BANGOR (AP) – Penn National Gaming had a record-breaking day for the grand opening of its new Hollywood Slots at Bangor casino.

An estimated 9,000 people tried their luck at Tuesday’s opening of the new $132 million gambling and entertainment complex, officials said.

The new facility replaces Penn National’s temporary slot machine hall, which opened in November 2005 just down the street in the former Miller’s Restaurant.

The company’s two top days in its temporary facility came in February 2006 during the annual high school basketball tournament week, said Robert Welch, executive director for the Maine Gambling Control Board.

While exact dollar figures weren’t immediately available for opening day at the new site, the amount wagered “roughly doubled” the previous top amounts, Welch said.

Jon Johnson, general manager of the casino, said some 9,000 people came through the doors in the first day. Business in the first few days, he said, has been “going great – smooth opening, continuing smooth operation.”

The new casino has 1,000 slot machines, more than double the 475 machines at the old facility. It also has a 1,500-spot parking garage, two restaurants, a lounge, a gift shop and a 152-room hotel that is slated to open later this summer.

Penn National has the option of adding another 500 slot machines at its new site.

While Hollywood Slots had a record numbers on opening day at its new facility, revenues for the first five months of the year were down compared to the same period in 2007, according to the Gambling Control Board.

The casino had gross revenues of $231.7 million from January through May, a 9 percent decline from the $254.6 million in the first five months of last year.


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