The Kansas Lottery Commission has approved contracts with three applicants to be a potential casino manager in the southeast Kansas gaming zone.
The contracts are expected to be signed by Terry Presta, lottery executive director, and forwarded April 30 to the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board, according to a lottery spokesman.
The seven-member Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board will then have up to 60 days to select the apparent successful candidate or send the contracts back to the lottery for further negotiations.
The lottery applicants met several requirements, including local endorsement, having access to enough financial resources to support the lottery gaming facility manager, and having no less than three consecutive years of experience in Class III gaming.
Each applicant will pay the state a $5.5 million privilege fee.
Applicants who were approved:
– Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel, applicant, Kansas Crossing Casino LC, proposed in Pittsburg, Kan., at the Junction of Highway 400 and Highway 69;
– Camptown Casino, Frontenac Development, LLC, primary members, Camptown, LLC (Phillip G. Ruffin, director), located at Frontenac, Former Camptown Greyhound Park;
– Castle Rock Casino Resort, Castle Rock Casino Resort LLC, with several members including Air Capital Gaming, Murfin, Inc., Crystal River Investments, LLC, Joplin Holdings, LLC and others, located at Cherokee County, north of I-44 on U.S. Highway 400.