Tribe, casino owner partner for Kansas facility

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Updated: 8/04 11:48 am

QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based tribe is partnering with the owner of a Las Vegas hotel to reopen a track in southeast Kansas.

Phil Ruffin is the owner of Las Vegas' Treasure Island Hotel and Casino and Camptown Greyhound Park in Frontenac, Kansas. He's teaming with the Quapaw Tribe's Downstream Casino to open a state-owned, privately managed upscale casino in Crawford County, Kansas.

The state Lottery Commission must approve of the plan.

Legislation that went into effect in July lowered the investment required for a prospective casino developer from $225 million to $50 million. It also drops the fee the state charges to developers from $25 million to $5.5 million.

Camptown opened in 1995 but ran live dog races for less than six months before its owners filed for bankruptcy in early 1996.

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