Overview Of The Meadows Racetrack And Casino

Overview Of The Meadows Racetrack And Casino

210 Racetrack Rd, Washington, PA 15301(724) 503-1200meadowsgaming.com

What does Meadows Racetrack and Casino have to offer?

The Meadows is located about a 30 minute drive south-west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the town of Washington. It is a breathtakingly beautiful multi-activity facility offering horse racing, slots, video poker, table games, live poker, and even a bowling alley. There is no hotel directly on property, but there is one called Hyatt Place a stone’s throw away that is accessible to guests via a footbridge as well as shuttle buses.

The Meadows is one of Pennsylvania’s 6 licensed “racinos” and offers harness racing year round. The property opened in 1963 as the first race track fo accept parimutuel betting in Western Pennsylvania. Casino gaming (slot machines) were introduced in 2007 after the state legalized the practice in 2004. Then in 2009, the current modern casino was added to the property to take advantage of the state’s 2010 legalization of table gaming.

All together, the racetrack, casino, and attached luxury hotel are a beautiful and gigantic gambling resort destination that gives locals and travelers a wide selection of high-end amenities and gaming experiences.

Let’s look at the property in more detail.

Gaming

The Meadows is enormous and beautiful. At 350,000 square feet the casino floor is one of the largest on the East Coast and is loaded with over 3,000 slot and video poker machines and over 67 table games. There is also a smallish 14-table poker “room” that is located on the main casino floor rather than hidden away in a separate location.

There are two high-limit areas, one for slots and another for table games, and this casino is clearly attempting to satisfy the desires of high-end clientele with these and other amenities reserved for high-level players. In addition, The Meadows offers a wide variety of promotions, give-aways, and tournaments of various kinds to spice up the casino experience for their guests.

Table games

The Meadows has 67 table games on the casino floor but has spirited 12 of them away to their luxurious high limit room. This leaves fewer tables for lower limit players and on busy nights and weekends, low stakes players might not be able to find a game that suits their bankroll. The Meadows does (unlike many Pennsylvania casinos) offer $5 minimum tables, but to find these, one should aim for weekday day trips, not evenings and weekends.

Here’s a list of table games offered at The Meadows:

  • Blackjack (featuring the 21+3 Xtreme, In Between (In Bet), side bets as well as the Blazing 7’s side bet with a progressive jackpot.
  • Craps
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat (mini and midi and featuring the Dragon Bonus side bet)
  • Texas Hold’em Bonus
  • Pai Gow Poker
  • Three Card Poker
  • Big Six Wheel
  • Mississippi Stud
  • Four Card Poker
  • Criss Cross Poker
  • Let It Ride

All these variants are available on the casino floor (except midi Baccarat) but only mini Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, and Blackjack are available in the high limit section.

The poker “room”

The Meadows now spreads live poker games on the main casino floor 24/7. The poker section is on the smallish side at 14 tables, but it gets plenty of action. Games spread include Texas Hold’em and Omaha (both high and hi/lo).

The room also offers daily tournaments and periodic tournament series as well as a progressive bad beat jackpot, a high hand promotion, and other promotions added periodically.

Slots and Video Poker

When you’ve got such an enormous casino floor, you’ve got to fill it with something, right? The Meadows have chosen slot machines. There are over 3,000 different machines to choose from with limits ranging from penny slots to $100/spin machines. Additionally, their high limit section offers slot machines that take bets up to $375/spin. All around the slot area, traditional favorites like three reel slots can be found as well as the latest multi-line video reel progressives.

Since new slot machine variants come out all the time, The Meadows has added a special section called the New Game Zone especially for the latest slot machine offerings.

All slots and video poker machines take advantage of the cash/ticket in and ticket out paper ticket system for ease and convenience.

Some (but by no means all) of the slots you will find here are:

  • Super Monopoly Money
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Sphinx 3D
  • Lightning Link
  • Chili Chili Fire
  • Buffalo Gold
  • 88 Fortunes

The racetrack

The Meadows is a harness racing track and unlike many others, offers a year-round racing program. Live races take place on more than 200 days per year. Specific racing days vary by season and event. Additionally, races from around the country are simulcast at The Meadows and bets can be placed on any of these as well as the live races.

The mychoice player rewards system

Early in 2018, The Meadows switched from an older rewards system (The Meadows Players Club) to a new one called mychoice. This new program is card-based, free to join, and has five tiers, each tier conferring specific benefits and perks to the player. Players earn tier points by playing their favorite casino games and points are earned at a different rate for the various kinds of games played:

  • Slots – $10 coin-in = 1 tier point
  • Video poker – $20 coin-in = 1 tier point
  • Table games – points awarded based on game played, time played, and average bet wagered

Points earned can advance players through the mychoice program’s five tiers, each with different attached benefits. Once a tier status is achieved, the player remains on that tier for one full year.

  • Choice – 999 tier points and below
  • Advantage – 1,000-17,999 tier points
  • Preferred – 18,000-49,999 tier points
  • Elite – 50,000-199,999 tier points
  • Owners Club – 200,000 tier points and above

In addition to advancing to higher tiers, accumulated points can be redeemed in cash and retail purchases once the player has reached the Advantage tier. Points (now also called “mycash“) can be redeemed according to the following schedule:

  • Cashing points out directly: 50¢ for every $1 in mycash
  • Redeeming points in free play: $1 free play for every $1 in mycash
  • Redeeming points at retail/hotel/food outlets: $2 for every $1 in mycash

One nice feature of the mychoice player rewards program is that, since The Meadows is operated by Pinnacle Entertainment, reward points can be redeemed at any of their nationwide destinations.

Here is a breakdown of the benefits, perks, and player amenities awarded by achieving each of the mychoice player reward tier levels. Each tier also confers the benefits of all lower level tiers:

Choice – Players receive coupons and special dining/hotel offers based on play.

Advantage – Players unlock the mycash benefit feature outlined above and also become eligible for rollover points.

Preferred – Players receive an annual trip to Las Vegas, as well as VIP Lounge access (more below) and discounts on Royal Caribbean International cruises.

Elite – Players receive personal casino hosting, an annual trip to Las Vegas, Aruba, or San Juan, and an annual Royal Caribbean International cruise.

Owners Club – Players receive an annual Owners Club gift, VIP reservation line access, early gift and entertainment ticket pick-up.

The Meadows has two VIP Lounges for qualifying mychoice members:

  • The Adios Lounge, conveniently located next to the high limit slot room, featuring butler service, high definition TVs, and fine cuisine.
  • The Clubhouse, located at the north end of the casino, between the main cage and the Adios Lounge.

Online gaming

As of August, 2018, The Meadows hasn’t entered Pennsylvania’s nascent online gaming market. They haven’t even thrown their hat into the ring. Nine other Pennsylvania casino operators have applied for the $10 million license that allows them to offer online slots, table games, and peer-to-peer gaming (geek-speak for online poker). If The Meadows were to enter this lucrative market, they would probably rely on their relationship with Scientific Games as a technical partner in creating and managing their online gaming content.

For Pennsylvanian’s eager to gamble online while they wait for these casino operators to figure it all out, perhaps they should consider Pennsylvania’s online lottery. It’s quick, easy, legal, and you can win real money. They even give new players $5 free to play when you sign up.

Dining

The restaurants at The Meadows include both upscale and casual options. Many of these offer nice views of the racetrack and often there are special promotions available. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Bistecca Steakhouse – An award-winning American steakhouse with an Italian flair, offering spectacular views of both the racetrack and the casino floor. Open seven days a week: 4pm-10pm (Sun-Thu) and 4pm-11pm (Fri-Sat)
  • The Carvery – An upscale American eatery with views of the racetrack. Features a live carving station featuring prime rib, rotisserie chicken, turkey, salmon, and locally made sausages as well as fresh vegetables, salads, and soups. Open seven days a week: 11am-9pm (Mon-Thu) and 11am-10pm (Fri-Sat) and 11am-9pm on Sundays.
  • Food Court – Features a wide variety of local fast food eateries including Silver Star Old-Fashioned Deli, Chips Fish & Chips, Cibo Pizzeria, Cookies Coffee & Sweets, and Franks American Grill. Open seven days a week: 11am-9pm (Sun-Thu) and 11am-12am (Fri-Sat)
  • The Band Wagon – A crowd-favorite! An indoor food truck serving wings, sliders, lobster rolls, hand-cut fries and more. Open 5pm-close (Fri-Sat) and 1pm-close on Sundays.
  • Delvins Trackside – A convenient eatery located right alongside the racetrack and serving pizza, pretzels, and finger foods. Open live race days: 30 minutes before post to the final race.
  • The Pub at Meadow Lanes – A popular and funky burger, pizza and beer joint attached to the bowling alley. Open seven days a week: 12pm-9pm (Sun-Thu) and 12pm-12am (Fri-Sat)

Nightlife and entertainment

For guests who haven’t been quite satiated by the extensive gaming and dining options available at The Meadows, they also have some adult entertainment options. Here’s a list:

  • CB – This cigar and cocktail bar is attached to Bistecca Steakhouse and offers gorgeous views of the racetrack and surrounding landscape.
  • Headliners – This popular lounge features live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Details about upcoming acts can be found here.
  • Vibe Ultralounge – This Vegas-style nightclub features live DJs and pulse-pounding music to let you dance the night away.
  • Meadow Lanes – This is a 24-lane bowling alley with available food and bar service. Hours of operation vary based on season, league events, and private parties.

Hotel

While The Meadows can’t claim a hotel on property, they have the next best thing in Hyatt Place, a four-star luxury hotel which is attached via a footbridge and serviced by shuttles that take guests between hotel and casino and back again. Hyatt Place is a completely smoke-free property and has received TripAdvisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence. They offer rooms with king beds, two queen beds, or spacious 670 square foot suites.

All rooms and suites include the following amenities:

  • 42″ flat screen swivel-mounted HDTV
  • Mini-fridge
  • Single cup coffeemaker
  • In-room safe
  • Luxury skin and hair care products
  • Generous workspace

In addition, all hotel guests have access to the following:

  • Complimentary breakfast buffet
  • 24/7 room service menu
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Free garage parking
  • Free Wi-Fi and free access to public computers with Internet access
  • Complimentary shuttle to Tanger Outlet Center (or any other destination within a five mile radius)

When planning a trip to The Meadows and considering staying at Hyatt Place, don’t forget to look for special discounts and promotions.