April 22, 2010 |
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.
December 24, 1999 |
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.
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.
July 11, 2012 |
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.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
October 6, 2008
THE casino now planned for the Gallery will poison Chinese minds and rob their souls. As a Chinatown resident, I know that, while most people are debating the economic and environmental issues of Foxwoods moving to Center City, I would like to point out some less visible matters that may affect the people living and working nearby in Chinatown. Imagine 50 buses and 20,000 gamblers coming off I-95's Callowhill exit going through Chinatown on 10th Street every day. Imagine drunken gamblers who lost money staggering out of the casino at 2 in the morning looking for a public toilet.
June 12, 1986 |
The Casino Control Commission voted 4-1 yesterday to renew the license for Trump's Castle Hotel & Casino after determining that owner Donald J. Trump had made only "minimally adequate effort" toward fulfilling road-improvement obligations in the Atlantic City marina area. The commission renewed the license on the condition that Trump must approach the state immediately to negotiate modifications in a 1984 road plan that the developer is challenging in court. Trump's refusal to pay for the roadwork, which he says is unnecessary, had been the only obstacle standing in the way of relicensing.
December 13, 2007
ITHANK Daily News writer Chris Brennan for his Nov. 6 remarks on "Radio Times. " He succinctly stated that most people don't oppose casinos - they just don't want them across the street from their homes. We want responsible waterfront development. We want jobs. But the lack of a democratic, open and rational process of site selection for the Philadelphia casinos has resulted in the current circumstances. We are all suffering the consequences of applicants who will say anything just to get in the ground, including grossly misrepresenting the merits of their projects, or even their feasibility at their current locations.
June 16, 2009
SOME GROUP that claims to speak for everyone from Chinatown is protesting casinos because they fear addiction to gambling. Are they saying people in Chinatown must be protected from themselves because they aren't strong enough to take responsibility for their own actions? If this is so, shouldn't they be protesting the stores that sell blunts and 40s of malt beverages in Chinatown? And don't forget all the shops that sell unhealthy Chinese food with all that pork and sauces and MSG. If you want to protest, be inclusive of all unhealthy activities.
May 18, 2007 |
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.