The story regarding casinos in Kansas is a bit tricky and probably not what most people would come to expect. For a state that is consistently on the conservative side of things and located within such close proximity to Bible Belt states, it would seem unfathomable that there are any legal gambling options for those living in Kansas. Much to the surprise of many, however, there are plenty of casino-style gambling options in the state.
Even though the casino atmosphere you will find in Kansas is nothing like that which you will find in places like Las Vegas, there are very few things you can do in Las Vegas that you cannot do in Kansas. What’s more, casinos are a somewhat new development for the state, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Kansas casinos.
7th Street Casino
Boot Hill Casino
Casino White Cloud
Golden Eagle Casino
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
Kansas Star Casino
Prairie Band Casino & Resort
Sac and Fox Casino
Land-based casinos’ name tells you just about everything you need to know. In Kansas, whether or not a casino is land-based is something that must be mentioned seeing as the Midwestern United States is known for its wide range of riverboat gambling options.
In Kansas, land-based casinos are able to offer players a full range of games culminating in what even the biggest critics can define as a complete casino experience. In addition to the thousands of slot games at the state’s land-based establishments, there are also hundreds of table games and live poker. In addition to all of this, most of these casinos also have bars, restaurants, hotels, and shopping options. Even though you may not find anything resembling the Las Vegas Strip in Kansas, the casinos that do exist are able to offer you the most complete casino experience possible.
The tribal casinos that exist in Kansas are almost identical to the land-based ones in every way. The only real difference between the two is that tribal casinos are located on tribal lands and owned/operated by Native American tribes. Though the establishment of Native American casinos came a bit later than expected, an agreement was reached and these sites were quickly built. Now, many of the tribal casinos in the state of Kansas have a history that stretches back nearly 20 years.
The history of gambling in Kansas extends back to the early 19th century, and even further depending upon who you ask. Though the many Native American tribes that called Kansas home have long played games of chance, historians give more credit to the cattle drivers and cowboys that passed through the state for really introducing Kansas to casino-style gambling. Whether it was games of chance played by cattle drivers or other games played by Native Americans, gambling was a regular occurrence all throughout the state.
As Kansas became increasingly settled throughout the latter part of the 19th century and early parts of the 20th century, casino-style gambling became infrequent and difficult to find. Shortly after the turn of the 20th century slots were determined to be illegal along with other games of chance, and even betting at horse and dog tracks was soon outlawed.
It wasn’t until 1974 when gambling began to once again make an appearance in the state. In this year, Kansas lawmakers approved charitable and social gambling so long as they were kept to relatively low stakes and abided by all of the rules and regulations set forth. Only 4 years after that, gambling laws in Kansas were relaxed further to allow for betting on horse races at licensed tracks as well as a state lottery.
In 1995, 4 Native American leaders and Kansas lawmakers sat down and struck a deal that would allow for the aforementioned 4 tribes to begin building casino resorts on their own land. Within a few years, all 4 tribes had set up and opened their own casinos. The existence of tribal casinos in Kansas created a landslide of sorts, because quickly thereafter land-based casinos were granted licenses and ultimately were allowed to open their doors.
Nowadays, there are plenty of casinos to take advantage of. With that being said, it must be mentioned that most of Kansas’ casinos are located on the Eastern side of the state, in close proximity to Kansas City. There is one casino located near Wichita (Southern Kansas), but apart from this the rest of the state is missing out. Luckily, an overwhelming majority of Kansas citizens live in the Eastern and Northeastern parts of the state. We would like to think more casinos are going to be built, but with such a sparse population, that much does not seem entirely too likely.