Butler National Casino set to deliver sports betting in Kansas

Butler National Casino subsidiary Boot Hill Casino & Resort has been awarded a sports wagering management contract by the Kansas Lottery after Gov. Laura Kelly confirmed that sports betting will begin in Kansas from September 1.
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Butler National Casino has entered into an agreement with DraftKings and Bally’s Corporation, via its subsidiary that manages Boot Hill Casino & Resort, to provide sports wagering in Kansas

Preparing for the launch of Kansas’ betting market following Governor Kelly’s legalization, Butler National Casino has secured the support of two of the largest sportsbook providers in North America to allow patrons to wager from their mobile devices or in the casino.

“We worked diligently to find partners that would bring Kansans a seamless, safe and premium sports betting experience,” said Clark Stewart, CEO, of Butler National Corporation. 

“We are ready to work with DraftKings and Bally’s to make sports wagering available in Kansas.”

The sports wagering bill SB84 will become law on July 1 following a 90-day waiting period, with an expected launch later in the year, ready for the new NFL and college football seasons. 

“We are hopeful to try to bring mobile sports betting to Kansans by football season. Kansans should be proud of the cooperative efforts by Kansas Legislators, our Governor, government agencies and private businesses, like Butler National Corporation, to bring legalized sports betting to Kansas,” added Stewart.

Butler National Casino noted that ‘mobile technology continues to fuel the trend of sports betting’ with sports fans wagering nearly $8bn on this year’s Super Bowl alone, according to the American Gaming Association. 

“With the passage of mobile sports betting legislation in Kansas, DraftKings is excited for the opportunity to enter the state pending licensure and regulatory approvals,” noted Griffin Finan, Vice President Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel, DraftKings. 

“Together with Boot Hill Casino & Resort, we look forward to engaging with Kansans and providing them with a world-class sports betting experience.”

Bally’s has a presence in Kansas already, providing baseball fans in the state with coverage of the sport, with Butler noting that ‘Kansas City fans will recognize Bally Sports as their go-to station’.

“We are pleased that Kansas has now legalized sports betting, joining an increasing number of states across the nation. We look forward to working with our partners at Boot Hill Casino & Resort to bring Bally’s online gaming experience to Kansans,” concluded Adi Dhandhania, Chief Operating Officer of North America for Bally’s Interactive.