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Number-challenged Las Vegas partisan claims 14 — 14! — casinos in Kansas City area

Updated: 2014-01-23T21:40:02Z

By DAVE HELLING

The New York Times takes a look at the Las Vegas effort to land the Republican National Convention. As you may know Kansas City also wants the gathering.

But the NYT piece contains this amazing paragraph:

“Charles Spies, a Washington lawyer who works for Mr. Wynn, was more direct about the opposition, noting there are 14 casinos in the metropolitan Kansas City area.”

Wait. What?

There are four licensed casinos in and around Kansas City, Mo., the Missouri Gaming Commission says — Ameristar, Argosy, Harrah’s, and Isle of Capri.

And there are two licensed casinos in Kansas in the metro area — the Lucky 7, in downtown KCK, and the Hollywood Casino at the Speedway.

That’s six.

Is he counting St. Joe? The Native American casinos near Topeka? Boonville, Mo.?

Even if you count all of those operations, you still don’t get 14 casinos. And including casinos near Topeka, St. Joe, and Boonville as “in the metropolitan Kansas City area” stretches that definition, unless the host committee really needs hotel space.

Perhaps the Las Vegas interests know something we don’t.

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