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Major events in Kansas gaming history

1974

Voters approve a constitutional amendment allowing charitable bingo games

1975

The Kansas Department of Revenue is charged with regulating bingo

1986

Voters approve a state lottery and pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing

1987

The Lottery begins instant ticket sales on November 12
The Lottery is one of the founding members of the Multi-State Lottery Association

1988

Lotto America is launched
The first pari-mutuel races are held at the Rooks County Free Fair in August with three days of harness racing
The Greenwood County Fair at Eureka Downs offers 19 days of pari-mutuel horse racing beginning in September

1989

Wichita Greyhound Park opens in September
In September, The Woodlands opens as the first dual horse and Greyhound racetrack in the U.S.

1992

Powerball replaces Lotto America
The Lottery launches Club Keno in October    
Simulcasting is authorized at the racetracks
Anthony Downs runs its first pari-mutuel race meeting

1995

Four tribal-state Class III gaming compacts are approved
Camptown Greyhound Park opens in May for just one racing season
Voters approve an amendment allowing charitable pulltabs (instant bingo)

1996

The Golden Eagle Casino opens in May
The Prairie Band opens a temporary casino in October

1997

The Sac & Fox Casino opens in February

1998

The Prairie Band opens its permanent casino in January
The Iowa Tribe’s temporary casino opens in May; the permanent White Cloud Casino opens in December

2000

Camptown Greyhound Park reopens but closes for good after six months of live racing

2004

The Lottery launches eScratch, the first interactive Internet lottery game of its kind

2007

The Kansas Expanded Lottery Act authorizes the Lottery to own and operate four destination casinos and also allows gaming machines at three racetracks    
Last year of racing at Wichita Greyhound Park
Last year of horse racing at The Woodlands

2008

Last year of Greyhound racing at The Woodlands

2009

The Boot Hill Casino & Resort opens in December
Last year of pari-mutuel racing at the Anthony Downs and Eureka Downs fair meetings

2010

All pari-mutuel licenses are revoked after one last attempt to obtain more favorable legislation

2011

Kansas Star Casino opens in December

2012

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway opens in early February

2016

The Lottery adds the multi-state game Lucky for Life in November

2017

Kansas Crossing Casino opens March 31

 

Casinos and casino-style gaming

The 2007 Kansas Expanded Lottery Act authorized the Lottery to own and operate four destination casinos and also allows for gaming machines at three racetracks. Boot Hill Casino and Resort was the first casino to open in December 2009. The Kansas Star Casino opened in December 2011, and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway opened in early February 2012. After several years with little interest in the fourth available location, the fourth casino license was finally awarded, and the Kansas Crossing Casino opened March 31, 2017.

The state’s racetracks were not satisfied with the terms of the racetrack gaming legislation and shut down all operations.

Boot Hill Casino and Resort  - 700 slots, 18 tables
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway  - 2,000 slots, 52 tables
Kansas Star Casino - 1,770 slots, 50 tables plus a poker room
Kansas Crossing Casino - 625 slots, 16 tables

Kansas Lottery
128 N Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone (785) 296-5700

Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission
700 SW Harrison, Suite 500
Topeka, KS 66603-3754
Phone (785) 296-5800
Fax (785) 296-0900

 

Tribal gaming

Four tribes have Class III gaming compacts and each operates a casino. The Golden Eagle was the first to open in May 1996.

Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska – Casino White Cloud
Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas – Golden Eagle Casino
Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation – Prairie Band Casino & Resort
Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas & Nebraska – Sac & Fox Casino

The Kansas State Gaming Agency has oversight of the tribal gaming compacts.

Kansas State Gaming Agency
420 SE 6th, Suite 3000
Topeka, KS 66607
Phone (785) 368-6202
Fax (785) 291-3798

 

Lottery

The Kansas Lottery was launched on November 12, 1987. The current game offerings include instant tickets, pulltabs, Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto Sizzler, Lucky for Life, 2by2, Super Kansas Cash, Pick 3, Kansas Hold’em and Keno. The lottery also offers limited-run raffle games. The Kansas Lottery owns the state's casinos.

Proceeds are sent to the State Gaming Revenues Fund, which allocates revenues to the Economic Development Initiatives Fund, the Correctional Institutions Building Fund, the Juvenile Detention Facilities Fund and the State General Fund. The Problem Gambling and Addictions Grant Fund also receives $80,000 each year.

Proceeds from special Veterans Benefit instant scratch tickets are dedicated to veterans’ programs and other military programs in Kansas

Kansas Lottery
128 N Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
Phone (785) 296-5700

 

Pari-mutuel facilities

There are currently no licensed pari-mutuel racetracks in Kansas. The last commercial track, The Woodlands, closed in 2008 and the last pari-mutuel races at fair meetings were held in 2009.

Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission
700 SW Harrison, Suite 500
Topeka, KS 66603-3754
Phone (785) 296-5800
Fax (785) 296-0900

 

Charitable gaming

Kansas law permits non-profit religious, educational, charitable, fraternal and veterans organizations to conduct bingo games. Pulltabs may only be legally sold during a scheduled bingo session conducted by an organization holding a current bingo license. In that situation, pulltabs are called instant bingo.

Administrator of Charitable Gaming
Kansas Department of Revenue
Docking State Office Building - Room 230
915 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, KS 66625-3512
Phone (785) 296-6127

 

Last updated on April 23, 2017