CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Concerts could bring more gamblers to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. ┬áThat’s the hope, at least, of casino officials who officially opened a new, 1,200-seat concert venue at the Jefferson County casino — the largest in West Virginia — on Saturday.

“In our business, convenience is very important, how close you’re located to folks, but folks will drive the extra time if you have a reason for them to come and entertainment events are certainly that special reason,” said Al Britton, general manager for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited, featuring two former members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, performed the inaugural show at the Hollywood Casino’s new event center this weekend. Future scheduled events include The Spinners and Sinbad, a comedian.

“The main goal is to have at least the same amount of amenities and then we believe our customer service will set us apart,” Britton told MetroNews. “In addition, one of the things we think we have is a very convenient, easily accessible and safe location.”

Like West Virginia’s other casinos, Charles Town has been facing increased competition from across state lines in recent years. By the end of August, there will be six casinos open in Maryland — a prime draw area for Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

The effects are clear. According to an audit that was recently presented to the West Virginia Lottery Commission, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races saw a $90 million decline in revenues between 2012 and 2013.

Together, West Virginia’s five casinos lost more than $140 million during that time period.

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  • Guardian

    "Doomed to roll the seven" - geez, what a typical negative attitude. What Charles Town is "doomed" to do, is COMPETE - which is exactly what they are trying to do.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    I won't be surprised to see casino lobbyists strokin' the 2015 Legislature for a "Greenbrier-type" subsidy from the taxpayers.

    Count on it. They're already priming the pump.

  • Mburg

    Dumb Liberal - I guess the wise Conservative thing to do is sit on their hands and do nothing? Maybe form a group called Friends of Gambling and then keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. What is wrong with trying something different?

  • Jason33

    Well, if it were the "coming out" roll a seven would be a winner. But i think the "point" is already set in this game, so with the majority of their gambling base now staying in Maryland, Charles Town is doomed to roll the seven, no matter what at this point.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Gambling on yet another gamble to come up a SEVEN.