The Hollywood Casino website and mobile app are set to be discontinued as the online gaming site is being replaced by ESPN Bet. Penn Entertainment, the parent company of HollywoodCasino.com, announced that the iGaming platform will be shut down on December 14, 2023. New registrations have been disabled, but current customers can continue to wager until December 11.
All HollywoodCasino.com accounts will be closed on December 14, and players who don’t withdraw their funds by then will receive a check in the mail to the account’s registered address. Penn Entertainment recently launched its new mobile and retail sportsbook, ESPN Bet, on Monday. The company plans to integrate its online casino platform into the ESPN Bet app and website in the coming weeks.
IGaming, which refers to interactive slot machines and table games played over the internet, is legal only in certain states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, Michigan, and Delaware. HollywoodCasino.com has been Penn Entertainment’s iGaming platform since it first launched in Pennsylvania in 2018, and it has also been active in Michigan and West Virginia.
In August, Penn Entertainment surprised the industry by abandoning its Barstool Sports ownership and opting to move forward with a $1.5 billion partnership with ESPN. ESPN Bet went live on Monday in the 17 states where Penn’s Barstool Sports was previously licensed. The company hopes to transfer iGaming players to its ESPN Bet sportsbook and vice versa by integrating HollywoodCasino.com into the sports betting app.
Penn Entertainment advises HollywoodCasino.com account holders to withdraw their funds before the December 14 shutdown date to avoid delays in processing withdrawals. The company acquired Hollywood Casino Corporation in 2003, and HollywoodCasino.com has been a market leader in Pennsylvania, generating over $561.2 million in gross gaming revenue last year. Through September 2023, the platform has won more than $528.1 million from remote players in the state.