The Penn National Race Course, of Grantville, has been a staple for horse racing since 1972.
In 2008, the old racecourse was demolished and a new casino was added. Today, this casino is known as Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and it features 2,500 slots, 70 table games and a 16-table poker room.
Hollywood’s online gaming platform
Early on, Hollywood Casino struck a deal with two of the top gaming providers in the industry, NetEnt and IGT. As a result, this deal gave the platform a boost in the PA online gambling market.
IGT will provide the Hollywood platform (PlayCommand) and its full suite of games. Moreover, it is also set to deploy IGT’s PlayPoker and PlayBingo products.
Hollywood will have access to even more games with its partnership with NetEnt as a game provider. NetEnt’s game library exceeds 200 games that are known for great interactive features.
Further, Hollywood appears to be setting itself up as the online casino with the most variety. We have seen in New Jersey that this is an important feature NJ players seek.
Hollywood’s online casino bonuses and promotions
Currently, Hollywood’s plans for bonuses and promotions are unknown.
Welcome bonuses seem like an industry standard, which typically means a no-deposit bonus for new players who register and a 100 percent match on first deposits.
Though it’s still a mystery if Pennsylvania online casinos will follow the same structures as their New Jersey neighbors. Or if PA casinos will compensate for the 54 percent slot tax rate with less than exciting offers.
However, seeing the enthusiasm of the market before launch, we should expect to see operators offer comprehensive promotional plans, especially to gain new players.
Pennsylvania is a huge market for online gambling and operators know the competition is stiff.
Hollywood’s online casino banking
While payments can be tricky for online gaming sites, HollywoodCasino.com or whatever name they pick should offer plenty of options for players to deposit and withdraw.
Some of these options may include:
- ACH e-checks
- Cash at the Hollywood Casino cage
- MasterCard and/or Visa credit/debit card
- PayNearMe at 7-Eleven locations
Hollywood’s online casino game offerings
Penn National was a vocal opponent of the 54 percent slot-tax rate, but this doesn’t mean slots will ignore it.
The partnerships with IGT and NetEnt show that this will be an online gambling site about choice. We can expect a rich library of a couple of hundred online slots games.
Some of Hollywood’s slot options may include:
- China Shores
- Divine Fortune (progressive jackpot)
- Wolf Run
Blackjack is one of the most popular games in the US. In fact, we should expect to see a wide variety of blackjack games from Hollywood Casino.
Some variations we could see are:
- Atlantic City Blackjack
- Classic blackjack gold series
- Multi-hand perfect pairs European blackjack
- Vegas single-deck blackjack
- Vegas Strip multi-hand gold series
A few popular side bets from Hollywood Casino could also make it to the online product. For example, these include Lucky Ladies and 21+3.
With providers like NetEnt and IGT, Hollywood Casino should offer a few variants of roulette.
Most sites feature at least American- and European-style roulette games.
American roulette is like the tables you would find traditionally at brick-and-mortar casinos in the US. This style of roulette has single zero and double zeros.
While American roulette still offers favorable odds, European-style is better. European roulette only features a single zero, essentially cutting the house’s edge in half.
There is another popular version, French roulette, which offers even better odds to the players. In fact, it also features a single zero, like European roulette, and players receive a 50 percent refund on their even money if “0” hits. The house edge in French roulette on outside bets is only 1.35 percent.
It’s very possible we will see all three versions on Hollywood Casino. However, there may also be a few alternative styles like Three Wheel Roulette and Double Bonus Spin.
With Penn National as vocal as they are about the slot-tax rate and locking in such strong partnerships with top game providers, we can expect a great variety of games, especially nonslot games.
You can expect to see a variety of video poker games like deuces wild, jacks or better and double down bonus.
Some other games you can expect to see:
- Let It Ride
- No-commission baccarat
- Three-card poker
- Video bingo
- Virtual sports
- Video poker
Also, it is highly likely we will see live dealer games. They are immensely popular in New Jersey and should be in Pennsylvania as well.
Hollywood’s online sports betting
Hollywood Casino at Penn National was the first retail sportsbook to launch in Pennsylvania.
It is looking to continue its investment in sportsbook by taking over the online market. Futhermore, it is looking to do this with the help of heavyweight William Hill.
William Hill is an international leader for sportsbook and should find success in Pennsylvania. It has already made waves in New Jersey, which offers a good indication of what to expect in Pennsylvania.
Online poker at Hollywood
Hollywood Casino is moving forward with online poker and will launch a site on IGT’s PlayPoker platform.
The PlayPoker platform is said to deliver a fantastic mobile and desktop experience to engage players actively and give them a top-of-the-line online poker experience.
Hollywood’s onling casino loyalty program
It is likely Hollywood Casino could offer one of the best loyalty programs in the market.
It is possible that Penn National will merge its Marquee Rewards program with Pinnacle’s My Choice program giving players unbelievable value and perks for their play.
Some of these perks include:
- Status upgrades at Penn National properties
- Free play at properties
- Personal hosts
- Luxury getaways, gifts, and experiences
- VIP promotions