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Disney pumps millions to expand gambling in Florida

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Disney Worldwide Services continues to pump huge amounts of money for lobbying for legislation that would allow gambling to expand in Florida.

Disney, as well as the Seminole Tribe of Florida, have each recently put $5 million into the “Voters In Charge” political action committee (PAC), a group established to support a state constitutional amendment prohibiting widespread gambling expansion. That amendment, called Amendment 3, will appear on voters’ ballots in this coming November’s general election.

To date, Disney – a longtime opponent to casino gambling – has now contributed about $14.6 million to support the ballot entry. This is even more than the Seminole tribe, which operates a series of casinos in the state, including the famed Seminole Hard Rock casino. The tribe has donated a little more than $11.7 million to the cause.

Voters In Charge now has around $20 million on hand, according to a report filed on August 3. The ballot proposal needs to be approved by 60 per cent or more of the voters if it is to be accepted. If approved, it would rewrite the Florida Constitution and give all Florida voters the “exclusive right to decide whether to authorise casino gambling.”

Going forward, voters would have to approve all casino-style games. This means that the power of the state legislature and governor would be greatly reduced and make gambling a true democratically decided proposition.

Voters In Charge is facing a difficult battle. Two other PACs, Citizens for the Truth About Amendment 3 and Vote NO on 3, have been pushing for the amendment to be squashed come November – and they both reportedly have some powerful gambling money behind them.

Some believe that the passage of the amendment could be detrimental to the growth of the gambling industry in the state, which could mean a stifling of employment opportunities. Isadore Havenick, who is behind Miami’s Magic City Casino and the Greyhound Racing and Poker facility in Bonita Springs, told the Florida Politics media outlet recently, “The pari-mutuels and the ancillary businesses that work with us provide a lot of jobs and tax revenue to the state and to local communities. We have to defend ourselves.”

 

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Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Century Casinos Enters into a Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Operations of Three Casinos from Eldorado Resorts

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Century Casinos Enters into a Definitive Agreement to Acquire the Operations of Three Casinos from Eldorado Resorts
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Century Casinos, Inc., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Lady Luck Caruthersville and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort from Eldorado Resorts, Inc. for approximately $107.0 million.

Simultaneous with the closing of the transaction, VICI Properties Inc. will acquire the real estate assets of the three properties for approximately $278.0 million and the Company will enter into a triple net lease agreement with VICI for the three casino properties. The lease will have an initial annual rent of approximately $25.0 million and an initial term of 15 years, with four five-year renewal options. The pro-forma rent coverage ratio at the acquired portfolio level is 2.1x.

The purchase price represents an implied trailing twelve month pro-forma earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) multiple of 4.1x for the three casinos. The multiple excludes any potential cost synergies and operational improvements. The acquisition is expected to meaningfully enhance the Company’s free cash flow as well as be immediately accretive to earnings.

The Company will finance the $107.0 million purchase with a new credit facility that is anticipated to be issued by Macquarie Capital. On a pro-forma basis, the Company estimates this will result in total leverage of 3.5x and net leverage of 2.2x. The Company expects to quickly delever given the growth across its existing portfolio, newly acquired properties and the ramp up of Century Mile Racetrack and Casino.

“This transaction further highlights our commitment to enhancing shareholder value,” Erwin Haitzmann, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Century Casinos remarked. “Cape GirardeauCaruthersville and Mountaineer expand the strategic diversity of Century Casinos with attractive assets in strong, stable markets. The expected increase to our free cash flow will allow us to remain well positioned to reduce leverage and evaluate additional strategic growth opportunities,” Haitzmann concluded.

“The acquisition of the operations of Cape GirardeauCaruthersville and Mountaineer will transform Century Casinos into a premier regional casino operator in North America,” Peter Hoetzinger, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Century Casinos remarked. “We believe these assets are a great fit for our portfolio and will complement Century Casinos’ expertise in operating small to mid-sized casinos. We are pleased to partner with VICI Properties to structure this transaction in a manner that we expect will be immediately accretive to our operating results,” Hoetzinger concluded.

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, approximately 120 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, overlooking the Mississippi river. The property opened in 2012 and consists of a dockside casino featuring 41,500 square feet of casino space, 863 gaming machines, 20 table games, three dining venues, a pavilion and an entertainment center. The property also includes a wide variety of non-gaming amenities, including an events center.

Lady Luck Caruthersville is a riverboat casino located along the Mississippi river in Caruthersville, Missouri. The property opened in 1995 and consists of a dockside casino featuring 21,000 square feet of casino space, 507 slot machines, nine table games, two dining venues, a 40,000 square foot pavilion and a 28-space RV park.

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort is a hotel, casino, entertainment and live thoroughbred horse racing facility located in New Cumberland, West Virginia, one hour from downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The property originally opened in 1951 with the casino opening in 1994 and features a 357-room hotel, approximately 1,486 slot machines, 36 table games, a poker room, a racetrack and five dining venues.

Upon closing this transaction, the Company’s portfolio will increase to 10 casinos in North America that include over 6,700 gaming machines and 150 table games. On a pro-forma trailing twelve-month basis the Company expects to generate 96% of its Adjusted EBITDA* before rent from its North American casinos.

The transaction, which is expected to close in early 2020, is subject to antitrust approval and approvals of the Missouri Gaming Commission and the West Virginia Lottery as well as other customary closing conditions.

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Delaware iGaming Revenue Increases in May

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Delaware Lottery has reported an increase in revenue from Delaware’s regulated igaming market ($313,648) for the month of May.

Delaware Park retained top spot in the state’s online gambling market in terms of revenue with $127,932 off $2.96m in wagers for the month. This was down from April revenue of $144,084 and $5.2m in bets.

Dover Downs was the most popular platform for punters in May, processing a total of $8.1m in bets, up from $5.5m in April. Revenue hit $123,044 for the month compared to $75,323 in April.

Harrington Raceway remains some way off the pace after taking $1.0m in online wagers during May, down from $1.2m in the previous month. However, revenue was up month-on-month from $43,775 to $62,672.

During the first five months of the year, operators generated revenue of $1.41m, with consumers spending a total of $54.7m online.

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019

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GAN Reports Internet Gambling Growth in New Jersey for May 2019
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GAN plc, the US based developer and supplier of Internet gambling software, has reported growth in internet gambling for the month of May 2019 in New Jersey.

The highlights include:

  • Internet Gaming Win was $38.3 million in May compared to $24.3 million in May 2018, reflecting an year-over-year increase of 57.8%.
  • Total Internet Sports Wagering Handle was approximately $263.6 million in May, compared to $254.0 million in April and $298.3 million in March.
  • Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenue was $13.7 million in May, compared to April’s $16.6 million and March’s $24.3 million.

Internet Sports Wagering Gross Revenues may vary from month to month due to the payouts for future events occurring months after the original wager was made and unredeemed winning wagers from prior months will become deductible upon redemption in future months.

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