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Charles Town Races & Slots goes 'Hollywood'

Racetrack-casino's new name unveiled

April 14, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE
  • Table games trainees and trainers practice at a roulette table Wednesday at Charles Town Races and Slots. A major expansion is slated for later this year.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer,

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- What's in a name?

Plenty, if you ask Al Britton, general manager of Charles Town Races & Slots.

Britton on Wednesday announced Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races as the new name for the facility, saying it "underscores the expanded Hollywood decor, atmosphere, games and entertainment we're adding to the casino."

The new casino opens in July and will feature nine table game areas, including a nonsmoking, high roller and party pit on the casino floor with 85 games, and a 27-table poker room. The 12 table games will include roulette, craps, blackjack, mini baccarat and Pai Gow poker.

The casino will continue to offer more than 5,000 slot machines.

"We're transforming Charles Town into a Las Vegas-style casino destination," Britton said.

The new name retains the racing heritage that has been part of Charles Town since 1933, and the gaming floor will feature the classic style and glamor of 1930s art deco Hollywood, he said.

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Further amenities include a two-level, 300-seat "Hollywood on the Roof" entertainment lounge, a noodle bar and a high-end Final Cut Steakhouse, Britton said.

Four hundred dealers are being trained at the track through a partnership with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, W.Va., Britton said.

"About 70 percent (of the trainees) are West Virginia residents, and half of them are from Jefferson County," he said.

The new addition will raise total employment at the facility from 1,200 to 1,800 workers, Britton said.

Jefferson County voters in November overwhelmingly voted to allow Charles Town Races & Slots to add table games. Track officials said at the time the games were needed to offset coming competition from gaming operations in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Penn National Gaming Inc., owners of Charles Town Races & Slots, announced Tuesday it was developing a gaming operation in a hotel resort it planned to build between Gettysburg, Pa., and the Mason-Dixon Line.

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