A 2007 casino law in Kansas allows for only 4 casinos to operate within the state and three of those casinos have already been constructed. The Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane; the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, and the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City have all been successfully operating for a number of years.
The state is currently collecting applications for a southeast Kansas license where a 4th casino is to be constructed. This location does not appear to be very hot at the moment as casino developers are concerned about the proximity of the location which is very near to the Quapaw Tribe’s Downstream Casino Resort in Oklahoma. The casino is located near to the state line and has been in existence since 2008.
The state initially received four applications for the southeast Kansas license but recently confirmed that one of the companies, SE Kansas Casino Partners LLC had decided to withdrawn its application. The company initially sent in a proposal outlining construction plans for a casino that would be built on 123 acres and cost an estimated $140 million. The resort would also make provision for a lake, an equestrian center, shopping mall and a hotel. The company said that after due diligence and much consideration it decided to withdraw its application.
SE Kansas Casino Partners LLC was the 2nd costliest proposal among the four applications. The costliest proposal received so far is for the construction of the Castle Rock Casino Resort in Cherokee County estimated to be around $145 million.