That’s how much gamblers at Hollywood Casino threw down this past Tuesday, the casino’s first day open to the public. After taxes and payouts, they netted $162,000 before operational costs such as wages and utilities. I can’t tell you if that’s good or bad, but compared to some of the other Pennsylvania casinos, it certainly appears to be on the plus side:
- Philadelphia Park took in $6.08 million, netted $372k after payouts, before taxes & fees
- Harrah’s: $4.13 million, $349k
- Hollywood Casino: $3.84 million, $360k
- Mount Airy: $1.94 million, $115k
- The Meadows: $1.77 million, $154k
- Presque Isle: $1.31 million, $12k
- Mohegan Sun: $1.29, $101k
Those aren’t earth-shattering numbers by any means, but they are impressive for a casino that is otherwise in the middle of nowhere AND that was opening to the tune of a really fun Pennsylvania snow storm. Obviously, once the newness wears off, the numbers will dip somewhat. But the weather has created an interesting counterpoint that might help smooth their decline into the summer months, when we’ll no doubt see a tourism boost.
Who else has been there? What did you think? Was it everything you expected, or less (or more)?