Hollywood sets the trends. From leading ladies and their flawless style to live action reboots, the stars light the screen and the path for what’s next.

Hollywood Casino lives up to its moniker. They have a penchant for setting the trend, plus a fearless fortitude to be first.

In November 2018, they opened Pennsylvania’s first retail sportsbook. Today, they took another giant leap into the next frontier of gaming for Pennsylvania. At 11 a.m., Hollywood Casino launched Pennsylvania’s first online casino.

Penn National Gaming, Hollywood’s parent company, partnered with IGT to roll out the site. HollywoodCasino.com will conduct a soft launch in the next three days.

That appears to be a good thing as the initial launch had some users experienced trouble with registration and connecting with online support.

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Games offered at HollywoodCasino.com

HollywoodCasino.com’s launch featured a heavy emphasis on slots. However, the slot titles do not currently offer any progressive slot jackpots. Here is what included, so far:

  • 40 different slot titles
  • Game King video poker with nine options
  • Baccarat

Noticeably absent from the initial offerings are blackjack, craps and roulette. Expect them to be added in the future but it definitely deflates the first-on-the-scene celebration.

Some slot titles include:

  • Wolf Run
  • Crown of Egypt
  • Siberian Storm
  • Wheel of Fortune: Triple Extreme Play
  • Golden Goddess
  • Cleopatra
  • Da Vinci Diamonds
  • Cats
  • Baywatch

How to sign up for HollywoodCasino.com

Registration for HollywoodCasino.com requires:

  • Username
  • Email
  • Password: Upper and lowercase letters or numbers; no special symbols.
  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Street address
  • Cellphone number
  • Last four digits of Social Security number

Troubleshooting ID verify

If additional ID verification is needed, here are some things to know. (And, if you are anything like me, it always is. Whoever is out there making the red flags go off on my identification, kindly delete my student loans.)

If the automatic check can’t verify your identity during registration, then Hollywood Casino requires you to submit ID via file upload to confirm your identity and eligibility. To complete this process, you must submit two ID documents.

How to play at HollywoodCasino.com

Things to know to get you started playing at HollywoodCasino.com.

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • Your location must be within Pennsylvania borders.
  • You cannot be on any self-exclusion lists.
  • You cannot play online while you’re on the property of any Pennsylvania casino.
  • Location services must be enabled in order to play games for real money on the HollywoodCasino.com app

Users can access their account, make deposits and withdrawal funds while out of state. However, users can’t place any wagers unless they are physically located in the state.

HollywoodCasino.com and responsible gaming

HollywoodCasino.com allows you to set and manage limits on the amount of money you deposit, the amount you wager and the time you spend logged into the site every day.

You can manage limits by logging into the “My Account.” Once you reach any set limit, they prevent you from exceeding it until the time period you selected has expired.

Other options for responsible gaming include a “cool off” period that blocks users from logging in for set time period.

Deposit and withdraw methods for HollywoodCasino.com

 Deposit methods:

  • VIP Preferred: Deposit directly from your checking account.
  • Credit or debit cards
  • HollywoodCasino.com Play+: Prepaid card
  • PayNearMe: A daily max of $500; a monthly max of $10,000.

 Withdraw methods:

  • VIP Preferred: Two to three business days of processing time.
  • HollywoodCasino.com Play+: Funds transfer immediately after a security review.
  • Check: Two to three business days

Get rewarded for online gaming

The new program mychoice is Hollywood Casino’s rewards program. It is free to join and consists of five tiers.

  • Choice: 0-999 points
  • Advantage: 1,000-17,999
  • Preferred: 18,000-49,999
  • Elite: 50,000-199,999
  • Owners’ Club: 200,000 +

Members earn benefits such as free slot play, discounts for dining and accommodations, comps, bonus entries into promotions and exclusive invitations to special events.

Here is how to link your account for online gameplay to earn rewards:

Bonuses

Hollywood Casino will load your account with $25 just for joining. No promo code needed for this bonus.

What happens during an online casino soft launch

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Director of Communication Doug Harbach offered some insight on what they look for during the soft launch.

“First, we look that the systems are operating as they were tested earlier during lab work. Then, we look at the functions that ensure money is properly collected and paid out correctly. We monitor if the systems are not in any way going offline. We are always looking at the system itself, visibly that is has the proper markings on the screen for gambling and logo of operator.”