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Penn Entertainment Bringing Hollywood Casino Riverboats Ashore in Illinois

Penn Entertainment is bringing its Hollywood Casino riverboats in Illinois inland. It’s part of an $850 million investment spree from the Pennsylvania-headquartered casino operator.


Penn, formerly Penn National Gaming until the organization’s rebranding earlier this year, plans to move its Hollywood riverboats in Aurora and Joliet ashore to new land-based facilities. In 2019, Illinois’ expansion of gambling, headlined by a downtown Chicago integrated resort and five smaller casinos in the Chicago suburbs, included provisions to allow the state’s 10 riverboat casinos to seek state approval to move inland.


Penn Entertainment plans to do just that with Hollywood Casino Aurora and Hollywood Casino Juliet.


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