Two weeks after opening in-person sports wagering and one week before the launch of mobile wagering, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear gave an update on the recent success of the retail launch and what Kentuckians can expect next.
Over $4.5 million has been wagered in the state since retail sports betting went live on Sept. 7, according to a press release from the Governor’s office.
“This is a strong number that certainly reflects the excitement Kentuckians have for the opening of sports wagering,” Beshear said in the release. “With college football and the NFL season underway, plus the launch of mobile wagering, we expect that number will grow significantly.”
Kentuckians can begin placing wagers on their mobile phones starting Thursday, Sept. 28. Mobile users are now able to create an account and deposit money into their preferred, licensed mobile wagering application or applications in preparation for the launch.
The following mobile applications have been licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to operate in Kentucky and will launch their applications on opening day:
- Bet 365
- Bet MGM
- Barstool Sportsbook
- Draft Kings
Earlier Thursday, the Sports Wagering Advisory Council met and recommended additions to the sports wagering catalog. The wagering catalog is a list of sporting events and sports governing bodies approved for wagering in Kentucky. Recommended additions to the sports wagering catalog include:
- Formula One Racing
- NRL (National Rugby League Australia)
- PFL (Professional Fighters League MMA)
- Bellator (MMA)
- Universal Tennis League