Groundbreaking at Dodge City Casino

ODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and legislative leaders are expected to brave frigid temperatures in Dodge City to break ground for the first state-owned casino in Kansas.

The ceremony Monday marks the beginning of work on Olathe-based Butler National Corp.'s Boot Hill Casino and Resort on U.S. 50 west of the city's downtown. The first phase of the $87 million project is due to open in a year with slots and dining.

When it's finished, the casino will feature 875 slot machines, 20 gaming tables, and a 124-room hotel. The entire complex is scheduled to open in about three years.

The Dodge City casino and resort is the only project to survive the financial turmoil that sidelined plans for three other proposed gaming complexes in Kansas.


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