The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve temporary licences for sports wagering operator and service providers, Gov. Andy Beshear announced yesterday.
The would grant the licence holders the right to operate in the state for one year while under continued review.
Churchill Downs, Louisville and Derby City Gaming in Louisville, as well as Ellis Park, Henderson, The Mint Gaming Hall Cumberland Run, Corbin and The Mint Gaming Hall Cumberland, Williamsburg are among the retail licensees.
Newport Racing and Gaming, Newport, Oak Grove Gaming and Racing, Oak Grove and The Red Mile, Lexington and Turfway Park, Florence were also approved to open a sportsbook for their racetracks and satellite facilities, with a retail opening booked for September 7.
Derby City Gaming, Louisville, Ellis Park, Owensboro and Sandy’s Gaming and Racing, Ashland were approved with facilities coming soon.
In addition, temporary licences were also approved for nine service providers. Bet365, BetMGM, Caesars, Circa, DraftKings, Fanatics, FanDuel and Penn Sports Interactive were all approved for mobile applications in the state. Kambi was approved as a service provider for retail operations and will not have a mobile operation.
“The countdown continues as we move closer to sports wagering with retail locations opening in just 16 days,” said Beshear.
“Thank you to the KHRC commissioners for their dedication to getting this done right and getting it done in time for the opening of the NFL season.”
“We are excited to open sports wagering on our target date as we continue working through this careful process dedicated to wagering integrity and protecting bettors in the state of Kentucky,” said KHRC Chairman Jonathan Rabinowitz.