Butler National signs deal with DraftKings, Bally's bringing sports betting to Kansas

May 18, 2022

Butler National Corporation has signed a deal with two betting operators DraftKings and Ballyโ€™s Corporation in a move to bring the activity of sports betting to the State of Kansas.

Through its wholly-owned subsidiary that manages Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, Kansas, Butler National and its new sportsbook partners will set off to realize the sports betting industry that has recently been legalized in the state.

The Kansas State's new sports betting law has allowed Butler National subsidiary to run sports betting business at a retail sportsbook in the Boot Hill Casino facility in Dodge City. Moreover, the law also allows Butler National to get into partnership deals with more than three sports betting operators.

CEO of Butler National Corporation, Clark Stewart, has spoken about the new collaborative efforts with DraftKings and Bally's which, he said, comes to bring the sports betting experience to the residents of Kansas.

"We worked diligently to find partners that would bring Kansans a seamless, safe, and premium sports betting experience.

"We are ready to work with DraftKings and Ballyโ€™s to make sports wagering available in Kansas."

Vice President Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel of DraftKings, Griffin Finan added:

"With the passage of mobile sports betting legislation in Kansas, DraftKings is excited for the opportunity to enter the state pending licensure and regulatory approvals.

"Together with Boot Hill Casino & Resort, we look forward to engaging with Kansans and providing them with a world-class sports betting experience."

Kansas entering legal sports betting

Kansas becomes the latest state in the U.S. that has legalized sports betting. A sports betting bill has been signed into law on Thursday, May 12, by Governor Laura Kelly. The sports wagering would then be fully legal to be practiced in the State of Kansas on July 1, 2022.

When the sports betting is officially running in Kansas on the designated date, those who are in the legal betting age, and present within the geographical boundaries of Kansas, can put bet directly from mobile devices or computers by accessing a participating sportsbook or by visiting a lottery gaming facility.

Further in his statement, Clark Stewart has expressed hope for the sports betting activity to be able to start during the time of big sporting events in the near future.

"We are hopeful to try to bring mobile sports betting to Kansans by football season. Kansans should be proud of the cooperative efforts by Kansas Legislators, our Governor, government agencies, and private businesses, like Butler National Corporation, to bring legalized sports betting to Kansas.

Chief Operating Officer of North America for Ballyโ€™s Interactive, the division that manages the companyโ€™s online gaming products, Adi Dhandhania also added:

โ€œWe are pleased that Kansas has now legalized sports betting, joining an increasing number of states across the nation. We look forward to working with our partners at Boot Hill Casino & Resort to bring the Ballyโ€™s online gaming experience to Kansans.โ€

Besides their partnership in online sports betting with DraftKings and Ballyโ€™s, Boot Hill Casino & Resort is reportedly also preparing for the on-site sportsbook to accommodate bets this fall.

Stewart added that the movement will in turn do a great deed for the economy of Kansas state.

โ€œOur goal continues to be to drive tourism and revenue for the State of Kansas. Sports betting at Boot Hill Casino will give guests another exciting reason to visit Dodge City.โ€

Jake Williams
Jake Williams is a sports gambling expert. He's been writing in the sports betting and DFS industry for over a decade. He specializes in MLB and NBA, along with College Basketball and College Football.