Big-Bucks Casino Opens Near Kansas Speedway

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The new casino at the Kansas Speedway may bring big money to northeast Kansas. But social services experts say they're keeping an eye out for gambling's less desirable consequences.

Doors opened Friday on phase one of the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, carrying with it the promise of 1,000 jobs and an estimated economic impact of $220 million.

Greg Kindle, president of the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, told The Lawrence Journal-World that the casino symbolizes the county's growing economic muscle.

But as in most areas where casinos open, there's concern about the toll gambling takes on social services, particular in the treatment of gambling addiction. Treatment providers say they're bracing for an uptick in the treatment of addicted gamblers.

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