TOPEKA – The managers of Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City entered into an agreement with a mobile sports betting company in anticipation that the state of Kansas would eventually enact laws and regulations to legalize this form of betting.
DraftKings has reached an agreement with BHCMC, a subsidiary of Butler National Corp., which operates Boot Hill Casino, to eventually bring an online sports betting offering to the western Kansas casino.
“DraftKings is a leader in this fast-growing industry and will provide Kansas sports fans with a trusted, experienced mobile sports betting application when the law permits,” said Clark Stewart, chief executive officer, Boot Hill Casino
Sports betting is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, but Kansas and Missouri have not joined this group.
The Kansas Legislature has struggled for years to find consensus on sports betting law. A recent version of the Senate would have given the four state casinos significant control over the market, while the house was careful to highlight the development of sports betting by Kansas Lottery retailers.
The debate has gotten more complex as lawmakers argue over revenue sharing, growth prospects, and other details. Organizations have called for a moratorium on greyhound betting to be included in the bill. In addition, attempts were made to allow Sedgwick County’s voters to reconsider a ban on the installation of slot machines in the defunct Wichita Greyhound Park.
A new proposal would allow state casinos in Pittsburg, Dodge City, Mulvane and Kansas City, Kansas, as well as casinos operated by nationally recognized Indian tribes, to open sports betting retail stores and to develop relationships with online providers.
The 2022 Legislature will meet in January, but there is no guarantee that a workable solution to political obstacles will be found.
“We look forward to the opportunities ahead and remain optimistic that Kansas lawmakers will pass common sense laws that benefit the state and its citizens,” said Jeremy Elbaum, senior vice president of business development, DraftKings. “As we continue our efforts to expand our mobile sports betting presence to every state in the United States, we look forward to working with Boot Hill Casino & Resort.”