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Penn National Gaming Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Operations of Greektown Casino-Hotel

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Penn National Gaming Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Operations of Greektown Casino-Hotel
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Penn National Gaming, Inc., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the operations of Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, Michigan for approximately $300 million in cash.

Simultaneous with the closing of the transaction, Penn National will enter into a triple net lease agreement with VICI Properties Inc. for the Greektown facility. The lease will have an initial annual rent of approximately $55.6 million and an initial term of 15 years, with four 5-year renewal options. The rent coverage ratio in the first year after closing is expected to be 1.8x.

Timothy J. Wilmott, Penn National’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The acquisition of the Greektown Casino-Hotel operations from JACK Entertainment, LLC will further expand Penn National’s already diverse operating base with a facility that is extremely well-positioned in one of the nation’s largest regional gaming markets. At the same time, Greektown and its customers will benefit from becoming part of a larger gaming operator, with access to properties in Las Vegas and across the country. We are pleased to partner again with VICI Properties to structure this transaction in a manner that is immediately accretive to Penn National’s operating results upon closing.

“Detroit is undergoing an exciting renaissance as a result of billions of dollars of new investments in the city’s residential, commercial, entertainment and cultural center, all of which are driving new residents, businesses, tourists and employment to the downtown area. Greektown is the only casino in the heart of downtown, and we look forward to welcoming patrons from the many nearby attractions, such as Comerica Park, Ford Field, Little Caesars Arena, the city’s theater district, GM’s Renaissance Center and the Cobo Conference Center. We also look forward to working with JACK Entertainment and VICI to ensure a seamless transition for all of our constituents including customers, employees, vendors, local government and Michigan regulators.”

The transaction will be financed with a combination of cash on hand and debt. On a pro forma basis, and reflecting the October 15, 2018 completion of the acquisition of Pinnacle Entertainment and expected late fourth quarter close of Margaritaville Resort Casino, the Company continues to forecast to be at its target debt levels within 12 -18 months.

Mr. Wilmott added, “Greektown Casino-Hotel further strategically diversifies our revenue, operating and customer base, and presents well-defined paths to the realization of significant synergies. With an OpCo purchase multiple of 6.3x anticipated annual run-rate adjusted EBITDA and including synergies to be realized within eighteen months, we believe this transaction again highlights our commitment to enhancing shareholder value. With the expected increase to our free cash flow, we remain well positioned to reduce leverage, evaluate additional accretive strategic growth investments and opportunistically return capital to shareholders.”

Opened in 2000, Greektown Casino-Hotel features 100,000 square feet of casino space, approximately 2,700 gaming machines and 60 table games, a poker room, three restaurants, seven fast casual food outlets, four bars and a coffee shop. In addition, the casino boasts a AAA Four Diamond 400-room, luxury high-rise hotel with 14,000 square feet of event and catering space. The property employs approximately 1,700 team members and has partnered with nearly 20 local restaurants to offer fine dining rewards to guests.

Upon closing the Greektown transaction, Penn National’s portfolio of regional gaming facilities will increase to 41 properties in 19 jurisdictions.

The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-2019, is subject to the approval of the Michigan Gaming Control Board and other customary closing conditions.

 

About Penn National Gaming:
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. Reflecting the recent completion of the Pinnacle Entertainment transaction the Company now operates 40 facilities in 18 jurisdictions. In total, Penn National facilities feature approximately 49,000 gaming machines, 1,200 table games and approximately 9,000 hotel rooms. The Company also offers social online gaming through its Penn Interactive Ventures division and has leading customer loyalty programs with over five million active customers.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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GAN plc: New Jersey’s online gambling revenue rises in November

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GAN plc, an award-winning developer and supplier of enterprise-level B2B Internet gaming software, services and online gaming content in the United States, updated the market following the publication on December 12, 2018 by the New Jerseys Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) of Internet gaming and Internet sports betting financial information for the calendar month of November 2018 in New Jersey.

According to the latest financial report of the New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement,  online gaming win for November in was $26.9 million in November, which represents a 30.7% hike year-on-year.

The total revenue from internet sports wagering was about $238.6 million for the month of November 2018, a rise of 36.8% from from the previous month.

Sports wagering gross revenue was $21.2 million, $11.7 million more than the previous month’s revenue.

GAN is a leading business-to-business (B2B) supplier of internet gambling software-as-a-service solutions (SaaS) to the US land-based casino industry. The Company has developed a proprietary internet gambling enterprise software system, GameSTACK„¢, which it licenses principally to land-based US casino operators as a turnkey technology solution for regulated real-money internet gambling, encompassing internet gaming, internet sports gaming and virtual Simulated Gaming.

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Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign to be launched in Massachusetts

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In a joint initiative, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and the state lottery are going to launch the Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign. The campaign is intended to create awareness about the dangers of buying lottery tickets for children and the pitfalls of encouraging any form of underage gambling.

There is a widespread practice among adults to gift under-aged persons a variety of shadow-gambling gifts such as scratch tickets, lottery tickets, believe it or not, or even casino tokens.

“Let’s try to refocus our consumers into giving toys that are age appropriate. As I mentioned during our presentation this is the type of really cute gift you want to be giving to someone who’s a child, you don’t want to be giving them a five or ten dollar scratch ticket or something related to a casino operation,” said Massachusetts State Lottery Director Michael Sweeney.

A toy drive will be part of the campaign to help provide appropriate gifts for kids across Massachusetts.

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PointsBet obtains New Jersey approval

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New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) has approved PointsBet, an Australian company that offers an innovative form of sports betting.

The Australian company will function in association with the Meadowlands Racetrack on a “soft play” basis.

PointsBet follows a different system of payouts calculation. Basically, payouts vary, not a constant amount. For example, if you bet $10 and correctly predict the over in an NBA game, you will receive $10 for every point over the total. Conversely, you will lose $10 for every point under the total in a losing bet.

“The more your bet wins by, the more you win,” the company’s website – which has already been updated to include Tuesday’s news – reads.

“PointsBet is New Jersey’s first specialist PointsBetting provider,” the website says, with a picture of local New York Jets legend Darrelle Revis pictured as brand’s ambassador.

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