Rush Street bets on regional opportunities

For Chicago-based operator Rush Street Gaming (RSG), building an IR in a smaller, regional location like Tomakomai or Nagasaki is not a consolation prize for missing out on one of the major Japanese urban markets, but is itself the main event. In an exclusive interview with Asia Gaming Brief, RSG Chairman Neil Bluhm and CFO Tim Drehkoff—as well as Steve Rittvo, CEO of Innovation Project Development, who the company has retained to help them win their bid in Japan—laid out their priorities and strategies. Bluhm explains that the basic factors attracting RSG to Japan are its stability and cleanliness, especially the sense that Japan is likely to maintain a gaming system that is well-regulated and ethical. He adds that RSG’s entire history is based upon entering small and medium-sized communities which have never before hosted a casino, so in that sense building a Japanese regional IR would involve familiar challenges for...

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