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“Slots and Ponies”

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
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Owner description: With nearly 5,000 slots, over 100 tables, live thoroughbred racing and 7 delicious dining options, the Hollywood treatment is yours for the taking.
Gibsonville, North Carolina
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134 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Slots and Ponies”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Typical of most casinos, noise and smoke, but the OK Corral smoke-free area, was indeed smoke free and a welcome respite from the larger casino area. The slot variety wasn't as good as other areas, but it was adequate. The Sports Bar and Grill was good...nice variety on the menu and TV's at every table with a wide channel selection. One the second floor, it was above most of the smoke, though the noise was still pretty loud. I drowned out the slot machine noise with the TV volume!They did have all-you-can-eat crab legs on the Epic Buffet, but we weren't that hungry. The food court was in the middle of the main casino--too loud and smokey to sit and eat.
At the track we stayed outside, except to bet, so the smoke was not an issue. Sadly, a crash result in a two jockeys down and one horse being euthanized. The track staff put up a barrier to shield the horse and medics from the crowd. One jockey was taken in an ambulance. The track staff is a good job of clearing the track and rounding up two loose horses without further incident. The staff in the betting area were very polite and helpful to this novice better. The race card was 9 races, a little over three hours. However, you can easily come and go between the casino and track area.

Visited July 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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214 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Smokey casino racetrack is fun”
Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

The casino is too smokey but the table
minimums are reasonable. Staff is friendly but the simulcast area could use an update. Parking is good and easy. Lots of slot machines available.

Visited June 2013
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not Just for Horsing Around”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Great customer service at every angle. Plenty of slots and variety. There can be a bit of a wait at the tables. The track is well-maintained so it's worth viewing from the outside. You can sponsor a specific race and have your name published in the guide. You can have your picture taken with your sponsored horse and jockey. Food and drinks are way overpriced so make that part of your planning for the experience. Check the calendar of events for free concerts held throughout the year.

Visited June 2013
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Sunderland, Maryland
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Smoked Filled Casino with Multi-Scratch Horse Racing”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

Absolutely abominable conditions throughout the place. The ventilation system must be antiquated and not well maintained. The entire place smelled like a full ashtray. When the live horse racing began, you couldn't even count on placing a bet because every race horses were scratched just prior. What a waste of time. The staff were friendly and the Skybox sports bar was decent.

Visited May 2013
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Watertown, NY
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61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice wedding venue”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were here for a wedding. Great venue overlooking the horse track. You could bet on the ponies right in the reception room. Dinner was fabulous. Shuttle back to the hotel, so no driving needed.

Visited May 2013
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