Introduction to Kansas Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
Kansas slot machine casino gambling consists of four state-run commercial casinos and five American Indian tribal casinos. A potential tenth casino with pari-mutuel betting and slot machines, a racino, is still under review by the state legislature.
Minimum theoretically payout return percentages are known to have been established for all non-tribal casinos as well as all but one tribal casino. Actual payout return statistics from any, however, are not made available to the public.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Kansas*
The minimum gambling age in Kansas depends upon the gambling activity:
- Land-Based Casinos: 21
- Poker Rooms: 21
- Bingo: 18
- Lottery: 18
- Pari-Mutuel Wagering: 18
The Kansas legislature approved charitable and social gaming in 1974, followed in 1978 by both pari-mutuel racetracks and a state lottery. All state licenses for pari-mutuel facilities in Kansas have since lapsed or been revoked. None have been open since 2008.
In 1995, negotiations led to a state-tribal compact for the establishment of four American Indian tribal casinos. This quickly led to the state granting licensing for four non-tribal casinos.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws apply to various forms of gambling. This information is not intended to provide legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Kansas
It is legal to privately own a slot machine in Kansas if it was manufactured before 1950.
Gaming Control Board in Kansas
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC) is the regulatory agency for commercial (non-tribal) gaming in Kansas. While they are also responsible for pari-mutuel betting, no such facilities have been open since August 2008.
As a result, the primary responsibilities of the KRGC center around the four state-run casinos in Kansas.
The KRGC states they have monthly revenue reports publicly available for these casinos. However, these so-called unaudited reports do not show revenues but rather casinos profits from electronic gaming machines from each casino.
Specifically, these monthly financial reports do not show how much was won by players. Rather, they report the net amount held by a casino after those winnings were returned.
So, these reports show the casino’s profit from electronic gaming machines and not the revenue. As a consequence, not knowing the amount returned to casino patrons as winnings means it is not possible to calculate payout return statistics for these casinos.
The Kansas State Gaming Agency is a separate agency which helps regulate tribal gaming operations for the State of Kansas. Specifically, it enforces the tribal-state gaming compacts through the Tribal Gaming Oversight Act.
Each American Indian tribe with a negotiated and approved tribal-state gaming compact also has a tribal gaming commission. Each of these tribal gaming commissions also helps regulate tribal gaming operations at a single tribal casino. These are:
- Iowa Tribe Gaming Commission
- Kickapoo Tribe Gaming Commission
- Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Gaming Commission
- Sac & Fox Nation Gaming Commission
Casinos in Kansas
There are four non-tribal casinos and five American Indian tribal casinos in Kansas.
The largest casino in Kansas is the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, having 1,850 gaming machines and 50 table games.
The Woodlands is a former pari-mutuel facility with a long and troubled history, first as a greyhound track starting in 1989, later as a horse racing track, before finally closing in 2008.
This currently proposed casino is expected to have up to 3,000 gaming machines. If it were to open, it would become the largest casino in Kansas.
List of Casinos in Kansas
The four state-run commercial non-tribal casinos in Kansas are:
- Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City located 169 miles west of Wichita.
- Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City located 49 miles east of Topeka on the Missouri border.
- Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg located 164 miles southeast of Topeka.
- Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane located 17 miles south of Wichita.
List of Tribal Casinos in Kansas
All four American Indian tribes in Kansas have been federally recognized. Further, each has negotiated tribal-state compacts subsequently approved by the U.S. Department of Interior.
These compacts with the tribes of Kansas are publicly available from the Kansas State Gaming Agency. Each of these tribes owns and operates a tribal casino in Kansas.
Further, another tribal casino in Kansas is owned and operated by the Wyandotte Nation, a federally-recognized tribe in nearby Oklahoma. After more than a decade of litigation, in 2008 the Wyandotte Nation successfully opened a casino in downtown Kansas City.
The five American Indian tribal casinos in Kansas are:
- 7th Street Casino & Resort located in downtown Kansas City on the Missouri border.
- Casino White Cloud in White Cloud located 88 miles north-northeast of Topeka near the Missouri border.
- Golden Eagle Casino in Horton located 52 miles north of Topeka.
- Prairie Band Casino & Resort in Mayetta located 24 miles north of Topeka.
- Sac & Fox Casino in Powhattan located 49 miles north of Topeka.
Other Gambling Establishments
As an alternative to enjoying Kansas slot machine casino gambling, consider exploring casino options in a nearby state.
Kansas is bordered by:
Each of the links above will take you to my state-specific blog for that bordering state to Kansas.
Payout Returns in Kansas
The minimum theoretical payout return percentage for the state-run commercial casinos per State of Kansas gaming regulations is not legally allowed to be less than 87%.
The minimum theoretical payout return percentage for tribal casinos per tribal-state gaming compacts between the tribes of Kansas and the State of Kansas is 80%.
This 80% payout return limit for tribal casinos in Kansas was confirmed by review of the Electronic Gaming Devices Technical Standards documents associated with each tribal-state gaming compact in the “Software Requirements for Percentage Payouts” sub-section.
Interestingly enough, the theoretical payout return for the tribal casino in Kansas City is unclear. This 7th Street Casino & Resort in Kansas City is owned and operated by the Wyandotte Nation.
This tribe is not a tribe of Kansas. Rather, they are from Oklahoma, with whom they have a negotiated tribal-state compact. They have no such compact in place with Kansas.
Furthermore, the Wyandotte Nation’s compact with Oklahoma does not set payout return limits. It is perhaps possible that a payout return limit was legally set during their decade of litigation to get approval to open their tribal casino in Kansas. If so, my research has yet to uncover it.
Actual payout return statistics are not publicly available from either the state-run commercial casinos nor the tribal casinos.
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Summary of Kansas Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2018
Kansas slot machine casino gambling consists of four state-run commercial casinos and five American Indian tribal casinos. The proposed re-opening of a tenth casino continues to remain under review by the state.
Minimum theoretically payout return percentages are 87% for all non-tribal casinos and 80% for tribal casinos run by the four Kansas tribes. The minimum payout return for the tribal casino in Kansas City, owned and operated by the Wyandotte Nation from the state of Oklahoma, if it exists at all, is unclear.
Annual Progress in Kansas Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, attempts were made to re-open The Woodlands greyhound and horse racetrack with slot machines. So far, these attempts have been unsuccessful. This former pari-mutuel betting facility and now potential racino has stood empty in Kansas C
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