BLACK HAWK, CO-Penn National Gaming of Pennsylvania plans to buy three casinos in Black Hawk, a limited gaming stakes town west of Denver. In all, Penn National will be getting 63,000 sf of interior space with 1,002 slot machines and 16 gaming tables.

The Pennsylvania buyer is putting up $6.5 million in cash for the Bullwhackers Casino, Bullpen Sports Casino and Silver Hawk Saloon and Casino. The purchase also includes an administrative building and a 475-space parking area.

Penn National booked $132 million in revenues for the second quarter from the Charles Town Races in Charles Town, WVA, two Mississippi casinos, Casino Magic Hotel, a resort and marina in bay St. Louis, MS, and other properties.

The Colorado Gaming Commission and other regulatory groups must approve the Black Hawk purchase. Black Hawk accounts for more than 60% of the three gaming markets in Colorado. The deal is expected to close in second quarter 2002.

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