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Kansas plans a “soft launch” for sports betting on Sept. 1 to kick off the football season.

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Topeka, Kansas — Sports betting in Kansas will begin on September 1, state officials announced Thursday, allowing bets to be placed at the start of the soccer season.

In April, lawmakers passed a bill allowing sports betting in the state under the control of the Kansas State Lottery. The action is estimated to generate up to $10 million in annual revenue within three years, with funds allocated to combat white-collar crime and attract new sports ventures.

Gov. Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 84 in May. Lottery officials worked with the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and the operators of his four casinos to implement sports betting well ahead of the Jan. 1 deadline.

Kansas Lottery Executive Director Stephen Darrell announced a “temporary soft launch” for wagering at noon on September 1, followed by a full launch on September 8.

“A lot of people worked hard in a very short amount of time to make sports betting a reality here in the state,” Darrell said in the promotional video.

This timing corresponds to the start of the college and NFL football seasons. The Kansas State football team’s first game is his Sept. 3, and Kansas City his Chiefs will play his first regular game of the season on Sept. 11.

“Legalizing sports betting is a common-sense solution that keeps Kansas money in Kansas and drives business to sporting events, casinos, restaurants and other entertainment venues,” the governor said. I would like to thank all our partners who have worked with us to get this done in time for the football season.”

Missouri legislators have made various efforts in recent years to legalize sports betting. The latest push of the year fell short when it was embroiled in controversy over the video lottery, dooming both proposals in the Missouri Senate.

Kansas law allows sports betting in casinos and mobile apps. His four state-licensed casinos operate in Kansas City, Malvern, Pittsburgh, and Dodge City. Tribal Casino is still doing deals with regulators.

A state official said the operator has been granted a one-year interim license and that the platform on which the contract was awarded “will be announced shortly.”

The website, which describes itself as “a group of sports betting and casino professionals,” has announced a platform ready to launch on September 1, with FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, Caesars, PointsBet, and Identified as BallyBet.

The Senate passed legislation authorizing sports betting by a vote of 21-13 after the House adopted it by a vote of 73-49.

“People in Kansas are already betting on sports,” said Senator Jeff Pittman, a Leavenworth Democrat who voted in favor of the bill. “A lot of people do it on illegal platforms that take money from the state. Sports betting isn’t for everyone.

Opponents of the bill questioned its legality, how the proceeds are used, and the negative effects of gambling.

“We destroy people’s lives,” said Hutchinson Republican Senator Mark Steffen. “We don’t know their names now. We don’t know what they look like. But we know it will happen.”

This article was originally published by Kansas Reflector, an affiliate of States Newsroom.