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It’s probably quicker to say what isn’t going on, rather than what is. Record revenues against a backdrop of a resurgent COVID, mergers and acquisitions, both attempted and completed; and I fi nally launched my new podcast on to an unsuspecting gambling industry. It’s called The Gambling Files and it’s under my own name rather than Casino International, so it gives me a chance to be more sweary than usual. My co-host in the venture is the excellent Fintan Costello, who eagle-eyed igaming industry folk may know from BonusFinder. com. It’s very good, though I say so myself, and can be found on all major podcast platforms. With expert guests, it’s a weekly discussion on salient points from across our industry. Give it a listen, and please, give feedback. It’s always welcome.

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NEWS Five proposals received for Chicago resort

At the end of October, bids were due on the City of Chicago’s request for proposal (RFP) for its fi rst integrated casino-resort. Five proposals were submitted for consideration in developing a world-class casino- resort and entertainment experience in Chicago with the goal of being awarded the city’s sole casino owner’s license. The City of Chicago received a total of fi ve proposals

from the following applicants (listed in alphabetical order): • Bally’s Corporation submitted two proposals for two different sites; its casino operations would be self-managed

• HR Chicago, LLC submitted a proposal for a single site; its casino operations would be managed by an affi liate, Hard Rock International

• Rivers Chicago at McCormick, LLC submitted a proposal for a single site; its casino operations would be managed by Rush Street Gaming, LLC

• Rivers 78 Gaming, LLC submitted a proposal for a single site; its casino operations would be managed by Rush Street Gaming, LLC The selected proposal will have the exclusive

opportunity to own and operate a casino-resort in the country’s third-largest metropolitan market. “We are thrilled to have received fi ve high-caliber proposals from Bally’s Corporation; HR Chicago, LLC;

infrastructure, and highly diversifi ed economy. Chicago is one of the world’s most dynamic cities and this

license represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for a casino operator in the heart of a major American city. The holder of the Chicago owner’s license has the

opportunity to operate a temporary casino for up to 24 months (subject to a 12-month extension) and, thereafter, a permanent casino located in the City. Applicants selected through the RFP process then must apply to the state for the owner’s license and meet the state’s licensing requirements. Now that RFP responses have been received, a review

Rivers Chicago at McCormick, LLC; and Rivers 78 Gaming, LLC,” said Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot. “The submission of bid responses represents a major step toward the thoughtful development of a casino-resort that uplifts our businesses, employs and empowers our residents and encourages tourism. We look forward to the next phase of discussions to bring this world-class entertainment experience to our city.” An initiative three decades in the making, the

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Chicago casino remains one of the country’s most attractive casino-resort development opportunities. A global gateway city with 9.5 million residents, Chicago welcomed 60 million domestic and 1.5 million international visitors in 2019. The selected bidder will be able to incorporate its property into the City’s vibrant cultural scene, robust public transit

committee made up of a cross-section of City departments will determine the recommended winning bidder. This recommendation will be made by the review committee to Mayor Lightfoot who will ultimately make the determination with City Council approval.


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