Kentucky Sports Betting Apps

Kentucky

One of the biggest betting events every year takes place in Kentucky, yet it took until 2023 for the state to legalize sports betting. Long known as a horse racing state, KY now has seven mobile sports betting operators and retail wagering options.

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All legal ways to bet on in Kentucky

Is online sports betting legal in Kentucky?Yes
Is in-person sports betting legal?Yes
Is daily fantasy sports legal?Yes
Is betting on college sports legal?Yes
Is horse racing betting legal?Yes
Is greyhound betting legal?No
Is political betting legal?No
Is eSports betting legal?Yes

Horse racing has been a staple in Kentucky since the 1800s when Churchill Downs opened, so residents have long been able to wager on horse and greyhound races. Now, with sports betting legal, bettors can also wager on professional and collegiate sports, including in-state colleges, so residents can bet on their beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

For those looking for a sports betting alternative, daily fantasy sports apps are also available in KY, but it is important to note that they are unregulated. The only thing that is still not available for customers to bet on is politics, which is common among states with legal gambling.

Online sports betting in The Bluegrass State

A discussion around sports betting and its legalization has been circulating in Kentucky since 2017. Prior to PASPA being overturned, the Bluegrass State had a sports betting bill circulate, but it wasn’t until 2018 that the state would create a panel to form another bill. Plenty of sports betting bills died during legislative sessions in Kentucky from 2017 to 2023.

The only one to survive was HB 551, which was created by Michael Meredith and passed on a 25-12 vote in the Senate. After the bill went into effect in June, it only took a little over two months before the first retail bet was placed at Churchill Downs. Online sports betting would go live later in the month, putting the sports betting market right into the hands of Kentucky residents.

With all nine racetracks receiving licenses, this means there could technically be 27 mobile operators in the state, but for right now, there are just eight. Circa Sportsbook was the most recent operator to be approved for a license, and they officially went live in KY on April 1, 2024.

Outside of Circa, bettors in Kentucky can still access some of the most prominent names on the market, including Bet365, BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars. With sports betting still in its infancy in KY, there is a good chance we see more operators enter the market within the coming years, especially since there are still plenty of online licenses available.

Not only will we likely see more mobile betting apps enter the state, but more retail betting facilities will also join the market. Most recently, Sandy’s Gaming and Racing was able to partner with an online betting app, giving them access to the sports betting market.

All legal KY sports betting apps in 2024 (from newest to oldest):

Sportsbook app

Launch date

Circa Sports

April 1, 2024

ESPN Bet

November 14, 2023

Bet365

September 28, 2023

BetMGM

September 28, 2023

Caesars Sportsbook

September 28, 2023

DraftKings

September 28, 2023

Fanatics Sportsbook

September 28, 2023

FanDuel

September 28, 2023

Sports betting & gambling legislation in KY

The legal gambling age in Kentucky is 18. However, most sportsbook operators still require bettors to be at least 21 years old. The state has long had a legal gambling age of 18, which is the required age to bet on horse races and do anything lottery-related, but operators have the choice to enforce a minimum gambling age of 21.

Currently, four mobile operators have their legal age set at 21, while three operators, including DraftKings, are keeping it at 18. While all mobile sportsbook operators are partnered with racetracks all over the state, residents do not need to be on location to create an account, as remote registration is fully available in KY.

All of the aforementioned rules and regulations are enforced by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Outside of those regulations, one of the biggest things for Kentucky bettors to be aware of is the tax rate, which is currently set at 6% of all winnings.

Gambling legislation could possibly still be discussed in the state moving forward since daily fantasy apps remain unregulated despite some of the big-name operators in that market still offering services in KY. Online casinos and online poker also remain illegal in the state, and it’s unclear how long that will remain the case.

Are online casinos legal in Kentucky?No
Are retail casinos legal?No
Are social sportsbooks legal?Yes
Are sweepstakes/social casinos legal?Yes
Is online poker legal?No
Is the lottery legal?Yes
The launch date of sports betting in Kentucky?Online: September 28, 2023 (Retail: Sept. 7, 2023.)
How many legal sports betting apps are there in KY?8
How many legal retail betting sites are there in KY?+10
Is remote registration allowed?Yes
Legal age for sports betting in Kentucky?21+
Kentucky's tax rate for betting/gambling winnings6%
Who regulates sports betting in Kentucky?Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Most recent updates from the KY sports betting scene

  • February 18, 2024: According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the state received over $1 million in wagers on the Super Bowl alone. These wagers came from over 200,000 bettors in the state

  • December 11, 2023: The governor and state regulator report that the initial two months of sports gambling have generated $8 million in tax revenue for the state, surpassing initial expectations

  • December 11, 2023: The state's gaming commission now allows wagers on NCAA Volleyball, UFC's Contender Series, and the TGL Golf League.

  • November 14, 2023: ESPN Bet officially launches in Kentucky. The PENN National product is partnered with Ellis Entertainment.

In-person sports betting sites and locations

A majority of states that have legalized sports betting have had online operators partner with casinos, but in Kentucky, they use their racetracks as retail locations to partner with. There are nine racetracks across KY, most of which with incredibly rich histories. All nine of these tracks received their sports betting licenses once HB 551 was passed, but their gambling experience was already well established.

Since the state sports betting bill is still fresh, the retail sportsbook aspect of most of these racetracks is still being built up.

Race tracks / Racinos

Location

Sandy’s Racing and Gaming

10775 US-60, Ashland

Red Mile Racetrack

1200 Red Mile Rd, Lexington

Cumberland Run (Lexington)

128 East Reynolds Rd. Lexington

Cumberland Run (Corbin)

777 Winners Lane, Corbin

Cumberland Run (Williamsburg)

244 Penny Ln, Williamsburg

Churchill Downs

700 Central Ave, Louisville

Turfway Park

7500 Turfway Rd, Florence

Derby City Gaming

4520 Poplar Level Road, Louisville

Derby City Gaming Downtown

401 W Market Street, Louisville

Oak Grove

777 Winners Way, Oak Grove

Ellis Park Race Track

3300 Us Highway 41 N, Henderson

Newport Racing & Gaming

1723 Monmouth St, Newport

Sports betting in neighboring states

By legalizing sports betting, Kentucky joined a growing region of surrounding states that offer their residents at least some form of sports wagering. Prior to their bill being passed, KY residents could have traveled close by to Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Illinois in order to place a legal sports wager.

The number of sportsbooks available in each state, along with the exact regulations, varies, so in order to find out more about these surrounding states, you can click on them in the chart below.

StateOnline sports bettingRetail sports bettingDFSHorse Race betting
IllinoisLegalLegalLegalLegal
MissouriIllegalIllegalLegalIllegal
OhioLegalLegalLegalLegal
TennesseeLegalIllegalLegalLegal
VirginiaLegalLegalLegalLegal
West VirginiaLegalLegalLegalLegal
IndianaLegalLegalLegalLegal

Sports betting revenue impact on Kentucky's economy

Sports betting legislation is still very fresh in the Bluegrass State, so we don’t have a full picture of what their numbers will look like on a consistent basis. However, in just their second month of legalization, they managed a little over $290 in handle and $7 million dollars in tax income.

The licensing fee for operators in the state is still unknown, but the state's tax rate varies depending on whether the business is an online operator or retail. All online operators have a tax rate of 14.25%, while retail has a 9.75% tax rate on revenue.

When new states open their doors to legal sports betting, they typically see continual growth in numbers on a monthly basis until they hit a plateau. Since more operators are still joining the market, Kentucky’s earning potential is still not known, but there is certainly a lot of potential already shining through.

Top 3 sportsbooks in the state in February 2024:

  1. DraftKings: Handle: $78.85m, Revenue: $8.3m

  2. FanDuel: Handle: $66m, Revenue: $7.7m

  3. Caesars Sportsbook: Handle: $17m, Revenue: $2.1m

Kentucky sports betting record months:

  • Sports betting handle: October 2023 ($279,834,932)

  • Revenue: October 2023 ($52,879,664)

  • Tax income: October 2023 ($7,535,352)

KY sports betting revenue in 2024

Month

Handle (MoM)

Revenue (MoM)

Tax income

Feb. 2024

$208,375,604

$22,066,987

$3,038,957

Jan. 2024

$257,108,231

$39,250,213

$5,365,293

2024 Total YTD

$465,483,835

$61,317,200

$8,404,250

Kentucky - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

What are the legal sports betting options in Kentucky?

Currently, sports bettors in Kentucky have access to nine mobile betting apps and eight retail betting facilities. These apps do not include the daily fantasy apps and racebooks that are also legal in the state.

How much money has KY gained from legalizing sports betting?

Legal sports betting is still in its infancy in Kentucky, but in the few months it has been legal, the state has made over $117 million in revenue.

What is the biggest letdown in Kentucky’s sports history?

The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the most popular teams in the state. Their famous basketball team has been upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament twice since 2022—first to 15-seed St. Peter’s and most recently to Oakland.

What is the top sports rivalry in KY?

The University of Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals have the biggest rivalry in the state, no matter what sport they are playing.