Friday, December 9, 2011
After breaking ground in March, the Kansas Star Casino has completed phase one of its project, which includes the temporary casino facility.
"I love the diversity. That's the one thing that really jumped me on this career is because I love working with people," said Alissa Lott, one of the 60 new dealers who completed training and got hired by the Kansas Star Casino.
Lott was one of the 10,000 online applicants that vied for a job at the new casino and one of the 500 hired to work there.
"It's pretty humbling actually because I never really had anything that I was really good at in my life," said Lott.
Kansas Star officials said a majority of their employees are from the local area and they wanted to showcase local art throughout the building.
"We certainly like to embrace the communities in which we operate. We integrate ourselves into those communities and this is one of the ways that we felt we could do that here," said Wendy Runde, assistant general manager.
The 60,000 sq. ft. facility houses more than 1,300 slot machines and 32 gaming tables but red chairs surround that space. Those chairs will be used for what eventually will become a multipurpose facility and head of the equine center.
The casino is in its temporary location inside the stadium. Officials expect to complete phase two, which includes the permanent casino floor and other restaurants, by the end of next year.
"That phase will add a tremendous amount of very high quality amenities that will really make our project not only a first class place to come to but it will be a regional destination," said Scott Cooper, general manager.
Customers are already looking forward to the casino's grand opening. Officials said more than 25,000 members, from 39 states, have already signed up for their Player's Club.
"I hope they'll have, when they come in here, that feeling that 'Wow, I'm in Kansas I can go to any game just like I can in Las Vegas. Maybe I can save money and not go to Vegas this year,'" said director of casino operations, Mike Dickson.
If the Kansas Star passes its review, then doors will open at 8 a.m. on Dec. 26th.
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Officials with the Kansas Star Casino offered a preview of the soon-to-open facility Friday.
The casino will open to the public Dec. 26. Currently, the facilities slot machines and gaming tables are in a temporary casino facility. Construction is under way on the permanent facility, which is slated to open by the end of 2012.