Is Poker legal in Kansas (ks)? Online Poker Laws in Kansas Explained
Table Of Contents
- Live Poker is allowed
- Online Poker is forbidden
- Online Casino is forbidden
- Sports Betting is forbidden
Can You Play Online Poker in Kansas?
There is currently no legislation permitting online poker in the state.
Current Kansas Gambling Laws
Kansas offers a state lottery and pari-mutuel wagering options, but it is a long way from offering iGaming.
The state allowed Native American-operated casinos for decades before in 2007 introducing a bill allowing other land-based casinos as well. As of 2019, there are eight casinos with four operated by Native American tribes.
The land-based casinos allow slot and table games including poker. Other forms of regulated gambling permitted outside of these establishments include charitable bingo regulated by the Kansas Department of Revenue, state-run lottery, and prizes for skill-based activities which primarily include athletic competitions.
Fantasy sports were also legalized in Kansas in May 2015. This bill actually does very little, but at least Kansans can play daily fantasy sports, despite the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission stance that DFS is an illegal lottery. Meanwhile, horse racing ended in Kansas in 2008 when the last of the pari-mutuel licenses was revoked, although technically non-profit organizations can still apply for a license.
The prospects for online gaming in Kansas appear bleak with very little discussion in recent years and it isn't looked upon with a bright light. As an example, a gambling expansion bill introduced in 2014 sought to establish a new casino but also contained an amendment that banned online gambling and classified it as a misdemeanor. That amendment passed before the entire bill was put up for a vote and failed, with the whole process providing an indication of the currently dim view of iGaming in the state.
Little new talk of online gaming suggests that no new change will come anytime soon.
Best Online Poker Sites for Kansas Players
None at present. But you can always play poker for free with the WSOP Social App.