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Twin River Worldwide Holdings to Acquire Three Colorado Casinos from Affinity Gaming

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Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and Affinity Gaming (“Affinity”) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Twin River will acquire Affinity’s subsidiary that owns Golden Gates, Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras, Affinity’s three casino properties in Black Hawk, Colorado. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Golden Gates, Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras are located in close proximity to one another along a half-mile strip of casino and casino-hotel properties in the historic mining town of Black Hawk, Colorado, with a combined 36,000 square feet of gaming space featuring nearly 20 table games, approximately 700 slots and a poker parlor. The properties also offer three restaurants and 24/7 bars, and one of the only parking garages in the market, with 700 spaces.

“The acquisition of the Golden Gates, Golden Gulch and Mardi Gras casino properties is a unique opportunity to further grow and diversify our nationwide portfolio of gaming properties,” said George Papanier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Twin River. “We are pleased to expand our portfolio in Colorado beyond our Arapahoe Park race track and statewide Off-Track Betting network, establishing a significant presence in the growing Black Hawk market.”

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including review by the Colorado Division of Gaming and approval by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission, and is expected to close in early 2020. Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to Affinity Gaming.

Affinity acquired the three Black Hawk casinos in 2012. Affiliates of Z Capital Partners, the private equity management arm of Z Capital Group, closed their take-private acquisition of Affinity in 2017. The sale will allow Affinity to focus on its core portfolio in Nevada and the Midwest, which will include eight properties in three jurisdictions upon closing of the transaction.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking” statements as that term is defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than historical facts, including statements regarding the expected timing and the ability of the parties to complete the proposed transaction considering the various closing conditions.  Forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, among others, (1) that one or more closing conditions to the transaction, including certain regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the proposed transaction, may require conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals; (2) the risk that the proposed transaction may not be completed on the terms or in the time frame expected; (3) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction; and (4) the occurrence of any event that could give rise to the termination of the proposed transaction.  Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this communication. Neither Twin River nor Affinity undertakes any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or development, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of these forward-looking statements.

About Affinity:

Affinity Gaming is a diversified casino gaming company headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company’s casino operations consist of 11 casinos, five of which are located in Nevada, three in Colorado, two in Missouri and one in Iowa. For more information about Affinity Gaming, please visit its website: www.affinitygaming.com.

About Twin River:   

Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Twin River Management Group, Inc. (“TRMG”), owns and manages two casinos in Rhode Island and one in Mississippi, as well as a Colorado horse race track that possesses 13 OTB licenses. Properties include Twin River Casino Hotel (Lincoln, RI), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Biloxi, MS), Tiverton Casino Hotel (Tiverton, RI) and Arapahoe Park (Aurora, CO). TRMG’s expertise spans various casino markets, including regional, destination & resort environments. Its casinos range in size from 1,100 slots and 32 table games facilities to properties with  4,200 slots and 115 table games, along with hotel and resort amenities. TRMG headquarters are located at 100 Twin River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865.

About Z Capital Group:  

Z Capital is a privately held alternative asset management firm having over $2.3 billion of regulatory assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. Z Capital manages both opportunistic, value-oriented private equity, and credit funds.

Z Capital’s investors are some of the largest and most sophisticated global institutional investors  including public and corporate pension funds, university endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, central banks, and insurance companies.

 

Source: Twin River; Affinity Gaming

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NeoPollard Interactive Congratulates Virginia Lottery on Successful iLottery Launch

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Expanded partnership between NPi and the Virginia Lottery introduces full iLottery program to Virginia Lottery players

NeoPollard Interactive LLC is proud to celebrate the Virginia Lottery’s successful launch of its comprehensive iLottery program on July 1, 2020. Through a five-year contract extension to October 2026, with an option for renewal to 2031, NPi is honored to strengthen its longstanding partnership with the Virginia Lottery to enhance its existing eSubscriptions solution to include single-ticket, same-day purchases of draw-based games and a compelling portfolio of NPi’s industry-leading eInstant games at launch.

NPi first partnered with the Virginia Lottery to provide an enhanced eSubscriptions solution and related services in 2016, following a competitive procurement process. Since then, the Virginia Lottery has been leveraging NPi’s NeoSphere iLottery platform and NeoDraw Central Gaming System to enable an end-to-end digital experience for players to purchase subscriptions online for Mega Millions, Powerball, and Cash4Life games. The eSubscriptions solution has grown significantly since launching in 2016, slated to generate $18 million this fiscal year, an increase of approximately 27% over fiscal year 2019.

With the introduction of a portfolio of the best performing eInstant games in North America, and the ability for players to purchase single tickets of their favorite draw-based games, the Virginia Lottery is just the sixth lottery in the U.S. to offer the capability for players to purchase a full suite of lottery games online. The timing of today’s launch is significant in that the legislation enabling online lottery sales comes into effect as of July 1, 2020. The Virginia Lottery team was steadfast in their commitment to delivering iLottery on this date to maximize funds raised for K-12 public schools.

“The collaboration between the Virginia Lottery and NPi teams demonstrates a shared commitment to bring a top quality online lottery option to Virginians,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall. “We are excited that our customers now can access our games wherever they are and whenever they want. By modernizing the way we deliver our products, we provide the convenience consumers have come to expect and also strengthen our ability to continue generating millions of dollars for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.”

“NPi is honored to celebrate with the Virginia Lottery team who worked tirelessly to ensure a successful launch of its iLottery offering today – the first day authorized by the legislature,” said Liz Siver, General Manager, NeoPollard Interactive. “This exciting day is the culmination of the Virginia Lottery’s careful attention to every fine detail of its program planning, strategy, and goals to ensure it will delight players and maximize funds in support of public education. We are grateful to our partners in Virginia for entrusting the success of its iLottery offering to NPi!”

The contract extension provides for an additional term of NPi’s iLottery managed services, including player experience services, such as NPi’s 24/7 Customer Support Center, and revenue-generating services such as game content and development as provided by NPi’s in-house Game Studio. The launch of the Virginia Lottery’s comprehensive iLottery program stands as a testament to NPi’s stature as the trusted provider of the most profitable iLottery programs.

 

SOURCE: NeoPollard Interactive

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Sporting Solutions partners with SCCG Management to accelerate U.S. strategy

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Leading sportsbook and lottery supplier Sporting Solutions has teamed up with U.S.-based consultants SCCG Management to accelerate its entry into the North American sports betting market.

SCCG will provide business development and strategic support to Sporting Solutions in the region, as the sportsbook supplier builds on its success in highly competitive and regulated global jurisdictions.

Alongside fully automated solutions for pricing and risk management, which leverage and incorporate machine management techniques from global financial markets to generate bespoke odds, Sporting Solutions will supply its cutting-edge sportsbook software and trader tooling. The dynamic, modular and highly configurable offerings are designed to give U.S. operators an alternative to the manual and inflexible approach of incumbent solutions.

Sporting Solutions has long been regarded as a market-leader for U.S. sports, with an extensive suite of proprietary models powered by access to a wide range of official data and overlaid with superior pricing and trading expertise. Its latest offerings are complemented by a range of features for U.S. players designed to enhance the customer experience and improve business performance.

With a head office in Las Vegas, SCCG Management has extensive experience providing business and product development services in the U.S. betting and gaming market, partnering with some of the industry’s leading operators and suppliers, including Betfred.

Edward Peace, Managing Director of Sporting Solutions, said: “We are pleased to be bringing SCCG Management on board to assist with our North American operations and have high hopes for the opportunities the partnership will present.” He added: “Our combined expertise will serve as a major advantage as we move to fast-track our growth strategy in the region and build on our strong international brand presence to gain market share in sports betting states.”

Stephen Crystal, Managing Partner at SCCG Management, said: “Sporting Solutions’ value proposition is unique in the way it helps operators deliver a bespoke, highly differentiated sports betting experience to their customers. Their pricing, risk management and software solutions are proven to help partners improve hold percentages, grow handle and win market share in competitive markets around the world, and we believe they will prove highly disruptive in the U.S. market.

“We will work closely together to cement the company’s unique market position, leveraging their established skills and products as well as our experience in driving growth in the ever-changing sports betting landscape.”

Sporting Solutions was acquired in June 2019 by FDJ Gaming Solutions, an FDJ Group company, to support its B2B strategy, which is focused on driving growth from international markets.

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Amelco secures Colorado regulatory approval

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Amelco, the leading sports betting software and trading services provider, has secured yet another major US milestone, receiving regulatory approval to operate in the state of Colorado.

The supplier of choice for the U.S. industry’s multi-territory tier one operators, including Flutter Entertainment and FOX Bet, the Colorado licence is the latest landmark in Amelco’s US development roadmap.

Already live in Colorado with the Stars Group, the provider is set to launch its second sports betting platform, BetWildwood, later in July – via a joint venture with ISI Race & Sports to deliver Wildwood Casino’s inaugural online sportsbook.

Commenting on its Colorado expansion, Brandon Walker, Head of Business Development at Amelco said:

“I’m delighted to announce that Amelco has added another licence to our growing list of US states where will be doing business – highlighting our platform’s capability to meet any compliance requirement.

“As well as the Stars Group, we’re set to deliver Wildwood Casino’s first online sports betting offering, one of Cripple Creek’s most popular VIP-centric locations, with a series of further major sports wagering partnerships due to be announced later in the year.”

With more than a decade of experience in supplying tailored software solutions, Amelco provides bespoke enterprise sports betting and trading platforms to a large number of leading sportsbooks around the world.

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