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Sports Book Takeover Approved

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gambling regulators in Nevada have approved the takeover of a string of more than 160 sports books and betting kiosks in the state by the London-based William Hill.

The company acquired the Lucky’s, Leroy’s and Club Cal Neva operations last year for $53 million.

The Nevada Gaming Commission voted final approval Thursday in Las Vegas.

About two dozen outlets previously owned by Leroy’s and 31 owned by Cal Neva are included in the deal, along with Lucky’s Race & Sports Books at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Fandango in Carson City.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, William Hill CEO Ralph Topping said the company will embark on $3 million worth of refurbishing and rebranding intended to be completed by the start of the NFL season.

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