The Maine Gambling Control Board signs off on the $160 million deal, the company says.

July 17, 2013

Churchill Downs completes purchase of Oxford Casino

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs Inc. says it has completed the purchase of the Oxford Casino in western Maine in a deal valued at about $160 million.

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The Oxford Casino has been sold to Churchill Downs.

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The Louisville-based company said Wednesday its acquisition of  the casino in Oxford won approval from the Maine Gambling Control Board.

Oxford Casino opened in 2012. The property includes a 25,000-square-foot gaming floor with about 800 slot machines and 22 table games. It also includes a restaurant.

The state's gambling board ruled in May that the Oxford Casino won't be asked to apply for a new operator's license once the sale was approved.

The acquisition is Churchill's latest venture into the casino business.

It owns racetrack and casino operations in Miami Gardens, Fla., and New Orleans; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; and a casino resort hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.

Churchill also owns and operates its namesake racetrack that's home to the Kentucky Derby, along with racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.

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