Efforts to legalize Kansas sports betting failed for two straight years but that did not stop Bally’s Corporation from setting foot in the Sunflower State ahead of time.
In a statement, the Rhode Island-based gambling company said that it will offer its Bally Bet mobile app in Kansas via a multi-year market agreement with Boot Hill Casino and Resort.
Said Bally’s President and CEO George Papanier:
“This relationship provides a significant opportunity for Bally’s to enter into yet another attractive mobile sports betting market. With the approval of pending sports betting legislation in the state, we can’t wait for Kansas sports fans to engage in our best-in-class online sports betting offerings.”
The Kansas Lottery owns and operates all gaming in the state. As required by law, the agreement will license, transfer, or lease the needed Bally’s mobile sportsbook elements to the Lottery in order to offer a premium sports betting platform for Kansas bettors.
Kansas Will Give Bally’s Presence in a 14th State
Senate Bill 84, which seeks to legalize sports betting in Kansas, was introduced last January and passed the Senate via a 26-12 vote. It was referred to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs as the House must also pass it before it becomes a law.
The Kansas launch, dependent on the House approval, will give Bally’s a presence in a 14th state and the third wherein it operates solely as an online entity. Bally’s is hoping that its recent partnership with the Sinclair Broadcast Group, which has 19 regional station, will help attract sports fans from neighboring states to Kansas.
Under the Kansas expanded lottery act, Senate Bill 84 will legalize sports betting and allow existing casinos to offer retail and mobile sports wagering. All sports betting activities will be under the regulation and responsibility of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
Bettors need to be at least 21 years old to place legal wagers on professional and collegiate sports. An estimated 2% of all sports betting revenues collected by the state will fund a gambling addiction treatment programs.