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WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) — The former riverboat that once served as the Casino Queen along East St. Louis' riverfront is under new ownership.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that federal marshals on Friday auctioned off the vessel called White Star One for $600,000.

There were 14 bids during the sale that lasted just five minutes and opened with a $200,000 bid.

Gerald Smallwood was one of the three bidders and represented a Florida man who had the winning offer. It's not immediately clear what that buyer — a former shipyard owner who owns riverfront properties in Kentucky — plans to do with the vessel.

The White Star has languished since the Casino Queen operation moved inland a few years ago.

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:29

Casino Queen buyer revealed

 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust is buying the Casino Queen's real-estate assets in East St. Louis for $140 million.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the properties being bought by Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. include the 38,000-square-foot casino, 157-room hotel and the park for recreational vehicles.

Based in Wyomissing, Pa., Gaming and Leisure Properties was spun off last month by Penn National Gaming Inc.

The employee-owned Casino Queen will lease the property back from the Gaming and Leisure Properties for about $14 million a year.

The Illinois Gaming Board must approve of the sale, which is expected to be finalized early next year.

 

Published in Local News

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A Pennsylvania-based real estate investment trust is buying the Casino Queen's real-estate assets in East St. Louis for $140 million.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the properties being bought by Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. include the 38,000-square-foot casino, 157-room hotel and the park for recreational vehicles.

Based in Wyomissing, Pa., Gaming and Leisure Properties was spun off last month by Penn National Gaming Inc.

The employee-owned Casino Queen will lease the property back from the Gaming and Leisure Properties for about $14 million a year.

The Illinois Gaming Board must approve of the sale, which is expected to be finalized early next year.

Published in Local News

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