30-day evaluation

Kansas regulator gives three operators until May 1 to submit plans to build HHR facility in Sedgwick County

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The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission announced three operators looking to build a historical horse racing gaming facility in Sedgwick County have until May 1 to submit additional information and documents to complete their application.

Last month, the gaming commission said it would take 30 days to evaluate the three applications that it had received. Boyd Gaming Corporation, which currently operates the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, filed an application to build an HHR facility in Park City near Hartman Arena.

Phil Ruffin field to build a facility at the former Wichita Greyhound Park in Park City. Meanwhile, Flint Hills Entertainment filed two applications. One is for an HHR facility at Towne West, and the other is for a live racing park in Eureka.

Rendering for Boyd's proposed HHR facility

The gaming commission anticipates presentations for the facilities to come later in the summer, reports KWCH. Those presentations will be made in Sedgwick County. An exact time and location has yet to be decided. 

Historical horse-racing gambling means players can bet on replays of horse races using slot-like machines. While the machines vary in style, all are based on the actual results of randomized past races.

Boyd's application was first unveiled last month. The $160 million facility would be located along I-135 near the 77th Street exit, and would include a casino floor with up to 1,000 HHR units, a steakhouse, a FanDuel-themed sports bar and grill, a contemporary bar and lounge, new meeting and convention space, and the first Amazon Go store in the state of Kansas.

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