Racing and Gaming Administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says Reno, Nevada-based Eldorado Resorts merger with Caesars will give the company two more Iowa properties.
“Horshoe Casino in Council Bluffs and Harrah’s Casino in Council Bluffs. Eldorado currently owns two, Isle of Capri in Waterloo and Isle of Capri in Bettendorf. So, that will put Eldorado as the owner of four casinos in the state of Iowa,” Ohorilko says.
The merger will make the resulting company the largest in the country. “Very, very big deal with respect to gambling in the U.S. This is a large merger between two viable companies,” Ohorilko says. He says Iowa’s approval is one more step for the companies to complete the merger.
“The way the process works is Edorado needs to receive regulatory approval prior to the transaction closing,” Ohorilko says. “They are finishing those approvals up. It is our understanding there will be some more approvals in February –possibly some more that will creep into the second quarter.”
He says the process was made easier since Eldorado already has properties here. “Eldorado is very familiar with Iowa rules, Iowa regulations and just Iowa’s business in general. They are a familiar entity, a familiar brand, and that quite frankly was part of the reason things went so smooth in receiving those regulatory approvals here in this state,” according to Ohorilko.
Company officials say they don’t expect any changes in personnel with the merger.
(Photo from Horshoe Casino website)