Good Question - Can Kansans Bet Online On The Kentucky Derby?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

The 136th running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday. KAKE viewer, Linda, wanted to know if it's legal for Kansas residents to place a bet on the Derby online.

It's called the most exciting two minutes in sports. The Kentucky Derby is big business, but if you want some action on the race, and you're not going to Churchill Downs or a casino that does off track betting, then is it legal to bet on the race online?

The official website of the Kentucky Derby does take online bets. So does the official website for Churchill Downs. Nothing I could find on the sites indicated it was illegal in the state of Kansas, but I didn't go through the entire bet process.

So, I called the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission to be sure. I'm glad I did.

According to the Director of Communications and Responsible Gaming Division Mike Deines, it is illegal to bet online in Kansas. This includes the Kentucky Derby.

So, unless you plan on attending Churchill Downs Saturday or making the trip to a casino that is licensed to simulcast the race and take off track bets, it's a good bet NOT to try your luck online.

If you have a good question, send it to me at I'll do my best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at Six.

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