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Presque Isle Downs & Casino
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Presque Isle Downs & Casino is located in Pennsylvania
Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania
Presque Isle Downs & Casino is located in the United States
Presque Isle Downs & Casino
Presque Isle Downs & Casino (the United States)
Location Summit Township, Pennsylvania
Address 8199 Perry Highway
Opening dateFebruary 28, 2007 (2007-02-28)
Total gaming space48,074 sq ft (4,466.2 m2)
Signature attractionsThoroughbred racetrack
Notable restaurantsLBV Steakhousea
Churchill's Bourbon & Brew Bar & Grille
Backstretch Buffet
The INCafe
Bar 90
Trackside Bar
Casino typeRacino
OwnerChurchill Downs Inc.
Coordinates42°04′08″N 80°01′48″W / 42.069°N 80.030°W / 42.069; -80.030Coordinates: 42°04′08″N 80°01′48″W / 42.069°N 80.030°W / 42.069; -80.030

Presque Isle Downs & Casino is a casino and horse racing track near Erie, Pennsylvania, owned and operated by Churchill Downs Inc.


The developer, MTR Gaming Group, broke ground in October 2005 for the new facility, which opened on February 28, 2007.

Simulcasting was transferred from its former upper Peach Street location and became operational in August 2007.[1]

In January 2019, Eldorado Resorts (the successor of MTR Gaming) sold the property to Churchill Downs Inc. for $178.9 million.[2]


The casino contains 1,600 slot machines. The 1 mile (1.6 km) oval track opened on September 2, 2007. It is paved with the synthetic material Tapeta Footings (a mixture of sand, rubber, fiber with a wax coating[3]). It was the first synthetic horse racetrack longer than 1 mile (1.6 km) in the Northeast and the first racetrack paved with Tapeta in the United States.[3]

Some of the races at Presque Isle Downs include:

Gaming revenue is split between the operator (45%) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (55%), the latter of which will use the funds for property tax relief, economic development and tourism, and the horse racing industry.[1] Revenue from table games goes to the state's general fund and the local government. Presque Isle Downs & Casino now operates table games, along with 1,600 slot machines.

On February 6, 2019, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a sports betting license for Presque Isle Downs & Casino. The casino will construct a sportsbook and will also offer 50 self-betting kiosks.[5]

The property is located on 272 acres (110 ha) off Exit 27 on Interstate 90 in Summit Township.

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  1. ^ a b Guerriero, John (July 7, 2007). "Numbers Down a Bit, But Hopes Still High". Erie Times-News. pp. 1A, 7A.
  2. ^ "Churchill Downs completes purchase of Presque Isle Downs & Casino". Erie Times-News. January 12, 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. ^ a b Guerriero, John (2007-09-01). "And...They're off". Erie Times-News. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
  4. ^ Blood Horse: 2011 Graded Stakes: 13 Fewer Than '10
  5. ^ Rink, Matthew (February 6, 2019). "Sports betting approved for Erie casino". Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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