State rejects Wichita group’s proposal for southeast Kansas casino

The application process for a casino in southeast Kansas will remain open after the Kansas Lottery rejected a pro-posal from a Wichita-based investment group Tuesday.

Ozark Trail Gaming, a group that included former Wichita Mayor Bob Knight, proposed to build and manage a $225 million casino in Cherokee County at U.S. Highway 166/400, one mile north of I-44.

The application was rejected because it “provided no information” that shows the group had the money or experience that is required, a statement from the lottery said.

The Ozark group includes Wichita attorney Henry Blase, also listed as trustee of the Schultz Family Trust; Knight; and Wichita investment banker Theron Froggatte.

Its first phase was to have included a casino with 900 slot machines and 30 gaming tables, a 30-seat coffee and pastry shop, a 225-seat buffet, a lounge and retail space.

Any new applications for a casino in southeast Kansas face a Jan. 19 deadline.