The casino was expected to open early next year, but due to good weather during construction and a smooth flow of other preparations, the target date has now been moved to December 26th.

“That’s the date we are shooting for and we’re on track for that,” said general manager Scott Cooper.

In order to receive its permanent license, the Kansas Star must hold at least one successful controlled demonstration for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission. A demonstration is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Controlled demonstrations are invitation-only events that involve gambling with real money and they are used to determine whether or not a casino is fit to be open.

The casino will open as a temporary facility, with 1,310 slot machines and 32 gaming tables, inside a building that will become the Kansas Star’s events center.

The permanent casino is scheduled to open in November 2012. It will include 2,000 slots, 50 gaming tables, a five-table poker room, five restaurants and a 150-room hotel.

The project’s final phase,which the hotel plans to complete in early 2014, is expected to double the size of the hotel and also include the opening of an equestrian center.

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