Hollywood Gaming announces gaming floor expansion

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course announced it will expand its gaming floor.

Crowds have grown and the racino is going to need the extra room.

The increasing in size of its gaming floor will allow for the addition of 50 new Video Lottery Terminals (VLT). That brings the total number of games on the property to 1,030.

The expansion to the gaming floor will also include a high-limit area for guests near the Rodeo Drive gift shop.

“We’re very excited to expand our gaming floor and offer a wider array of product to our customers,” said General Manager Mike Galle. “This expansion to the gaming floor will not only add to the excitement of our property but will also provide a comfortable area for our high-limit players.”

Since opening with 850 VLT machines, Hollywood Gaming has added nearly 200 additional gaming devices through a previous expansion in 2015. It built on a smoking patio in 2016, which added 73 VLT machines.

The growth has helped the township, too.

“The jobs have been great for Austintown and we’ve seen some residual effects as well with different businesses, people that want to build, and people that have already built,” Trustee Jim Davis said.

Hollywood Gaming had to give $500,000 to the township every year since it was built.

“It’s helped our paving program. We used $1 million of the initial money for paving in 2015, so it’s really helped,” Davis said.

Last year, however, the governor changed that and Austintown will no longer be getting that money.

“Unfortunately, we’re going to lose money because of it from the standpoint that we’re not getting exactly what we were told we were going to get but nonetheless, it has helped,” Davis said.

Construction will take about ten weeks and is scheduled to begin on March 27.

Hollywood Gaming said guests will not experience any interruptions on the gaming floor during this timeframe.