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Hollywood Slots General Manager John Osborne (from left), Penn National/ Hollywood Slots Lobbyist Cheryl Timberlake, Penn National Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Eric Schippers and Arena Yes! co-chair Miles Theeman look over early polling results for the southern Maine gaming votes on a smartphone as they wait for the Penobscot table games voting results to come in during their election night gathering at Hollywood Slots Hotel in Bangor on Tuesday night.

Penobscot County OKs Hollywood Slots table games

By Andrew Neff on Nov. 08, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Penobscot County residents approved the addition of table games to Hollywood Slots by a comfortable margin Tuesday. With 58 of 68 precincts in Penobscot County reporting early Wednesday morning, 19,178 voters, or 61.4 percent, favored the addition of 14 table games to the 1,000-slot machine facility while …

How many casinos are too many?

By Matt Wickenheiser on Nov. 04, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.
Maine voters are not the only ones who could change the state’s gambling environment. A series of decisions pending beyond the state line could have just as serious an impact here as the referendum questions on Tuesday’s ballot. There are two gambling referendum questions facing Maine voters on Tuesday. Question …

Biddeford, Calais casinos would hurt Bangor

By Stephen Stanley, Penobscot County commissioner on Oct. 31, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.
It came as a bit of a surprise to me to see that the Bangor Daily News endorsed a yes vote on Question 2. It wasn’t the fact that the editors broke the long-standing tradition of the newspaper taking a “no” stance on gaming expansion that surprised me. Nor was …
Cars whiz by Hollywood Slots in Bangor at night in this 2009 file photo.

Hollywood Slots parent sees profits increase

By Matt Wickenheiser on Oct. 20, 2011, at 8:21 a.m.
Penn National Gaming, the parent company of Hollywood Slots and Raceway in Bangor, said Thursday it saw profits of $710.9 million in the third quarter. That was ahead of the $703 million that had been projected, and well more than the $638 million in the same quarter a year ago. …

Maine casino supporters turn into foes

By CLARKE CANFIELD, The Associated Press on Oct. 12, 2011, at 12:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Groups that support casinos in western and central Maine oppose additional gambling spots elsewhere in the state. Political action committees are speaking out against two statewide referendums on the November ballot asking Mainers if they want to allow a casino in Lewiston and a single racetrack casino …

Voter locales may play role in Maine gambling vote

By Clarke Canfield, The Associated Press on Oct. 02, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The number of places in Maine approved for Las Vegas-style gambling could jump from two to five with two statewide referendums seeking approval for three new gambling venues far-flung across the state. Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot seeks approval for a racino — a harness …

Holden woman who gambled at Hollywood Slots with stolen $280,000 gets 3½ years in prison

By Judy Harrison on Sept. 30, 2011, at 8:37 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A Holden woman was sentenced Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to eight years in prison with all but 3½ years suspended for stealing nearly $300,000 from mobile home sales to spend at Hollywood Slots, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office. Tammy Barker, 43, also was …
Tricia Coyle of Hermon gives 7-year-old Standardbred Casino King an affectionate tap as she leaves Fred Nichols Barn with Alley, a 2-year-old female Standardbred. They were headed outdoors to Hollywood Slots Raceway at Bass Park for an afternoon winter workout in January 2011. Folks at Hollywood Slots will now have something new to enjoy as off-track betting is coming to the Bangor racino’s main building thanks to a change approved unanimously by the Maine Harness Racing Commission.

Off-track betting approved for Hollywood Slots’ main building

on Sept. 29, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Folks at Hollywood Slots will now have something new to enjoy as off-track betting is coming to the Bangor racino’s main building thanks to a change approved unanimously by the Maine Harness Racing Commission. The changes, which take affect on Nov. 1, will allow Hollywood Slots to …

Questions raised over Oxford casino plans

By Clarke Canfield, The Associated Press on July 31, 2011, at 2:10 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When the company that campaigned for a casino in western Maine pitched the idea to voters last year, it said it planned to build a $165 million destination resort with a casino, hotel, restaurants, conference space and a spa. Questions are now being raised about those plans …
Standing in front of the Hollywood Slots facility in Bangor, Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway general manager John Osborne (left), Rep. Douglas Damon, R-Bangor, and Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce president John Porter (right) catch up with each other after Monday's press conference in which they and fellow table game supporters in Penobscot County launched their campaign. Rep. Damon is a bill sponsor of LD 1418 which Gov. LePage signed earlier this month. LD 1418 is an act to allow table games at a licensed slot facility.

Campaign launched in support of table games at Hollywood Slots

By Andrew Neff on July 25, 2011, at 3:49 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Main Street was busy and noisy late Monday morning — at times drowning out the officials speaking from a podium set up at a press conference outside the Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway. The sound of activity and construction may have been a bit annoying, but at …
Supporters of an effort to allow table games such as blackjack and poker at Bangor’s Hollywood Slots on Tuesday agreed to give voters in Penobscot County — not just the city of Bangor — the final word on the matter.

County, not just city, must approve table games at Hollywood Slots

By Eric Russell on June 28, 2011, at 7:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Aiming to avoid a veto from Gov. Paul LePage, supporters of an effort to allow table games such as blackjack and poker at Bangor’s Hollywood Slots on Tuesday agreed to give voters in Penobscot County — not just the city of Bangor — the final word on …

Senate passes table games bill

By Eric Russell on June 14, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Hollywood Slots in Bangor moved a step closer Tuesday to expanding its gambling offerings after the Maine Senate approved legislation that would allow the facility to add table games such as poker and blackjack. The measure already passed in the Maine House last week but needs to …

Bills to create three new racinos in Maine clear first hurdle

By Kevin Miller on June 06, 2011, at 9:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — House lawmakers voted Monday to approve bills that, if enacted, would allow developers to build three additional gambling facilities in Maine without having to wage costly, statewide campaigns at the ballot box. But the measures’ supporters acknowledged that the House votes are initial steps in a lengthy …
Nehemiah Caver of Bangor watches the horse races at the Bangor Raceway simulcast facility, located in the grandstand at Bass Park, on Monday, June 6, 2011. The simulcast lounge will soon be relocated to Hollywood Slots' Main Street location, which houses slot machines, a hotel, and dining and entertainment venues.

Simulcast betting on horse racing moving into Hollywood Slots

By Andrew Neff on June 06, 2011, at 7:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Horse racing fans soon will have a new place in Bangor to lay down a bet and view the action from tracks all over the nation, and they won’t have to travel too far to go there. Thanks to recently passed legislation, Bangor Raceway’s simulcast betting facility …

Action delayed on plan to allow table games at Hollywood Slots

BDN staff reports on May 06, 2011, at 5:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee on Friday voted to delay action on a plan to allow table games at Hollywood Slots in Bangor while recommending that two citizen-initiated bills to allow gambling facilities in Lewiston, Biddeford and Washington County be sent to a statewide referendum. The Veterans and Legal …

LePage supports table games at Hollywood Slots

By Jeff Tuttle on May 04, 2011, at 5:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The LePage administration on Wednesday said it supported efforts to allow table games such as poker at Hollywood Slots in Bangor, but would prefer that voters in the area are given a chance to weigh in before the cards are dealt. “The governor doesn’t have any concern …

LePage signs bill clarifying casino rule

The Associated Press on April 25, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to clarify a law requiring a minimum 100-mile distance between casinos. The measure removes a potential roadblock for the planned Oxford County casino. The proposed Oxford site is 125 miles by road from Bangor’s Hollywood Slots, Maine’s only slots parlor, …

Proposed bill would put casino revenue toward rail service

By Tony Reaves, Sun Journal on April 22, 2011, at 10:02 a.m.
OXFORD, Maine — A bill in the Legislature would allocate revenue from slot machines from the yet-to-be-built casino to fund commuter and passenger rail in Maine. The sponsor said the proposal could help the casino’s business, as well as alleviate increased traffic on Route 26. LD 1344 would amend the …
Elizabeth Milliken of Old Orchard Beach plays the slot machines at Hollywood Slots in Bangor in June 2009.

Hollywood Slots parent sees $51M profit

By Matt Wickenheiser on April 21, 2011, at 8:55 a.m.
Penn National Gaming Inc., the parent company of Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway in Bangor, posted profits of $51 million in the first quarter, the company reported Thursday. That was up from $36 million over the same period a year ago. “With first quarter results exceeding guidance and cautious expectations …
Doug Damon

Bill would allow Hollywood Slots to add table games

By Eric Russell on April 06, 2011, at 5:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Bangor lawmaker introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow any state slot machine facility in operation as of Jan. 1, 2011, to add table games. Rep. Doug Damon, R-Bangor, is the sponsor of LD 1418, An Act to Allow Table Games at a Facility Licensed to …
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