Butler National Corporation (BUKS), through its wholly-owned subsidiary that manages Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City, Kansas, has entered into agreements with sports betting providers DraftKings and Bally’s Corporation to bring sports betting closer to Kansans. When sports betting is legalized in Kansas, anybody of legal betting age inside the state’s borders will be able to place bets directly from their mobile devices or computers by visiting a participating sportsbook or a lottery gaming facility.
Butler National is a well-known provider of professional gaming management services and a pioneer in special mission aircraft modifications. As the State’s Boot Hill Casino manager, the new sports betting law allows the Butler National subsidiary to contract with up to three sports wagering platform providers and offer sports wagering at a retail sportsbook in the Boot Hill Casino facility in Dodge City, subject to regulatory approvals.
“We worked diligently to find partners that would bring Kansans a seamless, safe, and premium sports betting experience,” said Clark Stewart, CEO, Butler National Corporation. “We are ready to work with DraftKings and Bally’s to make sports wagering available in Kansas.”
On Thursday, May 12, Governor Laura Kelly signed a bill that authorizes sports betting in Kansas. The sports wagering law becomes effective July 1, 2022.
“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,” added Stewart.
Mobile technology is fueling the popularity of sports betting. Sports fans wagered roughly $8 billion on this year’s Super Bowl, according to the American Gaming Association. Online sportsbooks increasingly offer their own betting applications, which provide greater convenience, customization, and the opportunity to place bets while watching a live sporting event.
“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,” said Griffin Finan, Vice President of Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel, DraftKings. “Together with Boot Hill Casino & Resort, we look forward to engaging with Kansans and providing them with a world-class sports betting experience.”
Bally Sports brings a robust, interactive suite of sports betting solutions. Kansas City fans will recognize Bally Sports as their go-to station to watch their favorite baseball teams. “Our partnership with Bally Sports will significantly enhance Kansans’ sports betting experience,” indicates Stewart.
“We 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 Bally’s online gaming experience to Kansans,” said Adi Dhandhania, Chief Operating Officer of North America for Bally’s Interactive, the division that manages the company’s online gaming products.
In addition to internet sports betting through DraftKings and Bally’s, Boot Hill Casino & Resort plans to open an on-site sports book this fall. “Our goal remains to increase tourism and revenue for the state of Kansas,” Stewart said. “Guests will have another exciting reason to visit Dodge City with sports betting at Boot Hill Casino.”
While any final action is subject to Kansas Lottery approval, the Boot Hill Casino & Resort team is excited to continue to plan for these sports betting changes. “This is an exciting addition to the gaming experience we are able to offer our patrons,” said Diane Giardine, General Manager, Boot Hill Casino & Resort. “We are eager to move forward with our partners to bring legal, safe sports betting to historic Dodge City, Kansas,” added Giardine.