Once again, the local blogging community scoops the Patriot — check out the review over at HarrisburgNightlife.
Effective 10am tomorrow (Tuesday, 2/12/08) morning, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racetrack is open for business.
That is, of course, provided the slot machines pass today’s audit with flying colors. (According to the Patriot-News, they have passed and are on-schedule to open tomorrow.) Route 743 was completely gridlocked Friday night, but had apparently cleared up for Saturday and Sunday’s crowds. Comments I’ve heard from people who were there for the VIP event:
- “$5 for a drink! That’s insane!”
- “How can they charge for drinks? We’re already giving them enough money.”
- “The drinks weren’t free.”
- “You had to pay for drinks.”
- “Cup of coffee? Free. Adding Bailey’s? Five bucks.”
And so it goes in pretty much the same vein. The resounding complaint was the price of alcoholic beverages. Since our neighbors in Atlantic City — who by the way have been doing some major overhauls and renovations in a sincere effort to shed their terrible image and stave off competition from Pennsylvania — offer free drinks, and since Pennsylvania passed a law allowing free drinks in our casinos, I’m hoping that the charge was temporary. Perhaps because the casino wasn’t open to the general public per se just yet, they weren’t permitted to do free drinks. We’ll find out tomorrow.