KANSAS CITY, KS. — March Madness is right here and sports books in Kansas are hoping to money in.
According to the Kansas Lottery, statewide sports wagering income totaled $194,034,469 in February. That is a decline compared to the $206,060,734 in January.
A lottery spokesperson explained the explanation for the decline was for the reason that Kansas bettors placed wagers on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl, which they did.
Hollywood Casino sports book manager Tanner Rome expects March Madness to supply a monetary rebound.
“With the neighborhood teams becoming it the tournament, that just drives additional persons in right here,” Rome mentioned.
Rome added games on Thursday generated a lot of interest.
“It’s been busy all day with KU playing,” he mentioned. “It brings in a complete distinct crowd so, it is a lot of enjoyable.”
Mark Bergman was excited to spot his bets on Thursday.
“I do not reside quite far from right here, so it is good to be capable to come more than right here and do this,” Bergman mentioned. “I generally adore becoming in a casino.”
Yvette Koehler also placed her bets on Thursday.
“We adore coming to watch March Madness,” Koehler mentioned. “We’ve performed it for quite a few years now and then you can have a break and go into the casino and of course we come to watch our Jayhawks.”
Missouri lawmakers are attempting to get in on the action and legalize sports wagering this year.
At present, bills are becoming thought of in the Property and Senate. Legislators have to get one thing passed ahead of the legislative session ends by May perhaps 13.
Even though Missouri lawmakers debate legislation, persons like Keith and Christy Fowler travel to Kansas.
“We’re getting a blast and the persons that inside are just getting a blast along with us,” Keith Fowler mentioned. “They’re yelling at just about every bucket that goes in or misses. If they spend off then I’ll have a greater time.”