More in “Canada”

Well, I decided to head back “north” again Saturday… that’s two weekends in a row; will I lose my “Official York Countian” certificate for this?

Anyway, my mom and I decided to take advantage of a quiet weekend to head up to the new Hollywood Casino at Penn National, near Grantville.

Just as we crossed the river, it started to snow, so we were a little concerned, but all it did was create a goodly fog for the last 20 minutes of our drive, no accumulation (yay!)

But now, the good stuff – the gambling…

I’m a big spender. Really. My husband and I once made 5 bucks last 2 hours in Atlantic City. So today’s goal was to see how long it’d take me to burn through about 20 bucks.

I had been warned ahead of time (thanks Jo!) about possible issues with the smoking vs. nonsmoking sections… the good news was, given the holiday weekend and the less-than-ideal weather, it was amazingly empty. There was only one case where someone was smoking even nearby, and it started just as we were getting up to leave after a super-profitable string on one row of machines.

Things I liked:

1. Very easy to get a player’s club card.
2. Very clean, and VERY big. Wow.
3. Good payouts, at least so far!
4. Nice, helpful staff. I had my purse sitting a little further back from my chair than it probably should have been, and one of the security guards tapped me on the shoulder to mention it, saying he didn’t want anyone to walk off with it.
5. Nice music! I guess that’s a funny thing to say, but it was really upbeat and audible without being too loud.

I didn’t try the virtual blackjack or even video poker (which is normally my favorite) because we were cashed out before I saw them, but, hey, next time.

First time ever in Joan’s gambling history: I came out ahead! (Wow.) Left with $35 and some change, down a little from my high point of $46 but not too shabby by our low-budget standards. Mom ended up with, like, $1.80 of $25 left, so we ended up down for the day, but for a few hours of fun, we didn’t mind. (Hey, cheaper and more enjoyable than most movies.)

Don’t like to gamble for real money? Put Joan’s hard work to good use.

Play Slot-license slots, a virtual slot machine I designed using the logos of the now-open slots parlors in Pennsylvania instead of those boring old cherries and bars. Go on, have fun. Tell me how much you win. I’ve always wondered if I set the difficulty level appropriately.

About Joan

My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!
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One Response to More in “Canada”

  1. Jo Ott says:

    You’re welcome!! It was amazingly empty on March 4th when I was there–could have taken almost any seat in the building. Perhaps this is the explanation for the decrease in profits that was reported on the news one evening last week. Decrease in profits–less tax reductions for Pa-ians.
    Sorry you didn’t win lots–I should have given you my secret.

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