DraftKings at Casino Queen Announces Marc VanderWeele as General Manager

East St. Louis, Ill. – Feb. 17, 2022 – DraftKings at Casino Queen, located at 200 South Front St. along the Mississippi River, has announced Marc VanderWeele as general manager. An industry veteran, VanderWeele has been a team member with the property, formerly known as Casino Queen, since its opening in 1993.

“Marc has been a trusted member of DraftKings at Casino Queen since the day it opened, and is an ideal fit for general manager,” says Terry Downey, President and CEO of CQ Holding Company, Inc. “He brings in-depth knowledge specific to the community and local industry that can only be accumulated over the time. We’re confident that he will continue to propel DraftKings at Casino Queen forward with his strategic vision for guest service and property operations.”

In his new role, VanderWeele oversees the day-to-day general operations and provides leadership to department heads and team members to cultivate an exceptional guest experience. He is also overseeing the highly anticipated opening of DraftKings at Casino Queen’s newly remodeled sportsbook, which is slated to become one of the top wagering and sports betting destinations in the region. The stylish and spacious sportsbook will offer oversized screens and state-of-the-art technology in a relaxed, comfortable setting.

Prior to joining DraftKings at Casino Queen, VanderWeele worked in the golf course industry in Las Vegas, then began his career in the gaming industry as a casino dealer at Gold Coast Hotel & Casino. Encouraged by the owners to transfer to East St. Louis, Illinois to help open Casino Queen, VanderWeele followed the opportunity for growth. For the first several months, his talents were activated as a dealer before he was promoted to floor supervisor, then pit boss in 1999, shift manager in 2004 and director of table games in 2013, during which he had oversight of the player development team.

More information about DraftKings at Casino Queen is available on the website at www.esl.casinoqueen.wpengine.com.


About DraftKings at Casino Queen

DraftKings at Casino Queen is a vibrant casino and hotel nestled along the Mississippi River at 200 S. Front St., located just minutes from Downtown St. Louis with stunning views of The Gateway Arch and St. Louis Skyline. The 38,000-square-foot casino features 980 gaming machines and 27 table games. Accommodations include comfortable guestrooms and a picturesque RV park, plus amenities include event and meeting spaces, a pool and free parking. A remodel of the DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook and promenade is now underway and will soon reveal oversized screens and state-of-the-art wagering in a relaxed, stylish setting; as well as a new food court with three exciting quick service casual dining outlets and a full-service restaurant. More information is available at www.esl.casinoqueen.wpengine.com or by calling 618-874-5000. DraftKings at Casino Queen is on social media at Facebook and Instagram at @DraftKingsatCasinoQueen and on Twitter at @DKatCQ.

About CQ Holding Company, Inc.

Located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, DraftKings at Casino Queen, formerly known as Casino Queen, was CQ Holding Company, Inc.’s entry into gaming and has been welcoming visitors since 1993. The company expanded into Marquette, Iowa, in 2017 adding Casino Queen Marquette, Inc. In 2021, CQ Holding Company, Inc. entered into Louisiana with the completed acquisition of Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge from Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. and received approval to acquire the historic Belle of Baton Rouge from Caesars Entertainment. In the same year, CQ Holding Company also announced a combination with Fairmount Park Racetrack to bring casino gaming to the historic Thoroughbred track in Collinsville, Illinois.

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