Eldorado Resorts Signs Online Gambling Deal With Stars Group

Eldorado Resorts has entered into a 20-year agreement with the Stars Group for online gaming. Eldorado will provide Stars Group with options to access to Eldorado’s online sports wagering platforms. William Hill, which has a previous deal with Eldorado to provide land-based sports betting approved the deal. CEO Rafi Ashkenazi (l.) says it is part of the Stars Group’s U.S. strategy.

Eldorado Resorts and the Stars Group will partner for online sports betting and iGaming in the U.S.

Eldorado announced a 20-year deal to allow the Stars Group options to use its online sports betting platforms including a Stars Group platform. The agreement gives the Stars Group options to operate online sports betting and gaming in states where Eldorado operates casinos.

Eldorado will receive a revenue share from platforms accessed by the Stars Group under its licenses. The company also gets an upfront equity interest in the Stars Group of $25 million, and Eldorado may receive an additional $5 million in if the Stars Group uses certain online gaming platforms.

 A further equity stake may be provided to Eldorado after five years, based on the group’s net gaming revenue generated in Eldorado’s markets, the value of which will come at a fixed ratio based on $23.22 per TSG share, according to a report at businesswire.com.

The Stars Group will be able to access Eldorado’s online sports betting, gaming and poker through “skins,” a branding of different sites under Eldorado’s brands.

The Stars Group will operate under Eldorado’s licenses using its online brands and sports technology services while Eldorado will provide access to its government relations personnel as the Stars Group seeks new licensing. Eldorado’s suppliers will equally share all costs related to licensing and permitting, the report said.

The agreement gives the Stars Group the foundation for its U.S. strategy, CEO Rafi Ashkenazi said. Combined with its prior agreements, the group could be able to operate online poker, casino games and sports betting in 13 states as each legalizes online sports betting and online casinos, the report said.

Meanwhile, bookmaker William Hill remains Eldorado’s exclusive provider for land-based retail sports wagering under a previous deal and has reportedly signed off on this deal with The Stars Group. William Hill U.S. will share in the economics of The Stars Group transaction and will have access to Eldorado’s platforms for online sports betting in all states, the report said.

Eldorado currently operates casinos in five states that offer legal sports betting—Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and West Virginia. PokerStars is already operating sites in New Jersey and has previous deals in place in Pennsylvania. 

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