Penn National Hollywood Casino Morgantown Opens in Pennsylvania

  • It is Penn National’s fourth casino in Pennsylvania and 44th facility in North America
  • Gamblers can play 750 slots, 30 tables games, and place bets at the Barstool sportsbook
  • Cashless technology ensures gamblers do not require physical currency in the casino
  • Penn’s three PA casinos accounted for 22% of the state’s November total gaming revenue
Cutting a red ribbon
Penn National Gaming’s new Hollywood Casino Morgantown is now open for business. [Image:]

Up and running

The new Hollywood Casino Morgantown is now open for business in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The grand opening for the Penn National Gaming-owned casino took place on Wednesday. It is Penn’s fourth gaming and entertainment facility in the state, and its 44th property across North America.

750 slot machines, Barstool retail sportsbook, 30 table games

The list of attendants for the ribbon-cutting ceremony included state gaming officials, dignitaries, legislators, and legendary Philadelphia Eagles player Vince Papale. Gamblers can choose between the 750 slot machines, Barstool retail sportsbook, 30 table games, as well as numerous dining options. The casino also includes a special room for smokers where they can enjoy 160 slot machines.

The facility will permanently employ about 375 people and will open for business every day of the year. It will welcome gamblers at all hours on Fridays and Saturdays, while only opening from 9am until 4am on other days. The project cost Penn National $111m, including a $10.5m license fee.

Excitement in the community

Penn National executive vice president of operations Todd George welcomed guests and players to the new casino. He said: “We’re thrilled to showcase this regional entertainment destination, offering premier gaming and dining in a modern atmosphere.” George went on to thank the local community for supporting the project, as well as the various legislators and local business leaders who made the project a reality.

The casino project initially received approval to start development in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to many months of delays during the construction process.

Commenting on some of the features of the new casino, George highlighted its innovative technology offering and how it allows for a cashless, cardless, and contactless experience. Acres Manufacturing and Everi Holdings helped Penn National with its technology needs. The operator also uses this system at its other Pennsylvania casinos.

Local legislators have welcomed the opening of the new casino, with Berks County Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt saying it will “drive an economic engine for many.” Invited guests gambled at the casino during a test last weekend as Penn National made its final equipment checks. The casino generated over $89,000 during the weekend. The proceeds went to local charities after Penn National rounded it up to $100,000.

Extensive operations in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania-based Penn National currently has 44 properties open across 20 states. Its gaming portfolio covers casinos, sportsbooks, racetracks, and online gambling offerings. Some of its main brands include Hollywood, L’Auberge, and Ameristar, while Penn Interactive is in charge of retail sports betting and all online divisions.

Penn National’s presence in Pennsylvania dates back to the 1960s after the construction of the Penn National Race Course.

Other facilities owned by Penn National Gaming in Pennsylvania include the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, the Hollywood Casino York, and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in the North Strabane Township. These three casinos generated gross gaming revenue of over $94.2m in November, accounting for almost 22% of total state gaming revenue.

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