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Md.'s first slots casino opens ahead of grand opening


Washington Post,  Monday, September 27, 2010 at 9:14:39 AM

After years of bitter debate over slot machines, Maryland's first casino opened its doors to the public at 8 a.m. Monday, three days ahead of a planned grand opening.

Hollywood Casino Perryville, located in the state's northeastern corner, was issued a license Sunday by the state to open early after a successful trial run on Saturday night that benefited charity.

"The 1st casino in Maryland, Hollywood Casino Perryville, is now open!" trumpeted a posting on the casino's Facebook page shortly after 8 a.m Monday. "Now let the games begin!"


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State could delay casino opening


MyDailyBiz.com,  Monday, September 20, 2010 at 11:03:44 AM

Penn National Gaming won conditional approval Thursday for its gaming license to open Hollywood Casino Perryville on Sept. 30, but a claim filed against the gaming giant by Cordish Company could delay Perryville's opening.

"We are assessing our options," said Karen Bailey, director of public affairs for Penn National Gaming. Bailey, who was at the State Lottery Commission meeting Thursday, said issues raised at the meeting would prompt the company to seek legal advice and wait for a ruling from the Maryland Attorney General. "We may know something early next week," she said Friday.

The lottery commission awarded the license Thursday contingent upon Hollywood Casino Perryville successfully conducting a controlled test and obtaining its final occupancy permit.


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Penn National moves up opening date for Perryville casino


Delaware Business Ledger,  Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:05:02 AM

Penn National Gaming, Inc. will open its Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Md. will open to the public on September 30, four weeks earlier than originally estimated, subject to final approvals.

Hollywood Casino Perryville, located along Interstate 95, will feature a 75,000 square foot casino and 1,500 video lottery terminals ("VLTs"). The VLTs (slot machines) will be purchased and owned or leased by the Maryland State Lottery Commission. In addition to the VLTs, Hollywood Casino Perryville will feature a 150-seat buffet, a grill, a gift shop and parking for over 1,600 vehicles.

Expected to be completed at a cost of approximately $89 million, following the payment of a $9 million licensing fee, Hollywood Casino Perryville will be the first casino to open in Maryland following a November 2008 state-wide referendum that approved slots in the city of Baltimore and the counties of Allegany, Anne Arundel, Cecil and Worcester.


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Penn National names GM of future Maryland casino


CasinoGamingStock.com,  Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 3:04:03 PM

Penn National Gaming has appointed long time executive Himbert Sinopoli to the position of General Manager of the Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Maryland.

Upon regulatory approval, Sinopoli will take full responsibility for all aspects of recruiting and training as well as the start up and ongoing operations, effective February 1st.

The planned $97.5 million Casino bordering Pennsylvania and Delaware along the Chesapeake Bay will feature 75,000 square feet of gaming including 1,500 video lottery terminals, food and beverage offerings and a retail store scheduled to open in late 2010.


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