Presque Isle Downs & Casino


Address, Phone Number, and General Info

Presque Isle Downs & Casino Twitter link


: 8199 Perry Highway, Erie, PA 16509

Toll-Free Phone Number

: (866) 374-3386

Local Phone Number

: (866) 374-3386

Slot/Players Club:

Ownership / Management

: MTR Gaming Group, Inc.


: online job application information

Presque Isle Downs & Casino is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and is a racino (combination race track and casino). With 48 table games featuring classic blackjack and roulette, and more than 2000 slot machines, Presque Isle Downs & Casino is also home to five restaurants.


Gambling & Gaming Choices



Horse Racing


Table Games






Slots Options


Slot Machines


Video Poker




Bootleggers Bar (American)
The Downs Clubhouse & Lounge (American)
Edson's Bar (American)
Speakeasy Bar (American)
Triple Crown Buffet (American)


Latest News

MTR receives final table gaming approval for Presque Isle Downs

Press Release, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 4:24:56 PM

MTR Gaming Group, Inc. today announced that it has received final approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to add table gaming at its Presque Isle Downs & Casino facility in Erie, Pennsylvania. Presque Isle Downs & Casino has installed 48 traditional table games, including blackjack, craps and roulette tables, and will officially commence table gaming tomorrow at 10:00 AM Eastern.

"We are excited to provide our patrons with an even greater overall gaming experience with the introduction of table games to Presque Isle Downs & Casino," said Robert Griffin, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTR Gaming Group. "The addition of table games will provide our casino operations at Presque Isle Downs with enhancement to both top and bottom lines, while allowing us to compete effectively with other casinos in the immediate region." the rest

Casino gets ready to add hundreds of more jobs, Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 11:01:37 AM

Erie County's jobs picture is expected to brighten in the next couple of months.

Bet on it.

Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Summit Township is getting ready to put about 500 more people on its payroll as it prepares to add 48 table games to a mix of 2,000 slot machines, thoroughbred horse racing, off-track betting, restaurants and live entertainment.

To put those numbers in perspective, consider that the highly publicized juice-processing plant for the city of Erie's east side promised up to 400 jobs about five years ago. And, as you know, that plant was never built, and that promise was never kept. the rest

Erie casino cuts workers' hours in slowdown, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1:28:34 PM

Workers at Presque Isle Downs & Casino are having their hours cut because casino business has slowed during the winter season.

About 200 of the casino's 800 employees are having their hours cut. Full-time employees are now working just four days a week, and part-timers have had about eight hours cut from their 25-hour work week.

Chief Executive Richard Knight says the cuts will continue until business at the casino picks up. the rest

Erie slots operator hopes gambling begins soon

Centre Daily, Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 7:44:30 AM

A court decision in favor of a company building a thoroughbred race track and casino near Erie has raised the firm's hopes that slot-machine gambling may begin there by the end of February.

MTR Gaming Group Inc.'s request to open the Presque Isle Downs casino is still on hold, however, until the Gaming Control Board has sufficient membership to conduct votes.

"Our belief is everything is done from the Presque Isle end," casino spokesman John Brabender said Monday. "We could probably open tomorrow if somebody gave us the green light." the rest

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Comments, Reviews & Trip Reports

Author: Ruth Baker
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011
“I enjoy going to Erie for a night out with my friends but I have a complaint. We are not allowed to take a bottle of water into the casino and I am troubled with a dry mouth. I was up there last Sat. and felt like I was in a desert we ere there for 3 hrs. and I never had one person come by to see if we wanted a drink. The other people I was with said they experienced the same thing. When your playing a machine that is letting you play you don't want to leave it to go get a drink from the bar. Thank you for letting me vent out. H E L P”

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