Boyd Gaming pushes back in Kansas

Jun 1, 2016 11:04 AM

Competition is apparently thriving in the Kansas meetings and convention business.

Kansas Star Casino operator Boyd Gaming is pushing back against charges that it is “strip-mining” convention business in nearby Wichita, looking for business oher than the animal-related events it supposedly promised would be a specialty.

The Wichita Eagle says Boyd executive David Strow denied doing any such thing, Strow saying that from the very beginning the Star has been positioned as a “multi-purpose facility, capable of hosting a wide variety of events.

Strow argued that the events the casino hosts benefit the entire south-central Kansas region.

“When we book events at Kansas Star,” Strow said, 
‘whether they are meetings, conventions or shows, we’re bringing new people into the area.”

He maintained that the Las Vegas-based Boyd, which operates regional casinos across Middle America does not use its gambling revenue to undercut the ticket prices at other venues.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected]