Going back to 2004, Penn National Gaming, which owns Hollywood Casino, managed to get their first slot machine license. From here, the brick-and-mortar Hollywood Casino opened at Penn National Race Course opened in 2008. Penn National Gaming then purchased rival Pinnacle Entertainment in 2018 and also owns the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, located just outside of Pittsburgh.
Hollywood Casino become the second online casino in Pennsylvania on July 15, 2019 and is licensed and regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Penn National has big national ambitions. Let’s see how that equates with its online casino product.
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Using the promo code “WELCOME” upon your first deposit of at least $10 and no more than $500, players will get a 100 percent match on their initial deposit. In order to access these bonus funds, players must complete a 20x playthrough of their deposit.
For instance, if you were to deposit just $10, you must wager $200 to have access to the additional $10. While 20x may sound high, we’ve actually seen some online casinos have double this requirement.
The registration process here is broken into two steps:
This may sound like a lot of information, but this is necessary for identifying you. If sites did not ask for this information, it would be a huge red flag.
In using our withdrawal method as a physical check, we received our money in about half the time. The 10 days is a fair estimate, but it should be noted that we got it well before then.
There are a lot of excellent platforms out there for both desktop and mobile. We have said this before, but when we find new US online casinos, we can reiterate it—Hollywood Casino has perhaps the best overall look and feel to an online casino we’ve encountered.
Everything is just so easily laid out, there are links to everything you’d need, there’s not an overload on graphics to slow the pages down and the alluring red background is aesthetically pleasing.
The desktop version has all the information related to the type of games in the upper-right hand corner of the screen, followed by a graphic advertising their welcome offer. Then below that are the games available to players.
They’re sorted by slots, featured games and table games. These games can be sorted and there is also a search feature to find specific titles.
As you manage to arrive at the bottom of the screen, you’ll find buttons related to their contact information, an about us page, and ways to fund your account.
Also attached to bottom-right hand corner of each page is a live chat function to be able to get immediate support. They are extremely responsive and quick to assist.
The mobile app, available for both iOS and Android, is definitely in its infancy. There are just four slot titles as well as one table title available. Remember, this is a new casino and games will be added daily.
All of the same items at the top of the screen on desktop can be found in a drop-down menu in the upper-left hand corner of the screen on the mobile app.
As mentioned, there are no live dealer games at the moment. This online casino has been live for just about a month, so given the number of titles they do have, it’s quite the offering. This will change and be added with time.
Hollywood Casino is partnered with top game developers such as IGT and NetEnt. These are two of the industry go-to’s and the level of product they have for what they have available is second to none.
The betting limits vary with each game, so it’s hard to discern an actual minimum and maximum amount. As you enter each game, you will find out quickly what you can and cannot wager, though.
Return to Player Percentages work like this: For example, if a casino had an RTP of 80 percent, players should expect to see 80 percent, or $80, returned to them for every $100 wagered.
Now, this varies from casino to casino. Obviously, the higher the RTP the better. With Hollywood Casino, the RTP information is available on the Game Details page for each game.
There does not appear to be an online VIP program as of yet. However, it would make sense for them to implement it online and tie the two together, which would only help everyone.
Hollywood Casino offers a 24/7 live chat, as well as email and phone support, which is also available 24/7.
At the bottom of each page you will find instant access to the live chat, as well as the Contact Us button, too.
At the top of the page with information in regards to games and promotions, you’ll also find a link to Hollywood Casino’s Responsible Gaming section.
Here, Hollywood Casino lays out plans to they have to combat underage gambling, signs that you are experiencing problem gambling, myths about gambling and hotline and organizations you can contact if you feel you have a problem.
This section is chock-full of information, showing us they care deeply about these issues.
What gets me so interested in Hollywood Casino is just the overall presentation of the product. This doesn’t have the feeling of an online casino whatsoever.
Not that that should be taken in a negative way; it just feels very inviting when you open up the page. Everything is right there for players and there are no gimmicks.
Of course, they want you to play, but they provide you with all of the information you’d ever need. Hollywood Casino offers one of the most professional website we’ve encountered during our reviews.
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Game Variety - 4.5/5
Game Quality - 5/5
User Experience - 5/5
Bonuses - 4.5/5
Slots - 5/5
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