Isle of Capri: Casino application submitted

By Kathy Sweeney - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - An employee of Isle of Capri Casinos Incorporated made a very important drive Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Paul Keller says someone drove his company's casino license application to Jefferson City to be received before the 5 p.m. deadline.

According to Keller, the application contains "at least five to six thousand pages of information and 65 exhibits."

He says they have to provide everything from the history and financial stability of the company, to details and drawings to a full description of the casino's surveillance system to the number of roads in and out of the complex.

When asked about Isle of Capri's chances of landing the one open license, Keller says he feels good about them.

"They know us," Keller explained, referring to his company's three current gaming licenses.  "We've been through this before.  They have experience with us and they know how we operate."

Once Isle of Capri's application and any others arrive in Jefferson City, LeAnn McCarthy with the Missouri Gaming Commission says they'll have their work cut out for them.

"We have a team of people to go through all of them," McCarthy said of each boxful of information they receive.

McCarthy says five applications have been received.

  1. Casino Celebration, LLC - St. Louis, Missouri
  2. North County Development, LLC - Spanish Lake, MO
  3. Sunway Gaming LLC - Sugar Creek, MO
  4. Isle of Capri – Cape Girardeau LLC - Cape Girardeau, MO
  5. Epic Gaming LLC - Sugar Creek, Missouri

McCarthy says they will make sure all the applications are complete and include the $50,000 application fee.

If anything is missing, she says the application will be immediately rejected and that casino company will not get the chance to resubmit.

McCarthy hopes by Friday, she'll be able to tell which companies and communities are still in the running for the license.

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