‘The Sunflower State’ is in a strong position to legalize sports betting in 2021. That appears to be 1st and Goal…
With no professional sports teams and a relatively small population of 2.913million, Kansas doesn’t seem like your stereotypical rabid sports fanbase. But anybody who has seen the passion which with Kansas supports the University of Kansas Jayhawks – particularly in college basketball – would dispute that.
After getting a long way towards legalizing sports betting in 2020, the hope is that legislation will finally get over the line in the coming months.
Is sports betting legal in Kansas?
Sports betting is not legal in Kansas right now, but there is a great chance that will change in 2021.
A 2020 bill looked like passin with virtual certainty, but COVID-19 and other matters took over the legislature and the bill was never passed for Governor Laura Kelly to sign it off.
A new bill is already in play in 2021, which would see the state’s four retail casinos with the potential to partner with three ‘skins’ each to deliver online and mobile betting.
So, at least for now, the picture is promising. We will keep you up to speed on the latest breaking news.
Legal sports betting near Kansas
So Kansas is not legal yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bet at all. The law is based on your location when you bet, not where you reside.
This means you have some sports betting options, if you’re willing to travel. Most legal states only require you to be within their state lines, and over the legal age for sports betting.
The best vailable option close by for Kansans right now are:
Colorado: Already a pretty competitive market – which is good for bettors. Colorado has land-based sites and a good selection of online and mobile products. You need to be within state lines to get involved, and aged 21 or over.
NB: We will update this guide to let you know when other bordering states change their laws on sports betting.
Are offshore sportsbooks legal in Kansas?
Offshore sportsbooks do not operate legally within the state of Kansas. These books have no liense to operate in any U.S. jurisdiction.
Even when Kansas does open up for sports betting, it won’t license these offshore companies.
Our advice is always to ignore the temptation to sign up and bet offshore. The lack of consumer protection is a big danger, and could cost you heavily.
Right now, the smart play is to look for legal options within the Union until Kansas finally gives the green light to sports betting.