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June 24, 2021

And one month prior to original projections

Penn National opens Maryland's first casino three days early than planned

(US).- Penn National Gaming unveiled Maryland's first casino today when it opened Hollywood Casino Perryville three days prior to its projected September 30 launch and four weeks earlier than original estimates.


he new gaming entertainment facility, completed at a total investment of us$ 97.5 million and located directly off Interstate 95 in Cecil County just 30 minutes northeast of Baltimore, is designed in classic 1930s Hollywood art deco style and features a casino floor with 1,500 slot machines purchased and owned or leased by the Maryland State Lottery.

Expected to generate significant new annual state and local tax revenues, the approximately 75,000 square-foot gaming facility will attract guests from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. More than 350 full time jobs have been created and 80 percent of Hollywood Casino Perryville's employees are Cecil and Harford County, Maryland residents.

Penn National has scheduled an official grand opening ceremony with Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley; President and Chief Operating Officer, Tim Wilmott; and other company representatives, local officials and media for Thursday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Hollywood Casino Perryville.

Peter M. Carlino, Chief Executive Officer of Penn National, commented, "Less than two years after Maryland voters approved slots facilities in the state, we have developed a first-rate casino that flawlessly executes our unique Hollywood brand and design. With our strategic location less than a half-mile from Interstate 95, we expect Hollywood Casino Perryville to be a popular stop for the more than 82,000 cars passing the Perryville/Port Deposit Exit 93 on a daily basis. Hollywood Casino Perryville is also expected to capture a high percentage of the players who travel to Delaware casinos as we estimate that more than 40 percent of the players in Delaware are coming from Maryland.

"The accelerated opening is also being facilitated by the work of the Maryland State Lottery Commission, which has ensured that Maryland's first casino offers the best slot floor available to casino players on the East Coast. In addition, we are grateful to Maryland Video Lottery Terminal Facility Location Commission, our hosts, Cecil County and the City of Perryville, and the many other local and state government officials who have worked tirelessly with our team throughout the planning and construction process. The opening will result in over 350 new full time jobs as well as significant tax revenue and other sustainable economic benefits for the community, county and state."

Hollywood Casino Perryville features the newest slot machines available. The casino is home to the world's largest concentration of Advantage Revolution machines that feature two high-definition video screens combined with traditional mechanical reels as well as approximately 200 BLUEBIRD xD games which create an interactive experience between the gaming content and the gaming cabinet and are equipped with state-of-the art Bose audio.

Other featured slots include Sex And The City, Kitty Glitter, Jeff Foxworthy's Redneck Rumble, and Cash Spin, a new groundbreaking machine that allows players to spin a virtual wheel on the game's display. A mix of classic slot machine favorites are also included throughout the casino floor, and guests can enjoy a cocktail while playing video poker at the Sunset Video Poker bar. All slot machines are coinless, so there's no need for guests to carry heavy buckets when they play.

In addition, Hollywood Casino Perryville offers players six electronic table games with five player stations each, including video roulette, three-card video poker and video blackjack. Players are invited to join Club Hollywood, Hollywood Casino's premier player loyalty program that provides A-list rewards and star-studded benefits.

Hollywood Casino Perryville offers several delicious dining choices for guests available every day of the week. The Epic buffet is open daily for lunch and dinner. Guests can dig into a never-ending parade of flavors, including shrimp, seafood, pasta, freshly carved meats, salads, a sweet collection of delectable desserts and more.

Extras Grill starts the day with signature breakfast specials. Players looking to grab a quick bite at any time the casino is open, enjoy a selection of pastries and Starbucks coffees, and a lineup of juicy burgers and sandwiches, piled high. The Rodeo Drive Gift Shop sells an array of Hollywood Casino logoed merchandise as well as Maryland souvenirs, sunglasses, jewelry and handbags.

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