• The Kansas City Chiefs win the AFC West 40% of the time in our simulation. A $20 bet on the Kansas City Chiefs to win the division would return $52.00.
• PFF’s projections currently have Skyy Moore coming UNDER 700.5 receiving yards as a rookie, which would return $37.39 with a $20 bet.
Bettors in Kansas can place legal sports wagers beginning Thursday, Sept. 1 at noon — right in time for the start of the 2022 NFL season.
But where can they find action and which types of bets are available? Let’s provide a few of our favorite upcoming NFL and college football plays in and around Kansas to help bettors start building those bankrolls.
Where can I bet in Kansas?
Nine online sportsbooks are already approved to begin taking bets, including six that will be operational in time for a “soft launch” Thursday: BetMGM, Barstool, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet.
The Kansas lottery also announced last week that four state-owned casinos — Boot Hill Casino & Resort, Kansas Star Casino, Hollywood Casino, Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel — are each approved to offer in-person and mobile betting.
Best bets for Kansas Bettors
NFL Week 1: Bet Seahawks +6.5 (-110) vs. Broncos — BetMGM
The market opened with Denver as 4-point road favorites, with bettors clearly hedging on the idea that the Seahawks would come into the season with Drew Lock and Geno Smith as their preferred signal-callers. However, that has happened, and the market has responded by shading the Broncos an additional 2 points and settling in at Denver -6.5.
Given Seattle's home-field advantage, along with early-season adjustments for Denver’s new head coach, playcaller and quarterback, there's probably value on Seattle at home.
A $20 bet would return $38.18
Futures: Bet the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS to win AFC West (+160 on BetMGM)
PFF's simulation gives the Chiefs a 40% chance to win their division, which amounts to a price of +150. This is the first time the Chiefs have not been universally favored against the field in their own division since Patrick Mahomes established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in football, but the emergence of Justin Herbert and Derek Carr, along with the acquisition of Russell Wilson, in the AFC West have tempered Chiefs expectations.
At +160 on BetMGM, though, there is value of about 1.5% in betting the Chiefs to win their seventh straight AFC West title.
A $20 bet would return $52.00
Futures: Bet the DENVER BRONCOS to miss playoffs (+115 on DraftKings)
The best bet can sometimes be fading a situation that has unrealistic odds of working out. That seems to be the case with the Broncos, who not only need everything to come together well, but they must also gel quickly. PFF projects them to be a league-average team to start, and if Russell Wilson isn't magical early, that will lead to Denver missing the playoffs in a loaded AFC conference. With a 45% chance of making the playoffs, take the plus price on Denver falling short this season.
A $20 bet would return $43.00
Player prop: SKYY MOORE UNDER 700.5 regular-season receiving yards (-115 on PointsBet)
Moore attracted a lot of buzz in training camp, but it is likely that he is only fifth or even sixth in line for targets in this Chiefs offense, depending on how you value Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s receiving role. PFF’s projections currently have Moore hitting closer to 600 yards as a rookie, so there is some value to the under here.
A $20 bet would return $37.39
Player prop: Clyde Edwards-Helaire over 650.5 rushing yards (-115 on FanDuel)
The Chiefs were the best team in the NFL at generating perfectly blocked runs a season ago, roughly four percentage points better than the next best team — and that was with five new starters from the previous season. Everyone returns in 2022, and it looks like veteran Ronald Jones is all but out of the picture, with rookie Isaiah Pacheco taking some of the gadget plays. This opens the door (again) for the 32nd overall player selected in the 2022 draft.
A $20 bet would return $37.39
College football long shot: Bet Deuce Vaughn to win the Heisman Trophy (+15000 DraftKings)
Vaughn might only be 5-foot-6, 176 pounds, but he’s one of the most electric players in the country. He had 59 plays that resulted in 10 or more yards last season, the most among Power Five running backs. Since entering college in 2020, he’s been the most valuable running back in the country according to PFF’s wins above average metric. Vaughn was ranked as PFF’s top running back in the country entering this season.
Kansas State might not win enough games for Vaughn to receive enough national attention to win the award, but the Wildcats offense will run through him this season. To put it simply, the best running back in the country has 150/1 odds of winning the Heisman Trophy. That’s a bet worth sprinkling a few dollars on.
A $10 bet would return $1,510.00