then move quickly. Anyone physically located in the state will be able to place sports bets after the DraftKings Kansas launch. That includes KS residents and DraftKings traveling to Kansas customers, such as bettors that live in Missouri, Oklahoma or Nebraska.

How to Play DraftKings in Kansas

Playing DraftKings in Kansas is simple. You can download the app via Google Play or the App Store, or visit the website and sign up online. Fill in your personal and contact details, choose a password and select your marketing preferences. You may need to verify your account if you cannot be automatically approved. If so, you can send in a scan of your driver’s license.

When your account is approved, you can make an initial deposit to start playing. Be sure to take advantage of any new customer betting offers available. The minimum deposit is just $5, and you will be given a $3 ticket to play in any paid contest. An alternative welcome bonus is a 20% deposit match of up to $1,000, which has a 25x release requirement. You can use your DFS details to sign up for DraftKings Sportsbook after the official DraftKings Kansas launch of sports wagering. 

Which Other Sportsbooks Will be Available in Kansas at Launch?

The Kansas sports betting bill permits up to 12 online sportsbooks to launch. Each of the state’s four land-based casinos can host three online skins on its master license. Boot Hill has agreed deals to make Bally Bet and DraftKings legal in Kansas, leaving it with one remaining skin.

Kansas Star Casino is operated by Boyd Gaming, so it will host FanDuel, BetMGM and one other sportsbook. Kansas Crossing is expected to host Caesars Sportsbook and potentially PointsBet. Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is part of the Penn National Gaming empire, so it will host Penn National’s Barstool Sportsbook brand, along with two others.

Is DraftKings Casino Legal in Kansas?

Kansas does not permit online casino gaming. That means DraftKings will be unable to launch its high-quality casino app in the state until the law changes. The only way to legally play slots and table games is to visit a land-based casino in Kansas.

What Will the Legal Betting Age Be in Kansas?

The legal betting age for playing DraftKings in Kansas will be 21. The sportsbook will need to verify your age. It will ask for your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number when you sign up. If that is not enough, you will need to upload a scan of an official ID card, such as a driver’s license, to play at the DraftKings legal Kansas sportsbook.

Which Sports Will Kansas Allow Betting On?

Kansas will allow betting on all professional and college sports. The main sports covered by operators such as DraftKings in Kansas will be:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Golf
  • MMA
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
  • Motorsports

That means you can bet on all the big teams in the region, including the Chiefs, the Royals, Sporting KC, the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats. Additional sports will include the likes of cricket, table tennis, darts and snooker. However, eSports betting will not be permitted in Kansas, and you cannot bet on politics or entertainment either.

With years of experience under his belt, Martin Green is a well-respected figure in the gambling and sports journalism community. A keen sports writer and professional tipster, Martin also spent five years working with William Hill during his career. A regular writer for bookmakers.co.uk, his work has also been displayed across multiple leading publications across the web.

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