The state of Kansas could legalize sports betting before the end of the week, as reports say that Governor Laura Kelly is preparing to sign Senate Bill 84 (SB84).
According to Fox 4, Governor Kelly is ready to sign the bill that was approved by 21 votes to 13 in the Senate at the end of April, pushing sports betting in the Sunflower State across the finish line.
If everything goes well and the SB84 gets signed, sports wagering could be live in Kansas by this summer, ahead of the upcoming 2022 college football and NFL seasons.
Kansas would become the 35th US state to legalize sports betting since the repeal of PASPA, which took place in May 2018.
The Bill states that each of the four casinos owned by the Kansas Lottery will receive three online skins for a total of 12. A casino can receive a fourth skin by partnering with a professional sports team, in addition to the possibility of having up to 50 commercial partners for retail betting kiosks.
A 10% tax will be taken by the state on sports betting revenue, of which 80% will be set aside to attract a professional sports team.
Earlier this week, the American Gaming Association published its Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker for the first quarter of 2022, reporting a new Q1 record of $14.31bn, almost matching the all-time quarterly record.