The state of Kansas trusted the state Lottery Commission to come up with four possible suitors to run state owned casinos in Kansas. Of the four that the Commission picked, three have pulled out of their deals to build the casinos.
Now, the Commission is going back to the drawing board in hopes of finding themselves three developers that can follow up on making the casinos a reality. On Thursday the Commission authorized the re-opening of the application process for two areas.
The Northeast and South-Central gaming zones will be the focus of the second application process. Developers will be allowed to resubmit proposals, and new proposals will also be accepted.
The original process was drawn out for so long by the state that the economy began to play a major role in why two of the three original contract winners pulled out. The third company, Penn National, pulled out because they were afraid they could not compete with a neighboring casino.
“Even though the Commission has been burned over the past few months, they still believe they will succeed in bringing the four casinos to Kansas. Hopefully we can start it again,” said Director of Gaming Facilities Keith Kocher. He was speaking of the application process.
Indian Tribes Continue To Expand Casinos In Face Of Bad Economy
Las Vegas Sands Corp. is eliminating jobs from their casinos in Nevada. several other casino companies are also having to cut back staff because of the current state of the economy in the United States.
While all of these companies struggle to stay out of bankruptcy, Indian tribes are moving forward with casino expansion all across the country. Tribes have been trying to put land in trust in order to build new casinos.
With the big companies struggling, laws are being changed in areas to help them out. Nevada was considering lowering the gambling age to eighteen. That idea comes from politicians who are desperately trying to help their state casinos.
In Florida, lawmakers are working on a new pact, which is eerily similar to the one that Governor Charlie Crist signed with the Seminole Indians, to bring expanded gambling to the Seminole casinos in the state.
The Seminoles have already started offering blackjack at their Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In other states, casinos are in the process of being built by Indian tribes.
“Because the tribes do not have to abide by the same laws as these other casino companies, they are not getting hit as hard by the rough economy. That is freeing them up to continue expansion while these other companies scale back,” said Bronson Hemraddy.