Pennsylvania’s Hollywood Casino Resumes Operations After Christmas Eve Saga


On the eve of Christmas, Hollywood casino at Penn National Race Course faced an unforeseen challenge as a system malfunction forced a 17-hour closure, disrupting the festive atmosphere. Gaming officials abruptly halted gambling operations, instructing visitors to vacate the premises shortly before 7:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve, disrupting the anticipated lively evening.

Temporary Closure and Quick Resumption for Hollywood Casino

Hollywood Casino, a renowned destination for live entertainment, slots, poker, and various table games, was in an unexpected hiatus starting at 7:15 pm on Christmas Eve. The pause persisted for over five hours, creating a temporary void in the vibrant atmosphere of the casino. However, the company acted swiftly, announcing the resumption of gambling activities by 12:42 p.m., relieving eager patrons eager to enjoy their holiday entertainment.

The holiday closure resulted from a ‘technical issue,’ as reported by regional news site While the glitch’s details remained undisclosed, the casino stressed that it did not involve any law enforcement intervention, easing concerns about potential legal repercussions.

In response to the temporary shutdown, the casino took to social media to acknowledge the inconvenience and express gratitude for patrons’ patience. The official Facebook post announced, “Despite a temporary shutdown caused by a technical issue, we are pleased to declare that the casino is now open.” Thank you for your patience, and have a great day!” 

Despite the swift resolution, some guests voiced their dissatisfaction with the closure, citing the holiday season and the casino’s short-staffed situation as contributing factors to the slower process of reopening. Nevertheless, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course is determined to make amends and ensure a seamless experience for its visitors. 

The casino will remain open throughout the rest of December, operating daily and featuring over 1,750 slot machines and an array of table games. As the holiday spirit permeates the establishment, the casino invites guests to partake in the excitement and entertainment it has become known for.

Recent Enforcement Actions

In a parallel development that adds a layer of complexity to Hollywood Casino’s recent challenges, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) imposed a $40,000 fine on Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course just last month. The fine resulted from three separate incidents involving minors, all under the age of 21, gaining access to the gaming floor and engaging in gambling activities. 

Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association LLC, the gaming operator, faced responsibility for these violations. PGCB’s enforcement actions emphasize the gaming industry’s need to adhere to age restrictions.

While Hollywood Casino faces this financial penalty, it also recognizes the significance of upholding regulations to ensure a safe and responsible gaming environment for all patrons. With all these recent challenges, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course remains dedicated to providing patrons with a safe and enjoyable gaming experience. 

The casino continues to operate daily, inviting guests to partake in its diverse entertainment options throughout the holiday season. Furthermore, Hollywood Casino looks ahead to a new chapter, committed to overcoming obstacles and delivering unparalleled entertainment in the coming year.


Eva Carter has long experience as a content-writer within the casino niche and has published content for several English websites since 2010. At the moment, Carter is our Content Manager and has the responsibility for the publication of content on

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