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Rivers Casino Waukegan Proposed by State’s Most Successful Casino Owners

Vlad Poptamas

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The developer, operator and owners of the state’s most successful casino, Rivers Casino Des Plaines, which earns more than twice as much gaming revenue as any other casino in the state, are teaming up to propose building a 1,625-gaming-seat Rivers Casino Waukegan. Rivers Casino Waukegan expects to create over 1,200 permanent jobs; 900 union construction jobs and pump over $150 million annually into the local Waukegan and Lake County economy.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) and Rush Street Gaming, which jointly own Rivers Casino Des Plaines, would bring their combined expertise as developers and operators of some of the most successful gambling and entertainment venues in the country to Waukegan at the Fountain Square site at Lakehurst and Northpoint Boulevard. The companies say their proven marketing and customer service approach will attract high-end patrons to Waukegan.

Rush Street, the creator of the Rivers Casino brand, is the leading developer of world-class regional casinos in Des Plaines, New York state, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In addition to its premier position in Illinois, Rivers is the market leader in the Capital Region of New York state as well as in Pittsburgh.

CDI is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by its flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. The company owns and operates 10 regional gaming facilities in eight states, as well as Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights.

Opening a second Rivers-branded casino in Waukegan creates a synergy in the market. Rivers, with a premier reputation among its customers, would bring Illinois’ leading gaming brand and proven record to Waukegan, delivering a tremendous benefit to the city that no other applicant can offer.

Other benefits and highlights of the proposal to bring Rivers Casino to Waukegan are:

  • Rivers Casino Des Plaines is the most successful casino in Illinois and hosted 2.9 million admissions in 2018. Its extensive patron database will help to attract players from throughout the region to Rivers Casino Waukegan, complementing—rather than cannibalizing—current local video gaming operators.
  • Rush Street Interactive, recognized by industry publisher EGR (e-gaming review) as Mobile Operator of the Year for North America, will operate in-casino and online sports betting for the proposed showplace. Affiliates of Rush Street operate the most successful sports books in Pennsylvania and New York.
  • The casino would feature Luxbar, an upscale gastropub, the first Gibsons Restaurant Group restaurant in Lake County.
  • The casino would have 1,625 proposed gaming seats, including a poker room, at the opening with the flexibility to add more.
  • CDI and Rush Street are offering to purchase or lease the city-owned Fountain Square property.
  • Rivers Casino Waukegan will make annual contributions to charities in Waukegan, Park City and North Chicago.
  • Rivers Casino Des Plaines is the first and only casino in Illinois to comply with a statutory minority- and women-ownership requirement. Rivers Casino Waukegan will use that experience to build strong minority- and women-ownership participation for the new venture. Rush Street also encourages diversity in its ranks, with 46 percent of employees and 28 percent of executives being persons of color.

“We’re happy to be considered to develop and operate what we know will be a leading entertainment destination for the City of Waukegan, Lake County and the State of Illinois,” said Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin. “It would be an honor to bring the Rivers brand and experience to Waukegan.”

“We are especially proud of our long history of hiring local people and vendors in every market where we have invested. Rush Street spends more than $23 million dollars annually on firms owned by women and minorities,” said Rush Street Gaming Chairman Neil Bluhm. “We’re especially proud of our diverse workforce and the career opportunities we have provided our associates.”

“Waukegan and Lake County deserve a world-class facility and together, with our partner Churchill Downs Incorporated, that is exactly what we will develop,” said Bluhm. “We look forward to sharing more about our proposal with city leaders.”

“Churchill Downs Incorporated has a 145-year track record of offering unmatched premium entertainment experiences for horse racing fans and significant expertise developing premier casino venues for our patrons throughout the United States,” said Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer of CDI. “We are proud to partner with Rush Street Gaming to bring our shared vision for a world-class entertainment destination to Waukegan.”

About Rush Street Gaming
Founded by Neil Bluhm and Greg Carlin, Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, have developed and operate successful casinos in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Des Plaines, Illinois (Chicago area) and Schenectady, New York.  Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates has become one of the leading casino developers in the United States and operators of online casinos and sports books. Additional information at: www.rushstreetgaming.com

About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville. We also own and operate the largest online horseracing wagering platform in the U.S., TwinSpires.com, and are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines / video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. We also operate sports wagering and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Information set forth in this news release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”), which provides certain “safe harbor” provisions. All forward-looking statements made in this presentation are made pursuant to the Act. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include the following: the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cyber-security breaches; inability to recover under our insurance policies for damages sustained at our properties in the event of inclement weather and casualty events; increases in insurance costs and inability to obtain similar insurance coverage in the future; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; number of people attending and wagering on live horse races; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; payment-related risks, such as risk associated with fraudulent credit card and debit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; work stoppages and labor issues; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horseraces; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; our inability to utilize and provide totalisator services; weather conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; increased competition in the horseracing business; changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; changes in regulatory environment of our online horseracing business; increase in competition in our online horseracing; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our online wagering business; legalization of online sports betting and iGaming in the United States and our ability to predict and capitalize on any such legalization; inability to expand our sports betting operations and effectively compete; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment with respect to our mobile and online wagering products; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; costs, delays, and other uncertainties relating to the  development and expansion of casinos; and concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs.

Vlad Poptamas is a Junior Content Editor at European Gaming Media and at PICANTE Media and covers a large variety of industries among which the gaming industry. Vlad has a background and possesses skills that enable him to do creative content writing and editing.

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EGT Interactive is circling back to Budapest with a special participation at CEEGC

Zoltan Tundik

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EGT Interactive is thrilled to announce its consecutive appearance at the Central and Eastern European Gaming Conference and Awards (CEEGC). Georgi Dimitrov, Head of Legal & Compliance at the company, will be once again joining the discussions as one of the speakers at this special event. He will participate in the panel titled “Regulated Central and Eastern European jurisdictions” focusing on the evolution of clearly regulated markets. The targeted jurisdictions are Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia.

Georgi Dimitrov has started his career in EGT Interactive as a legal counsel, with a focus on legal, regulatory and technical compliance matters related to the iGaming industry. He specializes in international gambling regulation and provides guidance on licensing and certification frameworks, policy drafting, and compliance processes. His line of work involves communication with focal stakeholders in the business such as testing labs, regulators and operators. He has background in company structuring, M&A, business and corporate development and extensive expertise in competition law. Recently he became Head of the “Legal and Compliance” department at EGT Interactive.

 

The event will take place on the 24th of September at Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, Hungary.

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Week 38 slot games releases

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Week 38/2019 slot games releases
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Have a look at this week’s latest slot releases!

We begin with another release from Play’n Go, the fun-filled game Mission Cash. The game has its roots in the spy films and TV series of the ‘50s and ‘60s, taking inspiration from classics such as The James Bond Series and The Man from U.N.C.L.E, but also newer titles like Austin Powers and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Play’n GO Are on a Mission with their Newest Release

 

Realistic Games has added a new 3-reel version of its popular title Fireworks to its ever-growing portfolio of games. Fun Size Fireworks retains the featurewhich has been a proven success with players of the 5-reel version, with a bonus round that is reached when a player gets stacked symbols on each of the 3 reels. A reel will then be randomlyselected and a win of one or more win lines will be achievedoffering the player a maximum jackpot ofx250 their starting stake.

Realistic - Fun Size Fireworks

 

Yggdrasil is under starter’s orders to release its latest slot, Racing Lovers, with players invited to saddle up for their biggest thrill ride yet as they chase the championship trophy for huge rewards. Ladies and gents, hold onto your hats as the starting gates open and the racing begins in this new immersive slot set in the fastest course of them all.

Yggdrasil’s latest slot Racing Lovers

 

Microgaming has launched its latest online slot Tweethearts, developed exclusively by Just For The Win. Set in a colourful paradise, nesting love birds bring their feathered mystique to this exciting five-reel, 17-payline slot. Players entering the beautiful jungle of paired-up parrots will find the Double Lucky Line, present throughout the game, perched on the middle row across all five reels. When double symbols land on the Double Lucky Line, they are counted as two symbols for any winning combinations or free spin symbols.

Microgaming - Tweethearts

 

Stick ‘Em, a 5×4 video-slot follows Canny the Can on an adventure which includes features such as sticky win spins, free spins with high paying symbols and an exciting bonus wheel with three levels of progression! Marcus Codes, COO at Hacksaw Gaming commented:“We’re delighted to release our very first slot today after being exclusive with Leo Vegas for the past 2 weeks. We have seen fantastic numbers and feel Stick Em will be a great hit within the industry. There is more to come from Hacksaw, this is just the beginning.”

Stick'em - Hacksaw Gaming's Very First Slot Release!

 

Pariplay Ltd., a gaming technology company serving iGaming operators, land-based casinos and lotteries, has announced the Swedish release of its Viking Glory online slot via an exclusive partnership with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino.

Pariplay Partners with Svenska Spel Sport & Casino for Swedish Release of ‘Viking Glory’ Slot

 

Kindred Group has partnered with Play’n GO in an exclusive release of Troll Hunters 2, the sequel to the record-breaking first chapter of the Troll Hunters saga. “Kindred has recently invested heavily in the quality of their exclusive games. We believe that product quality is ultimately what customers will recognize and value. This is what will set us apart from the competition and lead the way forward in casino,” Ale Rallo, Games Development Manager of Kindred Group said.

Troll Hunters 2 Launches on Kindred Platforms

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Sports Betting Bill of Michigan Moves Forward

Niji Narayan

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A sports betting bill would allow organised sports betting in Michigan casinos and online was passed out of a state house committee. State Representative Brandt Iden of Kalamazoo is sponsoring the legislation.

“Because this is already going on in the market place so we can protect those people who want to play and want to play legally, and we can, you know, make the state a little bit of money, which I think is also a positive,” Iden said.

Iden hopes the bill continues to make its way through the legislature and onto Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s desk before Superbowl season.

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