Hollywood Casino has been at the forefront of the recent gaming changes in Pennsylvania. They were the first casino in the state to open a retail sportsbook (in November 2018)) at their main casino location in central PA. They were also the first of three casinos to launch online casino gaming in July 2019.
The casino is home to the largest selection of online casino games in the state, offering a plentiful selection of slots, table games and video poker — with many more games on the way.
Hollywood has yet to extend their sports betting operation into cyberspace, but will surely do so before 2019 comes to an end.
New players who join the Hollywood Casino are eligible to receive two bonuses – a $25 no deposit just for signing up and a 100% up to $500 bonus for making a deposit.
Promotional bonuses at Hollywood
Currently, Hollywood is offering an introductory bonus of $25 with no bonus or promotional code required. This offer is available until the end of 2019. To get it, simply sign up. Once registered, the site will credit your account with $25. Easy!
Hollywood Casino will also award players with a much larger bonus for making a first deposit. Players who make a first deposit using bonus code WELCOME will have their deposit matched in bonus at a rate of 100% up to $500.
|Hollywood Casino PA Bonuses|
|Hollywood Casino PA $25 No Deposit Bonus||No Bonus Code Required|
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Yes, both bonuses, are available to all players. Check out the instructions below for how to take advantage.
Redeeming the $25 Free Bonus
To redeem the free no deposit bonus, players need only play through the bonus amount 1x (make $25 worth of bets in Hollywood’s online casino). Once this low bar is met, the bonus is released and can be played or withdrawn as you see fit. Players have 180 days to meet the terms of this bonus; given the low clearance requirement this should be easy.
Redeeming the 100% up to $500 deposit bonus
To take part in the 100% Hollywood Casino match bonus, you will need to make a deposit and use Hollywood Casino PA bonus code WELCOME. After making the deposit, you will need be required to play the bonus at the table and wager 20x for each $1 in bonus money to withdraw within 60 days.
How do I play on the Hollywood Online Casino in PA?
In order to play at the Hollywood Casino in PA, you must meet two basic criteria: you must be at least 21 years of age and be physically located in the state at the time of wagering. The Hollywood Casino, like all PA online casinos, uses geolocation and identity verification tools to ensure that you are eligible to play the real money games.
There are three primary ways of playing at the Hollywood Online Casino:
On a computer
If the selection of games is your primary concern, hop on a computer to get a full library of games available in the Hollywood Casino. There is no download required to play on a computer. Simply head on over to the HollywoodCasino website, create an account and log-in to begin playing (and of course, make a deposit to participate in real money play). All games can be played within your preferred internet browser.
The Hollywood Casino Android app is available directly from the Hollywood Casino, due to restrictions placed on real money apps within the Google Play store. Before downloading the app, you will need to provide your device with access to download from “Unknown Sources” in your settings. Go to settings, then “more” followed by “security” or “applications.”
Players on iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads can download the Hollywood Casino app from the iOS App Store, which you can find by searching for “Hollywood Casino PA Real Money.” Download the app as you would any normal app to begin playing.
Hollywood Casino’s online gaming reviewed
When the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) made gaming licenses available, allowing holders to offer to PA’s gamblers online versions of table games, slot machines (including video poker and keno), and online poker, Hollywood Casino said, “We want in!”
They have yet to make use of the online poker aspect of their new gaming license portfolio, but Hollywood Casino has created an extensive library of online casino games from a robust bevy of third-party online gaming developers. Hollywood’s online platform is still in its introductory phase and has already introduced games by NetEnt and IGT, but when all is said and done, PA gamblers can expect a wide variety of options from such game makers as:
- Inspired Games
- Williams Interactive
- Evolution Gaming
- Lightning Box
- NextGen Gaming
- Bally Technologies
- High 5
- Grand Vision Gaming
Online slot machine gaming
They are still rolling out slot titles, but the current crop at Hollywood’s online casino is limited to over 60, but titles are being added all the time. Expect these games to be added throughout 2020. Right now, you can find many familiar favorites including:
- Divine Fortune (with progressive jackpot feature)
- Guns N Roses
- Jimi Hendrix
- Double Diamond
- Dead or Alive
Online video poker gaming
Right now, Hollywood’s video poker offerings all come in the form of a simulated Game King video poker machine. This “machine” offers nine popular VP games at limits ranging from $0.10 to $100 per spin. The games can be found under the “Table” game section of the Hollywood Casino PA.
- Jacks or Better
- Bonus Poker
- Bonus Poker Deluxe
- Double Bonus Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Triple Double Bonus Poker
- Deuces Wild Poker
- Deuces Wild Bonus Poker
- Joker Poker
Online table gaming
While in the future, we expect Hollywood’s online gaming choices to include popular favorites like three card poker, Craps, and Three-Card Poker, right now they offer a much more limited selection. Here’s what’s on tap right now:
- Roulette (five different versions – Standard, French, American, European, and Advanced)
Online sports betting
Hollywood Casino’s sportsbook hasn’t been incarnated virtually yet, but most likely will be by year’s end (2019) or into 2020. The right to do so came attached with the $10 million sports betting license they bought from the PGCB and is too valuable to let sit unused.
Online cashier services
Financial transactions at PA’s online gaming sites are regulated by the PGCB and can therefore be trusted to be reliable, safe, and secure. To ensure this, Hollywood (and all other operators) use advanced SSL encryption technology. At Hollywood PA Online Casino, these payment methods are available:
- ACH/e-Check/online banking
- Prepaid Card (Play+)
All deposits are instant and Hollywood does not deduct any additional fees from your preferred payment method.
- Prepaid card (Play+)
- ACH/e-Check/online banking
- Paper check
When withdrawing funds, be aware of the varying processing times for each method selected. For example, wire transfers can take between three and five working days to be completed while other methods could have a quicker turnaround.
Hollywood Casino customer support
Hollywood offers some choices if you need customer support:
- Live chat – available 24/7
- Email – email@example.com
- Telephone – 1(833)PLAY HWC
Hollywood’s retail location: a world-class horse racetrack and casino in central PA
|777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028||(717)469-2211||www.hollywoodpnrc.com|
Grantville’s Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is located in central Pennsylvania, somewhat between Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Reading. The property first opened in the summer of 1972 as Penn National Race Course. Casino slot machine gaming was legalized in Pennsylvania in 2004 and in 2008, seeing table gaming on the horizon (it would be legalized in 2010), the racetrack operators added Hollywood Casino to the property.
Already offering racing action 365 days a year, the addition of a Vegas-style casino made this venue a very popular destination for the areas gamers, gamblers, and race fans. Visitors are now able to enjoy table games, slot machines, video poker and even a live poker room alongside live and simulcast horse races. The property also has several options on site for dining and drinking, although the evening entertainment selections are somewhat limited. Also of possible concern to visitors is the lack of an on site hotel, although there are several lodging options nearby.
Lets look at the available gaming options
While the largest and longest lasting option for bettors here is the racetrack, the casino has a lot of action as well. The casino floor hosts over 2450 slot and video poker machines along with 56 table games and the area’s only live poker room featuring 17 tables.
Hollywood Casino has heavily focused on slot machines and it shows. Boasting over 2100 different machines, they have a wide variety of different flashy and popular offerings. Limits range from penny machines to machines that can be wagered at $100 per pull. There is no segregated high-limit room so the higher end machines can be found throughout the casino floor.
Here’s just a small sample of the slots that can be found here:
- The Walking Dead
- The Price is Right
- Gold Rush
- Sphinx 3D
- Leprechaun’s Gold
- Penny Barn
…along with many many more.
Video poker machines
Hollywood Casino has 360 video poker machines dispersed among the slots on the casino floor. Here’s what you can find on offer in some detail:
|Game (number of machines)||Denomination(s)||Number of playable lines||Percentage Hold (with optimal play)||Paytable|
|Bonus Poker (24)||$1, $2, $5||1 Play||98.01 BP||1-2-3-4-5-7-25-40--80-50-800|
|Jacks or Better (24)||$1, $2, $5||1 Play||97.30% JoB||1-2-3-4-5-8-25-50-800|
|Double Double Bonus (60),(24)||25¢, 50¢, $1|
$1, $2, $5
|"Colorado Deuces" Deuces Wild (72)||25¢, 50¢, $1||1 Play||96.77 DW||1-2-2-3-4-13-16-25-200-800|
|Double Bonus (60),(24)||25¢, 50¢, $1|
$1, $2, $5
|Jacks or Better (72)||25¢, 50¢, $1||1 Play||96.15% JoB||1-2-3-4-5-7-25-50-800|
In comparison to the amount of their slot machines, Hollywood Casino has relatively few table games at 56 tables. Despite this, the casino offers a wide variety of different games to choose from. Where their limited number of tables can be a deficit is in the lack of lower-limit options when the casino gets full. On busy evenings and weekends, sometimes only $15 or $25 limit tables can be found.
Hollywood’s table game selection includes the following:
- Baccarat (mini)
- Blackjack (featuring the Lucky Ladies side bet)
- Spanish 21
- Big Six Wheel
- Let It Ride
- Four Card Poker
- Three Card Poker
- Fortune Pai Gow Poker
- Ultimate Texas Hold’em
- High Card Flush
- Cajun Stud
The poker room
The 17 table poker room isn’t the largest we have seen, but does get good action being the only available room in the immediate area. Games advertised are Texas Hold’em, Omaha (high and hi/lo), Seven card stud, and various mixed games. The room is friendly and players can call 30 minutes in advance of arrival to list their name on the signup board. Just call the main casino number (717)469-2211 and choose option 9.
The room spreads tournaments regularly (daily as well as special events) and offers various promotions such as a high hand promotion as well as a bad beat jackpot for the Hold’em games.
And best of all – the track!
Penn National Race Course is one of only a few in the country that offers live horse racing year-round. The track is also home to some special races including the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup, the Pennsylvania Mile, and the Fabulous Strike Handicap. Races are run every Thursday through Saturday (and some Wednesdays) and begin at 6pm. There are also afternoon races on Mother’s Day.
Bettors need not look only to the track’s live races for opportunities. Races from all across the country are simulcast here and available for wagering.
Getting rewarded for playing!
Hollywood Casino is a Penn National Gaming property and as such, uses the card-based, 5-tiered Marquee Rewards player reward program. Players can sign up for free at the casino service desk. With the card inserted (or presented to the dealer), players earn rewards on slot machine, video poker, and table game play.
These rewards can be used on site of course, but even better, they can be used at any of Penn Gaming’s over 20 properties nationwide, including the M Casino and the Tropicana in Las Vegas.
A player’s tier status is determined by their amount of play during six month periods (the first and second halves of a calendar year). The point requirements per level are:
- Marquee: below 9,999 points
- Celebrity: 10,000-29,999 points
- Producer: 30,000-124,999 points
- Executive Producer: 125,000-399,999 points
- Icon: 400,000 and above
Regardless of tier level, Marquee Reward players all have access to free slot play, dining and hotel discounts and offers, sweepstakes offers, promotions, and invitations to special events. The amount of these offerings is variable based on the cardholder’s level of play.
Players who have reached the Celebrity tier and above also have access to discounted rates on Norwegian Cruise Line. Players who have reached the Producer tier and above also receive priority access at player services and select restaurants.
Players who have reached the Executive Producer and Icon tiers also receive these perks:
- A personal host
- Preferred parking and free valet parking
- VIP lounge access for the player and a guest
- Two free Norwegian Cruise Line cruises (up to 7 days each) annually
- An annual renewal gift
And finally, players who have reached the Icon tier receive these additional perks:
- An annual celebration dinner
- Annual $500 airfare reimbursement towards a cruise or casino trip
- Free annual three-night trip to any Marquee Rewards Casino (plus a $250 dining credit)
What to do when you’re hungry?
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course won’t leave you in the lurch when it comes to dining. They have only one fine dining establishment but it’s an award winner. In addition, they have a wide assortment of restaurants, bars, and cafes to meet the needs of any and all hungry patrons. Here’s the list:
- Final Cut Steakhouse – Open Wednesday-Sunday, this high-end steakhouse earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 2017.
- Epic Buffet – Open Wednesday-Sunday, this crowd favorite features American, Italian, and Asian cuisine as well as a carving station, salads, fresh veggies and a desert station.
- Skybox Sports Bar – Open 7 days a week and sporting 50 LCD monitors for all your sports-viewing needs. Serves burgers and other comfort foods along with premium beverages.
- Mountain View Dining and Terrace Lounge – Open only on live race nights and serving American cuisine close to the racing action.
- Home Stretch Pub & Deli – Open only on live race nights and serving cold drinks and quick bites with a view of the track.
- Paddock Cafe – Open only on live race nights and serving hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries and more just outside the racing apron.
- Hollywood & Grind – Open 24/7 and serving specialty coffees along with sandwiches, salads, bagels, pastries, and more.
- Celebrity Grill – Open 11am-9pm Sun-Thu; 11am-11pm Fri & Sat and serving contemporary American favorites.
- Glitterati’s – Open 11am-11pm Sun-Thu; 11am-2am Fri & Sat and serving pizzas, pastas, salads and Italian sandwiches.
- Mane Event Express – Open 1pm-9pm Fri & Sat; 1pm-5pm Sunday and serving quick bites and cold beverages adjacent to the racetrack’s Simulcast Theatre.
Let’s hope you’re entertained by gambling!
The entertainment options at Hollywood Casino are somewhat sparse. They do have a live music venue called H Lounge, but other than that, it’s all gambling opportunities, bars and restaurants. Not that those aren’t fun!
Where to stay?
Overnight visitors to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be somewhat disappointed that there is no hotel on the property. However, there are several nearby. Here are some in Grantville, just one or two miles away from the casino:
- Holiday Inn
- Hampton Inn
- MainStay Suites
- Comfort Suites
- Days Inn
There are many more lodging options in Harrisburg (around 4 miles away) and Hershey (around 7 miles away). For visitors also planning on exploring the historic Hershey, Pennsylvania area and wanting something more than a basic hotel room, The Hotel Hershey gets good reviews.