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Kansas Star to open full casino floor Friday

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 8:25 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 6:39 p.m.

The Kansas Star opens its full casino floor to the public Friday, and the business will be operating at full capacity for the first time since opening last year in temporary quarters.

“There isn’t a band or anything like that,” said assistant general manager Wendy Runde. “But this is definitely huge for us.”

Officials said the casino floor will contain 1,829 slot machines, 45 table games and a 10-table poker room.

Two of the casino’s five restaurants – Panini Jo’s deli and the Woodfire Grille steakhouse – are scheduled to open Friday. The casino’s other restaurants – the Kitchen Buffet, An Pho and the Shark Bar – were already open. Woodfire has been booked for private events through the weekend and won’t open to the public until Christmas Day.

Runde said that Saturday will mark the opening of the passageway between the casino and the recently opened, 150-room Hampton Inn & Suites next door. For the first time, she said, hotel customers will be able to reach the casino without going outside.

The casino closed for two days earlier this month so workers could move the slot machines and table games into the new building, which has 90,000 square feet of floor space. The arena that housed the temporary casino will be remodeled for concerts, sporting events, trade shows and equestrian events.

Runde said transition will be complete before the sun comes up Friday.

“We’ll be 100 percent ready for weekend business,” she said. “By 8 a.m. everything should be ready to roll.”

Reach Hurst Laviana at 316-268-6499 or hlaviana@wichitaeagle.com.

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