Kentucky sportsbook operators can start pre-registering customers on Aug. 28 in advance of the Sept. 28 online launch in the Bluegrass State.
It will be a tight timeline, but just about everything related to Kentucky sports betting has been on a tight timeline.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) will vote on approval of the seven potential licensees at a meeting on Aug. 22, giving operators six days to go from approval to mobilizing pre-registration. Granted, while customers can go ahead and pre-register accounts and verify their identity, they will need to wait an additional 10 days before they can actually deposit money into their account.
The KHRC also released some new details about exact start times for both online and in-person sports betting:
- Monday, Aug. 28, at 6 am: Kentuckians can pre-register an account with approved mobile applications.
Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 am: Wagerers can place an in-person bet at licensed retail facilities.
- Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 am: Wagerers can only deposit money into their pre-registered account with approved mobile applications.
- Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6 am: Approved mobile applications can start taking wagers.
“The countdown is on. We are just three weeks away from sports wagering in Kentucky,” said Gov. Andy Beshear in a press release on Thursday. “We are ready to deliver the quality entertainment experience Kentuckians asked for while bringing money to the state to support pensions and free up funds that can be used to build a better Kentucky.”
“The KHRC is excited to open sports wagering and is working efficiently to meet the necessary deadlines. This is a careful process dedicated to wagering integrity and protecting bettors in the state of Kentucky,” added KHRC Chairman Jonathan Rabinowitz.