Rep. Stephanie Clayton: Kansas Sports Betting “Much Bigger Than” Than Expected
After a long wait, the state of Kansas officially launched mobile/online and in-person sports betting on Sept. 1. So far, it’s been a massive success.
There was hope that sports betting in The Wheat State would begin in time for the start of the NFL season, and Kansas managed to accomplish just that. Sports fans in the midwest state have been able to place wagers on their favorite collegiate and nearby professional sports teams, such as the NCAA Kansas State Wildcats and the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
Rep. Stephanie Clayton (D), a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, was among the most active figures in helping launch Kansas sports betting. Clayton, who represents the 19th district, said that sports wagers in the state have surpassed her expectations.
“The number one takeaway so far is that this is much bigger than I expected it would be,” Clayton said. “It was bigger than it was projected to legislators when we were taking votes on it. They underestimated the level of excitement people would have for this. It’s working by design and people are flocking over into Kansas to participate.”
The many popular sportsbooks in The Wheat State are offering special welcome bonuses to new customers. FanDuel Sportsbook Kansas offers additional promotions which include a 1,000 risk-free bet, an entry into the sportsbook’s “Hi Lo” NFL contest and special offers for NFL prime time games.
Through FanDuel Kansas, Chiefs fans can place wagers such as moneylines, point spreads, parlays, over/under totals and futures. For example, you can bet on the Chiefs to win and/or cover the spread in each of their games. You can also bet on them to win their division, conference and/or the Super Bowl.
Currently, FanDuel gives Andy Reid’s squad the second-best Super Bowl odds at +800, behind only the Buffalo Bills (+500). Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes also has the fourth-best MVP odds at +700.
The Kansas Lottery recently announced that the state took in more than 2.4 million bets from Sept. 1 to 11, and that bettors took more than $47 million in total winnings. The announcement added that the Chiefs, Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball were the state’s “most popular teams” for sports wagers.
These are highly encouraging numbers for state officials. The Wildcats and Chiefs are in the early stages of their seasons, the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball are going to the playoffs and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues will open their season against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 15 (8:00 p.m. EST).
There aren’t any NBA teams in Kansas or Missouri, but Kansas state officials should see plenty of bets for NBA games as well. And of course, the beloved Jayhawks basketball team is about to commence their regular season. The reigning national champions will open their title defense at home against Omaha on Nov. 7 (8:00 p.m. EST).
Factor all of this into the scorching start for Kansas Sports betting and it’s not too early to think that sports gambling in the state will increase drastically over the coming months.
The Rise Of Sports Betting In The United States
In Oct. 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA) was signed into law, thus banning sports betting from taking place in most parts of the nation.
But in May 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States made a groundbreaking ruling: That the PASPA was a violation of the country’s Tenth Amendment. This meant that each U.S. state could legalize mobile/online and/or in-person sports betting if they so wished.
Sports betting remained legal in the state of Nevada through the duration of the PASPA. After the SCOTUS made the historic ruling, the states of Delaware, New Jersey and Mississippi moved quickly towards legalizing sports betting.
Fast forward nearly four and a half years later, and more than half of the U.S. states have since launched a form of sports gambling. Kansas recently joined the industry, but it won’t be long until they have company.
The state of Ohio is scheduled to launch sports betting on Jan. 1, 2023. The states of Maryland and Massachusetts have also made significant progress and could launch sports gambling before the end of the year or at some point in 2023.
New York launched sports betting in January of this year, and The Empire State has rapidly emerged as a world leader in the gambling industry. Considering that New York, Kansas and so many other states have enjoyed immediate success in sports betting, it just might inspire more states to look at joining the sports gambling world.