November 3, 2022
(PRESS RELEASE) — Boston Pool Club & Casino in Nashua, NH, has completed the installation and launch of 50 Historic Horse Racing (HHR) gaming machines, the first of more than 300 planned for the charity gaming casino.
The activation of the 50 HHR gaming machines on October 27 coincided with hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North completing its purchase of the Boston Billiard Club & Casino from owners Kurt and Susan Mathias. The sale has been approved by the New Hampshire Lottery Commission.
HHR gaming machines look and function like other gaming machines, but instead of randomizing the outcome of a game, they determine winners based on previously held horse races. They join the casino’s 17 table games, 16 poker tables, and restaurant and bar amenities as key elements of the guest experience.
As New Hampshire’s charitable gaming establishment, the Boston Billiard Club & Casino donates a substantial portion of all daily gaming revenue to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, including 35 % of all table game activity. The operation will soon exceed $15 million in total donations in less than six years.
“The addition of slot machines will attract more local people to visit the Boston Billiard Club & Casino, which will increase benefits for charities,” said Brian Hansberry, president of Delaware North’s gaming business. . “We look forward to being part of the Nashua and New Hampshire community.”
Hansberry said Delaware North became interested in acquiring the Boston Billiard Club & Casino after New Hampshire passed legislation last year allowing HHR gaming machines in licensed gaming operations. Delaware North is working to install additional machines in the 23,000 square foot site by December, without disruption to other gaming and hospitality operations. The machines are replacing pool tables, a long-term plan for which is in the works.
Delaware North plans to add approximately 20 new jobs to the site, in addition to preserving 200 existing positions.
Delaware North’s gaming business includes owning and operating casinos and other gaming operations in what is now eight states: New York, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Arkansas and Arizona, as well as Darwin, Australia. The company also operates retail and/or mobile sports betting in Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia, and is nearing completion of a $320 million expansion of Southland Casino and Races Hotel in Arkansas.
In New England, Delaware North owns and operates TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins, owned by Delaware North president Jeremy Jacobs, and the Boston Celtics, as well as concerts and other entertainment events. Delaware North co-developed The Hub on Causeway, the adjacent 1.5 million square foot development of retail, office, hotel and mixed-use residences. The Patina Restaurant Group of Delaware North operates Hub Hall and Banners Kitchen & Tap at The Hub on Causeway and provides catering services to the New England Aquarium. The company also operates several restaurants at Boston Logan International Airport.