Casino Developers Return To Drawing Board

By: Abby Barnett Email
By: Abby Barnett Email

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Sumner County officials and those with the Kansas Gaming Commission are headed back to the drawing board after a decision by Harrah's to pull its casino plans.

Thursday, gaming commissioners met in Topeka formally and announced they are respecting Harrah's wishes and allowing them to back out of their $500 million dollar casino proposal.

This development opens the doors to any casino developers who are interested in opening a casino in Sumner county.

Former casino developer front runner Bob Knight and his group say they are interested in submitting a new proposal, but they're not yet ready to commit. He said he would like know more before investing because he won't invest where he doesn't anticipate a reasonable return.

Other former front runners agree. They want to know more from the state before throwing their name back into the ring.

The state gaming commission is meeting again next Thursday. At this meeting they will determine the new rules and regulations for this second go around.

Starting January 1st, developers have 90 days to submit their proposals.


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