Dodge City The first state-owned casino in Kansas has passed its first test and could open next week if a second test is successful.
A group of invitation-only gamblers played table games and slot machines Thursday at the Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City with state gaming officials present. The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will supervise a second controlled gambling session on Monday, and if things go well the commission will allow the casino to begin operating.
A grand opening is tentatively set for Wednesday.
More than 580 slot machines and 12 tables fill the gaming room floor. A restaurant and bar are also ready.
“Things went fairly smoothly, we had a few computer issues that we took care of early on,” Sharon Stroburg, director of marketing, said after Thursday’s test run.
The tests are needed to ensure the slots are paying off enough and dealers are properly trained. “We make sure when they come to play the machine, that they’re not being manipulated and that all the plays are random and in accordance with the statute,” said Charles Laboy, director of electronic security.
The state’s already approved each of the 575 slot machines, he said. It also has ensured high security at the casino, with cameras everywhere except in private offices and restrooms.
Staff training also is important at the casino, which will be the largest employer in the region. “Opening a new casino, new team members — there’s still procedures that they have to learn and follow and make sure everyone’s following internal controls,” said Mike Tamburelli, general manager.