Sports wagering licenses approved ahead of launch in Kentucky

Kentuckians will be able to place bets on sporting events starting September 7th following legislation legalizing the wagers in the state during the 2023 session.

To set up a framework for people to be able to place their bets soon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) voted Tuesday to approve temporary licenses for in-person and digital operators and providers.

Where To Bet In Person
The following Kentucky racetracks and their satellite facilities were approved to open a sportsbook with a planned retail opening on September 7:

  • Churchill Downs, Louisville
  • Derby City Gaming, Louisville
  • Ellis Park, Henderson
  • The Mint Gaming Hall Cumberland Run, Corbin
  • The Mint Gaming Hall Cumberland, Williamsburg
  • Newport Racing and Gaming, Newport
  • Oak Grove Gaming and Racing, Oak Grove
  • The Red Mile, Lexington
  • Turfway Park, Florence

The following were approved, with facilities coming soon:

  • Derby City Gaming, coming soon to downtown Louisville
  • Ellis Park, coming soon to Owensboro
  • Sandy’s Gaming and Racing, coming soon to Ashland

Mobile Applications For Betting
There will be eight mobile applications that Kentuckians can also use to place bets starting September 28 including:

  • Bet365
  • BetMGM
  • Caesars
  • Circa Sports
  • DraftKings
  • Fanatics
  • FanDuel
  • Penn Sports Interactive

Timeline for Implementation
Last week, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a timeline for sports wagering to open in Kentucky. That timeline now moves closer to full implementation. Key dates for Kentuckians to remember include:

  • Monday, August 28, at 6 a.m. EDT: Kentuckians can pre-register an account with approved mobile applications. Allowing pre-registration eases strains on electronic systems that can sometimes happen when many people try to register at once.
  • Thursday, September 7, at 6 a.m. EDT: Wagerers can deposit money into their pre-registered mobile accounts only with approved mobile applications.
  • Thursday, September 7, at 10 a.m. EDT: Wagerers can place an in-person bet at licensed retail facilities.
  • Thursday, September 28, at 6 a.m. EDT: Approved mobile applications can start taking wagers.

Stay tuned to The Bottom Line for more information.

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