Introduction to Kansas Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Kansas slot machine casino gambling consists of four state-run, commercial casinos and five tribal casinos.
A minimum theoretical payout limit exists for the state-run casinos in Kansas as well as at four out of five tribal casinos. No actual return statistics are publicly available.
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Relevant Legal Statutes on Gambling in Kansas*
The minimum legal 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 have ended. 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.
In 2008, the Wyandotte Nation, a federally-recognized tribe in Oklahoma, opened a tribal casino in downtown Kansas City. This opening occurred after more than a decade of litigation.
*The purpose of this section is to inform the public of state gambling laws and how the laws might apply to various forms of gaming. It is not legal advice.
Slot Machine Private Ownership in Kansas
In Kansas, it is legal to own a slot machine privately if manufactured before 1950.
Gaming Control Board in Kansas
The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission (KRGC) regulates commercial gaming in Kansas. The primary responsibilities of the KRGC centers around the four state-run casinos in Kansas.
The Kansas State Gaming Agency is a separate agency which provides oversight of the tribal-state gaming compacts for the five tribal casinos in Kansas. Its authority for this enforcement role comes through the Tribal Gaming Oversight Act.
Further, each federally-recognized American Indian tribe with a negotiated and approved tribal-state gaming compact also has a tribal gaming commission. Each commission regulates tribal gaming operations at a single tribal casino, including:
- 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 state-run, non-tribal casinos and five American Indian tribal casinos in Kansas.
The largest casino in Kansas is Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway with 2,000 gaming machines and 40 table games.
The second-largest casino is Kansas Star Casino Hotel Event Center with 1,850 gaming machines and 50 table games.
Commercial 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 Hotel in Pittsburg located 164 miles southeast of Topeka.
- Kansas Star Casino Hotel Event Center in Mulvane located 17 miles south of Wichita.
Tribal Casinos in Kansas
The five American Indian tribal casinos in Kansas are:
- 7th Street Casino located in downtown Kansas City on the Missouri border.
- Casino 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. Bordering Kansas is:
Each of the links above will take you to my blog for that neighboring U.S. state to Kansas.
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Payout Returns in Kansas
The minimum theoretical payout limit for the four state-run, commercial casinos is 87%, per Kansas state law.
The KRGC provides monthly revenue reports for the four state-run casinos. With casino profits only, however, there is insufficient information to determine return statistics. Specifically, these reports do not show the amount won by players.
The minimum theoretical payout limit for all tribal casinos except for 7th Street Casino & Resort is 80%. This limit is in the Electronic Gaming Devices Technical Standards associated with each tribal-gaming compact within sub-section “Software Requirements for Percentage Payouts”.
Summary of Kansas Slot Machine Casino Gambling in 2020
Kansas slot machine casino gambling consists of four state-run, commercial, non-tribal casinos and five tribal casinos.
The minimum theoretical payout limit is 87% for the state-run casinos and 80% for tribal casinos owned and operated by the four tribes of Kansas.
Annual Progress in Kansas Slot Machine Casino Gambling
In the last year, Kansas Star Casino dropped from its first-place position as Kansas’ largest casino to the second-largest. Now, with 150 more slot machines, the largest casino in Kansas is Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.
Further, there has been no progress with re-opening The Woodlands, a defunct pari-mutual racetrack with slots machines. If it had re-opened, The Woodlands would have been the largest casino in Kansas. It has stood empty in Kansas City for over a decade.
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