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Wind Creek Hospitality Closes on Sands Bethlehem Purchase

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Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians Adds $1.3B Property to Gaming Operations

 

PCI Gaming Authority D/B/A Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has finalized the purchase of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for a total enterprise value of $1.3 billion.  The property will be rebranded as Wind Creek Bethlehem (WCB).

WCB will welcome guests to the upscale, Las Vegas-style resort, located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, approximately 80 miles from New York City.  Amenities currently include a 282-room AAA four diamond hotel, a 183,000 square foot casino floor featuring 3,000 slots and electronic table games, 200 table games, numerous food and beverage outlets, a 150,000 square foot retail mall, and a multi-purpose event center.

Over time, WCH plans to invest an estimated $340 million in updating and expanding the property to include construction of a 300-room hotel adjacent to the casino; a 300,000 square foot adventure and water park at the existing No. 2 Machine Shop Bethlehem Steel site; and a 400-to-450-room hotel adjacent to the adventure park. All expected to bring additional jobs, tourism and economic growth to Lehigh Valley.

WCH President/CEO, James Dorris commented “One of the things that drew us to this property is the quality and experience of the service-minded employees. Each of the nine executives has accepted a multi-year contract with us and we hope that all team members want to continue their work here as part of the Wind Creek family. We will need them as we grow the offerings at Wind Creek Bethlehem. ”

The purchase of its largest property to date provides a significant opportunity for WCH to diversify its holdings as well and to offer the Wind Creek Rewards program and online WindCreekCasino.com to millions of new customers. Travel perks offered by the Wind Creek Rewards program to some of the most alluring resorts in the Caribbean: Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino and Renaissance Curacao Resort and Casino, both owned by WCH, are expected to be particularly appealing escapes for WCB customers during the cold winter months.

Wind Creek Hospitality funded the acquisition with a combination of existing cash on its balance sheet and new debt financing.  Credit Suisse has provided financing for the transaction.  Wind Creek Hospitality anticipates that the additional cash flow resulting from the acquisition will allow it to pay down debt on an accelerated basis after closing. Innovation Capital, LLC is exclusive financial advisor and Cooper Levenson P.A. is legal counsel to Wind Creek Hospitality in connection with the transaction.

 

About Wind Creek Hospitality:
Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe’s gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wa She Shu Casino in Nevada, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino as well as racetracks in Alabamaand Florida.  For more information, visit: https://windcreekhospitality.com/.

About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians:
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws.  The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ thousands of area residents.  For more information, visit: www.pci-nsn.gov.

 

Source: Wind Creek Hospitality

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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Delaware igaming Revenue Increases in September

Niji Narayan

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Delaware’s online gaming revenue has climbed to a year-high of $384,830 in September. This came despite player spending on igaming slipped month-on-month from $12.5m in August to $11.8m last month.

The September total smashed 2019’s previous monthly high of $313,648 in May and was only the second time that revenue had surpassed the $300,000 mark so far this year.

Table games were the most popular form of online gambling, with consumers spending $7.9m and operators taking $171,156 in revenue.

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ICS heads to Vegas to showcase US services

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Sports content and digital media specialists to talk to delegates about range of products and services

ICS Media Group (ICS), the sports content and digital media specialists, will be heading to Las Vegas next week to showcase and discuss the full range of services they can supply to the US market.

ICS’s Business Development Director Dean Rayson will be attending the event, which runs this week, to showcase the company’s range of content, marketing and translation services.

This includes ICS-digital campaigns targeted for a US iGaming audience as well as in-depth journalistic and analytical content around all US sports including American horseracing. Ideal for in-play bettors, the engaging content guides punters into making informed betting choices.

ICS creates written, audio and video content in 71 languages as well as providing translation and localisation services in Slots and Virtual in addition to Sportsbook and Casino.

Racing Post’s – ICS parent company – services will also be on offer throughout the conference. The recently launched global horseracing content, data and live betting content product, Intellr In-play, will take centre stage over the three days.

Dean Rayson, Business Development Director at ICS Media Group, said: “This will be the first time ICS has headed to the bright lights of Vegas and we are looking forward to being on the Strip. Having attended a number of other iGaming events in the United States, we already have a foothold in the country and are excited looking forward to showcasing our services to even more potential clients in Nevada.

“Clearly, the repeal of PASPA last year has made the US a very exciting territory and as more states legalise, there will be more opportunities too. With nearly two decades of experience in betting content, we are well-placed to support sportsbooks, casinos, esports organisations, affiliates and DFS businesses enhance their products for their punters.

“Adding content to a site increases dwell time, with live audio seeing the average customer stay up to 25 minutes more on a sports betting site, boosting conversions. Furthermore, content can be integral to the education process and can be used to encourage casual customers who are intimidated by betting to place their first sports wagers.

“Supplying editorial, audio and video services to clients across many territories globally, we’re excited to expand our contacts further.”

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Taco Bell partners with MGM

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The Taco Bell and BetMGM partnership means fans can now bet on who will steal that first base, becoming this year’s Taco Hero and securing free tacos for America

For the seventh year in a row, Taco Bell is giving fans across the country another reason to get excited for the World Series: free tacos. But this year, Taco Bell is raising the stakes again. By teaming up with BetMGM, operated by Roar Digital, BetMGM will offer sports and taco fans alike the chance to wager real money on what player they think will steal the first base of the World Series – an honor Taco Bell has dubbed, ‘Taco Hero.’*

“When it comes to the World Series, rooting for that first stolen base and rejoicing for free tacos has really become the game within the game. So, teaming up with BetMGM to give fans a whole new way to participate in ‘Steal A Base, Steal A Taco’ felt like a natural extension for us,” said Will Bortz, Director of Brand Partnerships and Sponsorships at Taco Bell. “We can’t wait to see fans engage with the program like never before and, of course, we’re excited to see if their predictions come true.”

Fans looking to test their luck this October can participate at MGM Resorts in NevadaMississippi and New Jersey, or download the BetMGM digital app in New Jersey (playMGM in Nevada). BetMGM will post prop bets on October 14, before the end of the League Championship Series presented by GEICO, offering a list of active players from the four remaining playoff teams. BetMGM oddsmakers will use historical data and their odds-making process to post real odds, which will be updated as the Postseason progresses. But win or lose, everyone’s a winner when free tacos are being offered.

“The 2019 World Series is certain to feature some of baseball’s biggest stars and most recognized teams, along with millions of hungry baseball fans,” said Matt Prevost, Chief Marketing Officer, Roar Digital. “Taco Bell’s ‘Steal a Base, Steal a Taco’ promotion is one of the most talked about and engaging initiatives in all of sports, and we are thrilled to be taking part in this fun and interactive experience via our BetMGM app as well as at participating MGM Resorts.”

The 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV starts Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Once the first base is stolen in the World Series, Taco Bell will announce the redemption day for America to cash in on a free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos at all participating U.S. Taco Bell locations, while supplies last.

Fans that are registered users on Taco Bell’s website or app can redeem their free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos online or via mobile (all day, redemption date to be confirmed). Offer excludes delivery. Offer excludes Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos Supreme®. Limit one (1) free Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Tacos per person or registered account in the fifty (50) U.S. States and the District of Columbia. Check out www.TacoBell.com/StealATaco for full terms and conditions.

 

*Valid only in NevadaMississippi and New Jersey at MGM Sportsbooks and via the BetMGM App in New Jersey and the PlayMGM App in Nevada. Must be 21 or older. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call 1-800-GAMBLER.

 

Source: Taco Bell Corp.

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