Delaware North acquires Illinois hotel-casino

ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS Delaware North Cos. is acquiring the 205-key Jumer’s Casino & Hotel for US$180 million, pending regulatory approval.

Since opening in December 2008, Jumer’s has been privately owned by the D. James Jumer Trust and operated by The Rock Island Boatworks Inc. The hotel has an indoor pool and fitness center, salon and day spa, events center with meeting rooms for up to 600 people, four restaurants, a nightclub, a sports bar and a lakeside fire pit.

The Las Vegas-style casino with an art-moderne design has 1,100 slots and 24 table games, a live poker room, high-limit slots area and a VIP lounge.

“Jumer’s Casino & Hotel has everything we look for in a gaming destination and will be an excellent addition to our expanding portfolio of gaming assets,” says William Bissett, president of Delaware North’s gaming and entertainment division.

Delaware North owns and operates other gaming and entertainment venues in New York, Florida, Arkansas and West Virginia. The company will integrate its core business systems and processes, including its GuestPath customer service program and its GreenPath environmental management program, into the operation.

“We are hopeful to close the transaction before the end of the year and look forward to coordinating with the city of Rock Island to continue to promote Jumer’s Casino & Hotel as an exciting entertainment destination. We look forward to a smooth transition over the next few months,” Bissett says.

As of the start of 2010, Buffalo, New York-based Delaware North operated 18 hotels and 3,847 guestrooms, making it the 264th largest hotel company in the world, according to HOTELS data.