Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Foxwoods In A Two-Way Contest For A Kansas Casino

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A county commission voted yesterday to allow two gaming companies, including a group that includes Foxwoods Development, to compete against each other for a Kansas casino. The second group is a Minnesota company, Lakes Entertainment.

Foxwoods is proposing a facility with 2,000 slot machines and 40 table games. Their initial investment, if chosen, would be $225 million. Lakes Entertainment is proposing a 2,000-slot machine facility with 60 table games and a $240 million initial investment. Neither applicant is proposing a hotel.

Harrah's was originally selected to build a casino in Sumner County but they later withdrew, which resulted in a new round of bidding.

The local endorsement of the two groups is necessary for the proposals to be forwarded to the state's Lottery commission who will choose the winning group that is also subject to approval by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.

A 2007 gambling law permits one state-owned casino in each of four Kansas counties. The Mohegans were part of a group that bid on a casino project in Wyandotte-Kansas City county last year but did not re-enter the race after their application was denied and the bidding reopened due to the withdrawal of the winning bidder.