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Perryville casino GM stepping down

The general manager of Maryland’s first casino is leaving next month for another Penn National Gaming Inc. facility near Harrisburg, Pa.

Hollywood Casino Perryville

Hollywood Casino Perryville (File photo)

Bill Hayles, who has led Hollywood Casino Perryville since June 2011, is moving to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Pa., the company announced Wednesday.

The slots parlor just off Interstate 95 was Maryland’s dominant gambling facility until Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills mall opened last June.

Since then, Hollywood Casino Perryville has experienced a marked downturn in its monthly revenue, with year-over-year declines sometimes reaching as much as 40 percent.

Some of that loss has been remediated through the installation of table games such as blackjack and roulette. In March, Hollywood became the first Maryland casino to offer the games and saw its revenue rise to $9.5 million — a 61 percent increase over February’s $5.9 million gross total.

Revenue in April dipped to $8.5 million after Maryland Live became the second casino to unveil table games on April 11.

In a statement, Penn National Senior Vice President Jay Snowden said Hayles had served in key leadership roles throughout his six-year tenure with the Wyomissing, Pa.-based gambling company.

“At Hollywood Casino Perryville, he successfully implemented live table games and elevated guest satisfaction while managing the property in the extremely challenging competitive environment of northern Maryland,” Snowden said.

Hayles’ move is expected to come in June, pending regulatory approval in Pennsylvania. Hollywood’s new general manager will also face vetting by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. Karen Bailey, a spokeswoman for Penn National, said the company had not yet named Hayles’ successor.

Before coming to Perryville, Hayles was assistant general manager at Penn National’s Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia. He came to Penn National in 2007 after working in Atlantic City for Caesars Entertainment Corp. and other casino companies.

This story has been corrected to reflect Bill Hayles’ tenure as general manager at Hollywood Casino Perryville.