Kansas sports betting is officially legal, therefore it’s a new day in the Sunflower State. And the wait for the first legal wagers in the heart of the Great Plains is almost over.

The Kansas Lottery has set September 1 as the start date for sports betting in Kansas. The four state-run casinos will have a “soft” start on that day, with a full launch on September 8.

The entire rollout will take place in conjunction with the start of the 2022 NFL season, which will feature the Super Bowl champion Rams taking on the Buffalo Bills. The “soft launch” will take place a week early, on September 1 at 12 p.m. CT. The early opening allows the state to troubleshoot ahead of NFL Week 1, which is one of the most regularly bet weeks on the sports betting calendar.

The state wants a week to iron out any glitches that could arise from the introduction of a new online sportsbook and app. That makes sense considering that if Kansas sports betting goes online on September 1, it will be the shortest state launch in US sports betting history, having occurred less than four months after Gov. Laura Kelly signed the sports betting bill on May 12.

Each of the state’s four non-tribal casinos can collaborate with up to three internet service providers, and professional sports venues that collaborate with a casino can receive additional mobile skins. The Kansas Lottery did not make an official announcement until mid-August, but Caesars is expected to work with Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel in Pittsburg.

Last updated on 27 Aug 2022 - 15:36

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