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October 17, 2008

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City are discussing whether or not to include a smoking ban at the planned Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The facility is to be built at the Kansas Speedway and due to open 2011.

The President of the Speedway, Jeff Boerger, stated that a smoking ban on the casino floor would bring a disadvantage and a change in the projected revenues. Currently without the ban in the projected casino, the Unified Government would gain $19 million a year. Studies have shown that revenues in casinos with smoking bans decline 15% to 20%. The projected casino will have to compete with near by states that allow smoking on the casino floors.

Located at turn 2 of the race track, the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is estimated to cost $680 million, have 3,000 slot machines, restaurants, bars, shops, a hotel with 300 rooms, and a convention center. Over 2,500 new jobs will be created.

With the smoking ban, the project will be put on hold.

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