BANGOR, Maine — Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is appealing to its customers’ inner-math enthusiast by giving away 1,000 mini pies to celebrate the day of March 14. The significance of the day is not a recognized national holiday, nor is it a landmark day for the property. Rather, math aficionados will recognize the numerical date (3.14) as the first three digits of pi.
Pi, normally represented by the Greek letter “Π” is defined as being a mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The number is an irrational number, and its decimal representation never ends and never settles in to a pattern of repeating digits. It is approximately equal to 3.14159, although that is often shortened to 3.14, which is the connection to the numerical date of March 14.
“This is one of those interesting situations where not everyone likes math, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like pie,” said John Osborne, general manager of Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway. “And, besides, there are so many math jokes about Pi, like, ‘What do you get when you cut a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Well, pumpkin pi, of course.’”
Osborne continued, “Between St. Patrick’s Day, a cruise giveaway on Saturday, and this being the first anniversary of the casino having table games to offer to our customers, this is going to be a fun weekend at Hollywood. We figured we’d get it started a little early, and reward lots of people with pie.”
Pi has made its way into pop culture over the past several years. Many schools in the United States also observe Pi Day on 3.14, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has several college cheers including “3.14159.”
Customers at Hollywood Casino can retrieve their free individual sized pie either in the morning or the afternoon. Patrons can arrive at the Sound Stage Lounge and simply show their Hollywood Players Club Card to claim their mini pie. Pie servers will be on hand starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the mini pie giveaway is limited to the first 500 takers at each session. Additionally, 1 out of every 10 pies will contain free slot play valued at between $5 and $100.
Later in the day, Travis James Humphrey is scheduled to perform at the Sound Stage Lounge, with live music beginning at 8 p.m.
Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is a Penn National Gaming property located on Main Street in Bangor, Maine. Hollywood features a state-of-the-art gaming floor including nearly 1,000 slot machines, 16 table games, and a Race Book simulcast betting parlor; 152 hotel rooms and suites; live music entertainment on the weekends and multiple dining options. Live harness racing takes place from May-November. For more information, visit www.hollywoodcasinobangor.com.