Kansas casino revenues were flat for December, according to Kansas Lottery officials.
In a Kansas Lottery report today, December revenues for Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway were $10,567,236, down slightly from $10.87 million in November.
Revenues also were flat for Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City and the Kansas Star Casino at Mulvane, Kan., lottery officials reported. Snow and cold weather negatively affected attendance at the Boot Hill Casino, according to a report.
In a written report to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Bob Sheldon, Hollywood Casino vice president and general manager, reported December gaming revenues in 2013 were 3 percent less than December 2012. He reported that slots revenue was $9 million, an increase of 1.4 percent over the prior year, while table games revenue was $1.6 million, down 21.9 percent compared to the prior year.
A large portion of the year-to-year variance in table games was due to some large progressive jackpots that were hit by patrons on the carnival table games, he wrote.
Promotions continued in December at the Hollywood Casino, he wrote. This year the casino provided an opportunity for patrons to get gift cards for holiday shopping at two major retailers in the Village West area, which was well received, he noted.
The New Year’s Eve celebration at the casino was a hit this year, he reported, with the weather good. Strong volumes were driven by numerous events including a VIP brunch and dinner at the Marquee Café, a live band performance on a stage on the casino floor, and a fireworks show from Turn 4 of the Kansas Speedway.
Last Thursday, Hollywood Casino was granted an extension of time by the Unified Government to work on its casino hotel proposal. Casino owners should reach a conclusion on whether it will build a hotel by May. The previous deadline was February. A 1 percent penalty takes effect if the casino decides not to build a hotel.
In another report, Kansas Star Casino near the Wichita area reported it was working on a second phase in a hotel and convention center.
The Kansas Lottery has a new executive director, Terry Presta, who participated in the Jan. 15 meeting. His confirmation is scheduled to go before the Kansas Senate Jan. 16.
Presta has served as the owner of the Presto Convenience Stores, and currently lives in Overland Park.