DraftKings at Casino Queen to Celebrate Official Grand Opening of State-of-the-Art Retail DraftKings Sportsbook

East St. Louis, IL. – March 23, 2022 – After announcing their collaboration two years ago and opening a temporary retail sportsbook at DraftKings at Casino Queen, located at 200 South Front St. along the Mississippi River, DraftKings and CQ Holding Company, Inc. today announced that they will officially unveil a new 6,000-square-foot state-of-the-art permanent retail sportsbook on Tuesday, March 29, at DraftKings at Casino Queen. The premier sports betting facility will provide a unique sports betting and viewing experience with a 60-foot video wall, dozens of high-definition televisions, a VIP area and more than 30 betting kiosks. The celebration to reveal the new DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook will commence with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. CT.

“With this comprehensive renovation, we are introducing a new era of sports betting, sports viewing and overall entertainment at DraftKings at Casino Queen,” said Terry Downey, president and CEO of CQ Holding Company, Inc. “Our relationship with DraftKings has allowed us to create an all-encompassing, state-of-the-art space that will continue to add to Illinois’ excitement for sports wagering.”

The cutting-edge DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook will be located steps away from the casino floor and offer a gaming destination that is unparalleled in the region. Sports enthusiasts will be able to watch live action across 31 oversized high-definition TVs and a 60-foot video board. The DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook will also give players the opportunity to place wagers on a variety of betting markets across professional and collegiate sports via 38 kiosks and five betting windows, complete with the latest sports wagering technology. Finally, a variety of new plush, lounge-style seating options, private booths, stadium seating and VIP areas will provide optimal comfort for sports fans looking to catch their favorite events.

“It’s exciting to see our shared vision of bringing DraftKings’ innovative mobile app to life with an incredible in-person experience at the new DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook,” said Michael Kibort, Sr. Director, Retail Sportsbooks at DraftKings. “Through the amazing support of, and collaboration with, Casino Queen, we have created a premier destination for guests to enjoy for years to come.”

Guests may also enjoy a new dining and drinking experience within the DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook. The custom-designed bar will offer contemporary elements with industrial details. Elevated game day-inspired dishes and American fare line the menu, with shareable appetizers, specialty burgers, hand-tossed pizzas, sandwiches, salads, entrees and desserts.

A sampling of the next-level tailgate cuisine to be offered will include the 20-oz. BBQ pork steak, with mac and cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts and barbecue sauce; St. Louis hot salami, made with salami, white queso, spicy mustard and giardiniera on a french roll; and a pub burger sliders made with Angus beef, fried pickles, cheese sauce and grilled onions.

To bring this dynamic vision to life, DraftKings at Casino Queen partnered with JCJ Architecture, a nationally recognized planning, architecture and interior design leader. JCJ has led hundreds of gaming and hospitality projects across the United States and internationally.

For more information about DraftKings at Casino Queen, visit 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 guest rooms and a picturesque RV park, plus amenities such as event and meeting spaces, a pool and free parking. DraftKings at Casino Queen offers a premier sports betting and viewing experience at its DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook featuring a 60-foot video wall, dozens of high-definition televisions, a VIP area and more than 30 betting kiosks. A new dining promenade will soon be introduced featuring a food court with three exciting casual dining outlets and a full-service restaurant. Formerly known as Casino Queen and welcoming visitors since 1993, the property partnered with DraftKings to provide a premier sports betting experience in Illinois. 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 DraftKings

DraftKings Inc. is a digital sports entertainment and gaming company created to fuel the competitive spirit of sports fans with products that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming and digital media. Headquartered in Boston, and launched in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings is the only U.S.-based vertically integrated sports betting operator.

DraftKings is a multi-channel provider of sports betting and gaming technologies, powering sports and gaming entertainment for operators in 17 countries. DraftKings’ Sportsbook is live with mobile and/or retail betting operations in the United States in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports product is available in 6 countries internationally with 15 distinct sports categories. DraftKings is both an official daily fantasy and sports betting partner of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA TOUR and UFC as well as an official daily fantasy partner of NASCAR. Launched in August 2021, DraftKings Marketplace is a digital collectibles ecosystem designed for mainstream accessibility that offers curated NFT drops and supports secondary-market transactions. DraftKings also owns Vegas Sports Information Network, Inc. (VSiN), a multi-platform broadcast and content company.

Forward-Looking Statements

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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.

About JCJ Architecture

JCJ Architecture is a forward-thinking and nationally ranked planning, architecture and interior design firm offering comprehensive services to clients in the hospitality, gaming, civic, K12 and higher education sectors. Founded in 1936, the employee-owned firm’s mission is to provide innovative design solutions that enhance the environment, enrich people’s lives and help organizations succeed.

With a long-standing reputation for business acumen and project delivery excellence, JCJ focuses on bringing the qualities of adaptability, integrity, respect and collaboration to a design process that leverages the unique qualities and potential of each project. JCJ collaborates with clients across the United States from offices located in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego, Tulsa, and Las Vegas. For more information, please visit www.jcj.com.


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