Casino Queen fetches $600,000 at auction

Apr 7, 2014 9:42 AM

The former riverboat that once served as the Casino Queen along East St. Louis’ riverfront is under new ownership.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that federal marshals on Friday auctioned off the vessel called White Star One for $600,000.

There were 14 bids during the sale that lasted just five minutes and opened with a $200,000 bid.

Gerald Smallwood was one of the three bidders and represented a Florida man who had the winning offer. It’s not immediately clear what that buyer a former shipyard owner who owns riverfront properties in Kentucky plans to do with the vessel.

The White Star has languished since the Casino Queen operation moved inland a few years ago.

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