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Sumner County casino on hold for now; developers plan changes

TOPEKA –  The state's casino review board voted this morning to send the contract for Sumner County's casino back to the Kansas Lottery for further negotiation.

The vote came after partners of Chisholm Creek Casino Resort asked the board to take the action.

The partners said competition from a potential tribal casino in Park City they were unaware of until recently has forced them to think of new strategies, including possibly speeding up the timeline for the casino and expanding the size of the gaming floor.

Their plans to add a hotel to the first phase of the development also need to be addressed in a new contract, they said.

A lottery official said its goal would be to have a new contract negotiated by the first of the new year. The review board would have 60 days to vote on the contract after it receives it from the lottery.

The board was scheduled to vote on the contract tomorrow.

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