Breaking: Kentucky Mobile Sports Betting Registration Can Begin Aug. 28

Breaking: Kentucky Mobile Sports Betting Registration Can Begin Aug. 28
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Kentuckians can start registering for mobile sports betting accounts in less than two weeks. 

On Thursday, Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled the timeline for key events leading up to the launch of brick-and-mortar and online sports betting in Kentucky

“The countdown is on. We are just three weeks away from sports wagering in Kentucky,” Beshear said in a statement. “We are ready to deliver the quality entertainment experience Kentuckians asked for, while bringing money to the state to support pensions.”

Next Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is scheduled to meet and review applications for sports betting licenses. Presently, seven of the state’s nine racetracks are known to have applied for licenses, and Kentucky betting apps Bet365, BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, Circa Sports, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Penn Interactive have applied for operator licenses. State officials expect more applications to come.

Kentucky Sports Betting Timeline

According to the timeline unveiled by Beshear, pre-registration for approved mobile sports betting operators can start at 6 a.m. ET on Aug. 28. That’s one month before mobile sites and apps can start taking bets.

Accountholders will be able to make deposits into those accounts starting on Sept. 7.

Also on Sept. 7, brick-and-mortar sportsbooks will be able to open at 10 a.m. ET at racetracks and historical horse racing parlors across the state.

“The KHRC is excited to open sports wagering and is working efficiently to meet the necessary deadlines. This is a careful process dedicated to wagering integrity and protecting bettors in the state of Kentucky,” KHRC Chairman Jonathan Rabinowitz said in statement.



Steve Bittenbender

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