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September 28, 2020

Peninsula Gaming Partners and Global Gaming also presented proposals

Harrah's and other developers propose Kansas casinos

(US).- Three casino developers announced proposals to county commissioners in Sumner County, Kansas. Peninsula Gaming Partners proposed a casino, hotel and equestrian event center, while Global Gaming proposed a casino, hotel and oval racetrack.

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arrah's Sumner Investment also proposed a casino with a WSOP room, a 100-room hotel and meeting space.

Proposals must be endorsed by local governments before the developers can sign contracts with the Kansas Lottery. All signed contracts will be forwarded to a seven-member Lottery board for review and vote.

The three developers are proposing the following:

* Peninsula Gaming Partners of Dubuque, Iowa, proposes the Kansas Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center for Exit 33 near Mulvane. Investment is us$ 300 million for the first two phases. Plans include an equestrian event center, including a 9,290 sqm indoor arena. First phase would have a 150-room hotel, more than 1,500 slot machines and a 10-table poker room. Estimates us$ 32 million in gaming tax receipts for 2012 with operations beginning in November 2011.

* Global Gaming of Ada, Oklahoma, a subsidiary of Chickasaw Nation, has a proposal for a casino for Exit 19 near Wellington. Investment is us$ 255 million for all three phases. Facility will have approximately 24,154 sqm with 1,300 electronic games, 40 blackjack tables, 20 poker tables, a 1,400-seat entertainment and events center, 80-room hotel, and six restaurants and bars. Will cover 32.3 hectares. Future plans include an oval racetrack.

* Harrah's Sumner Investment has proposed a Harrah's Kansas casino for Exit 33 near Mulvane. Investment of us$ 260 million with a casino resort on 68.7 hectares. There would be 1,750 slot machines, 50 table games and a World Series of Poker room. Plans call for a variety of restaurants, a sports bar, 100-room hotel and 1,393 sqm of meeting space. Future plans, which are not part of the initial investment, include an RV park, water park, golf course, tennis facility, retail, and swimming pools and spa.

The company stressed it has a customer database with 2.5 million reward-card holders within a three-hour drive of Sumner County. This is the third attempt to land a casino in Sumner County.

Harrah's was the winner in round one in 2008 but later withdrew, citing economic conditions. Chisholm Creek Casino Resort won the second round but pulled out in April after growing skittish about potential competition from a tribal casino in Park City, pending legislation in the Kansas Legislature that might be amended to give Wichita Greyhound Park another chance to have slot machines, and confusion about zoning issues at its planned casino site in Mulvane.

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