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5/23/2015

article Ruffin consultant woos Frontenac officials on casino proposal
(Kansas) -- City Administrator Doug Sellars brought six dozen glazed doughnuts. Bar co-owner Mike Knaup had worries about whether a nearby casino might hurt his business...

5/22/2015

article Kansas Lottery receives $16.5M in privilege fees from Wichita-tied groups vying for SE casino
(Kansas) -- The three development groups vying to build a casino in Kansas’ southeast gaming zone have now paid $5.5 million apiece in privilege fees. Those fees...
article Study faults Castle Rock Casino proposal for being too big
(Kansas) -- The group proposing a $145 million casino in Cherokee County is overestimating revenue and underestimating building costs, according to a recent study...
article Study questions Castle Rock viability
(Kansas) -- A study funded by the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau claims that a proposed casino in Cherokee County uses misleading figures and would...

5/16/2015

article Independent evaluation shows Cherokee County casino site not viable
(Kansas) -- A recent report conducted on behalf of the Crawford County Convention and Vistors Bureau has determined that there are serious questions as to the viability...
article Kansas Senate committee moves on amended gambling bill
(Kansas) -- The Committee on Federal and State Affairs-Kansas has approved an amended version of Bill HB2074. HB2074 would permit a revival and reinjection of racetrack...

5/14/2015

article Kansas Senate advances energy, elections, gambling proposals
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Senate approved bills Wednesday to change the date of local elections and give legislators some say over emissions controls for power plants as...

5/13/2015

article Senate panel approves bill to revive KCK racing park
(Kansas) -- A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at reviving a dog and horse racing complex in Kansas City, Kansas, with slot machines. The Federal and...

5/9/2015

article Editor's Column — Inside the Opinion Page
(Kansas) -- At the start of the year, we gathered an editorial board. We sought interested members of the community to join the board to help shape the positions taken...

5/7/2015

article Where does the money go? Delving into the gambling payouts to the public
(Kansas) -- Since it was started back in 1987, the Kansas Lottery has generated billions of dollars. Some of it goes to lottery players, and the part of it is given back...

4/25/2015

article Gambling on greyhounds (video)
(Kansas) -- “Here comes Buddy” echoed loudly over the speakers at the National Greyhound Association racetrack for four days this week. Each time the...

4/24/2015

article All three southeast Kansas casino applicants meet test
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission affirmed Friday all three investor groups interested in development of a casino in southeast Kansas met minimum financial and...
article Kansas Lottery Commission approves each of the three casino contracts for Southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission unanimously approved contracts today with each of the three groups vying to be selected as the manager of a state-owned casino...

4/22/2015

article Supporters, opponents speak about proposed casino projects
(Kansas) -- Salvation Army Maj. Gary Gugala said today that opening a casino in Southeast Kansas would “create a tsunami of broken families.”

4/16/2015

article Casino Leaders Respond to Fire and Police Protection Concerns
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission heard from all three groups proposing a casino in Southeast Kansas on Wednesday, asking questions along the way. However, a...
article Casino proposals seek to move onto next stage in selection process
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission will vote next week on which of three southeast casino applicants can pass on to the next round. The commission will vote April...
article Las Vegas Billionaire Gets More Time On Casino Proposal
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission is giving Las Vegas billionaire Phil Ruffin more time to provide information about a proposed southeast Kansas casino. The...

4/15/2015

article Lottery hears casino proposals
(Kansas) -- In theory, the Kansas Lottery Commission doesn’t have a lot of power to choose a casino for the Southeast Gaming Zone. Their role is limited to...

4/14/2015

article Hollywood Casino cites Kansas legislation in delaying hotel project
(Kansas) -- Hollywood Casino officials are opting to pay the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, more than $1 million rather than starting...
article Kansas casino cites legislation in delaying hotel project
(Kansas) -- Operators of an eastern Kansas casino said this week "ongoing attempts" in the state Legislature to make it easier for the nearby Woodlands...
article Lottery commission to hear casino proposals
(Kansas) -- The three groups vying to be selected to manage a state-owned casino in Southeast Kansas are expected to make their presentations Wednesday in Topeka to the...

4/13/2015

article Developers shelve proposed hotel near Hollywood Casino in Wyandotte County
(Kansas) -- Plans for a $200 million, 248-room hotel near Hollywood Casino in western Wyandotte County are on hold. The owners and operators of the casino — Kansas...
article Hollywood Casino hotel on hold; operator faces big penalty
(Kansas) -- The operator of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is folding plans to start work on a new hotel next to the casino this month, and they'll have to ante...

4/11/2015

article Wichita-tied developers to present casino projects next week
(Kansas) -- The three development groups vying to build a casino in southeast Kansas will make their proposals to the Kansas Lottery Commission next week.

4/10/2015

article Kansas Crossing announces three partnerships worth $4.5 million in pitch for SEK casino
(Kansas) -- The agreement with PSU calls for Kansas Crossing to provide $50,000 annually to co-market cultural and other events at the university.
article Kansas Crossing bid announces local partnerships
(Kansas) -- It’s no surprise that if a casino comes to Crawford County, it could have a big effect on local schools and tourism. However, Kansas Crossing Casino...

4/5/2015

article Driveway Tax Squashes Reappointment Bid Of Former Mayor
(Kansas) -- Lawmakers have rejected the reappointment of the former mayor of Mission to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission because of a special tax she championed...

4/3/2015

article Horse racing reform bill struggling for footing
(Kansas) -- Racehorse owners Starlet and Charley Hunt call Kansas home, but devote much of their lives to work in three other states. Kansas is where they married and...
article Interest in horse racing fails in Kan. legislature for second year
(Kansas) -- Racehorse owners Starlet and Charley Hunt live and work in four states during the year but they call Kansas home. It’s where they married. It’s...
article ‘Driveway tax’ derails former Mission mayor’s reappointment to Kansas gaming commission
(Kansas) -- The controversy over Mission’s so-called driveway tax has derailed the reappointment of the city’s former mayor to the Kansas Racing and Gaming...

4/2/2015

article Kansas residents raise concerns about potential new casino
(Kansas) -- The Rev. Aaron Schumann and his wife, Ruth, live in the parsonage of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, just about half a mile north of where a state-owned...

4/1/2015

article LGFRB chooses consultant
(Kansas) -- In the coming months, the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facilities Review Board (LGFRB) will have to make a multi-million dollar decision as to which casino manager...

3/27/2015

article Casino bids carry revenue percentages for local governments
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County could receive $400,000 or more in annual revenue from a new state-owned casino, according to projections from two of the three groups vying...

3/8/2015

article 1 applicant drops its southeast Kansas casino bid
(Kansas) -- One of the four applicants seeking to build a casino in southeast Kansas with the state’s last remaining casino license has dropped its bid.
article BOOM OR BUST — Inside the economic impact of a casino
(Kansas) -- Casino gambling lives largely off game of chance. And games of chance are built on hope. The regional hope is that a destination casino in Southeast Kansas...

3/7/2015

article Only bidders with Wichita ties remain for southeast Kansas casino project
(Kansas) -- The number of development groups vying to build a casino in southeast Kansas is down to three. SE Kansas Casino Partners sent the Kansas Lottery a letter on...

3/6/2015

article Developer withdraws application for Cherokee County casino
(Kansas) -- SE Kansas Casino Partners, LLC, is withdrawing its application to be the Lottery Gaming Facility Manager in the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone. The group...
article Applicant drops bid for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Southeast Kansas Casino Partners is withdrawing its application for the state’s last remaining casino license, the Kansas Lottery said Friday. Kansas...
article SEK Casino Partners withdraw casino proposal
(Kansas) -- And then there were three. SEK Casino Partners, LLC, have officially withdrawn their proposal to build a casino in Southeast Kansas. “Well it’s...

3/5/2015

article Senate bill offers tax incentive to restart horse racing
(Kansas) -- Horse racers, breeders and ranchers sought legislative support Thursday for reopening the Woodlands Racetrack in Wyandotte County as a means of inspiring a...

2/26/2015

article House bill targets gamblers who owe child support
(Kansas) -- House members wagered Tuesday legislation targeting gamblers striking it rich at the three state-owned casinos could contribute cash to cover delinquent...

2/25/2015

article Gambling for pampers
(Kansas) -- House lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would check whether gamblers who hit the jackpot at state-run gambling facilities have overdue child...

2/24/2015

article House bill targets gamblers who owe child support
(Kansas) -- House members wagered Tuesday legislation targeting gamblers striking it rich at the three state-owned casinos could contribute cash to cover delinquent...

2/16/2015

article Proposals for southeast Kansas casino a contrast in approaches
(Kansas) -- The four proposals submitted for a southeast Kansas casino offer a sharp contrast of approaches to obtain the final license to operate a state-owned gambling...

2/14/2015

article Proposals for SE Kansas casino a contrast in approaches
(Kansas) -- Developers hoping to operate a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas have offered four proposals that provide a sharp contrast in approaches. The two most...

2/13/2015

article Kansas casino proposals offer distinct choices for gamblers
(Kansas) -- When there are big bets on the line, you can expect strong opinions and plenty of controversy. Four proposals for casino projects in southeast Kansas were...

2/3/2015

article AP: 4 casinos submit applications for southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- The bids are in, so now it’s up to state officials to choose the winner in a contest to build a new casino in southeast Kansas. Four groups submitted...
article Kansas City area casinos overall see revenue decline
(Kansas) -- Pity the Kansas City area’s five casinos. They didn’t rake in as much money this year as they did last. Revenue for 2014 was $719 million, a...

2/2/2015

article Area casinos hoping for bigger payoff in 2015
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City casino market is hoping for a bigger share of the economic recovery this year after seeing its overall business continue to slip in the...

2/1/2015

article Kansas tribes, governor's office in early talks about compact
(Kansas) -- The northeast Kansas tribes are talking to the state government on a compact that could give them more control over revenue and spending on their land.

1/31/2015

article Fourth Application for SEK Casino Accepted
(Kansas) -- Emerald City Casino and Resort is a name that could be echoed across the Four State area if the Kansas Lottery approves Frontenac Development's...

1/30/2015

article State receives 4 proposals for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Four proposals for casino operations in southeast Kansas were made to the Kansas Lottery by the time the deadline arrived at 11 a.m. Friday.

1/29/2015

article Another developer proposes new casino near Downstream
(Kansas) -- The deadline for submitting proposals for a new Southeast Kansas casino is tomorrow, and the number of plans now before the state stands at four. Kansas will...
article Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel proposal includes developer George Laham
(Kansas) -- A group that includes the same people who helped develop the Kansas Star Casino and the Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City now hopes to build a $62...

1/28/2015

article Pittsburg commission supports casino proposal
(Kansas) -- The Pittsburg City Commission is betting on a proposal for a $62 million casino complex that could bring 300 jobs to the southeast Kansas city. The...
article Pittsburg commission endorses casino; developers say deal holds 300 jobs
(Kansas) -- The Pittsburg City Commission unanimously endorsed Tuesday a $62 million casino, hotel and restaurant project proposed for property the commission recently...

1/27/2015

article Third proposal for SEK casino submitted
(Kansas) -- A third proposal to build a casino in Southeast Kansas has been put forth. The original deadline for filing had been Dec. 19, however the Kansas Racing and...

1/25/2015

article Proposed Casino Endorsement
(Kansas) -- Pittsburg City Commissioners will be asked to endorse a proposed casino in Crawford County at their meeting on Tuesday. The proposed casino in Crawford...

1/17/2015

article Casino Revenues Level Off After Newness Wears Off
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission was busy receiving revenue reports from the state’s casinos Friday. At the meeting casinos gave their financial...

1/15/2015

article Casino board meets for first time
(Kansas) -- The opening meeting of the Lottery Gaming Facilities Review Board (LGFRB) included plenty of table-setting for the main course that will come in a few months.

1/13/2015

article Kansas Lottery sales hot; casino revenue slumps
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery reported near-record sales of $245 million in the last fiscal year, while revenue from the state's casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane and...
article Revenue dips at Kansas Star, Boot Hill casinos
(Kansas) -- Kansans are spending more on lottery tickets and less on gambling at two of the state-owned casinos. Income at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane dropped in...

12/25/2014

article Churchill could spark change
(Kentucky) -- Imagine a run-up to the Triple Crown that didn't include the Florida Derby or the Fountain of Youth or the Louisiana Derby. Such an upheaval to so...

12/17/2014

article Southeast Kansas casino application deadline moved to Jan. 30
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission has extended the deadline for submitting applications to become the casino manager in the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone to Jan....

12/10/2014

article Kansas casinos have $673 million impact on state’s economy, study says
(Kansas) -- The three state-owned casinos in Kansas contributed $673 million to the state's economy and supported approximately 4,000 jobs in 2013, according to a...

11/24/2014

article A New Casino Could Soon Be Coming to Cherokee County
(Kansas) -- "I think it's just going to be a, you know, huge economic boost for this county," said Rodney Steven II, Castle Rock Casino Partner. The total...
article Kansas investors proposed $130M casino in SE Kansas
(Kansas) -- A collection of Kansas investors proposed on Monday building a $130 million casino in southeast Kansas’ Cherokee County, becoming the third such group...
article Plans for $130 million casino presented to Cherokee County Commissioners
(Kansas) -- Plans for a $130 million casino and resort were presented to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning by representatives from Castle Rock...
article Wichita business leaders behind development of Castle Rock Casino
(Kansas) -- The announcement Tuesday of plans for the Castle Rock Casino Resort in southeast Kansas comes with a tie to Wichita to the tune of nearly $150 million...
article Wichita investors announce plan for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- A group of Wichita investors is announcing Monday its plans for a casino in Cherokee County in southeast Kansas. Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort...
article Wichitans push for $147 million casino in southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- A year ago, Wichita businessmen Brandon and Rodney Steven were looking at whether to put a minor league hockey team in Joplin, Mo. On Monday, they and a...

11/12/2014

article Gambling revenue at Kansas Star Casino up in October
(Kansas) -- October gambling revenue at the Kansas Star Casino was higher than the previous month, according figures released Wednesday by the Kansas Lottery. The casino...

11/5/2014

article Kansas voters legalize charity fundraising raffles
(Kansas) -- Kansas has legalized charity fundraising raffles. Voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in Tuesday’s election. The measure allows...

10/29/2014

article Second developer interested in casino in Crawford County
(Kansas) -- The odds that Crawford County will get a casino might improve in the coming month as two developers are expected to submit applications to the state gaming...

10/28/2014

article Statewide ballot question would authorize raffles
(Kansas) -- Proposals to expand legalized gambling usually stir huge controversy in Kansas. But a proposed constitutional amendment on Tuesday's ballot regarding...

9/14/2014

article City banned poker, but not cards, in 1939
(Kansas) -- Editor’s note: These historical items are derived from Hutchinson News articles published in September during the years listed below. Information in...

9/9/2014

article Dodge City, Kan., among cities that see payoff from casinos, racinos
(Kansas) -- Dodge City, Kan., drew big crowds this summer after launching a regional marketing push that reached into Pueblo and the rest of Southern Colorado with...

9/7/2014

article Dodge City, Kan., among cities that see payoff from casinos, racinos
(Kansas) -- Dodge City, Kan., drew big crowds this summer after launching a regional marketing push that reached into Pueblo and the rest of Southern Colorado with...

8/31/2014

article Local event builds casino support
(Kansas) -- There is no backup plan for Phil Ruffin, Jr. and John Berrey. The pair, representing the partnership of powerful names in the casino industry, intend to win...
article New plan emerges for southeast casino
(Kansas) -- A northeast Oklahoma casino long cited as an obstacle to developing a casino in southeast Kansas could be a cornerstone in finally getting the gambling...

8/29/2014

article New plan for southeast Kansas casino brings in Oklahoma tribal resort as partner
(Kansas) -- Efforts to develop a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas are getting off the ground with a plan that includes a partnership with a nearby casino in...
article Stakeholders meet to discuss proposed casino north of Pittsburg
(Kansas) -- Representatives with a vested interest in a proposed casino project in Crawford County met Thursday to discuss details of the project and, as one stakeholder...

8/28/2014

article Local event builds casino support
(Kansas) -- There is no backup plan for Phil Ruffin, Jr. and John Berrey. The pair, representing the partnership of powerful names in the casino industry, intend to win...
article Stakeholders meet to discuss proposed casino north of Pittsburg
(Kansas) -- Representatives with a vested interest in a proposed casino project in Crawford County met Thursday to discuss details of the project and, as one stakeholder...

8/25/2014

article Tribe, Douglas County to talk about Indian land
(Kansas) -- Douglas County officials and leaders with the Delaware Tribe of Indians will meet twice this week to consider what to do with 90 acres the tribe owns in...
article Tribe, Douglas County to talk about Indian land in Lawrence
(Kansas) -- Douglas County officials and leaders with the Delaware Tribe of Indians have agreed to hold another pair of meetings this week to discuss the future of about...

8/24/2014

article Indian tribe, county agree to talk further about North Lawrence property
(Kansas) -- Douglas County officials and leaders with the Delaware Tribe of Indians have agreed to hold another pair of meetings this week to discuss the future of about...

8/19/2014

article Local leaders, Indian tribe to begin new talks about future of North Lawrence property
(Kansas) -- Discussions are ready to begin again on how an Oklahoma-based Indian tribe will develop more than 90 acres of property it has purchased in North Lawrence....
article Kansas voters consider legalizing raffles
(Kansas) -- Voters in Kansas will decide this November whether nonprofit organizations should be allowed to conduct raffles, KSN News reports.

8/18/2014

article Kansans will vote on legalizing raffles
(Kansas) -- Several years ago Susan Escareno was running a raffle when she was told the fundraiser was illegal. “I had no idea!” she said. “I think...

8/17/2014

article November ballot measure could legalize raffles for Kansas nonprofits
(Kansas) -- For years, Kansas school groups, churches and charities have raised money by selling raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes – televisions, iPads,...

8/7/2014

article 5 accused of laundering money through casino slots
(Kansas) -- Five Kansas residents are accused of trafficking in marijuana and laundering the profits through slot machines at a Kansas City, Kansas, casino.

8/6/2014

article Feds: KCK slots used to launder money from drug sales
(Kansas) -- Federal indictments have been returned against five Johnson County residents accused of drug trafficking and laundering more than $200,000 in marijuana sales...

7/16/2014

article Former greyhound track would like to become casino
(Kansas) -- A Las Vegas casino owner says he'll apply to reopen a gaming place in Southeast Kansas. A lobbyist opened the site to Crawford County, KS leaders on...

7/6/2014

article SE Kansas Town Applies For Casino
(Kansas) -- Supporters of a bid to bring a casino to southeast Kansas say the long-shuttered Camptown Greyhound Park could be converted quickly into a gambling facility...
article SEK Citizens React to Possible Casino
(Kansas) -- For a long time people driving on Highway 69 north of Frontenac have seen a deserted lot where Camptown Greyhound Park once operated.

7/5/2014

article Lobbyist: Camptown casino could be running in year
(Kansas) -- A long-shuttered southeast Kansas dog racing track could be converted into a casino in less than a year, its supporters say, giving it an advantage over...

6/21/2014

article Kansas will take bids for a casino in Southeast Kansas in July
(Kansas) -- Kansas will begin taking bids for a casino in Southeast Kansas in July. The Kansas Lottery will start receiving applications from casino developers and...

6/20/2014

article State will accept bids for southeast Kansas casino in July
(Kansas) -- Kansas may finally get a fourth state-owned casino as intended when the state passed its expanding gambling law seven years ago.

4/19/2014

article Bill Luring Casino To SE Kansas Passes Into Law
(Kansas) -- Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas to become law without his signature.

4/18/2014

article Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
(Kansas) -- Gov. Sam Brownback has made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans.
article Governor lets SE Kansas casino bill become law
(Kansas) -- Gov. Sam Brownback is making it easier for the state to bring a casino to southeast Kansas, despite his personal qualms about expanding legalized gambling.

4/7/2014

article How Brownback plays his hand in casino decision will be telling
(Kansas) -- While the Legislature is out of the Statehouse for its spring break, let’s take a little spin at the roulette wheel. There’s a game of chance...

4/6/2014

article Senate advances bill to prevent votes on gambling in Sedgwick County until 2032
(Kansas) -- Sedgwick County residents wouldn’t be able to vote on gambling again until 2032 under a bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

4/4/2014

article Effort to bar public vote on Wichita racetrack slots rejected
(Kansas) -- After more than an hour of debate Friday, the House rejected an attempt to block Sedgwick County residents from voting on slots at a Wichita racetrack.
article Kansas House defeats bill prohibiting vote on slot machines at dog track
(Kansas) -- The Kansas House on Friday left open the possibility that Wichita Greyhound Park could one day reopen with slot machines. Representatives voted 55-67 to...

4/3/2014

article Casino bill clears Kansas Legislature
(Kansas) -- A bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to Southeast Kansas cleared the state Legislature on Wednesday in Topeka and is awaiting a decision by Gov. Sam...

4/2/2014

article Bill for luring casino to southeast Kansas passes
(Kansas) -- A proposal designed to bring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas cleared the state Legislature on Wednesday and is going to Gov. Sam Brownback.
article House vote eases path for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- The House voted decisively Wednesday to pave the way for a casino in southeast Kansas by lowering the required investment from developers.

4/1/2014

article Senate passes gaming bill
(Kansas) -- It's uncertain just what type of casino game pays out if a person gets stars in a row, but local legislators are hoping just for that magical alignment...

3/27/2014

article Senate advances measure aimed at lowering ante for Southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Senate this week passed a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to Southeast Kansas nearly a decade after it was authorized.

3/26/2014

article Lawmakers approve plan to lure casino to SE Kansas
(Kansas) -- A bill aimed at bringing a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas has cleared the state Senate. Senators approved the proposal from Pittsburg Republican Jake...
article Senate passes gaming reform in southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- The Senate engaged in the legislative equivalent of a cat fight Tuesday on gambling before approving a bill dramatically slashing state-mandated minimum...

3/25/2014

article Kansas Senate advances bill blocking slots at dog track but also considers pro-casino measure
(Kansas) -- A proposal for blocking slot machines at a closed dog-racing track outside Wichita received first-round approval Tuesday in the Kansas Senate, even as its...
article Senate advances bill to prevent votes on gambling in Sedgwick County until 2032
(Kansas) -- Sedgwick County residents wouldn’t be able to vote on gambling again until 2032 under a bill given initial approval by the Senate on Tuesday.

2/24/2014

article BLOG: Kansas poker rooms are holding their own
(Kansas) -- Recently, I visited a pair of poker rooms as well as competed in a charity event in Wichita, Kan. The fourth annual Cards for the Cure: Kansas Poker...

2/2/2014

article Ruling on Park City casino application may be approaching
(Kansas) -- The U.S. Interior Department may be getting closer to a decision about a long-pending application by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to take 10.5 acres of...

2/1/2014

article Letter: Addiction funds being used properly
(Kansas) -- I appreciate The Topeka Capital-Journal’s recent editorial calling attention to our “Know Your Limits” problem gambling awareness campaign.

1/30/2014

article KC casino market continues shifting
(Kansas) -- In a different front in the border war, Missouri casinos continued to lose ground to Kansas' Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. In 2013, the Kansas...

1/28/2014

article Gamblers look for greener pastures
(Kansas) -- In the name of entertainment, Kansas City area gamblers left nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars at area casinos.
article Kansas casino gains in 2013; Missouri boats’ revenue slips
(Kansas) -- The slowdown at Missouri casinos continued in the second half of 2013, year-end numbers released this month by the state show. And that means Missouri state...

1/27/2014

article Kansas opens campaign to help problem gamblers
(Kansas) -- The state of Kansas unveiled a public awareness campaign Monday to highlight the potential risk of gambling disorders and extend an offer of counseling to...

1/15/2014

article Kansas Star Casino winnings down in December, up for the year
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Star Casino won $14.6 million from gamblers in December and about $192.8 million over the full year, according to figures from the Kansas Lottery...

1/12/2014

article Wichita track owner intends to pursue slots
(Kansas) -- The operator of Wichita Greyhound Park plans to try again to get legislation passed to allow slot machines at the park.

1/8/2014

article Hollywood Casino asks for more time to begin hotel construction
(Kansas) -- As a deadline approaches next month, Hollywood Casino is asking for more time to fulfill a pledge to build a hotel on the site at Kansas Speedway, a casino...

1/7/2014

article Gaming company seeks delay for casino hotel in KCK
(Kansas) -- The Unified Government Board of Commissioners in Wyandotte County will vote on a measure Thursday that would allow Penn Gaming 90 additional days for...

11/16/2013

article Survey: Few Kansans know gambling treatment covered
(Kansas) -- All but 4 percent of adult respondents to the survey in the southwest "thought the average person could not afford problem gambling treatment" or...

11/9/2013

article Chief of Delaware seeks to explain the tribe’s intentions
(Kansas) -- The chief of the Delaware Tribe on Saturday indicated that pursuing a casino in Kansas is a possibility, but also said the tribe has a broader vision of...

11/6/2013

article Most Kansas casino fund dollars don't treat problem gambling, report says
(Kansas) -- Two percent of revenue from Kansas' state-owned casinos, plus money from the Kansas Lottery and bingo, goes into a fund intended, in part, to help treat...

11/5/2013

article Local leaders optimistic that Indian tribe doesn’t have plans for Lawrence casino
(Kansas) -- The Delaware Tribe of Indians may have an interest in a northeast Kansas casino at some point, but local leaders are more confident than ever it won't be...

10/23/2013

article Indian tribe wants to keep options open on casino gaming, local delegation told
(Kansas) -- An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe wants to keep its options open for developing a casino somewhere in the Lawrence area, a delegation of local leaders was told...

10/10/2013

article Native Land Adjacent Lawrence, KS Under Scrutiny
(Kansas) -- Lawrence leaders aim to meet with counterparts in the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma to learn plans for land that borders the city.

10/9/2013

article City leaders want to meet with Indian tribe over future of North Lawrence land
(Kansas) -- Lawrence city commissioners want to have a face-to-face meeting with leaders of the Delaware Tribe of Indians to learn their intentions for developing a...

10/1/2013

article Delaware chief: Tribe doesn't have immediate plans for North Lawrence casino
(Kansas) -- The odds that North Lawrence will be getting an Indian casino anytime soon may have decreased just a bit. Ever since we reported in July that the Oklahoma-...

8/8/2013

article Indian tribe that purchased North Lawrence property involved in casino-related lawsuit
(Kansas) -- The Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that purchased nearly 90 acres of prime North Lawrence property is embroiled in a federal lawsuit that suggests the tribe...

7/31/2013

article Kansas Star Casino examining expenses, looking ahead to next phase
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Star Casino will be examining its expenses to improve margins, possibly appealing a $1.3 million increase in its property taxes and preparing for...
article Survey: One-fourth Kansans negatively impacted by gambling
(Kansas) -- A survey of Kansas adults revealed one-fourth of the population could suffer at the hands of problem gamblers and pointed to the necessity of a more forceful...

7/30/2013

article Kansas City casino market reports slight revenue decline
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City casino market showed some fatigue in the first half of 2013, and the effects of two big snowstorms, but the Hollywood Casino gained traction...

7/28/2013

article Deduction for Kansas gambling losses bites dust
(Kansas) -- Kansas gamblers will still be able to deduct part of their losses on their income tax forms this year, but starting next year that deduction is gone.

7/27/2013

article Gambling change part of larger tax rewrite
(Kansas) -- The 2013 legislative session dragged from the advertised 80 days, past the statutory limit of 90 all the way to the wee hours of Day 100 before the House and...

6/24/2013

article A record $74.5 million in Kansas Lottery sales will be transferred to state
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery will transfer to the state a record $74.5 million from the sale of lottery tickets in fiscal year 2013, lottery officials said Monday.
article Kansas Lottery transfers record $74.5 million to state
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery will set a new record for the amount of money transferred to the State in a single year, spokeswoman Sally Lunsford said Monday.

5/19/2013

article Kansas led nation in growth in gambling revenue
(Kansas) -- Casino gaming revenue grew faster in Kansas last year than in any other state in the nation, according to a report by the American Gaming Association.

5/7/2013

article Hollywood Casino drives massive gaming revenue increase for Kansas
(Kansas) -- A gambler's bad luck and a new casino have caused Kansas' gaming revenue to surge more than 600 percent over the previous year.

5/6/2013

article Kansas sees largest growth in casino revenue nationwide
(Kansas) -- Kansas is making one of the biggest gains for commercial casinos. Last year Kansas had a 603% increase in revenue.

4/14/2013

article Kansas Escapes Online Gambling Ban
(Kansas) -- A proposed gambling expansion bill in Kansas that was designed to attract a new casino to a vacant “gambling zone” in the state has failed to...

4/8/2013

article Kansas Online Gambling Ban Fails
(Kansas) -- A gambling expansion bill in Kansas that sought to attract a new casino to an unoccupied “gambling zone” in the state’s southeastern corner...

4/2/2013

article Bill could make it easier for casinos to come to southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- Southeast Kansas legislators hoping to bring a state-owned casino to their area will try again to pass a bill designed to make it happen.
article Kan. Senate rejects measure to lure new casino
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Senate has rejected a bill aimed at bringing a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas but killing any possibility of slot machines at dog and...
article Senate gambling compromise dies
(Kansas) -- The Senate struck down 15-24 a compromise Tuesday that could have paved the way for a casino in southeast Kansas — at the cost of what one Topeka...

3/27/2013

article Reps work to bring gaming back to Southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- Cities along Route 66 in southeast Kansas could see new casinos if new legislation is passed. Cities like Galena and Riverton all sit along Route 66 which...

3/25/2013

article S.E. Kansas makes new pitch for casino project
(Kansas) -- Economic development and gambling enthusiasts rolled political dice Monday at a Senate hearing on a bill creating new financial...

3/14/2013

article Kansas-Owned Casino Revenue Rises In February
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery says gambling revenue at all three state-owned casinos in the state rose in February. The lottery announced Wednesday the Kansas Star...

3/13/2013

article Revenues at Kansas-owned casinos rise in February
(Kansas) -- Gambling revenues at all three state-owned casinos in Kansas rose in February, even though it was a short month that included snowstorms, according to...

2/27/2013

article Casino revenues dip, but officials plan for growth
(Kansas) -- The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway may have gotten a slow start, but casino officials say they are right where they want to be.

2/6/2013

article Hollywood Casino writes KCK annual $1.1M check
(Kansas) -- On the week of its one-year anniversary, The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will present a $1.1 million check to the Unified Government of Wyandotte...

1/25/2013

article Kansas lawmakers expect another push for slots at dog racing tracks
(Kansas) -- After a record year in lottery revenue and the opening of a third state-operated casino, House lawmakers expect advocates to again push for slot machines at...

1/24/2013

article Kansas lawmakers expect another push for slots at dog racing tracks
(Kansas) -- After a record year in lottery revenue and the opening of the state’s third state-operated casino, House lawmakers expect advocates to again push for...

10/23/2012

article Boot Hill Resort and Casino gives back to the community
(Kansas) -- When the state of Kansas approved a plan for gaming at four state-owned casinos, the potential revenue from such an operation in Dodge City was allocated to...
article Casino in southeast Kansas would affect health, study says
(Kansas) -- A new report on a health impact assessment by the Kansas Health Institute highlights the potential positive and negative health effects of developing a...

10/11/2012

article Kansas Star Casino looking to fill 400 jobs
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Star Casino is looking to fill another 400 jobs. Two hundred of them in the food and beverage industry. Even with an impressive pay scale, they...

10/8/2012

article Kan. agency considering rules for casino 'junkets'
(Kansas) -- Kansas regulators are considering whether they need new rules for providers of promotional tours to three state-owned casinos.

9/17/2012

article Hollywood Casino revenue dips in August
(Kansas) -- The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway saw a slight decline in August revenue compared with the previous month, according to the latest figures from the...

7/31/2012

article Casino Firms Give Big To Kansas Senate Leader's PAC
(Kansas) -- Companies operating state-owned casinos in Kansas have contributed $70,000 to a political action committee backing moderate Republican state senators in...

7/19/2012

article June revenues steady at Hollywood Casino
(Kansas) -- Gaming revenues in June at the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan., were $9.6 million, not much different from May, Kansas Lottery officials reported today...

7/5/2012

article OP/ED: What went wrong at The Woodlands
(Kansas) -- Observers predicted a few years ago that The Woodlands would be back in business this year after the state casinos were up and running.

5/23/2012

article KPERS to Get Fewer Chips from Kansas Casinos
(Kansas) -- Ever dream of hitting it big at the craps table, or while playing roulette? Kansas legislators have. In the final days of the session, lawmakers pushed...

5/14/2012

article Kan. closer to using casinos to support pensions
(Kansas) -- Kansas legislators moved closer Monday to dedicating revenues from state-owned casinos to pensions for teachers and government workers as part of a broader...
article Kansas Closer to Using Casinos to Support Pensions
(Kansas) -- Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are close to a deal on using revenues generated by state-owned casinos to support pensions for teachers and...

5/10/2012

article Kansas City-area casinos draw rough hands in April
(Kansas) -- In April, the cards were stacked against both the Kansas City-area riverboat casinos, which all saw revenues decline compared with a year earlier, and the...

5/6/2012

article Profiles: Casino jobs
(Kansas) -- Security officer: Pete Stephens was a Sedgwick County detention deputy before he became a security officer at the Kansas Star Casino in December.

5/4/2012

article Kansas Star Casino’s first-quarter net revenue: $50.3 million
(Kansas) -- The new Kansas Star Casino Hotel and Event Center recorded $50.3 million in net revenue in its first full quarter of operation, according to an earnings...

5/2/2012

article Marshall pushes gaming bill once more
(Kansas) -- State Sen. Bob Marshall, R-Fort Scott, has been down this road before. In fact, last year he made a push for a similar gaming bill that made its way through...

5/1/2012

article Kansas lawmakers try hand at Kansas casino bill again
(Kansas) -- Yet another effort is in the works in the state Legislature to bring to a vote a bill that would make it easier to open a casino and reopen a dog track in...
article New effort on Kansas casino, dog track bill last chance this session
(Kansas) -- As State Rep. Bob Grant, D-Frontenac, has pledged, he will continue to bring up a bill that would make it easier to open a casino and re-open a dog track in...

4/26/2012

article Kan. lawmakers to see another push on gambling
(Kansas) -- A Kansas Senate committee sponsored a measure Thursday that's designed to bring a casino to southeast Kansas and slot machines to dog and horse tracks.
article Senate rolling dice on gaming reform
(Kansas) -- A Senate committee introduced a bill Thursday that could breathe life into gambling in southeast Kansas and allow a revote on a proposal for slot machines at...

4/21/2012

article Race opens lots of eyes at Hollywood Casino
(Kansas) -- A variation of the Las Vegas Strip’s glitz and glamor comingled with NASCAR racing at Kansas Speedway for the first time Saturday during the Camping...

4/19/2012

article Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway revs up for NASCAR weekend
(Kansas) -- Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is gearing up for its first NASCAR race weekend, ramping up staffing and closing parts of the casino for private parties.

4/17/2012

article Casino means even more action this weekend at Kansas Speedway
(Kansas) -- This weekend will mark the first time for NASCAR racing at Kansas Speedway since the Hollywood Casino opened in February, and officials at both facilities...

4/12/2012

article Editorial: End casino exemption
(Kansas) -- A decision last week by the Kansas Supreme Court may have clarified the exemption in the 2010 indoor-smoking ban for some private clubs that serve liquor....

4/2/2012

article Effort to bring SEK casino bill to House floor falls short
(Kansas) -- An effort last week by two area legislators to force a debate on a bill to change the state’s 2007 casino gambling law was unsuccessful.

3/30/2012

article Kansas House blocks debate over gambling laws
(Kansas) -- The Kansas House won't debate a bill to modify the state's 2007 gambling laws after supporters failed Friday to force the issue to the floor.

3/29/2012

article Southeast Kansas Democrat renews push for gambling bill
(Kansas) -- A southeastern Kansas Democrat is renewing his effort to pull a bill that would modify the state’s gambling laws to the floor for a debate before the...

3/26/2012

article Gov. Sam Brownback backs using casino funds on pensions
(Kansas) -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has endorsed a proposal to use revenues from state-owned casinos to bolster the long-term financial health of the pension system...
article KS casino cash slotted for pension fund, not tax relief
(Kansas) -- The phrase is trite yet poignant, because it’s mostly true. Las Vegas, as they say, wasn't built because of winners. Some Kansas lawmakers,...

3/20/2012

article Kansas House passes bill that would use gambling revenue to shore up state pension system
(Kansas) -- Gamblers at state-owned casinos in Kansas would help prop up the pension system for teachers and government workers with each hand of blackjack and spin of...

3/19/2012

article Boot Hill casino gives a kick to Butler’s revenue, but earnings fall
(Kansas) -- Revenue from gambling operations at Boot Hill Casino gave Butler National Corp. a 7 percent boost in revenue for its third quarter, but declines in its...
article House legislators tackle KPERS, schools, casinos
(Kansas) -- The House took a leap Monday toward overhaul of the underfunded Kansas pension system for public employees while tumbling into debates on public education...
article New SW Kansas casino motion blocked
(Kansas) -- The House deflected on procedural grounds Monday a proposal to lower the state-mandated investment thresholds to spark construction of a casino in southeast...

3/17/2012

article Bingo has charms over casino gambling
(Kansas) -- I guess I want a nine on, with an early bird. At least that’s what I tell the guy at the window, hoping that I haven’t just screwed up that bit...
article Kansas Speedway accelerates construction on infield’s road race course [sub req'd]
(Kansas) -- Kansas Speedway is gearing up to host NASCAR’s STP 400 on April 22 — its first major race since the Hollywood Casino opened in February.

3/12/2012

article Kansas City riverboat casinos’ revenue falls in Hollywood Casino’s first month
(Kansas) -- Half of the Kansas City-area riverboat casinos saw their revenue decline in February, which also happened to be the first month in which they had to compete...

3/7/2012

article Reardon: casino funds should be used to lower property taxes
(Kansas) -- In his 2012 State of the Government address, Joe Reardon, mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., is calling for...

3/6/2012

article Reardon hopes to bring property taxes down in Wyandotte County
(Kansas) -- Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon hopes that casino dollars can be used to reduce property taxes in Wyandotte County.

3/1/2012

article Few people tap into Kansas’ fund for problem gamblers
(Kansas) -- A year into the state’s problem gambling and addiction fund, just more than 100 Kansans have reached out for help. But if national statistics ring true...

2/29/2012

article Sedgwick County hopes to raise awareness about help for problem gambling
(Kansas) -- A year into the state’s problem gambling and addiction fund, just more than 100 Kansans have reached out for help.

2/22/2012

article Casino generates more cash than expected
(Kansas) -- Open since the day after Christmas, the Kansas Star Casino has made $21.6 million in gambling revenue through January. The south central zone, which includes...

2/16/2012

article Casino opens overlooking turn 2 at Kansas Speedway
(Kansas) -- The Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City opened Friday morning. Like any casino in Kansas, before the doors could open, the controlling...
article Therapists preparing for more problem gamblers as casino numbers climb
(Kansas) -- It's been open less than two months, but already the Kansas Star casino has paid out more than $6.2 million. That success has some concerned about an...

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