Ruffin partners with tribe on Kansas project

QUAPAW, Okla. — An Oklahoma-based tribe is partnering with the owner of a Las Vegas hotel to reopen a track in southeast Kansas and convert it to a casino.

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

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.