Downstream Announces Partnership to Build Casino in Crawford County

Downstream Casino and the Quapaw Tribe are making a move to open the dormant Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac as a casino. Quapaw Tribal Chairman John Berrey tells News Talk KZRG he recently talked with Phil Ruffin, who owns the Greyhound Park as well as Las Vegas Treasure Island Hotel and Casino.

"I just met Mr. Ruffin and we got to talking and we thought it might be fun and a great opportunity in Pittsburg and Frontenac go after the license that was just created by the (Kansas) Legislature."

Berrey says a feasibility study shows a casino would work in the Pittsburg area.  "We think it's got a good location.  There's a large community there, probably the biggest town in the three county region. We just think it works well within the new parameters of that new legislation."

You'll remember in April, the Kansas Legislature passed a bill that lowers the required investment and fees charged to a prospective casino developer.  The required investment was dropped from $225 million to $50 million.

The Greyhound Park opened in 1995, but closed six months later. Berrey says the new casino could open on a fast track if the Kansas Lottery Commission approves Downstream's application.

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