Konami Gaming has become the first slot manufacturer approved to sell machines to the four new casinos in Kansas.
The Las Vegas-based subsidiary of Konami of Japan obtained a temporary certification from the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission to sell slots to a casino under construction in Dodge City, and three other proposed facilities in Sumner and Wyandotte counties, authorized under a 2007 state law. According to the commission, the company is the first slot-maker to receive the initial nod. (Permanent certification will be voted on by the commission.)
“We are pleased to receive the first of what we hope are many applications from slot machine manufacturers,” said Stephen Martino, executive director of the Kansas Gaming Commission.
Under the regulations set up under the 2007 law, gaming suppliers must submit to background investigations and meet a number of requirements, such as prior licensing or certification to sell slots in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and New Jersey. Only suppliers of slots, tables and money-counting machines must be certified vendors under the law.