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1 of 4 applicants drops its bid to build southeast Kansas casino, citing 'due diligence'

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TOPEKA, Kansas — One of the four applicants seeking to build a casino in southeast Kansas with the state's last remaining casino license has dropped its bid.

The Kansas Lottery said in a news release Friday that SE Kansas Casino Partners LLC is withdrawing its application for a $140 million facility. Its proposal called for a casino to be built on 123 acres along U.S. 400 along with hotels, an equestrian center, a concert venue, restaurants, a lake and retail shops.

A letter dated Thursday from a SE Kansas Casino Partners representative said the company was unable to move forward. It cited "the remaining time available" and the company's "ongoing due diligence."

The three remaining applicants are Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel; Emerald City Casino & Resort; and Castle Rock Casino Resort.

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