Quapaw Tribe proposes $110M 'Emerald City' casino in Kansas


Artist's rendering of the proposed Emerald City Casino in Kansas. Image from Quapaw Tribe

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is in the running for a commercial casino in southeast Kansas.

The $110 million Emerald City Casino would be located at the site of the Camptown Greyhound Park in Crawford County. Chairman John Berrey compared the site to "Chernobyl" but sees great potential there.

"We could really go after that South Kansas City market," Berrey told KOAM-TV.

The project would be built in two phases. The tribe and partner Phil Ruffian plan to spend $62 million on the initial casino and $26 million to add a hotel and convention/entertainment center.


The site of the former Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac, Kansas. Image from Google Maps

The site is about 38 miles from the tribe's Downstream Casino Resort, whose gaming portion is located on trust land in Oklahoma.. Emerald City has been pitched as a smaller version of that facility.

Three other developers are also in the running for the casino. The winner will be chosen in April.

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