A decade after prevailing in a hard fight to free himself from markets obsessed with short-term results, island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta is taking his company public again through a merger with a special purpose acquisition firm at a total transaction value of $6.6 billion.

Fertitta Entertainment, the parent company of Landry’s Inc. and Golden Nugget Casinos, announced early Monday the company had entered into a merger agreement with FAST Acquisition Corp. that will result in Fertitta Entertainment becoming a publicly listed company selling shares of stock to the public to raise additional capital.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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