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September 24, 2020

Said William Clifford, CFO of the US casino operator

Penn National looking at Fontainebleau Las Vegas

(US).- Penn National Gaming is considering acquiring the unfinished Fontainebleau resort, which sits towards the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip, the US casino and racetrack operator's chief financial officer said on last week.

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Clearly we're looking at it," CFO William Clifford said during a webcast investor meeting. "We're looking at lots of properties in Las Vegas." He called Fontainebleau, which filed for bankruptcy in June after lenders cut off funding, "actionable," but "a tough project," given that it will take around us$ 2 billion to finish the 3,800-room resort. "Quite candidly, it is worth about zero right now," Clifford said.

Penn, which has said over the past year that it was shopping for a Las Vegas resort, operates gambling properties throughout the United States, but not in Atlantic City or Las Vegas.

Clifford said Penn is seeking a Vegas property so that it can maximize returns from patrons of its wide regional distribution network. "There is some real potential there for us," he said.

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