A recent thread over on Harrisburg Nightlife talking about Hollywood Casino in Grantville led to a discussion on Pennsylvania’s liquor laws. The subject of the oft-discussed but rarely-seen mythical “entertainment license” came up. While no such license actually exists, I did uncover some interesting news about a (hopefully) upcoming liquor law change.
Over the last few years, land and home prices in East Hanover Township have skyrocketed — especially parcels around the casino. I distinctly remember seeing the small, barren lot that I considered buying back in 2004 for $10k sell at auction for well over $200k last summer. Not only that, but area businesses are either rebuilding or being demolished to make way for something bigger. What was once pretty much the middle of nowhere has now become the potential to completely rebuild the area.
During a visit to Hollywood Casino late last night, I was briefly amused and then saddened to overhear this in a conversation from a passing elderly couple:
“You play the penny slots when you want to spend a few hours playing. You don’t play them when you want to make money. When you want to make money, you play the quarter or fifty-cent slots.”
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:
I made my first trip out to casino tonight. Surprisingly, despite the road conditions, there were a fair number of people in there (enough to fill the virtual card tables, anyway). Far more than I would expect at 1am on a Wednesday morning, anyway. I’ll post an actual review after going there when there are people around. For right now, suffice to say that the casino is aptly somewhere between Vegas and AC.
And — coffee, soda, and water are free. Alcoholic beverages are a bit pricey.