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Kentucky Online Sports Betting

Yellar Kentucky! Online sports betting in the Bluegrass state is live, legal & ready to take your bets. Get your best picking trousers on and find that winner, but before you do, take a look at the latest sportsbook promo codes below, where y’all can snag some new customer sign-up bonus bets that are tastier than a fat bucket of dirty bird.

If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Get a Winning Start to Online Betting in Kentucky

Before you sign up to a sportsbook – make sure you grab one of the sign-up offers on this website by clicking on one of our Claim Offer links above (affiliate disclaimer: we may receive a payment from the sportsbook for this service).

Our links will automatically open the Kentucky sportsbook sign-up page for you – and also trigger any signup bonus reward mechanism. Depending on the sportsbook – you may also be asked to add a promo or bonus code, these are clearly stated on our offer pages.

By signing up to a sportsbook through Bonus Bet USA and then following the simple bonus-activation process, you will activate the offer listed above and snag your bonus bets. Every offer comes replete with its own terms and conditions, which might include receiving the listed bonuses in multiple bet-increments, time-boxed betting windows, or, what is known as play-through requirements.

These are super-simple yet important to understand. We clearly state the relevant terms & conditions within our offer pages, be sure to read them – an informed bettor is a smarter bettor!

You may need to prove your identification and/or residential status during sign-up, so have a think about where your documentation is before you begin. It is usually your social security number that is requested, but some sportsbooks require further ID checks.

Dear Kentuckian – may lady luck shine down on you forever…

Placing bets with online sportsbooks is both safe and legal in the state of Kentucky. As of September 28th 2023, individuals that are over the age of 18 (some sportsbooks choose to implement a minimum age of 21) can place bets online providing they choose a licensed and regulated sportsbook (details of which you find in these pages) and that the bet is placed within state boundaries. House Bill 551 is linked here for further details.

Further Reading: House Bill 551

Sports Betting Winnings are Taxable in Kentucky

Any winnings* made from gambling in Kentucky is subject to a flat 6% tax rate. Gambling winnings are also subject to federal taxes and classed as ordinary income, so bettors need to be mindful that winnings may push them into a higher tax rate band. It is important that you keep accurate records of gambling activity.

*winnings are classed as your payout minus your original stake.

Who Regulates Kentucky Sports Betting?

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) were awarded the role of regulating the sports betting industry in Kentucky. Formed in 1906 – KHRC are an experienced and respected regulator who as an independent state agency, have provided oversight since the turn of the last century. KHRC are now responsible for the creation of the regulatory framework and the awarding of sports betting licenses.

Can I Bet On Kentucky College Sports Online?

Yes, you can bet on collegiate sport when using an online sportsbook in the state of Kentucky. Their legislature has ensured that college teams who play the major US sports are available to bet on.

Can I Bet On E-Sports Online?

Yes, it is legal to be on E-Sports in Kentucky. Most, if not all, sportsbooks will include markets for this type of betting.

Responsible Gambling In Kentucky

Bonus Bet USA supports Fun, Safe & Responsible Gambling. Head to our Responsible Gambling page for more information and links to resources which could be helpful. Gambling and sports betting are designed purely for fun and entertainment, but when they escalate to harmful levels, severe repercussions can follow. In essence, any gambling that negatively impacts your personal or work life constitutes problem gambling.

The notion of responsible gambling encourages secure, controlled, and lawful gambling experiences while reducing the potential harm to individuals, families, and society. The saying “too much of a good thing can be detrimental” is definitely applicable to gambling.

Signs of Problem Gambling

Several warning signs indicate problematic gambling behavior, such as:

  • Frequently daydreaming about gambling or betting strategies
  • Increasing bets to achieve the thrill of excitement
  • Wagering money not designated for entertainment or money you cannot afford to lose
  • Feeling irritable, anxious, or annoyed when ceasing gambling activities
  • Engaging in illegal activities to support or fund gambling
  • Taking loans to finance gambling
  • Attempting to recover lost funds by placing larger bets
  • Deceiving friends, family, and colleagues about the extent of your gambling

However, the most significant and telling sign of excessive gambling is the inability to stop or reduce it despite attempts to do so. In addiction terminology, this is referred to as acting “without your own permission.”

If you or anyone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1-800-GAMBLER.