Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is approved to offer legal, regulated online gambling and sports betting in Pennsylvania.
Owners Penn National Gaming paid $10 million for the full suite of online casino permits to cover poker, slots and table games, plus another $10 million for a sports betting permit.
Hollywood’s PA online gambling products will include:
Regulations also permit PA casinos to partner with third-party operators, providing market access for their online brand(s). Hollywood has not announced any such alliances to date.
Hollywood is one of two Penn National properties in Pennsylvania and the banner carrier for the group. Penn will use the casino’s land-based license/brand to deploy interactive platforms throughout its home state. Its paperwork was some of the first regulators approved in October.
The application process revealed a new alliance with IGT for online casino and the extension of a sports betting partnership with William Hill. Expect to see both a Hollywood-branded product and an expansion of William Hill’s digital footprint.
Hollywood became the first PA casino to book a legal sports bet in a retail setting Nov. 15, 2018. Given its head start, don’t be surprised if it is also the first to launch an online sportsbook and online casino platform in the Commonwealth.
Hollywood Casino sits around one of the original, premier horse racing venues in the commonwealth.
Located just outside Harrisburg, the historic Penn National Race Course opened in 1972 as the state’s first thoroughbred track and the only lighted mile-long course in the country. Horses still gallop across the dirt track and the 7-furlong turf course every week of the year. The turf races are the richest, highlighted by the $500,000 Penn Mile Stakes.
The addition of Hollywood Casino in 2008 made the track a feasible host for an annual, graded turf race. It added table games in 2010, and the property has since settled into a cozy and profitable position. While the track remains part of Pennsylvania’s history, the focus has shifted to gaming operations.
Hollywood Casino operates about 2,350 slot machines and 75 gaming tables, plus a 16-table poker room. The new sportsbook opened late in 2018, as well. The property employs about 1,000 people.
As a matter of technicality, Gaming and Leisure Properties, a corporate wing of Penn, owns the actual real estate.