Now that the government has given approvals for setting up casino projects in Kansas state, all the top players in the market are bidding for a piece of the pie. On the closing date of Jan 30, 2015, four proposals were submitted by bidders among which two are small and would be located near southeast of Kansas close to its most populous city Pittsburg. The two larger ones will be based close to state lines of Missouri and Oklahoma to cater to needs of players from across these states. The four firms which presented proposals for these projects are Castle Rock Casino, and Emerald City Casino followed by Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel and last project by Southeast Kansas Casino partners.
Selection of best proposal
The Kansas Lottery is now reviewing the proposals to check for financial sufficiency and other criteria of selection. When the proposals are cleared by April 2015, they will be passed unto an independent public office referred to as Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board and will name the winner by June end. According to the CEO of Southeast Kansas Casino Partners, the company which wins the proposal will have the advantage of attracting customers from across state boundaries including Springfield, Joplin, Missouri, Fayetteville and also Arkansas. The advantage of attracting customers from other states is that it will bring money from other states into Kansas.
Likely changes from new casinos
The largest casino will be set up by Castle Rock Casino with cost outlay of $145 million and will have a hotel and restaurant along with a casino and will be located less than a mile from Interstate 44 and U.S.400. Southeast Kansas Casino partners will set up the second biggest casino with layout of $140 million which would be spread across 123 acres and will have hotels, equestrian center, concert venue along with manmade lake and retail stores. Both these casinos will give a close competition to the large Downstream Casino Resort owned by Quapaw Tribe.