CQ Holding Company, Inc. Announces Completion of Belle of Baton Rouge Acquisition
East St. Louis, Ill. – May 5, 2022 – CQ Holding Company, Inc., today announced that it has completed its acquisition of the operations of Belle of Baton Rouge from Caesars Entertainment, Inc. The property joins CQ Holding Company, Inc.’s expanding gaming portfolio that includes DraftKings at Casino Queen in East St. Louis; Casino Queen Marquette in Marquette, Iowa; and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“The acquisition of Belle of Baton Rouge provides us with an exciting opportunity to enhance the gaming and other amenities in the Baton Rouge community,” said Terry Downey, president and CEO of CQ Holding Company, Inc. “With the launch of sports betting and exciting renovations planned for Belle of Baton Rouge and our other newly acquired property, Hollywood Casino, we look forward to elevating the city’s allure as a gaming destination.”
Belle of Baton Rouge is located at 103 France St. just south of Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge near the city center and Louisiana State University. The historic property opened in 1994 as Louisiana’s first casino. Spanning 28,500 square feet, the riverboat casino features three decks of gaming, meeting spaces, two parking garages and more.
Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge, a thrilling riverboat casino docked on the Mississippi River at 1717 River Rd., is within walking distance to Capitol Lake, Louisiana State Capitol and other landmark destinations. The 27,000-square-foot gaming space features 859 gaming machines and 12 table games spanning three decks. Hollywood Casino recently broke ground on a 38,000-square-foot expansion project, which includes moving the casino to land and increasing its footprint to 100,000 square feet of space including a state-of-the-art DraftKings Sportsbook and new dining outposts.
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. DraftKings at Casino Queen is a 38,000-square-foot casino, hotel and RV Park with stunning views of The Gateway Arch and St. Louis Skyline, 980 gaming machines, 27 table games and amenities. 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. DraftKings at Casino Queen restaurants span casual with Deli & Chips to game day-inspired dishes and cocktails at the new DraftKings at Casino Queen Sportsbook, to elevated American classics served in the new Bridgeway’s contemporary setting.
CQ Holding Company, Inc. acquired Casino Queen Marquette in March 2017. Located in Marquette, Iowa, Casino Queen is a picturesque and historic riverboat casino on the banks of the Mississippi River. The 17,000-square-foot casino spans three decks and features more than 400 machines, two blackjack tables, and several tables offering electronic blackjack, roulette and craps games. With four dining options, Casino Queen’s restaurants span from casual to elevated buffet-style and more.
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.
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