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PENN NATIONAL RACE COURSE / HOLLYWOOD CASINO

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Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (HCPN) in Central Pennsylvania is a 365,000 square-foot integrated thoroughbred racing and gaming operation. It combines a dynamic environment of 2,000 slot machines with turf racing on a seven-furlong course as well as simulcasts.

he casino desired a digital RF distribution system that made use of more than 600 displays. Jim Landy worked with the engineering team to devise a custom solution that made use of a VR system with a Magenta Mondo 64x160 matrix switcher and AMX control. Video was distributed to screens on the casino floor providing customer information -- such as special player rewards and big jackpot announcements -- to large plasma displays located throughout the facility.

The 83-channel digital RF system enables customers to watch live races at Penn National or follow the action at other tracks via an L-band satellite system and simulcast decoders. The races are displayed on approximately 250 19-inch TVs in the Box Seating and Terrace Dining area.

Each simulcast decoder represents a racetrack -- like Aqueduct and Belmont Park -- and each race track becomes a TV channel. Twenty-four 52-inch monitors and twelve 32-inch monitors constantly display these races in the lounge-style Simulcast Theater where customers may also place bets.

Various panel displays on the casino floor were also implemented as well as hundreds of digital betting kiosks in the high-rollers area.