Opened in 2010, Hollywood Casino Perryville is the oldest casino in Maryland. Located just a stone’s throw from the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, the Northeastern Maryland property is not a casino resort, as there is no hotel. Nonetheless, the property offers many of the same amenities and gaming options as a resort property.
The vast gaming floor features hundreds of slot machines in addition to a range of table games. There is also a small poker room and an off-track betting (OTB) facility. Be advised that while COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, you may not be able to play the same range of games and there may be limited hours on certain types of gaming.
Hollywood Perryville is one of the smaller casinos in the state but still manages to generate decent revenue each month. Hollywood’s parent company, Penn National Gaming, has made a big push to expand into sports betting and online gaming. With that in mind, expect a new sportsbook at this property soon, and one with the infamous Barstool Sports branding.
Here’s a look at what you can find at Hollywood Perryville now, its history as a Maryland casino, and what the future holds for both Hollywood Perryville and Barstool Sportsbook.
Address: 1201 Chesapeake Overlook Pkwy, Perryville, MD. 21903
Phone number: (410) 378-8500
Opened in: 2010
Retail sportsbook: Not yet
Online sportsbook: Not yet
Gaming floor: 75,000 square feet
Slots: Over 800
Table games: Yes, 21, including blackjack, Spanish 21, roulette, and 3 Card Poker
Poker room: Yes, 10 tables
Off-track betting: Yes
In January 2020, Penn National Gaming agreed to pay online media company Barstool Sports $163 million in exchange for 36% equity in the company. Then, the two company’s worked together to create Barstool Sportsbook. Previously, Penn had used the Hollywood brand for both its sportsbook and its online casino. However, given the wildly loyal Barstool audience, the company abandoned that brand in favor of Barstool Casino and Barstool Sportsbook.
The Barstool Sportsbook brand initially launched in Pennsylvania, followed by Michigan and Illinois. In all three locations, there is both a retail sportsbook location as well as an online sportsbook app, Barstool Sportsbook. The company plans to expand into several other states, including Maryland.
When the licensing process for Maryland sportsbooks opens up, Hollywood Perryville will be eligible for a Class A-2 license. That license requires an upfront fee of $1 million as well as a $300,000 renewal fee every five years. In exchange, Hollywood Casino can offer both retail and mobile betting. Only the Maryland casinos, horse racetracks and sports venues are eligible for Class A licenses.
Generally, retail sportsbooks take less time to launch than online betting apps. Expect a Barstool Sportsbook facility at Hollywood Casino by football season. The accompanying Maryland betting app will hopefully launch by year’s end.
When it comes to gambling options at Hollywood Casino, the easier question to answer is which kind of gambling they don’t have. Let’s run down the gaming options at the Perryville property.
At peak, there were over 1,100 slot titles on the Hollywood Casino floor. Now, the number is closer to 800. While the total number of games is down, the casino nonetheless prides itself on consistently adding the new and latest titles.
Some of the featured slots on the Perryville gaming floor include Scientific Games’ 88 Fortunes and Lock It Link as well as Aristocrat’s Dollar Stream. The games run the gamut of denominations from penny slots to a high roller section.
Like all the other casinos in Maryland, Hollywood Perryville is non-smoking. However, there is a small outdoor area where there are a few slot games and smoking is allowed.
There are normally around 20 table games on the Horseshoe Perryville gaming floor. In addition to some of the standard fare you would expect, there are more uncommon games to play as well. A list of table games at Hollywood includes:
With up to 10 tables in play at a time, Hollywood Perryville is more of a cash game poker destination than a haven for tournaments. And, given the size of the room, while it is possible there is an occasional Stud or Omaha game, the bulk of the action will be no-limit Hold’em.
If you are an NLHE cash player, Hollywood has some solid promotional offers for putting time in at the tables. For example, an occasional promo offers cold, hard cash based on how many hours you play in the poker room. There are also high-hand jackpots and rewards for hitting a royal flush.
Racing fans will be happy with what they find at Hollywood’s OTB parlor. There are 23 different TVs broadcasting a range of races from across the country. Or, you can find your own individual station with a TV all its own.
For those wanting to bet on a horse, there are a few different options. You can bet with a teller, use a kiosk, or take advantage of one of the on-site tablets. Daily racing forms are also available on-site for purchase.
There are other forms of entertainment beyond gambling. The casino is home to The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. The restaurant offers a large menu with a wide range of choices. There is also a Greene Turtle Express for those looking for something to grab and go with.
Hollywood Perryville also has a venue space called The Encore Room. The area works for corporate meetings as well as parties.
If you’re looking for a way to party on the weekends, that is available too. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 pm, there is live acoustic music. On Saturdays from 5 pm-9 pm, people can also kick it up a notch with a DJ playing songs in the casino’s Promo Zone.
The first Maryland casino to open its doors, Hollywood Perryville started taking action on Sept. 17, 2010. While it was first, it isn’t the largest casino in the state. However, through the years, the venue has added amenities like the OTB parlor and outdoor smoking section to stay competitive.
Hollywood’s parent company, Penn National Gaming, has been in gaming for quite some time. What began as a Pennsylvania racetrack gradually expanded into more racing properties. Starting in 2000, the company began to acquire standalone casino properties up and down the East Coast as well. In 2018, the company acquired Pinnacle Entertainment in a $2.8 billion deal.
Technically, Hollywood Perryville was the property of Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. (GLPI). This corporate spinoff of Penn came about in 2013 as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It essentially saves the company tax dollars by having a separate organization own the property, then Penn leases the casino from GLP.
However, in December 2020, GLPI announced it was selling Perryville to Penn for $31.1 million, then Penn will lease back the property for 15 years with four five-year extensions.