by Ray Poirier | A Kansas review board chose privately-held Harrahs Entertainment to build and manage its Sumner County casino.The Harrahs folks plan a $535 million casino resort with several restaurants including one that will feature the cooking of popular Food Network star Paula Deen.
With four votes, out of the seven being cast, Harrahs Entertainment beat out Penn National Gaming and Marvel Gaming, both of which had chosen sites near the Wellington exit of the Kansas Turnpike.
Penn National didnt lose out completely, however, since the company was chosen for the Cherokee County casino, a far-less attractive spot. Penn National was the only bidder.
Harrahs selection for the Mulvane city casino still faces a lawsuit from an Indian tribe that alleges Harrahs is violating a non-compete clause it signed after terminating an agreement with the tribe to manage a casino in another community.