After a prolonged absence, live poker is set to make a return to Hollywood Casino in Grantville this spring. The vice president and general manager of operations at Hollywood Casino’s Pennsylvania venues, Tony Frabbiele, confirmed on January 24 that live poker will return to the casino during the first or early second quarter of 2024. Frabbiele expressed excitement about the return, stating that it is something many people have been looking forward to.

The decision to bring back live poker comes after the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course closed its poker room in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much to the disappointment of many players. Frabbiele explained that an unspecified number of poker tables will be set up near the sportsbook, where the restaurant and bar are located, and that the casino will have to file a request to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to officially add live poker to its offerings.

Initially, live Texas Hold’em poker with different cash prizes will be available to players from Friday to Sunday, with specific business hours to be determined based on demand. Frabbiele noted that the casino will need to increase the number of employees for the live poker addition, including training and hiring dealers.

In addition to the return of live poker, the restaurant and sportsbook at Hollywood Casino are undergoing a transition to become an ESPN Bet-branded property from its previous association with Barstool Sports. Live poker will also be introduced at the Hollywood Casino Morgantown area in the spring, but Hollywood Casino York will not be adding live poker due to limited space.

As for the old poker room in Grantville, it will remain closed for the time being, with plans for its future use still being considered. Meanwhile, the shuttered restaurant on the third floor, which used to be home to the Tattered Flag Brewery, is being redecorated and will be transformed into a Taylor Swift-themed pop-up bar for Valentine’s Day.

Overall, the return of live poker and the ongoing updates at Hollywood Casino are expected to generate excitement and provide a range of entertainment options for visitors.

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