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The Stars Group and Eldorado Resorts Enter Agreement for Online Betting and Gaming Market Access

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The Stars Group Inc. today announced that it entered into an agreement with Eldorado Resorts, Inc. that grants it the option to operate online betting and gaming in the states where Eldorado currently or in the future owns or operates casino properties. The agreement currently covers 11 states (Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, and West Virginia) which, when combined with The Stars Group’s existing market access deals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, gives The Stars Group access to up to 13 states. Unless otherwise noted, all dollar ($) amounts are in U.S. dollars.

The agreement grants The Stars Group the option to own, operate and brand real-money online sports betting, poker and casino offerings in each of the applicable states subject to license availability, state law and regulatory approvals. As it relates to sports betting, The Stars Group’s options will provide first skin access in states where Eldorado owns or operates more than one casino property and second skin access in all other applicable states.

“We are excited to announce this agreement with Eldorado, one of the fastest growing regional gaming companies in the United States,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group. “This agreement establishes the foundation for our U.S. strategy as we tactically pursue access to other key states and opportunities with potential media partners.”

Gary Carano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eldorado commented, “The Stars Group is one of the world’s largest, most licensed and most geographically and product diverse publicly listed online gaming companies. We are excited to work with The Stars Group to capitalize on their proven ability to leverage their products to gain share in the growing market for online gaming.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Eldorado will receive a revenue share from the operation of the applicable offerings by The Stars Group, and The Stars Group will issue Eldorado approximately 1 million common shares at a price of $23.22 per share for a value of $25 million and an additional $5 million of common shares upon The Stars Group’s exercise of the first option and following the satisfaction of certain conditions. Further, Eldorado would be entitled to additional common shares of The Stars Group at a price of $23.22 per share beginning in five years. The number of additional shares potentially issuable to Eldorado would be solely based on the success of The Stars Group’s online gaming offerings in applicable states as measured by net gaming revenue generated in each applicable state.

This announcement follows The Stars Group and Resorts Casino Hotel’s recent launch of online sports betting through The Stars Group’s BetStars brand in New Jersey alongside its existing online poker and casino offering available through PokerStarsNJ and PokerStarsCasinoNJ, as well as The Stars Group’s partnership with Mount Airy Casino Resort to enter Pennsylvania’s online gaming market.

Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc. acted as financial advisor to The Stars Group.

 

About The Stars Group:

The Stars Group is a provider of technology-based product offerings in the global gaming and interactive entertainment industries. Its brands have millions of registered customers globally and collectively are leaders in online and mobile betting, poker, casino and other gaming-related offerings. The Stars Group owns or licenses gaming and related consumer businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, BetEasy, Sky Bet, Sky Vegas, Sky Casino, Sky Bingo, and Sky Poker, as well as live poker tour and event brands, including the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship, European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour, PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK. The Stars Group is one of the world’s most licensed online gaming operators with its subsidiaries collectively holding licenses or approvals in 19 jurisdictions throughout the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Americas. The Stars Group’s vision is to become the world’s favorite iGaming destination and its mission is to provide its customers with winning moments.

About Eldorado Resorts, Inc.

Eldorado Resorts is a leading casino entertainment company that owns and operates 28 properties in 13 states, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In aggregate, Eldorado’s properties feature more than 30,000 slot machines and VLTs and 800 table games, and over 12,500 hotel rooms.  For more information, please visit www.eldoradoresorts.com.

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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Penn Gets Licensing Approval from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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Penn National Gaming has secured licensing approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Penn will soon begin the construction on the Hollywood Casino Morgantown.

The development of Hollywood Casino Morgantown represents an overall investment of approximately $111m, inclusive of licence fees for the property’s slot machines and table games. The approximately 80,000sq.ft facility will feature 750 slot machines and 30 table games, with the ability to accommodate an additional 10 table games.

The facility is expected to generate approximately 250 new local jobs and more than 275 construction jobs.

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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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