Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway is a premier racino north of downtown Dayton. Opening in 2014 on a 121-acre brownfield site, the venue includes a 5/8-mile harness racing track with a grandstand, a simulcast area, and more than 130,000 square feet of gambling space at an estimated construction cost of $73 million.

The gambling facility is home to over 1,100 video slot machines of various denominations, live betting options on standardbred harness racing from September to December, and simulcast wagering on top races throughout the country.

The racino’s convenient location makes it easy for players from Cincinnati and Columbus to reach it via the interstate. Visitors from Indianapolis are also common since the casino is just a two-hour drive from the city.

The property at Dayton Raceway is one of four in Ohio operating under the Hollywood brand, the gaming label of Penn National Gaming.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway boasts a diverse video slot selection and hundreds of progressive machines with jackpots worth thousands. Casino patrons can also take part in Penn National’s rewards program, which offers cash prizes, discounts on dining and accommodations, and invitations to exclusive events.

To enter the casino and use its services, you must be at least 21 years old.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

  • Address: 777 Hollywood Blvd., Dayton, OH 45414
  • Phone number: 844-225-7057
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • Gambling available: Slot machines, video lottery terminals, horse racing

The casino at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway houses 1,100 of the latest reel, video, and progressive video lottery terminals with various denominations. The VLT machines range from penny slots to $100 machines, with the latter reserved for the high-limit room. The most popular machines, such as Lightning Cash and Lock It Link, are available inside the high-limit room.

The main casino floor is a smoke-free area. However, there are two smoking sections at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway.

Slot machines & VLTs

As a racino, this property cannot offer table games or poker. However, there are plenty of slot-like machines with various bonuses and payout potentials that can make up for the lack of classic casino table games.

Video lottery terminals, or VLTs, are the focal point of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway. The roughly 1,100 machines come from leading software developers such as IGT, Scientific Games, Aristocrat, etc.

There are plenty of classic three-reel machines with only a couple of paylines and elaborate video slots with multiple bonus features and progressive jackpot prizes. The penny and nickel machines are suitable for novice players, while dollar machines and those where each round can cost between $25 and $100 are for bigger-spending customers.

Apart from the fan-favorites like Lightning Cash, Lock It Link, and Wheel of Fortune, you can find many other leading titles, such as the following:

  • Treasure Ball — This five-by-three slot from Konami features golden dragons and other fortune symbols. After each spin, the golden dragon randomly ignites the so-called spinning world of flames, a special feature that can lead to different bonuses. If the spinning wheel lands on a number, it triggers the Treasure Ball feature. A number of balls pop out to reveal credit rewards, progressive jackpot prizes, and more.
  • Wizard of Oz Munchkinland — This title from Scientific Games is a five-by-six slot based on the 1939 movie “Wizard of Oz.” The slot features characters from the film and several bonus features, like the Witch Wild bonus round, during which reels may be added, or the Munchkin Parade Bonus, which can award a jackpot or free spins.
  • Dancing Drums Explosion — SG’s beloved Dancing Drums franchise is back with the Dancing Drums Explosion slot with a three- to eight-by-five structure that can expand thanks to the Fu Babies Gold Bonus that grants bigger jackpots and a Gold Free Spins Bonus round promising up to 32,768 ways to win.

Table games

Under Ohio law, racinos can offer only VLT machines, video poker, keno, and lottery-style games. The Ohio Racing Commission does not even allow electronic versions of table games to find their way to the gambling floors of racinos.

Therefore, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway and its counterparts cannot offer live casino tables. You need to visit full-fledged land-based Ohio casinos for live poker, blackjack, baccarat, and roulette action.

Poker room at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

The venue also does not have a poker room and cannot offer one under Ohio law.

mychoice rewards program

Just like other Penn venues, Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway provides customers access to the mychoice rewards program.

This is a free-to-join tier-based program that gives players multiple ways to earn and redeem points and claim rewards. The more you play, the faster you can accumulate comp and tier credits and exchange them for free play, discounts for restaurant dining, accommodations, entries into special promotions, and invitations to various events.

For every $5 that you bet on slots, you will receive one tier credit. The rate at which you earn comp points depends on the type of slot you play, its denomination, and how much time you spend on it. You can also accrue comp and tier points by placing bets on horse racing.

Here’s the complete tier structure of the rewards program:

  • Choice — 0 to 999 points
  • Advantage — 1,000 to 17,999 points
  • Preferred — 18,000 to 49,999 points
  • Elite — 50,000 to 199,999 points
  • Owners Club — 200,000 points or more

The program has special benefits for qualifying active-duty military personnel, veterans, and first responders. The myheroes loyalty card gives them access to additional bonuses, discounts, and an annual tier upgrade to Advantage.

Will Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway open a sportsbook?

The Ohio Legislature passed HB 29 to legalize sports betting in the state in December 2021, following the bill’s amendments by the Senate and the House. Officials say a likely launch date for sports betting in Ohio is January 2023. Considering Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway’s affiliation with Penn National Gaming, it is likely we see a Penn-affiliated Barstool Sportsbook on the premises.

History and ownership of Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway can trace its roots back to 1959 when it began as Raceway Park in Toledo. However, since Penn National Gaming already had a casino in the area — Hollywood Casino Toledo — it sought the state’s approval to relocate the property to Dayton to avoid competing with its own property.

The state sanctioned the relocation and construction of a new property, so Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway started welcoming guests on Aug. 28, 2014, following the completion of the construction project at a cost of roughly $73 million.

The gambling area features 1,100 machines, smoke-friendly patios, a sports bar, and an entertainment lounge with a live performance stage. The 5/8-mile standardbred harness racetrack features live races from September to December, a state-of-the-art simulcast wagering area, a grandstand, and a 149-stall horse paddock.