A Penny For Your Slots: Golden Nugget Coming to PA? Updated Hours of Casinos, Penn National’s Expansion and More PA Gambling News

Written By Katie Kohler on December 23, 2021 - Last Updated on April 28, 2022
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A Penny For Your Slots is a round-up of news, notes and what we hear about Pennsylvania casinos and sports betting apps. Got a question or a tip, email ([email protected]).

Golden Nugget launching in PA?

In Oct. 2021, Golden Nugget Online Gaming in New Jersey eclipsed the $1 billion mark for revenue. Since online casinos arrived in NJ in 2013, they are the first (and only) to reach the $1 billion milestone. It’s had immense success in NJ and Golden Nugget online casino is planning to come to Pennsylvania. .

During $GNOG Q3 report Tilman Fertitta, chair and CEO of GNOG ,said:

“Golden Nugget Online Gaming continues to pride itself in making the right investments in product, marketing and technology without wavering from our ultimate goal of profitability – as we have achieved in New Jersey.

“With successful launches in West Virginia and Virginia now under our belt, we look forward to expanding into new jurisdictions where we can bring our players a premium player experience.”

Thomas Winter, president of GNOG, added:

 “Elsewhere, we expect to build on this growth with our recent launches in West Virginia and Virginia and look forward to continuing our expansion plans as we move closer towards bringing the premium content and innovative features, synonymous with the Golden Nugget brand, to Arizona, Ontario and Pennsylvania, subject to licensure and regulatory approvals.”

So, when will Golden Nugget online casino come to PA? Our best guess is early 2022. Online casinos tend to launch around the Super Bowl.

Pennsylvania casino hours

What time are casinos open? It used to be 24/7. However, some casinos’ hours have changed

Pennsylvania Casino opening and closing hours

  • Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia: 24/7
  • Hollywood Casino at The Meadows: Sunday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 a.m.; Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Hollywood Casino Morgantown: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 a.m.; Friday through Sunday operate 24 hours
  • Hollywood Casino at PNRC: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 a.m. Friday through Sunday operate 24 hours
  • Hollywood Casino York: 8 a.m. – 4 a.m
  • Lady Luck Nemacolin: 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Live! Casino Pittsburgh: 24/7
  • Live! Casino Philadelphia: 24/7
  • Mohegan Sun: 24/7
  • Mount Airy Casino: 24/7
  • Parx Casino: Monday to Thursday – 24/7
  • Presque Isle Downs: 24/7
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh: 24/7
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia: 24/7
  • Valley Forge Casino: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 a.m.; Friday 10 a.m. through Monday at 4 a.m operate 24 hours
  • Wind Creek Casino: 24/7

Joe Exotic slot

If Tiger King 2 didn’t give you enough Joe Exotic, PA online casinos might be able to. The Joe Exotic by Red Tiger “gives fans a chance to re-enter Joe Exotic’s world of big cats, guns, and country music.” The online slot is available at PlaySugarHouse and has 5 reels, 4 rows, and 20 paylines and a 95.7% RTP.

Bringing the phone to the customers

An AT&T store opened at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course next to the H Lounge. The store is open Friday & Saturday from 12 p.m. -9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Since Pennsylvania casinos aren’t exactly known for shopping, this surprised some and one person commented on the Facebook post – “No way y’all put a phone store in the casino.”
Hollywood Casino replied:
“We did! The AT&T Center is a new amenity for guests that also features great deals for mychoice members and will serve as a resource for assisting our guests sign up for our mychoice and online gaming apps.

DraftKings free holiday bet

‘Tis the season to be grateful. It’s the thought that counts. But being on the receiving end of ugly sweaters, dust collecting knick-knacks and candles that smell like expired air freshener, sometimes I wish they would have gone the gift card route. DraftKings is filling all users “stockings” with a free bet. Login, click on “free holiday bet surprise” and get a free wager up to $50 to use between now and Dec. 25.

Barstool Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania

Since Penn National Gaming is located in Wyomissing, PA, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Barstool Sportsbooks are being built out in their PA casinos. (Penn National acquired a 36% stake in Barstool in Jan. 2020).

The first Barstool Sportsbook on the East Coast opened in August at Hollywood Casino York. The now-open Hollywood Casino Morgantown has a Barstool Sportsbook.

They aren’t just being put into Penn National’s mini-casinos.

Bigger in size Barstool Sportsbooks are coming to Hollywood Casino at PNRC and the newly-renamed Hollywood Casino at the Meadows. According to a hiring event for the Meadows location, they plan to open in March 2022…just in time for March Madness.

Penn National’s cashless, cardless, and contactless technology

Penn National has been touting their cashless technology (yes, you can still use cash at all casinos).
The “3 Cs” – cashless, cardless, and contactless technology works like this at Penn National casinos in PA:
  • Card-in via Bluetooth on any slot machine to earn/redeem rewards
  • Securely add and manage funds to mywallet account
  • Fund any slot machine on property via Bluetooth and mywallet
At Hollywood Casino at The Meadows, there is now a cashless blackjack table with a $5 minimum. Cashless transactions are also available for poker.

Bets to watch in PA

Someone at Hollywood Casino PNRC hoping for the luck of the Irish and laid $1,690 on Notre Dame in November at +25000 to win the College Football National Championship. The bet would win $424,190.

Let us pray. A $12,000 bet was placed on the New Orleans Saints (+3300) at Hollywood Casino PNRC to win the Super Bowl. It would payout $408,000.

Parx Race and Sportsbook at Chickie’s and Pete’s in Malvern

Parx Race and Sportsbook at Chickie’s and Pete’s in Malvern was scheduled to open in early t0 mid-December. But it doesn’t look like that will be happening. As of Dec. 22, they are not open and on their website, there is an ad for job fairs in early January with training starting on Jan. 12.

Why the delay? Parx does not respond to PlayPennsylvania’s requests for comment.

We can speculate that, like every other industry, especially hospitality, they are facing labor challenges. Also, having had contractors tell me something would be done in “two weeks” and it turned out much longer, I can only imagine the same thing happens in the restaurant-building biz as it does for homes.

When Chickie’s and Pete’s in Malvern does open, we will be there for crab fries, to place a bet and have a full story on what Parx is calling “the future for both retail sports wagering and sports betting,”

Monopoly Cheaters Edition slots

Monopoly has caused many hurt feelings, broken tables and fractured friendships. Or, maybe that’s just when you play at my house.

Mount Airy Casino claims they are the “first casino to offer” Monopoly Cheaters Edition slots. Monopoly Cheaters Edition is a 5-reel, 30-line game that features wheel bonus, coin Flip Bonus, Cheat Cards, Hotel multipliers and, at times, Mr. Monopoly helping you cheat.

Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia news

Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia will be racing until the last day of 2021. They added an NYE Live racing bonus day starting at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. During last week’s Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board meeting, reps from Harrah’s reported that the race track at Harrah’s is “doing almost as good as it has ever done and had a few all-time record days.”

Guests at Harrah’s Casino Philadelphia can now order alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages directly on slot machines with beverage on-demand.

Face-up Pai-Gow Poker is now available at Harrah’s Philadelphia. It allows the player to view the dealer’s cards and decide on how to play their hand.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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