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Kansas Crossing: Approved

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PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

 Today, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission held a meeting to receive Kansas Crossing Casino's background report and vote on their selection. According to Daron Hall, Pittsburg City Manager, "Kansas Crossing casino approved by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Board just now."

We will have more details as they become available.

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A long-awaited decision tonight, a Kansas board announced its recommendation for a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas.     

Around 8:00 p.m., after hours of deliberation, board members voted for the proposed Kansas Crossing Casino.

Two votes went to Castle Rock, the proposed casino near Downstream Casino in Cherokee County.

The Camptown Casino proposal in Frontenac received no votes.

Kansas Crossing received five of the seven votes.

Now that Kansas Crossing has received the formal recommendation of the board, a background check will be completed to ensure project developers have substantial funding.

The $70 million proposed casino would be located just north of the Cherokee/Crawford county line, at the junction of Route 400 and US 69.

Analysts project Kansas Crossing would draw in between $37- 39 million dollars annually.

Kansas Crossing would have 625 slot machines, 16 table games, and 120 hotel rooms.

Project investors have $26 million in cash, and plan to borrow $44 million.

The investors for Kansas Crossing also won bids for the Dodge City and Mulvane casinos constructed in the state.

Members of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission say the final decision will be based on which casino proposal would best compete with the 12 tribal casinos in northeast Oklahoma.

"It's meant to be a destination casino where you've got rodeo arenas, or concert halls, where they can bring in entertainment," said Fred Waller, Kansas Racing and Gaming agent. "They have steak houses. They have these other amenities that they're bringing in to draw the tourists."

After the background check is completed on Kansas Crossing, a final decision will be made by the Kansas Gaming and Racing Commission on July 2.

The location of the proposed Kansas Crossing is technically in the Pittsburg city limits.

The Pittsburg City Commission voted to annex it just last fall.

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