Kansas eyeing casino expansion

Kansas eyeing casino expansion
Posted by admin On December – 24 – 2010 Earlier this month, the casino review board of the U.S. state of Kansas selected Peninsula Gaming to construct and operate a casino in southern Kansas, near Mulvane. Peninsula was competing with Global Gaming for the contract, but the board voted 6-1 in favor of Peninsula. Peninsula Gaming plans to erect a $260 million casino called the Kansas Star. The casino would take four years to reach its final phase. They would open an interim casino in February 2012 in a building that will include casino games, horse racing, a convention center and more. That interim casino would include 32 table games and 1,310 slot machines. When the permanent casino opens in January 2013, it will include a hotel, restaurant and large poker room as well. Before the deal is official, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will conduct a thorough screening of Peninsula Gaming and all of its employees. They must give the okay before Peninsula is awarded the 15-year contract from the state. If the commission is conducting background investigations on Peninsula Gaming, they are likely going to look into the recent scandal in Iowa. Back in October, Peninsula’s president, Martin Brent Stevens, and another executive, Jonathan Swain, were charged with making illegal campaign contributions to Governor Chet Culver’s failed re-election campaign. According to the indictment, the executives violated Iowa’s disclosure rules by making contributions in someone else’s name. The contributions, not surprisingly, came as Peninsula was bidding for a contract to build a casino in Fort Dodge, Iowa. In addition to the new casino to be built in Mulvane, two state lawmakers have drafted a bill to bring a new casino to southeast Kansas and slot machines to a dog track that is currently closed. The bill would reduce the required casino investment from $225 million to $100 million. Tags: Kansas gambling, new casino Categories: Gambling News