Hollywood Casino Columbus to add 180 Hotel Rooms

PENN Entertainment announced plans to build a new hotel at Hollywood Casino Columbus. 

The new hotel project has an estimated budget of $100 million and is expected to bring 180 hotel rooms to Hollywood Columbus. It will also bring new food and drink options to the casino. 

It’s expected that this new development will add 100 permanent jobs and many temporary construction jobs. Construction is expected to begin in late 2023 but is subject to regulatory approval. 

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“Since opening in 2012, our Columbus property has experienced tremendous growth and the addition of a hotel at the property will create a true regional destination,” Penn Entertainment’s Chief Executive Officer and President Jay Snowden said in a press release. 

Right now the closest hotel is 5.4 miles away with most being over 10 miles away. 

Hollywood Columbus is one of four commercial casinos in Ohio. The other three are:

  • Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati
  • JACK Cleveland Casino
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo (also owned and operated by PENN Entertainment)

Hollywood Casino Columbus is the largest of the three and has more than 1,900 slots, 65 table games, a poker room, and a Barstool Sportsbook. Right now there are six restaurants throughout the casino. There is also an entertainment space, meeting rooms, and an event space. 

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Ohio Sports Betting Update

The universal start date for Ohio sports betting online is midnight on Jan.1, 2023. The sports betting bill went into effect in March of this year and allows both online and retail sportsbooks. Once sports betting does launch bettors will need to be at least 21 and betting on both college and professional sports will be available.

There are still a lot of steps to go through before the launch can happen. Right now the OCCC is still in the licensing phase and ensuring that all applicants have responsible gaming plans. 

Applicants have until Nov. 2 to meet all requirements in regard to the responsible gaming plans if these requirements aren’t submitted by then applicants will have a difficult time launching on Jan. 1. 

In Ohio sports betting operators are granted five-year licenses from the OCCC. 

For retail sports betting licenses, there are three different categories: Type A, Type B, and Type C. Eight companies have been approved for Type A and Type B sports betting licenses, they are:

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Columbus Crew
  • Jack Cleveland Casino
  • Jack Thistledown Racino
  • Hollywood Casino Toledo
  • Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club

So far 13 online sportsbooks have been approved for sports betting licenses which include big names like FanDuel, Caesars, BetMGM, Barstool, and BetRivers. The others are:

  • bet365
  • Betfred
  • Betway
  • Fanatics
  • Fubo
  • Prophet Exchange
  • Superbook

The Ohio Casino Control Commission recently granted GeoComply a conditional geolocation and KYC license

GeoComply is the only identity and age verification service in the state to be licensed. The geolocation services will help the OCCC ensure that all bets placed in Ohio are from sports bettors in the state.

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