The Brook Casino Launches Historic Horse Racing & New Games

Video Poker Machines on Right and Casino Game Logos on Left

The evolution of The Brook Casino continues with the launch of historic horse racing, a new game room, a ballroom, and an outdoor patio. The new additions are part of the expansion of the formerly-dying dog track since its current owners purchased it three years ago.

Said Andre Carrier, CEO of The Brook Casino and COO of its parent company Eureka Casino Resort of Mesquite, Nevada:

“When we bought it, it was a dying business. Now it’s a rising, new, New Hampshire, 100% employee-owned company.”

Historical Horse Racing

This weekend, The Brook will launch historical horse race racing where bettors wager on horse races that have already been run but with vital information hidden so that the outcome is unknown to bettors.

Also launched this week is a concentric game room with 15,000 square feet of space. The game room, located at the former grandstand tiered seating area, is only in the first phase with plans to gradually increase it until it reaches the planned 45,000 square feet of gaming area.

Putting to Use the Old Dog Track

Aside from the new games, The Seabrook Casino will be utilizing the greens of the old dog track for different charitable events, including cornhole tournaments and curling. According to officials, the track will be landscaped this year so that it can be used for such and other events.

The track is expected to remain as part of The Brook’s ‘aesthetics’. The old scoreboards remain up while a new patio has been built facing the track and its “jumbotron” television against the wall to watch games and a new indoor ballroom with a view of the track.

$5 Million in Charitable Donations

Since its opening, The Brook Casino has raised over $5 million in charitable donations. New Hampshire allows casino gaming with the condition that 35% of their gaming proceeds go to charity. Charity dollars generated at the casino also go to fund services for gambling and drug addiction.

The Brook Casino opened as the Seabrook Greyhound Park in 1973. It had live Greyhound races until the sport was banned in 2008. Seabrook was on the brink of closing in 2015 when it was almost bought by the Kane Company for development, but the deal fell through after Kane’s client Rand-Whitney pulled out due to zoning. Eureka then ended up purchasing Seabrook in 2019.

Churchill Downs to Purchase Chasers Poker Room in New Hampshire

Wagering Windows On Left Horse Racing On Right
Churchill Downs Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire New Hampshire’s Chasers Poker Room.

Under the deal, Chasers Poker Room will be absorbed under the umbrella of Churchill Downs, expanding the company’s footprint to a fourth state.

Chasers Poker Room has led all New Hampshire charitable gaming operators in both revenues and local charitable contributions. Under New Hampshire laws, a portion of the revenues from a charitable gaming institution will be allocated to non-profit organizations that are licensed in the state.

According to Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanje in a statement

“New Hampshire is an exciting opportunity for us, one that allows us to put our historical racing machine expertise to work in the growing New England market.”

Deal Expected to Close in the 2nd Quarter of 2022

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to the customary closing conditions which include regulatory and government approvals, including from the New Hampshire Lottery Commission

After the closing, Churchill Downs is planning to develop an expanded, state of the art gaming facility in Salem in the coming months. This includes the installation of historical horseracing machines in the venue.

Launching Historical Horseracing Operations

The charitable gaming venue located in Salem, New Hampshire opened in 2017 and offers poker as well as other table games. But with the state authorizing existing gambling operators to offer historical horse racing last year, CDI intends to use Chasers to launch its signature historical horseracing operations in the Granite State.

Churchill Downs has built on the footprints of its Kentucky empire by expanding to Virginia via its acquisition of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment and its Rosie’s Gaming Emporium HRM facilities, which is still pending. CDI is also has an existing 14 off track betting facilities in Louisian which it is also planning to expand soon.