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Boot Hill casino in Dodge City set to open Tuesday

The Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City will open to the public at 1 p.m. Tuesday, pending the approval of a controlled demonstration Monday.

The demonstration will allow the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission to assess whether the casino's management and employees adhere to internal controls for collecting and accounting for money, to approve security and surveillance plans, and to gauge the casino's commitment to the commission's responsible gambling standards. The casino's computer systems will be monitored and tested as well.

Boot Hill intends to operate until early Wednesday, when it will close briefly to prepare for an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony that will include Gov. Mark Parkinson.

It will reopen to the public following the ceremony and will operate 24 hours a day.

Boot Hill, the first state-owned casino to get up and running, will open with 584 slot machines, 12 table games, a 150-seat casual dining restaurant, a bar, a snack bar and a retail gift shop.

Phase two, scheduled for completion in February 2012, will add a 124-room hotel, an indoor pool, a 3,000-square-foot salon and spa, a 20,000-square-foot conference and entertainment facility, 15,000 square feet of additional gambling space, and additional dining.

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