Kansas Sports Betting Laws
Gambling is allowed in the Jayhawk State through the use of the eleven casinos mainly located in the eastern half of the state. With nearly an even amount of tribal and commercial properties, gamblers in the area are able to legally engage in Class III gaming, which includes table games and poker. Sports betting is also considered a Class III game; however, the state has no mention of this form of gaming being considered legal or illegal. The lack of laws suggests that the state followed suit with a former federal law known as PASPA that prohibited all forms of wagering on sports in the country. Now that this law has been appealed through the highest court, there are few limitations and rules against enjoying the hobby.
This gray area allows for Kansas players to utilize offshore sportsbooks for their betting needs without any repercussion from the state or country. The only serious law to be aware of is attempting (or succeeding) to operate a sportsbook within the state. This statue can be found in KS Code § 21-64-06 and is taken quite seriously. Keep in mind that participating with an unlicensed operator is also a gambling offense, so be sure to stick with bookmakers that are located overseas, putting you at no risk.
The Legality Of Sports Betting In Kansas
With the PASPA appeal, many states were quick to bring forth a betting industry; however, Kansas has taken a slower approach. In 2019, legislators filed three bills discussing legal sports betting in Kansas but only limited action has been taken on them. Regardless, the filing of these bills is an indicator that the government is in support of at least studying the effects of the industry. One of those measures, KS HB 2032, would permit both the gaming facilities as well as racetracks to become operators accepting wagers but fails to mention any mobile or online sports betting in Kansas.
Again, these bills have not made much progress through the legislative session; however, Kansas players can still use offshore sportsbooks in the meantime. As long as the bookmaker is located overseas and has a license with a regulatory body overseeing their operations, you fall well within the gambling laws of both Kansas and the country. Maybe more importantly, the regulations also help ease your mind when using their sites, knowing that they have provided years of quality service and reliability for gamblers from Kansas.
Where To Legally Bet On Sports In Kansas
Since there are no legal bookmakers in Kansas or in any of the surrounding states, the options are limited when it comes to places to bet in Kansas. Until legislators come to any agreements, Kansas players must continue to use offshore sportsbooks. These sites will not only offer the best betting lines but will also offer promotions better than any local sportsbook would be able to provide.
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Legal Age To Bet On Sports In Kansas
Since there are no laws supporting the industry, the state technically doesn’t have a minimum age. However, we strongly advise using the same age required by state law for casino gambling, which is 21. Offshore sites will allow players to join at 18 years old, but sticking with the state law is suggested as there is nothing worse than having to claim a jackpot, only to find out you won the money underage gambling.
Kansas Sports Betting FAQ's
How Do I Bet On Sports From My Phone In Kansas?
Without a state-run online platform in Kansas, your options for betting from your phone can only be done with an offshore bookmaker. But these sites do not have any restrictions so you can be checking out the lines from your couch or submitting the action in the first ever Pizza Hut store in Wichita.
Do Legal Kansas Online Sportsbooks Have Live Betting?
Live betting is an expectation that all gamblers have when looking for a legal online sportsbook. Live betting wasn’t around when Kansas won their last NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, but you can assume that everyone would have bet on them to win after Mario Chalmers sent the game to overtime. Live betting allows you to wager anytime on the game and all legitimate books have this feature.
Are Online Sportsbooks Safe To Use If You Live Kansas?
They are as safe as Bill Snyder’s name is on the Kansas State football stadium. They are not going anywhere and will not cause you legal or personal trouble when using them. Not only are there now laws making it illegal, but they also encrypt their data to ensure every transaction is based through a secure platform.
What Should I Do If My Bank Didn't Process My Credit Or Debit Card Deposit?
This may happen from time to time as a federal law known as UIGEA can hinder your ability to use your card. Call up the cashier of the site and they will fix it for you in no time. Now if your credit card doesn’t work when you are buying tickets to see Gregg Marshall and the Shockers win another conference regular season championship, that is a different problem – and we can’t help you there.
Can I Have More Than One Online Sportsbook Account In Kansas?
Having multiple sportsbooks is actually recommended. With doing so, you can “shop lines” and see the market value of each betting option. Some sites may favor Kansas or Kansas State by 3 points, while another does so by 4.5. The odds are created by different suppliers so finding the variance and taking advantage of it will only help you in the long run.
Betting On Horse Racing In Kansas
Horse Racing Betting has been legal in Kansas since 1986 when the voters of the state amended the Kansas Constitution. The measure was called the Kansas Parimutuel Racing Act which was the basis of forming the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission). The industry was fully licensed but has not operated any horse races since the late 2000s. The two most popular tracks, Anthony Downs and Eureka Downs have both seen better days. The former was sold and demolished while the latter was damaged in a tornado in 2018 and still barely stands.
Unfortunately, the horse racing industry never stayed afloat in Kansas; however, there is still another option when betting on the ponies. Offshore sportsbooks also operate racebooks that have betting lines on races from all over the world. Whether you want to bet on the Triple Crown or on a race in Dubai, the line will be accessible. These sites also have promotions that you can sign up and take advantage of.
The Status Of Daily Fantasy Sports In Kansas
Kansas was one of the first states to bring a legal and regulated daily fantasy industry into their home. In 2015, Kansas House Bill 2155 was enrolled and signed into law making the operators free to operate DFS. The bill was sponsored by the Committee on Federal and State Affairs after the nation was attempting to determine if DFS was a form of illegal gambling. Kansas ruled it was not and struck any idea that it went against the gaming policy of the state.
Whether you are looking to enter a paid unpaid contest, you can have no fear that the laws are against you on this one. The operators offer tournaments with thousands of people or head to head battles where the highest scoring player wins the prize, but either way, it is a safe and regulated way of having fun in Kansas.