Casino frame starts to rise

The steel skeleton of the Kansas Star casino's events/equestrian center is starting to take shape at the Mulvane exit of the Kansas Turnpike. An interim casino will open inside the center early in 2012 with 1,310 slot machines, 32 gaming tables, a 50-seat snack bar and other food and beverage amenities.

When it opens, work will begin on the Kansas Star's permanent casino, due to open in 2013 with more slots and tables, a 10-table poker room, a buffet, steak house, food court, two bars and a 150-room hotel.

The casino is scheduled to be completed in 2015 with 2,000 slots, 50 gaming tables, a 300-room hotel, an RV park, a gift shop, and an expanded equestrian/events/convention center.

The state-owned casino is being built by and will be managed by Peninsula Gaming.