Company awarded southwest gaming zone to manage casino in Dodge City

The fourth and final contract to manage a state owned and operated gaming facility in Kansas was awarded to Butler National Service Corp.  

The Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board named Butler National as developer and manager of the southwest gaming zone located in Dodge City. Kansas Entertainment LLC in the northeast, Harrah's in the south-central (Sumner County) and Penn National Gaming in the southeast (Cherokee County) were the other companies awarded 15-year contracts.  

The new Boot Hill Casino and Resort will be designed to enhance and re-create the world famous 1870-1880’s experience at the historic Boot Hill destination in Dodge City. State estimates of casino revenue in the Dodge City destination market range from $40 to $60 million per year. Phase I of the development will require an investment of approximately $45 million and will open in September 2009.  

Phase II of the development is planned to be complete in 38 months from the final approval of the contract and will cost an additional $42.5 million for a total of approximately $87.5 million. Projected of the development range from $9.4 million in the first full year of operation to $21.7 million in year five.  

Clark Stewart, president and CEO of Butler National said, “We are extremely pleased with the decision of the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board. We have felt from day one we had the best concept, best design and best business plan for tourism, gaming and economic development for a destination casino in Western Kansas. We believed our management proposal offered the strongest tourist drawing destination facility in the best interest of all Kansans. The Review Board agreed. The last step in this process is the background checks by the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. Background checks and finalizing the contract should be completed on or before December 5, 2008.