Acquisition of New Hampshire’s leading charitable gaming operation paves way for CDI to expand historic horse racing operations into fourth state
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) today announced that the Company has completed its previously announced purchase of Chasers Poker Room in Salem, New Hampshire (“Hunters”). The purchase of Chasers follows approval of the transaction by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
Chasers is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Boston and is New Hampshire’s leading charity gaming operator, offering poker and a variety of table games. CDI plans to build an expanded charity gaming facility in Salem, with up to 800 gaming positions, including historic racing machines (“HRM”) and table games. CDI expects the total investment in Salem, including the purchase price, to be approximately $150 million.
“We are thrilled to build on the success of Chasers with CDI’s proven excellence in historic horse racing operations and a new state-of-the-art facility,” said Bill Carstanjen, President and CEO of CDI. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to meaningfully support New Hampshire nonprofits as a leading gaming operator in charitable contributions.”
New Hampshire will be the fourth state in which CDI will operate historic horse racing. CDI currently operates HRMs in Kentucky and Louisiana. CDI will also operate HRMs in Virginia upon closing of the pending acquisition of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment.
About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated is a leading racing, online betting and gaming entertainment company rooted in our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate four gaming entertainment venues with approximately 3,900 historic racing machines in Kentucky. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online horse racing betting platforms in the United States and we have eight retail sportsbooks. We are also a leader in land-based casino games in eight states with approximately 11,800 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 250 table games. www.churchilldownsincorporated.com
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