Prairie Band is likely to expand its offering in Kansas by the end of the fourth quarter of the currency year, that is, 2023. Assuming it does that, Prairie Band will become the fourth tribal gaming authority to do so in the region. It closely follows the presence of the Kickapoo Tribe of Indians, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas & Nebraska, and the Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri.
Simply put, Prairie Band can begin offering sports betting to its guests. While the actual implementation of the rules is scheduled to happen in the last quarter of 2023, the platform can tentatively begin accepting bets right from September. The only question that remains is about the scope of its offering.
One principle is that if not constrained, the operator can rapidly take over the entire region by widely spreading its functions.
What makes the entry of Prairie Band a possibility is the amendment agreed upon between Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the state of Kansas, and the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs. The permission granted is specifically for Mayetta and sports betting.
Sportsbook, as per the current plan, will open inside the casino by the end of 2023. Prairie Band has plans in place to come up with a mobile application so that everyone can participate without having to visit the actual location. However, access to the mobile application would be limited to those who reside in the region. Meaning bets will only be placed on the tribe’s land.
There is a chance that that could change soon. The litigation in the court running at the moment challenges the status quo to successfully claim a favorable outcome; Prairie Band will gain the right to operate online sports betting across Kansas. Therefore, it only makes sense for Prairie Band to have its application in place even if the litigation does not sustain in the court.
No matter where the mobile application lands in the days to come, it is a surety that Prairie Band is coming up with a land-based sportsbook in a casino. Prairie Band is hoping to attract visitors in large numbers.
This is not the only development to have taken place in Kansas. Its Gaming Commission recently held that Wichita Casino would be able to host a thousand HHR machines – historical horse racing machines. The permission has been granted to Phil Ruffin, allowing Golden Circle Casino to move ahead with its plans. The verdict inches closer to making things legal in the segment after the disqualification of George Laham due to his partnership with Boyd Gaming Inc in operating Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane.
Golden Circle Casino has, so far, received the letter of support for eminent personalities like Dan Hawkins, Pete Meitzner, Mike Hill, and Sharon Fearey. The casino is expected to have a total of three floors, out of which the first floor will be dedicated to 1,000 HHR machines. The remaining floors will host bars, TV broadcasting, and dining options, among other facilities.