The Meadows is one of two Pennsylvania casino license holders that did not apply for a PA online gaming license. However, Penn National Gaming owns both The Meadows and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville.
Therefore, the latter’s soon-to-launch HollywoodCasino.com PA online casino site will have a clear connection to The Meadows property.
The Penn National Gaming online gambling plan
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) granted approval for Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course’ Interactive Gaming Certificate in September 2018. Penn National Gaming soon announced it had signed deals with online gaming suppliers NetEnt and IGT to help launch its PA online casino and online poker sites.
HollywoodCasino.com will run under IGT’s PlayCommand digital gaming platform. It will feature a variety of games from IGT’s PlayCasino game library and deploy IGT’s PlayBingo and PlayPoker online gaming solutions as well. Additionally, the site will feature a selection of NetEnt’s proprietary game library of over 200 titles.
Penn National Gaming clearly saw little value in launching a competing The Meadows Racetrack and Casino PA online casino and poker site. Why pay an additional $10 million in licensing fees and the cost of launching a new online gambling operation when you can drive your brick and mortar casino customer base to your sister property’s operation instead?
A HollywoodCasino.com partner?
The Meadows can advertise for HollywoodCasino.com. Plus, the loyalty program for all three entities may already be linked.
In fact, Penn National Gaming announced in late 2018 it will be migrating over from its own own Marquee Rewards loyalty club to that of previous The Meadows owner Pinnacle Entertainment in 2019. All Penn National Gaming properties will be part of the Mychoice players club moving forward and that just may include HollywoodCasino.com as well.
That would mean the seamless earning and redeeming of Mychoice players club at HollywoodCasino.com, The Meadows, and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
The Meadows did strike a strategic partnership deal with IGT as well. It could conceivably still apply for a remaining PA online gambling license and jump in the business on its own.
However, it appears it will simply maintain a tight connection to sister site Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course’s HollywoodCasino.com for now.
For more information on Penn National Gaming’s PA online gambling plan, click through to this Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course profile.
About The Meadows Racetrack and Casino
The Meadows launched as a harness racing facility about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh in 1963. It was actually the first track to launch parimutuel betting in Western Pennsylvania.
A temporary slots casino opened adjacent to the track in 2007. The old grandstand was soon removed to make room for a permanent casino, which opened on April 15, 2009. The property originally only offered slots only. However, management added table games in 2010.
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino now features more than 3,000 slots, 65 table games, and a 14-table poker room. The harness racing track hosts races all year round. Additionally, the Hyatt Place hotel is minutes away by footbridge or shuttle bus.
Gaming & Leisure Properties owned the property before this year. Plus, Pinnacle Entertainment operated the casino. Then, the PGCB approved Penn National Gaming‘s takeover of its gaming license in March 2018.