- Published: Monday, 31 October 2016 18:05
The Maryland Jockey Club opened its second casino-based off-track betting parlor Oct. 31 at Hollywood Casino at Perryville in Cecil County.
The betting area, located adjacent the poker room and a bar at the casino located just off Interstate 95 between Baltimore and the Delaware state line, includes 30 betting carrels with high-definition televisions and four 75-inch high-definition TVs. It will be open seven days a week.
MJC president and general manager Sal Sinatra said he's pleased the facility is open in time for the Nov. 4-5 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.
"We're anxious to be in this part of the state," said Sinatra, who noted the OTB parlor's proximity to Fair Hill Training Center and the city of Elkton. "We're looking forward to it, especially with Breeders' Cup coming up this weekend. The previous OTB that was located in this area did very well, and we expect this will be a good amenity for the casino and the local area."
The former OTB outlet was located in Poor Jimmy's, a defunct restaurant in North East that generated about $18 million a year in pari-mutuel handle. The handle projection for Perryville is about $10 million, which Sinatra called conservative.
The Perryville facility was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 5 and received support from county and local officials. The MJC, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, and Hollywood Casino are partners in the new venture.
Since 2015 the MJC has opened three other OTB facilities at Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore, the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, and the Boonsboro Event Center in western Maryland. It also offers simulcasts at the Riverboat on the Potomac, which is accessible from Colonial Beach, Va.