By Brian Heap
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
4:40 PM CST, January 12, 2012
It's a clean, comfortable ride. And best of all, it's free. Entrepreneur Dennis Sanders is rolling the dice with his Kansas Casino Shuttle and hoping other businesses jump onboard.
Sanders took a retired DFW Airport shuttle and wrapped it to look like a casino on wheels. Images of poker chips and slot machines double as advertising space for other companies reaching out for business.
"We would have a captive audience for those advertisers for basically a 30 minute trip to the casino," Sanders said.
Aboard the shuttle is more space for advertising placards. There's also a television scrolling commercials for the drive to Mulvane.
The Kansas Casino Shuttle runs hourly Thursday through Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Currently, there is one pick-up location in Old Town. Sanders said he's making plans for more stops in east and west Wichita.
The venture is one of what will likely be many businesses to sprout up as a direct result of the Kansas Star Casino.
In Haysville, just a few hundred feet from the turnpike entrance, sits a brand new hotel just days from opening. Builder Hasu Patel said the hotel will be the closest to the casino, but he doesn't expect it to rely solely on gamblers to succeed.
There are hundreds of undeveloped acres surrounding the casino. The expectation is many more restaurants and shops will build there and bring jobs.
"I can't imagine the angles that are going to come out of having the casino here," Sanders said
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