The Mashantucket's quest for a Kansas casino ended today when officials from the county in which it was planned agreed to forward two competing casino applications to the state for final consideration.
Sumner County officials chose the proposals by Penn National Gaming and Marvel Gaming (casino executives and family members of the Binion Family Trust) and will now forward these proposals to the state lottery commission, which will decide the winning bid. Selection of all winning casino proposals by the commission is scheduled for May 12, 2008 according to reports.
The Mohegan Tribe and their partner's $770 million Kansas casino proposal is in a different region of Kansas, Wyandotte County, and is not competing with the Mashantucket proposal. A formal announcement is expected tomorrow regarding the approval of the Kansas casino proposed by the Mohegan Tribe and their partners. So far only one of the Mohegan's competitors, Las Vegas Sands, was eliminated by the local county government and they have chosen not to fight the county's decision.
The Mashantucket Pequot team hasn't ruled out challenging the local county government's decision.
Feather News Note: A partnership between the Kickapoo and the Sac and Fox Tribe of Kansas, one of the Mohegan Tribe's competitors in Wyandotte County-Kansas City, withdrew their proposal on Wednesday. Four bidders, including the Mohegans and their partners and a proposal from Edwardsville, still remain in the running for a casino in their region. The Tribe will find out on Thursday if their application passed a preliminary but key review.
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