Delaware North today began operating Jumer’s, a casino resort in the Quad Cities region, after closing on the purchase from the Jumer family and receiving approval in mid-April from the Illinois Gaming Board. The $180 million purchase agreement was announced Sept. 9, 2010.  

Jumer’s features a casino with more than 1,100 slots and 24 table games, as well as a live poker room, high-limit slot area and a VIP lounge. Amenities include a 205-room hotel with an indoor pool and fitness center, salon and day spa, events center with meeting rooms for up to 600 people, four restaurants, a nightclub, a sports bar and lakeside fire pit. In a statement, Delaware North called the property “one of the leading destination casinos in the Midwest.”  

The casino’s new management team will be headed by Therrin Protze, who joined Delaware North in 2006 and has nearly 20 years of experience in the gaming industry, including in Illinois. Delaware North is retaining all current staff at this time and plans on maintaining the current size of the staff, about 550 employees, Protze said. The company will integrate its core business systems and processes into the operation and it will maintain Jumer's IMAGE Player’s Club and points program.  

Privately owned by the Jacobs family of Buffalo, N.Y., since its founding in 1915, Delaware North is a $2 billion hospitality management company that operates food service, lodging, gaming, and retail services at locations in the United States and several other countries. Its other gaming operations are in New York, Arizona, Florida, West Virginia and Arkansas. The company’s gaming hospitality group provides hospitality and food service at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Oklahoma.