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Hard Rock International Reveals Next Gaming Property – Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati

George Miller



Hard Rock International Reveals Next Gaming Property - Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
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Purchases JACK Cincinnati Casino with VICI Properties Inc.


With a presence spanning more than 75 countries, Hard Rock International is expanding its global gaming portfolio, announcing a collaboration with VICI Properties Inc. (VICI) to acquire the JACK Cincinnati Casino. Through the joint purchase, Hard Rock will acquire the operating assets of the casino, rebranding it Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati, while VICI will own the land and real estate assets.

“Hard Rock has been the number one operator in Ohio since opening in the greater Cleveland market in 2013,” said Jim Allen, chairman and CEO of Hard Rock International. “And now, we look forward to introducing our unique brand of casino entertainment to Cincinnati. On behalf of the 40,000 Hard Rock team members worldwide, I am pleased to welcome the more than 1,000 JACK Cincinnati employees into the Hard Rock family.”

JACK Cincinnati is situated on 22 acres in the Broadway Commons area of downtown Cincinnati. The property features 100,000 square feet of gaming space with approximately 1,800 gaming machines and 100 table games. Additionally, the property contains 33,000 square feet of meeting space, six high-quality restaurants and two bars. New property improvements will be announced by Hard Rock later this year.

“We are proud to partner with Hard Rock, further diversifying our tenant roster with an international leader in gaming, entertainment and hospitality experiences and a renowned global platform of 245 hospitality venues across 75 countries,” said John Payne, president and chief operating officer of VICI Properties.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in late 2019. The acquisition is expected to be accretive immediately upon closing.

Jones Day served as legal advisor to Hard Rock together with Fox Rothschild LLP, as special gaming counsel.

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About Hard Rock International

With venues in 75 countries, including 185 cafes, 27 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise available in Rock Shops and online at HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands including Hard Rock Live performance venues. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Desaru Coast, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street in the United Kingdom, Kathmandu, Nepal, Kyoto, Japan and Chandigarh, India. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards.

About VICI Properties 

VICI Properties is an experiential real estate investment trust that owns one of the largest portfolios of market-leading gaming, hospitality and entertainment destinations, including the world-renowned Caesars Palace. VICI Properties’ national, geographically diverse portfolio consists of 22 gaming facilities comprising over 39 million square feet and features approximately 14,800 hotel rooms and more than 150 restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Its properties are leased to industry leading gaming and hospitality operators, including Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Penn National Gaming. VICI Properties also owns four championship golf courses and 34 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the Las Vegas Strip. VICI Properties’ strategy is to create the nation’s highest quality and most productive experiential real estate portfolio.


Source: Hard Rock International

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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Stadium Casino Secures Category 4 Casino License from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has awarded a license to Stadium Casino LLC, a division of The Cordish Companies, to construct a Category 4 casino in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County.

The award concludes the process which the Board began on January 24, 2018 when Stadium Casino LLC secured a 15-mile radius area in which it could locate a casino with a winning bid of $40,100,005 at the second Category 4 auction held by the Board.

The Board conducted an in-depth background investigation of the application along with the collection of public input from citizens, community groups and public officials at a hearing held in Hempfield Township.

Category 4 Slot Machine License permits the Stadium Casino to operate between 300 and 750 slot machines. The entity could also petition for permission to initially operate up to 30 table games for an additional fee of $2.5 million with the capability of adding an additional 10 table games after one year. The table games certification was also approved by the Board.

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Steve Ruddock Joins

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Reading Time: 1 minute has appointed the industry veteran Steve Ruddock as its lead analyst, content director and equity partner.

In his role with, Ruddock will spearhead content and provide his unique brand of news, analysis, and insights on the regulated US gaming industry. Ruddock will also help lead the launch of additional national and regional brands.

“I’m thrilled to join BettingUSA and work with Mike, Wes, and the rest of the team to deliver the highest quality coverage and analysis of the legal US online gambling industry. This is an exciting time to be a part of this growing and evolving industry, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind BettingUSA will be a central figure in the space,” Steve Ruddock said.

Ruddock has spent the last decade covering the legal and legislative developments in the rapidly evolving US gambling sector and brings a breadth of knowledge and relationships to

“We’re excited to bring Steve Ruddock on board. People listen when Ruddock speaks – and for good reason. He has long served as one of the most perceptive and intelligent voices in the regulated sports betting and gambling industries. Bringing Steve on board is a big win for us and our readers alike,” Wes Burns, Editor in Chief of said.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Steve Ruddock to the team. There is no doubt BettingUSA has gained a great asset in Steve and we look forward to working together as BettingUSA grows and new markets emerge,” Mike Murphy, CEO of said.

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Nasdaq and Interactive Brokers Become the Latest Wall Street Institutions to Enter into Sports Betting

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Nasdaq Inc. has revealed a new partnership with U.K. sports-betting company Football Index. The biggest trading companies in Wall Street are pushing further into the sports-betting industry.

Nasdaq agreed to provide the company with a trading engine, not unlike the one that underlies its signature stock exchanges. Football Index allows its clients to place bets, called shares, on the future success of professional soccer players.

“We’re the heavy-duty plumbing that can sit underneath [betting systems]. We are not taking peoples’ bets. It’s a matter of providing technology,” Scott Shechtman, Nasdaq’s head of new markets said.

Sports wagering is undergoing a wave of change driven by loosening regulations in the U.S. and a transformation in how bets occur. That has created new opportunities for financial services companies to deploy their trading knowledge and technologies in sports-betting business.

“The potential in sports is huge. The more legal it becomes, the more legal money that’ll flow into the pockets of the people who control the back-end infrastructure, as well as the front end,” David Rothschild, an economist at Microsoft Research said.

Just weeks before Nasdaq’s announcement, Interactive Brokers Group Inc. launched a simulated sports betting platform that allows users to place bets on real games using virtual credits provided by the company. The company is using the platform as a tool to convince users to open up brokerage accounts, as they can win up to $1000 in actual commission credits through the simulated platform.

With their announcements, Nasdaq and Interactive Brokers become the latest Wall Street institutions to dive headfirst into sports betting.

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