Kansas board still worries Wichita, Kansas City casino plans lack hotels

TOPEKA | A state board in Kansas is still concerned that proposals for casinos in the Kansas City and Wichita areas don’t include hotels in their first phases.

Several members of the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board questioned Monday whether the casinos would be true tourist destinations without hotels. A 2007 law allowing the casinos contemplated “destination” projects.

But one of the board’s consultants, William Eadington, the director of an institute on gambling at the University of Nevada, Reno, called hotels “sweeteners.”

He said the sour economy had led to only one proposal for each area and a lack of sweeteners in each.

But he warned the board that if it doesn’t allow the projects to go forward, the state will be forgoing gambling revenues.