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January 11, 2013

Casino honors Enid native

MULVANE, Kan. — In celebration of its recent ownership change, Kansas Star Casino is honoring Boyd Gaming’s co-founder, Sam Boyd, with a tribute to his hometown.

One of the legendary figures of the American casino industry, Boyd was born in Enid and lived there until moving to Las Vegas in the 1940s. Over the next five decades, Boyd worked his way up from a dealer to owner of Boyd Gaming, one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Boyd died in 1993, but his son, Bill Boyd, remains executive chairman of Boyd Gaming.

Boyd Gaming purchased the Kansas Star Casino in November 2012.

“Sam was one of the pioneers of our industry,” said Scott Cooper, Kansas Star Casino general manager. “We’re honored to be a part of his company, which is highly respected throughout the world.”

Kansas Star Casino uses the names of nearby cities and towns to help visitors remember where they’ve parked their cars. Each city name is printed on a sign and mounted to a light pole. Each banner represents a city in Kansas — until now. This week, in conjunction with Kansas Star Casino’s ribboncutting for the new, permanent casino, a sign honoring Sam Boyd’s legacy was installed in the casino’s east parking lot. The “Enid, OK” section is a tribute to Boyd Gaming’s co-founder and the town where he was born.

“Enid is only 90 minutes from the Kansas Star,” Cooper said. “We’re honored to pay tribute to the co-founder of our new company, and to remind guests that the Boyd Gaming story began in this area.”

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