Therefore, a new casino across the State Line in Kansas City, Kansas probably spells doom for at least one local gambling den. Up till now, local gambling addicts have been a captive audience and casino offerings have been tragically similar. The buffets are all mediocre, the cocktail waitresses look as if they’re recovering from a fight and the overall vibe seems like what Vegas might have been during the early 80’s S&L Scandal inspired recession.
I hate to say it but at least the plans for the new KCK “Hollywood” Casino look slightly more upscale than what KCMO has to offer.
So, one by one lets look at local casinos and see if they have what it takes to withstand competition:
Admittedly, The Isle of Capri is Kansas City’s “Ghetto” casino. The buffet is more like a soup kitchen and I hate to admit that I feel more at home among their crowd that’s predominantly comprised of people of color wasting cash they can’t afford to lose. Still, their market is based more on location (next to a major highway ramp) and a strange minority demographic appeal than any other factor. This place is my pick to hold steady.
The Argosy is the Northland’s favorite and might weather the storm too. The castle in the Northland is well hidden with a regular clientele that knows those strange backwoods highways by Parkville so their odds are good.
Ameristar is normally like a tomb whenever I’ve been there. They’ve already traded ownership once so I think they could be sweating a new player in the local gaming market. This casino has the worst location of all the KC gambling dens in what seems like an industrial district. They’ve managed to stay afloat with a decent theater and music attractions. But undoubtedly, the KCK development could thin out the weekday crowd.
More than any other KC Casino Harrah’s seems like it has the most to lose from KCK getting into the gambling game. At this point their entertainment options never really came through and went bust thanks to a messy sex crime case and a young Asian crowd massive brawl outside of The Voodoo