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Sports gambling in Kansas is a big win for lobbyists

Wagers are well underway in Kansas under the state's new sports betting system. But taxable revenues from the industry have nearly disappeared, thanks to questionable deductions and the state's comparably small share of the profits.

Kansas' legalization of sports betting last September was hailed as a win by many in the state, but a recent New York Times article examines the extent that lobbyists played in the legislation's passage.

This includes provisions that caused the state to bring in only $271,000 in taxes on $350 million in bets. Up To Date's Steve Kraske spoke with New York Time's investigative reporter Eric Lipton about the story.

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