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Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed October 31, 2011

The people at Penn National gaming went to great lengths to create a very nice- looking facility. It is not a very large casino and this may account for some of the other reviews that refer to the smokiness of the building. However, the facility is well maintained and very clean.
Unfortunately, this may be one of the most expensive casinos for poker players that I have ever visited. There is a max. 6.00 dollar rake and I have seen an early pull on more than one occasion. (ex. 44 in the pot and pullls 5) There are no comps. for poker players and there are no free alcholic drinks for anyone. The poker tables are not very comfortable because the underside of the table is enclosed everywhere except the middle seats. The game spread is extremely limited, usually no-limit 1-2, 2-5 Texas Hold-Em, not even limit hold-em is usually offered. In addition, there is little consistency among the floor personnel for issues regarding misdeals, cards over, out of turn action...etc.
All in all, if you are a poker player or someone who cannot tolerate second hand smoke you may wish to go elsewhere. If you like to just play slots or bet the horses at a very nice looking casino then this place is more for you.


***For good pizza at a good price eat at Glitterati's next to the Poker Room***

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Reviewed October 24, 2011

If you are allergic to smoke or smoke bothers your breathing in any way, Hollywood Casino in Grantville is not the place for you! There are designated "smoking" and "non smoking" areas but people do not pay attention to it and no one enforces it. The air circulation system at Hollywood must be pretty old and/or poor because some newer casinos can handle the smoke and circulate the air so much better. If looking for a smoke-free way to spend the day then pick a different location.

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Reviewed October 22, 2011

Skip the casino and just concentrate on the horse races allows friendly compitition as to who has the most sucessful betting strategy. Warm evenings the kids will enjoy seeing the horses and making their guesses(although the security is strict,they can't actually be part ogf betting process) Decent snacks in Paddock area,can be relaxed or hectic,depending on what you prefer No admission or parking fees.

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Reviewed October 19, 2011

My husband and I are non-smokers who enjoy gambling. We highly enjoyed the horse racing but were not impressed with the casino. It seemed that the "non-smoking" section was tiny and surrounded by the smoking sections with nothing to keep the smoke out. I suppose it was nicer to not be sitting next to someone blowing smoke on me, but we didn't have the option to get away from the smoke completely except to leave the casino. Not to mention that there aren't all of the machines in non-smoking so your choices are very limited to what you can play.

1  Thank Kristen1030
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Reviewed October 1, 2011

My wife and I stopped in at this casino to play some slot machines. The slots seem pretty good for paying out. Unfortunately, we didn't leave when we should have. Anyway, the casino is very nice inside, but does lack a place to eat breakfast. The machines are mostly new.

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