First Tribal Sportsbook In Kansas Launches At Prairie Band Casino

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on January 5, 2024
Kansas Sunflower State tribal sports betting

Prairie Band Casino and Resort has officially opened its on-site sportsbook in Mayetta, Kansas. It is the first tribal Kansas casino to offer sports betting.

The legalization of sports betting in Kansas in 2022 initiated a long process of negotiations between the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, the US Department of the Interior and the state.

Prairie Band Casino and Resort, owned by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, partnered with Kambi to open the sportsbook on Jan. 4.

‘Locally operated’ sportsbook available to Kansas players

According to 13WIBWJoseph “Zeke” Rupnick, chairperson for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, said:

“I think when the state first went with sports betting tribes weren’t really considered in that and then we had to go back and amend the law to allow us to amend our compact with a state.

I want to thank the governor, all her staff, and of course all the state legislators that worked really hard to make sure that we could amend our compact to be able to allow this amenity. That was one of the things that we asked for was to allow tribes to be on the same playing field as every other casino in the state of Kansas.”

As KSNT.com reported, Chris Garrow, director of gaming for Prairie Band Casino and Resort, said there’s a “unique twist” to this casino’s sportsbook compared to its commercial competitors. He said:

“It’s a locally owned … locally operated sportsbook. Think of it as your mom and pop shop.”

What can players expect from Prairie Band Casino and Resort?

As announced, the new sports betting location features:

  • A sports lounge where people can watch the big game and have drinks
  • Ten gaming kiosks where guests can place online bets

Apart from offering slot machines, table games and bingo, Prairie Band Casino and Resort provides many eating options, including a buffet style, fast casual and fine dining. There are various bars and restaurants, such as:

  • Three Fires Steakhouse
  • The Longhouse Buffet
  • Embers Bar & Grille
  • Kapi Coffee Bar
  • Lobby Bar
  • The Casino Bar

Prairie Band Casino and Resort partnered with Kambi

To launch the first tribal sportsbook in the state, Prairie Band Casino and Resort signed the multi-year partnership with Kambi in September.

When signing the agreement, Garrow emphasized they received positive feedback from the guests:

“When sports betting was legalized in Kansas last year, we received so many positive comments and questions from our guests. Mostly asking when we start offering it, and we continue to get those questions. Now, we finally will be able to answer those questions with certainty.”

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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