US – 70 per cent of Penn National Gaming properties have reopenedBy Phil - 21 June 2020
Penn National Gaming has said that 30 of its 41 gaming and racing properties have resumed operations, representing more than 70 per cent of the company’s regional gaming portfolio in 13 of the 19 states in which it operates. The latest reopenings took place at the company’s four Ohio properties and in Pennsylvania at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
“As the nation’s largest regional gaming operator, we are excited and grateful to have reached this important milestone of reopening more than 70 percent of our properties across the country,” said Jay Snowden, President and Chief Executive Officer for Penn National. “We are continuing to work closely with our regulators and state and local leaders to prepare for the eventual reopening of all of our remaining properties. I want to thank our state regulators, as well as our Corporate and property management teams who have worked tirelessly over the last several months to get us to this point.”
The reopened Penn National properties are: Ameristar Black Hawk (CO); Sanford-Orlando Kennel Club (FL); Ameristar Council Bluffs (IA); Ameristar East Chicago and Hollywood Casino – Lawrenceburg (IN); Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway (KS); Boomtown Casino & Hotel Bossier City, Boomtown Casino – New Orleans, L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge, L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles, and Margaritaville Resort Casino Bossier City (LA); Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa, Hollywood Casino – St. Louis, and River City Casino & Hotel (MO); 1st Jackpot Casino, Ameristar Vicksburg, Boomtown Casino – Biloxi, Hollywood Casino – Gulf Coast, and Hollywood Casino – Tunica (MS); Cactus Petes Resort Casino, and M Resort (NV); Hollywood Casino – Columbus, Hollywood Casino – Toledo, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, and Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course (OH); The Meadows and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (PA); Retama Park and Sam Houston Race Park (TX); and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races (WV). Each gaming facility must operate at a limited capacity at this time, per state and regulatory guidelines.
Penn National has implemented comprehensive social distancing and safety protocols at all of its reopened properties, developed in close consultation with state regulators and local and state public health officials. Examples of these procedures can be found online. Additionally, each property that has received approval to reopen has provided more details regarding further property-specific health and safety protocols on its corresponding property website.
With additional states beginning to prepare for the resumption of gaming operations, the Company will provide updated information on its scheduled property reopenings as it receives final approval from state regulators.