Hollywood Casino York | Cashless gaming on the rise

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Technology is advancing at an overwhelming rate, especially now that the world relies on computerized machinery more than ever. The gambling industry is no exception to such progress. Cashless gaming is one of the leading innovations that won operators’ hearts as the pandemic called for touch-less transactions. Resorts World Las Vegas became the first entirely cashless casino; up next is the Hollywood Casino York in Pennsylvania. Completing its final steps before the grand opening this upcoming August, the facility will offer a wide range of gambling entertainment accompanied by card-less, contactless, and cashless transactions. Barstool Sportsbook included!

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Hollywood Casino York - everything casino lovers could wish for

Pennsylvania’s gambling fans are patiently awaiting Hollywood Casino York as it is set to open its doors on August twelve, right at noon. The new 2999 Whiteford Road location isn’t just another gambling facility, as many “firsts” will be incorporated in this $125M project. Since casinos in the state only became legal in 2004, operators have an unspoken goal of overthrowing any potential competition in the market. Based on available information, Hollywood Casino York managed to go above and beyond in that regard. Ruben Warren, casino’s vice president and general manager is thrilled to open the doors,

“The countdown to our grand opening begins today...We’re very excited to soon welcome patrons to this beautiful new property, where they’ll be able to experience premier gaming, dining and entertainment.”

The 80,000-square-foot facility will offer an all-inclusive experience including a 24/7 restaurant that will host up to 125 guests at a time, more than 500 slot machines, dozens of table and electronic games, state’s first Barstool Sportsbook with a massive video wall, 125 TV displays - and that’s not all. As time passes, Hollywood Casino York will expand its eternal entertainment variety by welcoming hundreds of additional gaming machines. Believe it or not, this goodness-packed casino replacing the bankrupt Sears store will be a part of the York Galleria Mall - with its own entrance, of course.

CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS

Cashless technology is the brightest highlight among the rich selection of amenities at York. Players can forget about cash and card as long as they have a mobile device with access to their funds at hand. Transactions will be completed at individual slot machines and table games using a modernized system fused with the casino’s digital MyChoice rewards card that will track points and progress throughout the entire time. Gaming machines will also include card readers that will recognize your player card as soon as you hover your phone over it - no need to unlock the device, open apps over and over, or enter any information. MyChoice rewards will be eligible for use in 42 Penn National’s gambling facilities.

The “ultimate wallet” App will also allow guests to link their MyChoice account and complete instant transfers from bank accounts, plastic cards, and other eWallets. Players who prefer old-school cash gambling will be able to physically insert money if they wish to do so. Bets will have limits of $0.001 - $5 for slots, a minimum of $10 for table games, while higher limit requirement entertainment will be stationed in a separate area. Roulette, three-card Poker, progressive jackpot games, Blackjack, two electronic slot games, brand-new and classic slot titles will all be a part of the convenient cashless system.

What’s more, is that the cashless system will offer Bluetooth transactions allowing credit fund downloads to gambling machines. Gamblers that aren’t familiar with this new technology have no reason to worry, as the machines will send the money back into their account lest they forget to cash out after playing.

Table games will still offer the authentic Live Dealer experience with traditional casino chips, except this time, 105+ conductors will use iPads for surveillance-approved transactions. Additionally, casino chips will be available as an alternative way to cash out in case patrons misplace their device or it runs out of battery in the process.

PENNSYLVANIA'S FIRST BARSTOOL SPORTSBOOK

Sports betting wasn’t legal in Pennsylvania until November of 2018, and it wasn’t until this June that Barstool Sportsbook got the upper hand in the year-long debut. The new online betting option will be available to Hollywood Casino York guests, who will soon have the opportunity to enjoy watching Sports on a massive 9-foot-tall by 32-foot-wide screen.

Betting on favorite teams with a drink from Barstool’s bar won’t require participants to move an inch, as all transactions will be cashless. However, due to the pandemic affecting Penn National Gaming’s OTBs, bets horses will need to be made at the casino’s racebook kiosks. Despite the minor tweak, the availability of online Sports Betting at Hollywood Casino York was somewhat of a “last minute decision” as Erin Chamberlin, senior vice president of regional operations at Penn National Gaming explains,

“When we first began planning this project we did not have Barstool as one of our partners so when we announced Barstool in 2020 as a key partner with us that gave us the opportunity how we would design a Sportsbook now that we had one of the preeminent sports brands available to us. So I think this is very different really than anything in the Commonwealth that I’ve seen...It’s the first Barstool in the Commonwealth that is for sure. But the feeling of it is very approachable. It’s very fun. If you are a sports bettor you’re going to love it.”

Baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey, boxing, Olympic Games, and many more sports will infuse the casino’s Barstool Sportsbook around-the-clock experience with excitement, convenience, and hopefully - massive winnings.

COME TO HOLLYWOOD CASINO YORK HUNGRY

There is never a bad time to eat at the Hollywood Casino York, because the unique Classic Grill setup will serve breakfast, steaks, salads, burgers, milkshakes and more all day, every day. Alcoholic drinks will be available from 7-2 a.m. With 125 available seats, guests will be able to satisfy any and every craving at the casino’s grab-and-go eatery. Some booths will include personal TV’s with stationary iPad “remotes”.

ADDITIONALLY

Penn National distributed $1,500 sign-up bonuses, and a chance to win Harley Davidson motorcycle to potential employees as a part of hiring incentives. So far, Hollywood Casino York hired 290 staff members, including 105 card dealers, and 230 people to work in construction - which is far more than they initially planned. Aside from mandatory alcohol training, mandatory gaming training will be conducted every six months. The casino is taking the necessary measures to ensure proper operations. Additionally, 3,000 exclusive guests will enjoy a day at the facility this week as a part of a “test run” before the grand opening, and the days-long funds will be donated to charity.

“We want to make sure that this is a fun inviting safe environment for the public,” Ruben Warren, casino’s general manager stated. Doug Harbach, Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board also commented on the collective efforts,

“The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be boots on the ground throughout that test period...That is our job to make sure that all of the systems are working right...That the employees are trained and ready to welcome the public. That the surveillance systems – there are hundreds of cameras all over the place – those things are in place. Then, also along with the Department of Revenue, we’ll make sure every night that the money is counted correctly and it’s coming in. Because eventually, the key there for the Commonwealth is there’s tax dollars that go back to [it]. So [we] make sure all those things are working and only then would we then sign off on having this place open up 24/7 to the public.”

The grand opening will follow in accordance with CDC and Department of Health recommendation, although there is currently no information on whether guests will have to come with a face covering. This week’s invite-only event will require all visitors to remain masked up at the facility, with the exception of the smoking are which covers approximately 15% of the gambling facility.

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