Casino revenues were up again for March at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, lottery officials said today.
It was the highest amount of revenue for a month since the casino’s opening in February 2012 in Kansas City, Kan., according to Keith Kocher, director of gaming facilities for the Kansas Lottery.
Hollywood recorded $11.9 million for March, as compared to $10.4 million in revenue for February, he said.
Revenues also were up at Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City, Kan., at $4.4 million in March compared to $3.24 million February; and Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kan., at a little over $19 million in March as compared to a little less than $17 million in February.
It was a record month for both of Boot Hill and Kansas Star, Kocher said.
Kocher noted that March had five full weekends, unlike some other months, which have four. However, March also had another snowstorm, he added.
Revenues also rose in February at Hollywood Casino, according to statistics.
At today’s Kansas Lottery Commission meeting, Lottery Commissioner Tom Roberts asked about any word on a hotel that had been proposed to be built next to the casino.
Kocher said that under the contract with the Unified Government, Hollywood Casino has until February of 2014 to start construction on a hotel. If not, a penalty phase kicks in, he said. Kocher said there was no commitment yet on Hollywood Casino’s part to build a hotel, and that feasibility studies are going on behind the scenes.
In a written report to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Bob Sheldon, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, stated total gaming revenue was 14 percent higher in March than in February, and an increase of 9 percent over March of 2012.
Some March Madness basketball-related promotions helped increase attendance at the Turn 2 Sports bar inside the casino, however, the success of Kansas teams in the conference and NCAA tournament had an effect on attendance because of fans following the games at home or elsewhere, he added. He cited other promotions as successful during March.