Penn National Gaming is one of the most prominent names in the gambling industry with a focus on the US market. Based out of Wyomissing, PA, the company operates a large number of casinos, horse racing tracks and off-track betting parlors across the United States.
Penn National Gaming can trace its roots back to 1972, when a group called The Turf Club opened Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA. In 1982, a Pennsylvania businessman named Peter Carlino bought Penn National Race Course from its original owners. The company didn’t officially change their name to Penn National Gaming until 1994, when it went public on the NASDAQ.
Penn National Gaming Properties
As of 2018, Penn National Gaming operates a total of 35 properties across 17 jurisdictions in the United States and 1 jurisdiction in Canada. They have gambling facilities in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario, Canada. Across these jurisdictions, Penn National operates approximately 35,000 gaming machines, 800 table games, 11 racetracks, 5 off-track wagering locations, and nearly 4,600 hotel rooms.
Unlike some other large gaming companies that own several properties in places like Atlantic City or Las Vegas, Penn National tends to focus on casinos and racetracks that are located in less saturated markets where there’s not as much competition. Examples of this can be found in Indiana, Texas, West Virginia and Kansas. Below is a complete list of all their current properties, broken down by state.
Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego – The Jamul-San Diego Hollywood Casino first opened in October of 2016. The casino is a $400 million collaboration with the Jamul Indian Village in California. The casino is approximately 200,000 square feet with over 1,700 slot machines, 40 table games, several dining options, and ample parking.
Sanford Orlando Kennel Club – Located in Seminole County in Florida, the Sanford Orland Kennel Club is home to greyhound racing for over 75 years having first opened in 1935. In addition to year round live greyhound racing, the club also simulcasts greyhounds, thoroughbreds, and harness racing from around the country. General admission and parking is free, and there is a $2 clubhouse entry fee.
Argosy Alton – The Argosy Casino Alton is just 25 miles outside of St. Louis, MO. The casino offers over 40 Vegas-style slots, plenty of table game options, free self-parking, and local entertainment on the Hops House Stage.
Hollywood Casino Aurora – The Hollywood Casino in Aurora is a 53,000 square-foot casino with over 1,100 slots ranging from 1 cent to $100, 26 table games, and a live poker room. There are plenty of dining choices, including Fairbanks Steak House.
Hollywood Casino Joliet – Located 35 miles from Chicago, the Hollywood Casino in Joliet features over 1,100 slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, and many other table games. The hotel at the casino has a standard king room, standard 2 queen room, a junior king suite, and a designated area to park and stay in your own RV.
Prairie State Gaming – Prairie State Gaming is one of the largest video gaming terminal operators in Illinois. Currently, their operation includes more than 1,100 gaming terminals throughout a network of 270 bar and retail gaming locations in the state of Illinois. PSG also operates the largest dart and pool league in Illinois.
Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg – Penn National’s casino in Lawrenceburg, IN is just 20 minutes west of Cincinnati. The property features 6 great dining options, a variety of slots and table games, and hotel accommodation. The casino has been known to showcase celebrity dealers including Taylor Stewart, Rod Stewart, Kid Rock, and Christina Aguilera.
Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway – The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway has 2,000 slot games, 52 table games, and live poker room open seven days a week. The Speedway hosts national NASCAR events featuring some of the nation’s best drivers.
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway Bangor – The casino hotel in Bangor, ME has three room styles to choose from, over 800 slot machine games, and hosts exciting harness racing events. There is a full schedule of harness racing every May through November, and they also simulcast races from across the country.
Plainridge Park Casino – There are a variety of gaming options at Plainridge Park Casino. Including electronic table games, video poker, various slot machines, and wagering on live and simulcast racing.
Hollywood Casino Perryville – This was the first ever casino to open in the state of Maryland, in 2010 and remains a popular gaming destination to this day. See our full review here
1st Jackpot Casino Tunica – The 1st Jackpot Casino Tunica is only a short trip from Memphis, TN. It offers the latest slots, table games, and live entertainment.
Boomtown Casino – Boomtown Casino offers fine Southern hospitality and Vegas-style gaming. The casino features 1,100 slots and video games and several table games.
Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast – Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with many slot games, table games, and poker. The property also features a hotel with a swim-up bar, pool, and lazy river. You can also book time at their spa, Spa at the Bay and choose from several different dining options.
Hollywood Casino Tunica – Hollywood Casino Tunica is located 35 miles south of Memphis, TN. The 54,000 square-foot casino is packed with a variety of games, 494 hotel rooms, and many restaurant options.
Argosy Riverside – Since 2004 the Argosy Riverside has undergone many major changes and renovations, including a 1,200-space parking garage and a nine-story hotel and day spa. The hotel features 258 guest rooms and suites ad ample meeting and conference space.
Hollywood Casino St. Louis – Like most Hollywood Casinos, the St. Louis location offers table games, live poker and over 2,000 of the latest slots. Their Hollywood Live venue is home to live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Favorites at Gloucester Township – Favorites in Gloucester Township, New Jersey is strictly an off-track wagering location & sports bar. It features 130 flat screen TVs, a 50-seat bar, 40 private wagering carrels, and an outdoor patio area.
Favorites at Tom’s River – Favorites in Tom’s River is another off-track wagering & sports bar in the state of New Jersey. It has over 300 flat screen TVs, a 141-seat sports bar, and 164 individual handicapping desks.
Freehold Raceway – Established in 1853, Freehold Raceway is the nation’s oldest and fastest daytime half mile harness racing track. It is open for year round thoroughbred and harness racing simulcasts from tracks throughout North America.
Zia Park Casino, Hotel & Racetrack – Zia Park Casino, Hotel & Racetrack has 750 of the latest slots, electronic table games, casual and fine dining, live racing in the fall and simulcast racing year round. Choose from one of their king, double queen, or suite hotel rooms, which include 42” flat screen TVs and free Wi-Fi.
The M Resort Spa Casino – The M Resort Spa Casino is one of the newest casinos in the Las Vegas area. It’s located in Henderson, NV and features a full casino resort experience. See our full review here.
Tropicana Las Vegas – The Tropicana is a Las Vegas staple and is located on the main strip.
Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway – The Hollywood Casino in Dayton has over 1,000 of the newest games, and a raceway to watch and wager on live and simulcast races from around the country. There is also a beautiful view overlooking Hollywood gaming and raceway at their Skybox Sports Bar.
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course – At Hollywood in Mahoning you can experience live thoroughbred racing and simulcasts from around the country. The casino includes over 900 of the latest games, but there is no hotel on-site.
Hollywood Casino Columbus – Hollywood Casino Columbus offers Vegas-style gaming and first-class dining options. The casino offers over 2,200 slots, more than 70 table games, and 36 live poker tables.
Hollywood Casino Toledo – Hollywood Casino in Toledo has over 2,000 slots, 19 live poker tables, and 59 table games. You can choose from several dining options such as Epic Buffett, Scene, Take 2 Grill and Final Cut.
Casino Rama – Casino Rama offers over 2,500 slot machines; over 110 table games, 8 restaurants, and 5,000-seat Entertainment Centre, a full-service hotel, including a spa and fitness center.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course – The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course offers live horse racing and parimutuel betting along with table games, slots and video poker. See our full review here.
Off-Track Wagering Lancaster – The Lancaster off-track wagering location is one of two located in Central PA. It costs $1 to enter and you must be 18 or older. Inside there is a full simulcast menu, a restaurant and bar, and live tellers and self-service machines.
Off-Track Wagering York – The York off-track wagering location is Penn National’s second location in Central PA. Much like Lancaster’s location it offers a full simulcast menu, live tellers and self-service machines, and a restaurant and bar.
Penn National Gaming Corporate Office – The Penn National Gaming Corporate Office is located just outside the city of Reading in Wyomissing, PA. The company operates approximately 35,000 gaming machines, 800 table games, and 4,600 hotel rooms.
Sam Houston Race Park – Located near the city of Houston, Sam Houston Race Park hosts both thoroughbred horse racing and American Quarter horse racing along with various live concert events. It also has 8 bars, 2 restaurants, and over 500 TVs for simulcast racing.
Valley Race Track – Valley Race Track is home to greyhound racing and year round simulcasting of both horse and dog racing. The parking lot is nearly 15-acres and hosts various concerts and trade shows throughout the year.
Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races – Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races offers 2,500 slot machines, a high-limit area, and table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. There is year round live and simulcast thoroughbred racing and many live entertainment events, including stand-up comedians and concerts in their Hollywood Event Center. See our full review here
Marquee Rewards Program
Penn National Gaming uses the Marquee Rewards program at all of its properties. You are able to use your Marquee Rewards at all Penn National Gaming casinos (listed above) to earn and redeem points. Once you signup and receive your players card, it is valid all casinos and the rewards are transferrable anywhere.
In the early 2000’s, Penn National Gaming acquired additional gaming companies. In 2003, Penn National bought Hollywood Casino Corporation for $328 million, and in 2005 Penn National acquired Argosy Gaming Company for $2.2 billion. Shortly after this acquisition, Penn National became the third largest gaming company in the United States, behind MGM Resorts and Caesar’s Entertainment.
In April 2015, Penn National bought the Tropicana Las Vegas for $360 million, which is the second of two casino and hotel properties Penn National operates in the immediate Las Vegas, NV and the surrounding area.
In December 2017, the Penn National acquired Pinnacle Entertainment for $2.8 billion.
In June 2018, Penn National bought the operating assets of the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana for $115 million.
Penn National Attributes
Penn National is most known for their involvement in both horse and dog racing. Many of their properties offer standard casino games, but also include simulcast racing, off-track wagering, and/or live racing events.
Additionally, you’ll find that many casinos across the country use Penn National’s Hollywood brand. If you visit casinos in different states you’ll see many of the same names used for their entertainment spaces, restaurants, and bars. Menus are often similar and this provides consistency across the many different gambling jurisdictions within North America.