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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
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.
NEWS
July 11, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If June revenue numbers released Tuesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement are a barometer of how well a casino will perform in the slower winter months in Atlantic City, then the new Revel is in trouble. June is a peak month at the Jersey Shore resort, and the mega casino generated $14.9 million on total gambling revenue, ranking it 8th among the city's dozen gambling halls for the third consecutive month since it debuted April 2. By comparison, market leader Borgata pulled in $53.3 million last month, about three and a half times more than Revel.
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.
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March 23, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Al Callejas had a quick explanation for how he was able to top a field of 750 competitors in Borgata's free-throw contest Saturday. "I'm a coach's son. I've had a ball in my hands since I was 3 years old," Callejas, 37, of Archbald, Pa., said after winning the grand prize of $10,220 with his score of 16 in the final round - the first-grade teacher's own bit of March Madness. Answering the question of whether the tournament was a winner for Borgata would take longer, because it depended on how many of the participants and their friends spent money gambling, eating out, or staying at the hotel.
NEWS
March 17, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A hearing Monday on the sale of Atlantic City's defunct Revel Casino Hotel has been postponed by consent of all parties. The hearing was scheduled to challenge a U.S. Bankruptcy Court ruling Friday that blocked sale of the building, which closed in September, to Florida developer Glenn Straub for $82 million. The Monday hearing would have also addressed whether power to the building could be shut off due to unpaid bills. ACR Energy Partners spent about $160 million constructing Revel's central utility plant, resulting in $118.6 million in municipal bond debt.
NEWS
March 15, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The casino union that represents about 1,100 workers at the struggling Trump Taj Mahal picked up Friday where it left off last fall. Members of Unite Here Local 54 were back outside the casino, which had emerged from bankruptcy the day before, chanting and holding signs to protest what the union calls the continued stripping down of worker rights and benefits by the casino's new billionaire owner, Carl Icahn. Local 54 president Bob McDevitt said at the protest that the union representing about 10,000 casino workers in the city continues to appeal the ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge that nullified the contract between the union and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., which owns the Taj Mahal and the shuttered Trump Plaza.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been nearly two years since a group of Philadelphia-area investors led by insurance executive Manuel Stamatakis and Penn National Gaming Inc. applied for a slots license at a harness-racing track in western Pennsylvania. Yet Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board officials are still waiting for information needed to complete their investigation of Endeka Entertainment L.P., Gaming Board chairman William H. Ryan Jr. said Thursday at a budget hearing in Harrisburg. "I will also tell you that the board is hopeful that we can make a decision by the end of this calendar year," Ryan said in response to a question from Michael H. O'Brien (D., Phila.)
BUSINESS
March 11, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shares in Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc. climbed $4.06, or 12.5 percent, after the Wyomissing, Pa., company announced a hostile, $4.1 billion offer for the real estate holdings of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., a Las Vegas casino company. It was the biggest one-day gain for Gaming & Leisure Properties since the real estate investment trust was spun off from Penn National Gaming Inc. in the fall of 2013 to own most of Penn National's real estate. The stock closed at $36.43. Pinnacle owns 15 casinos and announced last fall that its board had decided to split into two companies, one to own its real estate and one to operate its casinos.
NEWS
March 10, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A measure aimed at stabilizing this city's taxes has stalled in the Statehouse, just three weeks before a deadline for the casinos to challenge their assessed value in a shrinking gaming market, leaving embattled Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian caught between two of the state's most powerful politicians. Gov. Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) are at odds over the fate of an Atlantic City tax relief plan, formally known as the Casino Property Taxation Stabilization Act, that Sweeney sponsored.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Los Angeles developer expressed interest in buying Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City after a U.S. Bankrutpcy judge on Feb. 19 allowed Revel to terminate the planned $95.4 million sale to Glenn Straub, according to a bankruptcy-court filing by lawyers for a group of Revel's restaurant and retail tenants. Revel last week revived its deal with Straub, a Florida developer, but at the singificantly lower price of $82 million. A hearing to approve the new deal with Straub is scheduled for Wednesday in Camden.
NEWS
March 2, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Out in the casino diaspora, the workers from Atlantic City tend to want to keep a low profile. They know how it can turn out, turn sour, end abruptly. Those who lost jobs - some 8,000 in 2014 - or saw the writing on the wall in Atlantic City and were able to find work elsewhere have moved on. When necessary, they also have moved, sometimes leaving their families in New Jersey. They're now at casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Detroit, even Wisconsin.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Gaming Oversight Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has scheduled two public hearings on March 18 to consider ways to keep the state's casinos competitive. There will be a 9 a.m. hearing at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester and a 2 p.m. hearing at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. For April, the committee has three scheduled hearings: "Games of Skill vs. Games of Chance" on April 1; "Internet Gaming and Mobile Gaming" on April 16, and a session on Pennsylvania's casino-ownership restrictions on April 21. State regulations limit companies to owning one casino outright, plus one-third of another.
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