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Kansas Casino Revenue Rises 11.03% Year-On-Year In May 2024

Kansas’ four non-tribal casinos recorded $36.1 million in May gaming revenue, up over 11% on the year and over $1 million from April 2024.

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One year can make a big difference.

In the case of Kansas’ four non-tribal casinos, that one-year difference can be counted in dollars: $3,590,033, to be exact. That’s how much casino revenue rose from May 2023 to May 2024, according to data from the Kansas Lottery, indicating solid growth in the Kansas casino industry over the past 12 months. Revenue was up compared to April, too.

Key takeaways

  • Online casinos are not legal in Kansas but could’ve generated a projected $50.2 million in revenue this past month.
  • May land-based, non-tribal casino revenue topped $36 million.
  • Revenue was up more than 11% year-on-year.

Online casinos? Not in Kansas

Like all of its brethren west of the Mississippi, Kansas does not offer online casinos. That’s unfortunate, as PlayUSA predicts the state’s casinos could’ve earned more than $50 million in May:

StateMay online casino revenuePopulation (according to 2023 Census Bureau data)Per-capita revenue
Pennsylvania$216.5 million13 million$16.65
Michigan$198.6 million10 million$19.86
New Jersey$192.1 million9.3 million$20.65
Connecticut$46.3 million3.6 million$12.86
West Virginia$17.9 million1.8 million$9.94
Delaware$3.9 million1 million$3.90
Average$112.6 million6.5 million$17.32
Kansas (projected)$50.2 million2.9 million$17.32

Hollywood Casino posts big yearly gains

Leading the revenue charge in May was Hollywood Casino, which saw its annual revenue rise nearly 16%. The casino brought in $14.49 million in May, up nearly $2 million over the previous year. Month-on-month, the casino enjoyed a nearly $800,000 increase in revenue.

May 2024May 2023% change
Kansas Star Casino$14,027,919$12,726,58110.23%
Hollywood Casino$14,489,461$12,493,13415.98%
Boot Hill Casino$4,060,928$3,881,1384.63%
Kansas Crossing Casino$3,547,572$3,434,9943.28%
Total revenue$36,125,880$32,535,84711.03%

Hollywood’s revenue gains accounted for more than half of the total win increase over Kansas’ April 2024 gaming revenue, while Kansas star pitched in a roughly $200,000 jump.

May’s totals were the second-highest over the past four months. In March, Kansas’ four casinos raked in $38.7 million, up more than $4 million over February thanks to the increased betting and traffic brought in by the March Madness men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments.

Additionally, all four casinos posted their second-best revenue totals going back to February, according to the Kansas Lottery’s May 2024 report.

May 2024April 2024March 2024February 2024
Hollywood Casino$14,489,461$13,689,348$15,239,444$13,394,979
Kansas Star Casino$14,027,919$13,844,575$15,306,516$13,796,248
Boot Hill Casino$4,060,928$3,958,418$4,401,503$3,897,646
Kansas Crossing Casino$3,547,572$3,437,037$3,721,726$3,209,852
Total revenue$36,125,880$34,929,378$38,669,189$34,298,726

Kansas governor leverages sports betting revenue to entice Chiefs, Royals

While online casinos aren’t legal in Kansas, online sportsbooks are, and Gov. Laura Kelly is ready to use taxes from online sports betting to bring the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals to the Sunflower State. The governor recently signed a bill that would use sports betting tax revenue (among other income sources) to fund the construction of a new stadium for the Chiefs and Royals.

The offer comes as the two teams deal with the aftermath of Jackson County residents voting against a sales tax increase to fund a new stadium for the Royals and renovations for the Chiefs’ GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

The pitch by the Kansas governor could inadvertently help Kansas online casinos become a reality. iGaming would create considerably more tax revenue than sports betting would. If the state is already leveraging its sports betting tax revenue to bring the Chiefs and Royals, imagine what it could do with a massive influx of revenue from Kansas online casinos.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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