Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Tribe Has One More Kansas Competitor

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The Las Vegas Sands Corporation submitted two casino proposals to the Kansas Lottery Commission on Monday, making it a total of five groups that are vying for a single casino near Kansas City.

One of the five groups includes a partnership between the Mohegan Tribe, Kansas City-based RED Development and Olympia Gaming of Las Vegas that proposed a $770 million casino in Wyandotte County. County officials approved the Mohegan's application and two others, Pinnacle Entertainment and the Cordish Company, in December but rejected the Sands casino application at that time. Another application from Golden Gaming was forwarded to the lottery commission on behalf of the city of Edwardsville and will compete against the others.

All applications must be approved by the local government which is why the lottery commission requested that applications be reviewed first at the local level. Although the Sands proposal was rejected by Wyandotte County officials in December, they can still be eligible if they get the required county approval before the selection date.

According to the Wichita Business Journal, the lottery commission has 90 days to review proposals before they will forward a contract to the gaming facility review board. The entire process is expected to last five months.