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Five years after the US Supreme Court overturned the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Governor Andy Beashear’s signed HB 551 on March 31, 2023 into law. HB 551 legalized sports betting in the state. This marked a milestone as Kentucky joined the ranks of 37 states embracing sports betting. His commitment to an accelerated timeline means that sports enthusiasts can enjoy secure and regulated wagering sooner than expected.

The first sportsbooks received approval in June 2023.

Preregistration starts on August 28, 2023 and the deposit window opens with retail betting beginning on September 7, 2023. Online betting will take center stage on September 28, 2023. Currently it is not known what sportsbooks will be launching when online sports betting goes live. However, it is expected that all of the major sportsbooks such as FanDuel, BetMGM, and DraftKings will be operating in Kentucky.