Kentucky Sports Betting Starts Today: Live Updates


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321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Kentucky Sports Betting Here To Stay

While online sports betting in Kentucky does not start until September 28, in-person sportsbooks will remain open until then as it is now legal to wager in Kentucky. There was plenty of fanfare across the state, including a barnstorming tour by Gov. Andy Beshear.

With NFL betting starting in earnest tonight and plenty of Kentucky college football action to hit this weekend, the Bluegrass State industry has nowhere to go but up.

Kentucky bettors can already create accounts and fund them with online Kentucky sportsbooks even before they go live later this month.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Beshear Would Not Keep Winnings

Gov. Andy Beshear placed two bets Thursday to open in-person sports betting in Kentucky. The ceremonial bets placed in Louisville, by both the governor and other celebrity guests, will not go into their personal pockets.

If the bets are winners, the funds will instead go to the Louisville Sports Commission, according to the AP.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Online Sportsbooks In The Wings

Only in-person sports betting launched today in Kentucky, but bettors in Kentucky can register and deposit into online accounts today. Online sportsbooks can go live September 28.

These sportsbooks are lined up for launch this fall:

  • Bet365
  • BetMGM
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • Circa Sports
  • Fanatics Sportsbook
  • FanDuel
  • ESPN Bet
321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Beshear Stops In At Red Mile

After kicking the day off in Louisville at Churchill Downs, Gov. Andy Beshear made it to Lexington for his 1:30 pm ribbon cutting at Red Mile Racing.

Along with his college football bets in Louisville, Beshear placed a bet on Kentucky men’s basketball to win the NCAA National Championship.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Louisville Mayor Places First Bet

Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg placed his first bet at the Churchill Downs Race & Sports Book Thursday afternoon.

The Mayor placed a two-pick parlay for both Louisville and Kentucky to cover their point spreads this weekend.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Caesars Promotes Special Promo

With its in-person sportsbook now open at The Red Mile, Caesars is promoting a sign-up special in Kentucky until September 27, the day before online sports betting in the state begins.

Users can deposit $20 this month and receive $100 in bonus bets, distributed as weekly $25 wagers, once online wagering is live.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Beshear Denies Victory Lap

Around the same time, Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted another video celebrating the launch of Kentucky sports betting, the Associated Press reported a spokesperson for his competitor in the 2024 election, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, claimed the governor was taking undue credit for legalizing sports betting. In the same AP report, Beshear denied the accusation.

“They all know the truth,” Beshear said. “It’s just an election season. But why don’t we all just be happy today. Sports betting is legal in Kentucky. Let’s not play politics with it.”

After all, the legalization required bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled legislature as well as Beshear’s signature.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Kentucky Media Loving Sports Betting

Kentucky news channels were spread across several in-person sportsbooks this morning.

Even though the lawmakers placing ceremonial first bets are dispersing, the channels, like LEX 18, appear to be set up live for the afternoon.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Operators Running Smoothly

Several sources on the ground in Kentucky tell LSR‘s Jim Gazzale that in-person Kentucky sports betting is running well so far.

That includes sources at both Churchill Downs and Red Mile Gaming, where key lawmakers made appearances this morning to place the state’s first bets.

321 days ago
by Pat Evans

Kentucky Wants Responsible Gaming

In Gov. Andy Beshear’s release this afternoon, there was also a comment from Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Ray Perry about responsible gambling.

“Protecting Kentucky’s bettors is our number one priority, that and providing the best customer experience. Thanks to an extremely dedicated team, we are meeting those goals on an ambitious timeline,” Perry said.

Kentucky law sends 2.5% of sports betting tax revenue to the Problem Gambling Assistance Fund.