Sports betting officially opens in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Boyd Gaming and FanDuel on Thursday morning, Sept. 8, officially opened the FanDuel Sportsbook at the Kansas Star Casino.
The official ribbon-cutting included a ceremonial first bet placed by Super Bowl champion and former Kansas State Wildcat, Jordy Nelson.
Sports wagering in Kansas started with a soft launch on Sept. 1. Sportsbooks at the state’s four state-owned casinos began accepting wagers in person and on mobile platforms like Barstool Sports, BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet.
Thursday’s official launch comes with the official kick-off of the NFL season.
The Kansas Star Casino said its sportsbook is a huge addition, expected to draw fans to experience during Thursday night’s first regular season NFL game. Opening the sportsbook took a lot of work in a short window of time, Boyd Gaming Vice President of Communications David Strow.
“Since we had the go from the legislature passing legislation, we’ve bene pretty much working triple shifts to get this place ready,” Strow said.
The Kansas Star Casino’s sportsbook has 20 self-service kiosks, four betting windows and a TV wall.
Strow said Boyd Gaming has worked with FanDuel before, but Kansas is unique.
“I’ve been out to help with a lot of these sportsbook openings across the country and I’ve never seen anything like what we have from Kansas and from Wichita,” he said.
FanDuel Vice President of Retail Operations Jeff Lowich said south central Kansas “is a very sport-hungry part of the county,” especially when it comes to college sports.
“And a lot of Kanas City Chiefs fans as well,” Lowich said.
Since sports betting became legal last week, Lowich said a lot of first timers have come out to the Kansas Star Casino. With the sportsbook open, he expects that to be the case throughout the college football and NFL seasons.
Strow said the sportsbook is a customer base for Kansas Star.
“A lot of these customers have never been to Kansas Star before. They just haven’t had a reason to come here,” he said. “So, have the book here, having America’s No. 1 sports betting brand here gives those customers a reason to come here for the first time.”
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