TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that sportsbooks at Kansas’ four state-owned casinos can begin accepting wagers in person and on mobile platforms starting September 1, and will officially open September 8.

Sports wagering, like all gaming in Kansas, is owned by the state and operated by the Kansas Lottery, according to a release from the state lottery. Under temporary rules and regulations, the state’s four casino gaming partners can begin launching sports betting in time for the first NFL game on September 8.

The four casinos are Boot Hill Casino & Resort; Ford County near Dodge City, Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway and Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel in Pittsburg.

The release said tribal casinos are also working to align on contracts with the state for sports wagering. 

“Legalizing sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansans’ money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants, and other entertainment venues,” Gov Kelly said. “I want to thank all our partners for working with us to get this done in time for football season.”

Operators are being granted a one-year provisional license based on past performance in other states. The platforms that have been granted contracts will be announced soon.

“This announcement represents a lot of hard work and collaboration between the Kansas Lottery, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, our casino and tribal partners,” said Stephen Durrell, executive director of the Kansas Lottery. “The process to bring this to fruition has moved at an unbelievable pace. We are excited to be bringing sports betting to Kansas players and adding more fun and exciting play options to the Sunflower State.”

Additional information about sports wagering can be found on the KRGC website at krgc.ks.gov.