Kentucky Regulator Approves Retail and Online Sportsbook Licenses Ahead of September Launch

  • The temporary sports betting licenses will be valid for 12 months
  • Retail and online sportsbooks will be able to launch in September
  • Online operators will be able to open pre-registration next week
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Kentucky’s regulator has approved an array of online and retail sportsbook licenses ahead of the market launch next month. [Image:]

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) has approved a number of retail and online sports betting license applications. These are temporary licenses which are valid for 12 months; the operators must undergo constant reviews during this period.

can open pre-registration for online accounts next week

Retail sportsbooks are set to open on September 7, with online platforms able to launch on September 28. Operators that have the green light to launch can open pre-registration for online accounts next week.

The KHRC approved online licenses at its meeting on Tuesday for FanDuel, DraftKings, Circa, Caesars, BetMGM, Bet365, Penn Sports Interactive, and Fanatics.

Numerous racetracks in the state got approval to open retail sportsbooks at their facilities, as well as at satellite locations. Each racetrack is able to partner with up to three online operators.

Talking about the upcoming market launch, KHRC Chairman Jonathan Rabinowitz mentioned the excitement of opening “sports wagering on our target date as we continue working through this careful process dedicated to wagering integrity and protecting bettors.”

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