Pari-Mutuel Racing/ Lottery 1987
Charity Games 1974
State Casinos 2007
Daily Fantasy 2015
Tribal Casinos 1996
Sports Betting 2021
Lotteries/Fantasy Sports/Pari-Mutuel/Charity Gaming 18+
Casinos/Sports Betting 21+
Tribal Casinos 6
State Casinos 4
Kansas had outlawed money games of chance as far back as 1868. To skirt the law, ‘trade simulators’ were manufactured to payout prizes in stamps, cigars, or gum. Some owners that paid out in cash irked gambling opponents. Kansas laws allowing limited horse race gambling at state fairs in 1895 were overturned in the early 1900s.
Today, Kansas is slowly becoming a more gambling-friendly state, starting with the state lottery. Kansas offers a limited selection of state and tribal casinos and some forms of gambling online. Bingo, raffles, and instant bingo games provided by non-profit organizations are permitted. Pari-mutuel betting on horse racing and dog racing are also legal, along with daily fantasy sports approved a few years earlier.
Several attempts to legalize sports betting had been made since the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) prohibition was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2018.
All had failed until March 3rd, 2021, when SB84 legislation passed to allow sports wagering at the four state casinos and racetracks. Casinos can also partner with no more than three mobile sportsbooks. Tribal casinos can also renegotiate gaming compacts to offer sports wagering. That same day, SB283 passed to authorize mobile, online casino, and brick-and-mortar sports betting.
The Kansas Lottery is state-run and a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). This allows them to offer games including Mega Millions and Powerball. Kansas players, 18+, can purchase scratch tickets, pull tabs and draw tickets.
Charitable gaming in Kansas includes instant bingo (pull-tab), bingo, and charitable raffles. To be considered gambling, a consideration for a prize must be involved in a game of chance. A license is not required for a charitable raffle if the gross receipts do not exceed $25,000.
A law was passed in July 2015 that exempted daily fantasy sports (DFS) from the legal definition of gambling. Until the law was passed, the legality was unclear. It is now considered a game of skill, falling outside the legal definition of gambling.
Pari-mutuel wagering on horse and dog races is permitted at licensed and regulated facilities in the state. Counties must first vote to approve them. Despite no live racetracks due to declining interest in Kansas, pari-mutuels are legal online and in-person. Off-track betting is not permitted.
Kansas has approved four state casinos and 6 tribal casinos run by three Indian tribes with signed compacts. These offer table games, including craps, blackjack, Mississippi Stud, craps, Ultimate Texas Hold ’em, Roulette, 21+3, 3-Card Poker, and more. Players can also find over 1,000 slot machines.
In March 2021, legislation was passed allowing state casinos to offer sportsbook betting and mobile sportsbooks by partnering with no more than three providers.
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In 1974, voters in Kansas approved a constitutional amendment authorizing bingo. Instant bingo would follow in 1995 and raffles in 2014.
In 1986 Kansas voters approved a constitutional amendment to create a state-run lottery, and the Kansas Lottery Act was passed the following year.
Kansas voters decided to amend Article 15 of the Kansas Constitution in 1986 to allow horse and dog racing and pari-mutuel wagering. The Kansas Pari-mutuel Racing Act would be passed the following year (1987).
Kansas approved compacts in 1995, allowing Vegas-style tribal gaming. They were signed into law in 1996. Legislation in 1996 to amend the Constitution to permit Woodlands Racetrack to offer slot machines at the track failed to gain traction and died on the legislative floor.
A Bill to expand gambling legislation in 1997 was defeated, and again in 1999. Every year from 2001 to 2006, gambling legislation was proposed and defeated.
Finally, in 2007, the Kansas Expanded Lottery Act was passed. It would allow the state to own and operate a destination casino resort in the south-west, south-east, north-east, and south-central parts of the state. Furthermore, it has allowed the pari-mutuel tracks to operate slot machines by negotiating a contract with the Kansas Lottery. The constitutional validity of this Act was challenged by the Attorney General. Still, it was upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court in June 2008.
HB 2752 Bill was introduced in February 2018 to legalize retail and online sports betting. Betting on sports through any mobile app, state land-based casinos, and online casinos would be permitted through the Kansas lottery. Bill SB 455, introduced in 2019, was similar to HB 2752 Bill. Both failed to pass.
Kansas offers pari-mutuel betting, charitable gaming, lottery, state & tribal casinos, and daily fantasy sports. Retail sportsbooks at the state’s four land-based casinos are also permitted. These casinos can also partner up with up to 3 mobile sportsbooks.
The state offers the Kansas Lottery, where players can purchase multistate and state tickets.
In early March 2021, sports betting was legalized in Kansas.
Yes, Kansas has four state-run casinos and six tribal casinos offering slot machines and table games. State casinos will soon be able to provide retail and mobile sportsbooks.
Yes, daily fantasy sports in Kansas are permitted since July 2015.
Yes, land-based casinos and racetracks will soon be able to offer a sportsbook. Tribal casinos will be able to provide sportsbook after renegotiating their compact. A mobile sportsbook will also be possible from the casinos in partnership with up to 3 mobile sportsbooks.