Pennsylvania’s first sports wagering facility, the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, has seen its license renewed by the state’s gaming Control Board.
Unanimously voting regarding the category 1 Racetrack casino operator’s license of Mountainview thoroughbred racing association, the seven member board found the Penn National Gaming subsidiary to have fulfilled the obligation under its previously approved license, and therefore qualified to have a renewal for an additional five year period.
The PGCB commented in a statement: “The decision to renew the license was based on a process utilised by the board, that enables both the operator and public to provide information relevant to the renewal decision.
” A public input hearing was held on October 2 of this year in the Casino’s host municipality. East Hanover, Township where personnel of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course submitted exhibits and presented testimony on various aspects of the facility’s operation since its last license renewal was granted in August, 2014. The public was also permitted to provided testimony about the casino and its impact in the community.
“In reaching its decision, the board also reviewed testimony received at the hearing from local government officials, community groups and the PA state police, along with the gaming control board’s office of enforcement counsel, Bureau of Investigations And enforcement, office of compulsive and problem gaming, and Bureau of Casino compliance.”
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course currently operates over 2,000 slot machines and 75 table games, and is made up of a workforce of over 900 people.