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October 11, 1989 | By David Johnston, Michael E. Ruane and Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer staff writer John Way Jennings, correspondent Bill Sokolic and the Associated Press contributed to this article
Three top executives of developer Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino empire were killed yesterday when their helicopter lost its main rotor and crashed on the wooded median strip of the Garden State Parkway about two miles north of the Barnegat toll plaza. The helicopter's pilot and co-pilot also were killed in the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. about 30 miles north of Atlantic City. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw the sleek, Italian-made helicopter's 36-foot main rotor stop spinning and then "pop" off. The craft, flying at 2,800 feet and probably traveling about 150 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2005 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gary DiBartolomeo, the former president of Caesars Atlantic City who was stripped of his casino license four years ago because he lied about his gambling addiction, got his license reinstated and a second chance yesterday. "Thank you very much," said a barely audible DiBartolomeo, after the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, which regulates gambling in Atlantic City, voted, 5-0, in favor of reissuing him a license. With that, DiBartolomeo got up and quickly left the room.
NEWS
August 14, 1991 | By Bill Kent, Special to The Inquirer
The Jovers have 12 minutes in Merv Griffin's Resorts' "Starstruck" show. This doesn't sound like much, especially on those nights, about once a month, when Griffin himself grabs a microphone and makes a surprise appearance. When Griffin appears, the Jovers have a tag line, one of many that have been tried, proved and seasoned from nearly 30 years in front of audiences. Fe (pronounced Fay) Jover halts her nonstop gush of bubbly, British- accented giggles, and says quite seriously, "Merv has asked us to make a special announcement.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2008 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
You're sitting on the edge of a swimming pool so blue, you imagine you're in the Caribbean. The vivid flowers and aquatic plantings surrounding this pool are so spectacular, they rival those found near Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Now, you close your eyes and savor a meal so satisfying you'd swear you were in Paris. All this after a pedicure so perfect, a facial so cleansing and a massage so soothing, you think maybe you've just died and gone to . . . Atlantic City?
NEWS
December 26, 2008
I TOTALLY AGREE with you about not having the casino built in the Gallery and allowing it to be built on the waterfront. The plans that were shown in the paper for the waterfront casino were beautiful. I can't even imagine putting it in the Gallery. I am wondering if the main reason to put it there is people will have to pay a high price for parking? Renee Towns, Philadelphia
NEWS
August 22, 2012 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - At first, it seemed like a coincidence, the kind of thing that happens from time to time at a casino, where the same number or same sequence of cards occurs twice in a row. But when the players at an April game of mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City kept seeing the same sequence of cards dealt, over and over and over again, their eyes grew wide and their bets grew bigger, zooming from $10 a hand to $5,000. Forty-one consecutive winning hands later, the 14 players had racked up more than $1.5 million in winnings - surrounded by casino security convinced they had cheated but unable to prove how. In a lawsuit against a Kansas City playing card manufacturer, the Golden Nugget contends the cards were unshuffled, despite being promised to be preshuffled and ready to use. The April 30 incident was the latest instance of unshuffled decks of cards causing headaches for an Atlantic City casino.
NEWS
May 18, 2007 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
ATLANTIC CITY - Last year's tan had long faded away, and the waves were brisk with a pre-season chill. But finally, after the cool intervening months since last summer, the Pier Shops at Caesars is heating up. On its third-floor restaurant concourse, you can sit back in a wooden chaise-longue, grab a cocktail, and actually put your toes in the sand of the faux-beach that lines the windowed hall. Watching the waves crack below the Pier onto the beach from the comfort of this seaside mall was about the closest I've gotten to imagining a year-round summer.
NEWS
April 22, 2010 | By Harris Steinberg
Philadelphia was dealt a bad hand when the Foxwoods casino was proposed for the city's Delaware River waterfront. But with the future of the project in doubt, local leaders have a rare chance to reshape it. Now that Foxwoods' casino license could be revoked and given to another group, city and state officials must acknowledge that plunking down a casino wherever a developer wants it is not wise. We've also learned that casinos designed without comprehensive traffic and land-use planning don't work very well.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When he reteamed with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci to make Casino in 1995, Martin Scorsese found himself in competition with his past achievements. His incomparably sardonic assessment of the mob in 1990's GoodFellas was rightly regarded as one of his best films. If he didn't match that movie in Casino, Scorsese gave us a dazzling look at the point where money and greed meet sex and need in the Las Vegas of the '70s. De Niro's Sam Rothstein demonstrates such a flair for numbers while running a sports book that the mob chooses him to take control of its operation in Las Vegas.
NEWS
April 11, 2008
THE state Supreme Court has ordered the city to grant zoning to Foxwoods. The court said Foxwoods "spent months working with the city to craft a plan of development that addressed issues of concern to the city and to residents living near the Foxwoods site. " This statement is based on a bald-faced lie. One of the main issues of concern, yet to be addressed, is the social and economic cost of having a casino in the neighborhood. We have asked Gov. Rendell to do his homework by defining the economic and social costs associated with casinos.
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BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gamblers lost $67.93 million playing poker and other table games at Pennsylvania casinos last month, the highest total since table games began in July 2010, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday. The total was $551,490 more than the figure for March 2013, the previous high. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, which has been up for sale for nearly a year, continued to hold the top spot in table games, with $15.3 million in revenue, slightly less than the figure a year ago. The biggest gain in dollars was registered by SugarHouse, which logged a $825,555 increase in table games revenue.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, built for $2.4 billion, is worth $25 million to $73 million, according to estimates by Unite Here, a hospitality workers union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City and across the country. The union resorted to estimating Revel's value based on land values and on the value of hotel rooms, because the property is unlikely to be profitable for many years, making it impossible to use traditional metrics to estimate a sale price. Land values in recent Atlantic City casino sales ranged from $1.25 million to $2.71 million an acre.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Caesars Entertainment Corp. last year slashed the value of three Atlantic City casinos by 89 percent, recording $2.2 billion in impairment charges, according to documents released Monday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Over the last two years, the Las Vegas company cut the value of Showboat, the smallest of its Atlantic City operations, by 94 percent. Caesars Entertainment's other New Jersey casinos are Bally's AC, Caesars, and Harrah's. Saverio R. Scheri III, president and chief executive of WhiteSand Gaming L.L.C., a consulting firm with offices in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and overseas, said the write-downs were not surprising amid Caesars' recent financial maneuvers designed to salvage the company that has struggled under more than $20 billion in debt.
BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ira Lubert , the Philadelphia-based investor - clients include the Pennsylvania state pension funds and Pennsylvania State University - who heads the group that runs the Valley Forge Casino Resort , says he knows why Pennsylvanians aren't gambling more. Gambler fatigue, he told me, as young women dressed as Hawaiian dancers shuffled to the music around his table Thursday for Lubert's latest promotion, a deal with US Airways . "We're just starting to see it," he said.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Developer Bart Blatstein is buying for $13 million the site of the derailed Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia, a property he owned 21 years ago, according to people familiar with the deal. Blatstein declined to comment. Others involved in the transaction say the sale will open up a critical section of the central Delaware River waterfront to the public. As part of the deal, Blatstein will convey to the Natural Lands Trust, a local land conservation organization, a 100-foot-wide strip of land along the river's edge from Tasker Street to Reed.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PART of what makes "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," the Fox remake of the PBS classic, cool is the mind-blowing science. The other part? The insane visuals, which are thanks to Ambler's Kara Vallow , a Germantown Friends grad who developed and produced the animation on "Cosmos. " "I'm a very proud Philadelphian and no one understands why," Vallow said. Vallow has been the producing partner of Seth MacFarlane for more than a decade, working on "Family Guy," "American Dad!"
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of the five would-be owners of a second Philadelphia casino, only two - Bart Blatstein and Joe Procacci - are new to Pennsylvania's casino industry. It's not clear whether it matters to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board that the other proposed ownership groups have members with significant stakes in or full ownership of Pennsylvania casinos. Ira Lubert, for example, who would own 25 percent of Market8, already owns 50 percent of the Valley Forge Casino with his son. Lubert, a leading investment manager in the region, also owns 2.8 percent of Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Elvis Costello, Jamie Foxx, and Johnny Winter lead the headliners at Atlantic City's casinos this weekend. You can catch Elvis Costello and the Imposters at 9 Saturday night in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars. (Tickets: $65-$105. Information: www.caesarsac.com , 1-800-745-3000.) The ever-prolific Costello's most recent recording is last year's Wise Up Ghost , a collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. He does have a date on his docket with the Tonight Show ensemble, but that's at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
During final arguments Wednesday on who should get Philadelphia's second casino license, applicants' lawyers took potshots at other proposals and dismissed SugarHouse Casino's argument that there are too few gamblers to support another casino. At the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's hearing in Harrisburg, the applicants, as well as SugarHouse and a neighborhood group opposed to the Provence, were allowed 15 minutes to summarize their cases without introducing any new evidence.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The five companies vying to build a second casino in Philadelphia are competing against each other, but also against the ghost of Foxwoods, which in 2006 won a license for a casino along the Delaware in South Philadelphia but failed to secure the money to build it. Current bidders - scheduled to make final arguments to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday - have used a variety of tactics to convince commissioners that they are not...
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