New Round of Kansas Casino Bids Draws Applicants

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Lottery now has three applicants each seeking contracts to operate a state-owned casino in Sumner and Wyandote counties.

The Lottery said St. Louis-based Foxwoods Development Co. filed
its application Wednesday for the south-central Kansas casino.

Also applying is a partnership of Topeka-based Equity Ventures and two former top officials of Mandalay Resort Group in Las Vegas.

The third applicant for Sumner County is Lakes Entertainment Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn., which manages three tribal casinos in Michigan, California and Oklahoma.

The application process was reopened when Harrah's Entertainment
Inc. withdrew in November, citing the economy.

The Lottery also received three applicants who want to build and operate the state-owned casino in Wyandotte County.

Golden Gaming Inc., of Las Vegas, became the third, filing with
the Kansas Lottery shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline. It would be
located in Edwardsville, at exit 110 on Interstate 70, south of
Kansas Speedway.

Earlier in the day, Penn National Gaming Inc. filed its application for a casino that would be at the intersection of I-435 and Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan.

On Monday, a partnership of the speedway and Baltimore-based
Cordish Co. also applied for the 15-year contract to operate the

The application process was reopened after the speedway group
withdrew last year on the verge of receiving a contract.

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