The Prairie Band Casino and Resort in Mayetta, Kansas, has proudly opened its own sportsbook, marking a significant milestone as the first tribal casino in Kansas to introduce sports betting. This development follows the legalization of sports betting in the state in 2022, which led to extensive negotiations involving the Prairie Band Potawatomi tribe, the US Department of the Interior, and the state government.
Prairie Band Casino and Resort, operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, collaborated with Kambi to launch this sportsbook on January 4.
A Unique, Local Sportsbook Experience for Kansas Bettors
Joseph “Zeke” Rupnick, the chairperson of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, expressed his views on the tribal inclusion in Kansas’s sports betting scene. He highlighted the efforts to amend the law and tribal-state compact, ensuring that tribal casinos could operate on par with other state casinos. This initiative, he noted, was strongly supported by the governor and state legislators.
Chris Garrow, the casino’s director of gaming, mentioned to KSNT.com the distinct character of their sportsbook compared to others. He described it as a “locally owned and operated” establishment, akin to a community-focused “mom and pop shop.”
The Offerings at Prairie Band Casino and Resort
The newly opened sports betting area at the casino includes:
- A sports lounge for enjoying games while sipping on drinks
- Ten kiosks dedicated to online betting
Additionally, Prairie Band Casino and Resort continues to provide a comprehensive gambling experience with slot machines, table games, and bingo. The venue also boasts a variety of dining options, including:
- Three Fires Steakhouse
- The Longhouse Buffet
- Embers Bar & Grille
- Kapi Coffee Bar
- Lobby Bar
- The Casino Bar
Strategic Partnership with Kambi
The establishment of the state’s first tribal sportsbook was made possible through a multi-year partnership with Kambi, signed in September. Garrow emphasized the enthusiastic response from guests following the legalization of sports betting in Kansas. He shared that there had been a keen interest and anticipation among guests about when the casino would start offering sports betting, and now they could finally provide a definitive answer.
The Prairie Band Casino and Resort’s launch of the first tribal sportsbook in Kansas represents a significant advancement in the state’s gaming landscape. This move, resulting from collaborative efforts and strategic partnerships, not only enhances the casino’s offerings but also signifies a meaningful step towards equal footing for tribal and state casinos in Kansas. The unique, locally operated sportsbook adds a personal touch to the betting experience, further enriching the diverse entertainment options available at the resort.