If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a day with a senior who likes to gamble, you might try the new Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racetrack but you’d better beware…
Offering newly installed blackjack, craps, roulette tables, and baccarat tables, the recently opened Hollywood Casino at Charles Town is high dollar! Opened July 1, 2010, the casino feels right when one walks in, but that’s just a surface view. It’s glittery and it sounds like there’s money floating around but it’s missing the yells and whoops of a real casino. And, closer examination reveals why…
The new casino boasts 85 table games which may be right but 70 of them were closed at 2 pm on July 7, 2010. Of those 8 blackjack tables open, 3 were a minimum bet of $50 or the others were $100. The only craps table with dice rolling had a minimum bet of $25 (with just double odds). Now, that’s high roller only any way you look at it!
Sadly, the dealers are brand new and VERY green so the action at the craps table is really lagging. There will be no pace except slow and the game drags.The dealers couldn’t figure out how to pay out 15-1 on a bet. One dealer on roulette couldn’t color in $750 in green chips – on THREE tries, she couldn’t count to $775. Sad…
A poker room is also available but, it’s only open July 5-July 8 from 8pm until 4am. The games and limits are:
$3 / $6 Limit Texas Hold’Em
$10 / $20 Limit Texas Hold’Em
$1 / $2 No-Limit Texas Hold’Em
$2 / $5 No-Limit Texas Hold’Em
$5 / $10 No-Limit Texas Hold’Em
The Hollywood Casino has increased their slots to 500 and there were quarter limits on some select machines so if you have a senior who likes to play poker and is not awake from 8pm – 2am to join the poker room, a quarter slot machine may get them their fix. You’ll be hard pressed though to find anyone running the floor to give you change for a larger bill (over $20).
Valet parking is $4 during the week and $6 on the weekend with no handicapped spots close by the entrance.
The Hollywood Casino at Charles Town is a pretty hour and fifteen minute ride through the countryside of rural West Virginia. So, if you are the caregiver for a senior who wants an outing, ride on up and grab a $5 hot dog but skip the tables.
For more articles about gambling, click on the following links:
How to play poker – the Indian Style
How to tell if a craps table is hot