Published on: August 12, 2022, 10:13 am.
Last update: August 12, 2022, 10:13 am.
Hollywood Casino York opened one year ago today, and Penn Entertainment is unveiling some big news to celebrate the Category 4 satellite gaming property’s anniversary.
Category 4 casinos were authorized through the sweeping gambling expansion package passed in 2017 and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf (D). Each satellite is allowed to host up to 750 slot machines, 30 table games and a sportsbook.
Penn Entertainment says Hollywood York’s first 12 months have been a success. The mini-casino generated more than $77 million in gaming revenue despite opening amid a pandemic.
We are excited to celebrate our one-year anniversary at Hollywood Casino York and look forward to many more years as members of this incredible community,” said JoDee Streuber, Chief Marketing Officer of Penn Entertainment.
Penn Entertainment — formerly Penn National Gaming — paid a whopping $50.1 million license fee to Pennsylvania in exchange for first moves on the state’s first mini-casino. The Pennsylvania gaming operator chose Springettsbury Township for its satellite casino and spent an additional $70 million converting the former Sears department store at York Galleria into Hollywood Casino York.
Changes are coming
Hollywood Casino York is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a series of guest promotions highlighted by MyChoice Rewards members who visit the casino now through August 12 for a chance to win a new car and $20,000 in cash.
The casino is celebrating and announcing some operational changes. Most newsworthy is that the casino recently went into 24/7 operations. While only the slots are available from 4:00 to 8:00 during the week, the table games are now live 24/7 from Friday to Sunday.
Hollywood York is also seeking approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to incorporate additional gaming machines. The casino currently has a slot count of around 500 terminals. Penn Entertainment is seeking the PGCB’s blessing to add another 70 slot positions.
Hundreds of Pennsylvania municipalities and townships have decided not to be targeted for a casino by operators who secured Category 4 satellite licenses through the PCGB’s mini-casino auction rounds. But Springettsbury officials saw an opportunity to generate new local tax revenue and jobs through a casino.
A year into hosting the casino, Springettsbury says his gamble is paying off. During Hollywood York’s 11 months of operation, the city’s 4 percent gaming revenue tax allocation equaled more than $1.34 million.
It really builds our reserves,” said Mark Swomley, chairman of the Springettsbury Township Board of Supervisors. York Daily Record.
The tax benefit exceeded the city’s expectations. Springettsbury estimated it would receive $1.2 million in the casino’s first 12 months of operation.
Also, first responders have not seen a substantial increase in emergency calls. The vast majority of the 177 calls to the casino, Pennsylvania State Police say, were related to minor disturbances, such as an intoxicated person refusing to leave the premises when asked.
The community also benefited. Hollywood York says it donated nearly $200,000 to local nonprofits in its first year.