Hollywood Casino Charles Town is probably the closest taste of Las Vegas that West Virginia has to offer. The Charles Town casino is the largest of the five casinos located in the Mountain State.
Hollywood Casino is also the nearest West Virginia casino property to places like Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Residents of those cities and their surrounding areas can travel to Charles Town in less than an hour.
Awaiting them are a selection of 2,500 slot machines, table games and year-round horse racing. The property also features several dining options, an entertainment venue and the nearby Inn at Charles Town.
Hollywood Casino sports betting
Hollywood Casino became the first location in West Virginia to offer sports betting. The sportsbook soft-launched on Aug. 30 and had its grand opening two days later.
The sportsbook features high-top tables, but plans are in the works for individual sections and lounge seating. The facility features 24 monitors that display odds, and enough 80-inch high definition televisions to fill 50 feet of wall space.
So far, Hollywood has been the most active sportsbook in the state. It has accepted the lion’s share of over $9.5 million in wagers.
From that $9.5 million, Hollywood has realized over $2.3 million in revenue. While that figure is not in the ballpark with a sports betting-crazy state like New Jersey, it is an encouraging start.
Even more encouraging is the fact that the handle numbers continue to grow each week. What began as less than $500,000 in wagers in West Virginia is now over $2.2 million per week.
Most of that is occurring at Hollywood Casino Charles Town.
Mobile sports betting
Betting online or via mobile devices will be permitted in West Virginia. However, there is nothing definite about what Hollywood Casino will offer.
Unfortunately, it now appears that Hollywood will not be the first to offer mobile sports betting in the Mountain State. The two Delaware North properties, Mardi Gras Casino and Wheeling Island, are expected to simultaneously launch their land-based sportsbook and mobile app at about the same time.
That dual launch should happen quite soon, too. State lottery officials have indicated that testing on the app is already complete. By contrast, app testing for Hollywood Casino has not begun yet.
Hollywood’s strategic partner for mobile betting is William Hill, a company with a wealth of experience about bringing a product to market. Unfortunately, the casino (like two others in the state) continues to struggle with unspecified technical issues.
Penn National is certainly aware of mobile betting’s critical importance in West Virginia. The state’s spread geography and lack of major population centers means that the state’s sportsbooks will need to supplement their income using out-of-state visitors.
Hollywood Casino Charles Town gambling and amenities
Hollywood Casino Charles Town has all of the trappings of a major casino in any locale. The casino offers its patrons almost every option that you might find in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or any other major casino hub.
There are over 2,500 slots on the casino floor. The slots range from hundreds of penny slots to big ticket items in the high limit area — some slots have minimum bets as high as $100.
Both reel and progressive slots dot the gaming space. There are also video poker and keno options.
Hollywood Casino Charles Town has 75 tables available for play. There are ten different games that patrons can choose. They are:
- Three Card Poker
- Four Card Poker
- Texas Hold’em (the table game)
- Let It Ride
- Pai Gow Poker
- Big Six Wheel
Hollywood has a 16-table poker room on site. The room is open 24 hours a day.
The room offers the following games for players:
- No-limit hold’em
- Limit hold’em
- Pot-limit Omaha
- Limit Omaha 8 or Better
- Pot-limit Omaha 8 or Better
The room offers tournaments five days a week. All tournaments have buy-ins between $135 and $225, and guarantees range from $2,000 and $5,000.
Hollywood Casino Charles Town began life as a horse racing facility. So, it’s fitting that you can still catch great racing action on the property.
In fact, there is live racing year round. The races include the $1,250,000 Charles Town Classic, Race for the Ribbon, and West Virginia Breeders Classics.
There is also simulcast dog and horseracing from around the country at the track. Patrons can enjoy the races from the Skyline Terrace.
Including the aforementioned Skyline Terrace, there are five dining locations onsite. A sixth, The Eatery, should open sometime in fall 2018.
Dining options include 9 Dragons Asian cuisine and the Final Cut Steakhouse. There is also the Epic Buffet, which is essential to almost any successful casino resort.
Hollywood Casino Charles Town features a 1,200-seat Event Center that welcomes performers of all stripes. In September 2018, the casino will welcome former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno.
The property also offers the H Lounge for the full nightclub experience. Patrons can enjoy expertly-crafted cocktails while enjoying the best DJs of the northeastern United States.
Hollywood Casino Charles Town FAQ
What is the nearest large city to Hollywood Casino Charles Town?
Washington D.C. Our nation’s capital is about 65 miles southeast of Charles Town. Baltimore is only ten miles further and directly east of the casino.
Does Hollywood have any kind of rewards program?
Yes. The casino is part of the Marquee Rewards program. You can earn rewards at casinos across the country, including The M and the Tropicana, both in Las Vegas.
Can I bet online?
At this point, no. You will likely be able to bet sports sooner than anything else.
However, Hollywood Casino maintains its own social casino for anyone to try. You can sample actual slots that appear on the Charles Town floor, free of charge.