August 31, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As his city faced the first of casino layoffs expected to number in the thousands in the next few weeks, Mayor Don Guardian put the best spin he could Friday on the dire circumstances. "We've been down before, but we've always come back up," said Guardian, standing out among tourists in a beige suit, a blue shirt, and his signature bow tie. Just like a salesman hawking his wares - in this case, his city - Guardian took to the Boardwalk outside the Landshark Bar & Grill, part of the year-old Margaritaville dining and entertainment complex owned by Resorts.
March 19, 2013 |
Table games revenue at Pennsylvania's 11 gambling halls last month totaled $55.3 million, a 2.1 decrease from a year ago, when the same revenue from blackjack, poker and other games was $56.6 million. February's tables revenue translated to nearly $8 million in state tax revenue, according to figures posted Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The state's top four table game revenue generators last month were Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem at $12.1 million from 183 tables; Parx in Bensalem at $8.2 million from 163 tables; SugarHouse at $7.3 million from 58 tables; and Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack at $6.9 million with 121 tables.
July 1, 2012 |
Ira Lubert and the professional investors he's hired as partners manage more than $10 billion in other people's money. With his fortune from profits and fees, Lubert buys his personal investments. Three months ago, a group he heads premiered 600 slot machines and 50 gambling tables, built around a stylish hotel bar and amid seven new restaurants, in a two-hotel complex at their Valley Forge Casino Resort. It's a small place compared, say, with the 3,500-slots, 180-table Parx in Bensalem, whose court challenges helped delay Lubert's casino for six years.
February 26, 2012 |
Dennis Gomes, 68, co-owner of Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and a former mob-busting Las Vegas prosecutor whose exploits inspired the movie Casino, died Friday, his son said. The Margate, N.J., resident died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from kidney dialysis, said Aaron Gomes, vice president of operations at the casino. Dennis Gomes had developed kidney problems and was undergoing dialysis after breaking his back last year. "Whether or not it was related to his back we will never know, but he ended up having major kidney issues and was put on temporary dialysis," Aaron Gomes said.
February 8, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The former Atlantic City Hilton Casino, renamed ACH Casino Resort last year, is now the Atlantic Club. The casino's new name and business strategy were unveiled Tuesday by Michael Frawley, Atlantic Club's chief operating officer, who said the casino wants to be "the locals casino" in the market as it seeks to reestablish itself. "This isn't where you take your wife on her birthday. This is where you take your wife on a Wednesday," Frawley said matter-of-factly inside his office here.
March 10, 2011
A state Supreme Court ruling Tuesday means that slot machines and table games could be up and running soon at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Another local gambling hall should support the compelling theory that the region's casino market might already be maxed out. That's potentially good news for Philadelphia, if it convinces state policymakers to steer clear of saddling the city with a second casino to replace the failed Foxwoods project on the Delaware River. One casino for the city is one too many, given the social costs of gambling.
September 20, 2010 |
On the casino battleground that is the Delaware River waterfront, this is what victory looks like: A school of cool blue lamps hovering over a brand-new blackjack table, surrounded by a metal sea of blinking slot machines, with the music of Smash Mouth on the sound system: "All that glitters is gold. ... " The much-debated, long-delayed SugarHouse Casino is set to open Thursday, the first gambling hall in Philadelphia. All that's left is to cut a ribbon. That reality holds joy or sadness for the people, neighborhood groups, and city organizations that have for years fought for or against the coming of the casino.
September 4, 2010
The large and vocal opposition to the proposed casino in Gettysburg should be enough reason for the Gaming Control Board to deny a license to that historic town. But if the gaming board needs further convincing, it should look to the supporters of the project. That's because they failed to make a compelling case that a casino would truly benefit Gettysburg. Casino supporters argue that the gambling hall would produce major economic benefits for Gettysburg. Granted, the casino will generate tax revenue for the state and county.
June 6, 2010 |
Out of habit, I inhale deeply, preparing for the worst as I walk into Delaware Park Casino, near Wilmington. But inside, the olfactory assault is unlike anything I've ever whiffed in a gambling hall. It's deliciously decadent, so sweet I can practically feel myself gaining weight just trying to place the scent - vanilla? - wafting from the bakery/ice cream parlor next to the player services counter. You have to smell it to believe it , Mike Miller Jr. insisted after inviting me on a road trip to the casino, where he and his friends regularly deposit part of their pension checks.