Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Mohegan's Kansas Casino Proposal Expected to Pass First Round of Review

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The Mohegan's proposal for a Kansas casino is expected to pass its first major hurdle on Thursday, when local government officials in the northeastern county of Wyandotte are scheduled to announce those casino proposals they will forward to a state commission for final consideration.

Four of the five original bidders for the one casino license in that region are still in the race. So far, Las Vegas Sands Corporation is the only bidder that has been eliminated from the group. The county commissioners could forward all four remaining applications, including the Mohegan proposal.

The state lottery commission is authorized to select one casino out of both the Wyandotte group of proposals and a lone proposal forwarded by Edwardsville County. Both counties are near Kansas City on the Missouri border. The winning proposal could be selected by this Spring.

The Tribe and its partners, Olympia Gaming and RED Development principals, unveiled a $770 million resort proposal, featuring a 1,000 room hotel, a casino with 3,500 slot machines and 90 table games, a golf course and 200,000 sqare feet of retail space, among other attractions.

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