Recent news articles have highlighted the strong growth and development of sports betting in Kansas. In fact, K.S. State has become the first state to pass a law authorizing sports betting. This bold move by the Sedgwick County authorities is a significant step forward in the growth of professional and amateur sports betting in Kansas.
On Tuesday, January 13th, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow all of the state’s four licensed casinos to begin offering free online sports betting. The bill would also allow up to three internet gambling services to operate out of each of the states approved casinos. The measure was referred to the Senate, where it awaits a final vote. The proposal would also permit tribal elders and other individuals with legitimate authority to negotiate contracts with online sports betting companies on their behalf. These individuals would be allowed to negotiate with companies like betting brokers that handle the confidential personal information for gamblers who register with these companies.
The Sedgwick County Commission is expected to meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, to discuss this proposed legislation. If the bill passes, it will go into effect immediately. According to Commission Chairman Tom Pettis, Sports betting is a growing industry in Kansas. It is estimated that millions of people visit the Sedgwick casinos each year. Approximately 12 percent of the people who gamble at one of the Sedgwick casinos do so through an internet gambling service. The commission is currently reviewing the new law, which is part of a package of legislative changes that the General Assembly is considering.
According to the Sedgwick County News Leader, Sedgwick County has now approved the sale of lottery tickets and expects to finalize licenses for two additional gambling establishments by the end of this month. One of these is the Wrigley Park casino. It’s also expected that the lottery contract for the county’s lottery will be signed by the end of this week. There are also rumors that the lottery will expand to include “live” slots and blackjack. The News Leader does not know if those announcements are coming soon.
Bills regarding sports betting in Kansas have already passed the House and now it looks like the Senate will take up the matter soon. Many lawmakers are hoping to create a situation where professional sport betting can take place in the state’s largest city. It is believed that the new law would help to increase the revenues of professional sport bookmakers in Kansas City. Two of the most popular sports betting organizations in the nation could soon relocate to Kansas City if the legislation becomes a law.
Opponents of this bill warn that it is likely to create more problems for consumers. Among them is the Kansas State Athletic Association, which is currently fighting hard against the proposed law. SB 84 restricts players from receiving “re-buy” rights once they leave the team. This means that if they would like to make additional bets, they would need to get approval from the organization before doing so.
The proposed law also prohibits “any operator from accepting wagers through any Internet website that is accessible to the public,” which includes all websites based in the state. If a person would want to place sports betting odds online, he or she has to have the consent of a licensed sportsbook. The law also covers online sportsbooks that allow sports betting by using automated systems that generate picks. If an operator allows those types of activities, he or she has to register as an automated system.
According to the News Leader, the proposed laws would affect the operation of all online sports betting services in the state. The current law covers only “persons who facilitate gambling at an establishment licensed to do business in the state.” It is unclear if this means only licensed establishments will be able to place sports betting odds. The News Leader additionally reports that the Minnesota House and Senate are currently debating whether to remove state lines relating to sports betting. If the House passes the bill, it will be interesting to see how the Minnesota Supreme Court deals with it.