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Kansas Star Casino To Open The Day After Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving, and gamblers are hoping that the Kansas Star Casino is in the holiday spirit this year. The casino will open its doors to Kansas residents for the first time on December 26th after gaming regulators gave their final approval on Monday.

The road has been long and twisting for Kansas residents when it comes to casino gambling. Although voters approved the casinos several years ago, state regulators have spent the past few years trying to find developers for the four authorized state-owned casinos.

At first, finding the developers was easy. The state had a bunch of gaming operators interested in running the casinos, but that was before the 2008 economic recession. When the recession hit, three of the four chosen developers pulled out of their deals with Kansas. Since then, the state has been scrambling to find new operators.

Only the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City is currently opened. Kansas Star will be the second of the facilities to open, and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway will be open sometime in 2012. The Kansas Star facility will be a temporary casino until the permanent structure is complete, but for gamblers, the slots will be a welcome addition.

"We have waited a long time, and now the time has finally arrived," said Jack Brenson. "I can't think of a better Christmas present from the state than the Kansas Star opening. Coming a day after Christmas, it may be a couple weeks before I can get down there, but nonetheless, it will be quite a scene when I finally do go."

The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission gave their final approval to the casino on Monday after the Kansas Star passed all of the inspections. It will be up to the Racing Commission to regulate the casino, as well as the other gaming establishments in the state.

Kansas Star is located in Mulvane. During the process, several different proposals came in for a casino in Mulvane, many of which were right along the highway. The permanent 100,000 square-foot facility is expected to bring hundreds of millions of dollars into the state budget.

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