Twin River Worldwide Holdings – Becoming A Gambling Industry Leader

Before 2012, Twin River Casino was relatively unknown to most of the country. But, that year, Twin River Casino received approval for table games in the slots only casino. Twin River Worldwide Holdings has continued to expand since. Here is how they did it – the abridged version. Twin River – Becoming A Gambling Industry Leader,  with guest commentary by Dr. David Schwartz. The full version can be found at TravelZork by clicking here.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings
Property map for Twin River Worldwide Holdings

Huge Acquisition – Three Properties

Twin River Worldwide Holdings shares, owner of Twin River Hotel and Casino, soared last week after it announced agreements to acquire three casinos for a total of $180 million.

A growing company in the casino industry, from the smallest state in the country, was making a move. In April, TRWH announced it is buying

The three properties combined contain 3,318 slots, 2,092 hotel rooms and 176 tables.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings Properties Before Purchase

The move expands Twin River Worldwide Holdings’  footprint into three additional states. The company already owns and operates eight properties.

Since Massachusetts approved casino gaming in 2013, two of the proposed casinos would have a direct influence on Twin River Casino. Taking advantage of Eldorado’s fire sale of certain Caesars Entertainment properties would boost the sagging revenue from its Rhode Island Properties.

Purchasing Bally’s Atlantic City

The Bally’s deal is a milestone for TRWH, and is the most intriguing. Bally’s is a casino and entertainment facility located in the heart of the Atlantic City casino district. Daniel Heneghan, a gambling analyst and former longtime spokesman for the gaming commission said, “The fact that it is being sold to a new player for the market here will help increase competition.” Opened in 1979, Bally’s is one of the oldest casinos in New Jersey. The property has over 1,200 hotel rooms and 127,000 square feet of gambling space.

Dr. David Schwartz remarked in his recent post Twin River Worldwide Stepping It Up,  “Since its 1979 opening, Bally’s has seen ups and downs. For many years one of the city’s top revenue-producing casinos, in recent years Bally’s has moved to the bottom of the Caesars portfolio. A new owner and focus might bring the resort back to its former prominence.”

But Wait, There’s More – Bally’s Acquisition

Ballys Twin River Holdings Property
Ballys Hotel Tower in Background, Wild, Wild West in fore ground

Caesars Entertainment is retaining the two most profitable parts of Bally’s:

  • The Book, a sports betting facility and entertainment center that the company spent $8.4 million on just last summer
  • the Wild Wild West, an area adjacent to the sports book. Those facilities will now become part of Caesars casino, which is next door to Bally’s on the Boardwalk.

The Twin River Sports Book and mobile betting is run by the Rhode Island Lottery and powered by William Hill.  William Hill also runs sports books at Ocean Resort Casino and Tropicana Resort Casino, on the AC boardwalk.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings – Under the Radar

Twin River is the second New England casino to reach beyond to bigger gambling areas. The Atlantic City Boardwalk will now have the presence of two New England Casinos. Mohegan Sun manages Resorts.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings serves customers only in the United States. in 2020, Twin River is Becoming A Gambling Industry Leader.

The flagship Twin River Hotel & Casino in Lincoln RI is nearly as big as the MGM Grand’s casino floor in Las Vegas, with more than 162,000 square feet of gaming space, 4,000 slot machines and 111 table games, as well as a race and sportsbook.

Looking Back – The Beginnings

In 1989, then Lincoln Greyhound Park was mired in a downward spiral of the Greyhound Racing industry. The inevitable owners of Twin River Casino bought the dogtrack after the state approved pari-mutual and VLT machine gaming. After a $220-million expansion, Lincoln Park was renamed Twin River in 2007 and the rest is a historic rise in the industry. For the history and stats of Twin River, read Related Post – Twin River Hotel & Casino by the Numbers

Twin River Stepping It Up

Dr. David Schwartz is an author at CompedTravel. He also wrote many fabulous gambling books, such as “Roll the Bones” and “Grandissimo.”  In his article about Twin River’s new purchases he agrees it is a positive move. Dr. Schwartz remarked “The move boosts the Providence-based company’s holdings and gives it a presence in three major casino markets.”

George PapanierTwin River Worldwide Holdings President and CEO, was quoted in Dr. Dave’s article as saying, “…each of the properties has tremendous upside….the fact [is] that these properties each brought something unique to our portfolio. They were already on our radar. When this opportunity arose again we negotiated a good price. We knew they would be immediately accretive to earnings upon closing of this transaction.”

The Draw

The final word by Dr. Schwartz. “Players at all three new Twin River casinos, then, have many reasons to give these properties another look. Likely not the last acquisitions of an industry going through unprecedented changes, they nevertheless will change the competitive landscape in their respective markets.”

I couldn’t have said it better.



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