Gaming Laws in Kansas
Illegal gambling is defined as “a bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance, one stands to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement” in State Statute Chapter 21, Article 64, Section 21-6403. It is punishable as a Class B non-person misdemeanor and can be penalized by not more than six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The Kansas Expanded Lottery Act (KELA) was passed in 2007 to allow the state to own and operate what is known as a "destination casino resort" in four different gaming areas (northeast, southeast, south central and southwest). It also allows for licensed parimutuel tracks within the state to contract with the Kansas Lottery to have electronic gaming machines, or slots, placed at the race tracks.
There are currently six tribal casinos in Kansas per State Statute Chapter 74, Article 98, which covers tribal gaming oversight. These include the 7th Street Casino, Casino White Cloud, Downstream Casino Resort, Golden Eagle Casino, Prairie Band Casino and Sac & Fox Casino. These casinos offer slot machines, table games, poker rooms and bingo.
Sports Betting in Kansas
Sports betting is not allowed in the state of Kansas.
Even though there are no sportsbooks available at physical locations or online in the state of Kansas, bettors still have the opportunity to choose from many offshore options. Offshore sportsbooks are widely considered to be a much safer option than local bookmakers. In addition to having the convenience of placing bets right from a personal computer or mobile device and a variety of options, online bettors can trust reputable and well-reviewed offshore books to always offer lines and pay out, which may not always be the case for local bookies.
Poker and Casino in Kansas
There are four state-owned casinos in Kansas, including the Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Hollywood Casino at KS Speedway and Kansas Star Casino. Each of them has hundreds of slot machines plus table games such as blackjack, three-card poker, Pai Gow, roulette, craps and baccarat. The Hollywood Casino and Kansas Star Casino even have live poker rooms with games like Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha High-Low and Seven-Card Stud.
For those who do not visit the state-owned and tribal casinos in Kansas, online games may appeal to interested players who can pursue offshore websites in order to participate.
Other Gaming Options in Kansas
Charitable games like bingo are permitted in the state of Kansas along with other contests of skill, speed, strength and endurance that award prizes. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission regulates all activities within the state, although there are not any licensed and operating racetracks at this time.
The Kansas Lottery Act was passed in 1987 to establish the lottery with the goal of producing the maximum amount of revenue possible while ensuring the integrity of the games. These games include scratch tickets, pull tabs and drawings like Powerball and Mega Millions. The State Gaming Revenues Fund (SGRF) transfers money to the state on a monthly basis to fund projects such as veterans programs, economic development initiatives, prison construction and maintenance, local juvenile detention facilities and problem gambling assistance.