Sports betting legal in Kentucky starting Sept. 7

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear officially signed a new law, legalizing sports betting in the Commonwealth starting in September.

“Retail locations can open September 7th, 2023 followed by mobile applications on September 28th with more details to come. When you look back at this, the odds were against us, but we were determined to get sports betting passed in Kentucky and we got it done,” Beshear says.

While you may think about traveling to Wildcat or Cardinal territory to place your bets, just know there’s options in Hilltopper country as well.

“The process went along the way as it was supposed to. We knew that there was some June deadlines on regulations, and it takes time to work through those. But since then, very quickly, especially with a holiday in between, we’re happy to see that things got moved along to the governor for signature, so that’s great,” John Wholihan, Marketing Director at The Mint Gaming Hall and Kentucky Downs says.

With the on-site horse racing they offer, it’s a perfect match.

“It’s a great thing to complement, for example, the horse race betting/simulcasting that we currently offer at our properties. I think those two are a good complement together, racing and sports. For the property itself to have that amenity, another offering for people,” Wholihan says.

There has not been a date or sports betting partner announced yet, but make sure to stay tuned.

“We’ll have updates on all the sports wagering as things come online, including introducing a partner sportsbook and all those things will be announced through, our website, just to keep people up to date as we get into later on in the year and things really developing here locally,” Wholihan says.