Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was open a few months before I decided it might be worth a visit. Living in Schuylkill County, just 30 minutes north of the casino, I decided this was close enough to home to give something new and different a try.
Upon arriving at the long driveway I noticed they had a parking garage, as well as a non covered parking lot. I decided to go to the parking garage. There is no shortage of parking in this multi level garage. I managed to find a parking spot just feet from one of the many entrances to the casino, which that in itself was surprising.
I entered the casino to the right and immediately noticed the large presence of security officers. The security in the building is not lacking at all, with guards at every door and also throughout the casino floor. It did bring up the matter that there was no security in the parking garage, but I shrugged this off as not a major problem.
The casino features over 2,000 slot machines, including reel and video slots. I also took notice to some video style blackjack tables. The style and features of the games vary greatly. There are many traditional 3 reel machines as well as 5 reel and even more.
The casino offers a great variety of video slots as well. The vast amount of these type of machines is sure to draw in some players. Most of the video machines, and even some reel machines, offer some kind of bonus. I was able to gain 20 free spins on some games as well as play many different kind of bonus rounds to earn extra cash on your bet.
While not lacking in game variety, at certain times of the day you may find the waitresses too busy to notice you are begging for their attention. The casino does offer 3 free drinks an hour, non alcoholic, to its players, but getting that could be tough. During slow morning hours there is less staff, and during busy give away nights, they are too busy.
The give aways are huge. My second time gambling at Hollywood they were giving away a 19 inch or 50 inch Flat Panel HDTV every 30 minutes. I arrived at approximately 7 pm that night. At 7:30 pm my name was ringing over the loud speaker and a lady was asking me to sign a paper. I picked up my new 19 inch television at Player Services later that night.
In November they were giving away $500 cash every half hour. Once again I walked away a lucky winner. After frequenting the casino every week after the television give away, and not winning any big items, I thought for sure there must be a block or something that I could only win once every so often. I learned that was not the case!
Each week I get a certain amount of slot play free. The amount of play depends on your frequency of visits, and level of activity. This gift makes it even easier to find myself playing a few games and taking a few chances. Free stuff of any kind is always fun!
The staff at Player Services is very nice and professional. I have spoken to several different members of the staff and it is clear every one of them take pride in their appearance and their position within the company.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is the first, and so far the only, casino I have ever frequented. Overall I give them 4.75 stars out of 5 total available. The only reason they lost .25 is due to the lacking staff of waitresses. Although I must point out that the ones they do have are very friendly, and super nice. Add a few more and a 5 star rating will come out!