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Gaming commission allows Kansas Star Casino to open for demonstration

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at 12:50 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, March 30, 2012, at 4:25 p.m.

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— The Kansas Star Casino cleared several legal hurdles on Monday and impressed state regulators who toured the facility.

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission granted the casino, scheduled to open on Dec. 26, a conditional certificate to hold a controlled demonstration — invitation-only gambling with real money — on Friday. The commission also approved the Kansas Star’s security and surveillance plans.

The actions came after closed sessions during a commission meeting at Mulvane’s city council chambers.

Commissioners approved the conditional certificate after a two-hour tour of the interim Kansas Star facility, which will become its multipurpose events and equestrian center when its permanent casino opens in a year.

“It’s really going to be a very smooth transition when the time comes,” said William Falstad, commission chairman. “It’s going to be a beautiful operation over there. I think it’s really something the way they’re doing that, because it really looks beautiful right now.”

“I’m just amazed at what they’re doing and what they’re going to accomplish,” said commissioner Jay Shadwick.

The commission is the agency that regulates state-owned casinos.

The Kansas Star must successfully complete at least one controlled demonstration to prove it is fit to open. Another controlled demonstration would be held Dec. 20 if there are any problems during Friday’s demonstration.

The commission requires entities to be certified before they can conduct any casino-style gambling.

Reach Fred Mann at 316-268-6310 or fmann@wichitaeagle.com

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