Governor’s office shares sports wagering revenue, online betting updates

Sports wagering started in Kentucky on September 7 with Gov. Andy Beshear placing the state’s first bet at Churchill Downs, and since then sports wagering has raked in around $4.5 million in preliminary revenue according to a news release from Beshear’s Office on Thursday.

Beshear says the revenue reflects the excitement Kentuckians have for sports wagering and he expects for the revenue to increase as college and national football seasons continue along with the launch of online wagering.

With online wagering set to start on September 28, the news release shared what mobile applications have been licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to operate in Kentucky.

The following applications have been licensed and will be open to wagering on September 28: Bet 365, Bet MGM, Barstool Sportsbook, Caesars, Draft Kings, FanDuel and Fanatics. According to the news release not all licensed applications have been reported yet.

Along with sharing licensed wagering applications, the news release highlighted the expansion of the Sports Wagering Advisory Council’s wagering catalog which lists which sports can be wagered on in Kentucky.

 Formula One Racing, the National Rugby League Australia, Professional Mixed Martial Arts, Bellator Mixed Martial Arts and the Universal Tennis League are now eligible for sports wagering in Kentucky.