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July 12, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
What do 50 Cent, Pauly D, Paris Hilton, Brody Jenner, Lance Bass, and Dennis Haskins have in common? They're all regulars at Harrah's Atlantic City. Each has hosted multiple parties at Pool After Dark, the casino's nightclub. Other hip Atlantic City clubs, such as MIXX at The Borgata and Dusk at Caesars, are booking electronic dance music artists and well-known DJs this summer. Pool After Dark plays Top 40 hits; its party hosts are often celebrities closer to D-list than A-list. On Wednesday, 50 Cent hosted his 40th birthday party at the pool.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday fined the owner of Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, in Chester, $55,000 for two violations of casino gaming regulations. Chester Downs & Marina L.L.C. received a $50,000 penalty for failing to follow certain rules on dealings with gaming junket representatives. Gaming junkets involve promoters who get a commission for connecting gamblers with a casinor operator. Gaming Control Board members also approved a $5,000 fine against Harrah's because the casino paid an unregistered gaming services provider.
NEWS
April 27, 2013 | By Mari Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Delaware County police are looking for a man who robbed a woman just after midnight on Wednesday as she was leaving Harrah's Casino in Chester. The 69-year-old victim, from Delaware, was in the fourth floor of the parking garage when she was attacked from behind, according to police. She was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center, treated for bruises and a minor head injury and released, according to police. The man, described as black, approximately 6 foot 2 and 250 pounds, ran down the stairs to the main floor of the garage and out onto Harrah's Boulevard.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since opening nearly seven years ago, Harrah's Philadelphia Casino in Chester has had a financial leg up on other gambling halls in the state. Harrah's was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which means it hasn't had to pay most state and local taxes. The goal of the tax-relief program is to spur development in blighted areas. But those lucrative benefits end Dec. 31. So how much additional money will Harrah's - it already turns over more than $10 million of its annual winnings to Chester City under state law - start kicking in to help the city and the financially beleaguered Chester-Upland School District?
BUSINESS
September 14, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - With a group of meeting planners in tow and a clear blue sky as a backdrop, Caesars Entertainment Inc. executives showed off progress Friday on the company's $125.8 million Harrah's Resort Waterfront Conference Center, which is designed to draw business travelers to a city that is losing four, maybe five, casinos this year. The steel frame of the project, supported by $45 million from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and $24.1 million in tax breaks that can be earned over 20 years, is just weeks away from completion.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHESTER Attorneys for a harness racing driver claim a poorly maintained track at Harrah's Philadelphia casino caused a crash that left him severely brain damaged last fall. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Philadelphia by lawyers for Anthony Coletta follows the state's suspension last week of Harrah's forthcoming racing schedule because the casino failed to comply with requests to address track surface issues. Harrah's casino license is contingent on the Chester site's offering horse racing.
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November 13, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County Council on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board not to issue another casino license in the Philadelphia area until the economy improves. The county, home to Harrah's Philadelphia, in Chester, has included $8.6 million from Harrah's in its 2015 budget, councilman John P. McBlain said. A South Philadelphia casino would result in an estimated 30-percent decline in revenue at Harrah's. That would translate into a loss of $2.5 million in revenue to the county, McBlain said.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | For The Inquirer
Harrah's Philadelphia leading driver Tim Tetrick finished third in the World Driving Championship, which concluded Sunday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in Australia. Tetrick, who represented the U.S. in the 10-driver competition and was making his first trip to the WDC, won three of the 20 races in the series. New Zealand's Dexter Dunn won the championship, followed by France's Tony LeBeller. Finland's Mika Forss was fourth and Canada's Jody Jamieson fifth.
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March 20, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Harness racing season will begin March 28 at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester following a nearly one-month suspension of its race dates by the state over what officials said was the casino's failure to provide details on the quality of its track and other information. Harrah's casino license is contingent on the Delaware County site's offering horse racing, although the Gaming Control Board said Harrah's license was not in jeopardy at the time of the suspension in late January.
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July 23, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Like fine wine, Jade Starling just gets better and better with age. Pun intended, but "Better and Better" is a song off Starling's new hit album, which just landed in the No. 24 spot on the August Billboard Top 100 dance chart. Starling has been a musician with Pretty Poison since the early 1980s. Her new stuff has the benefit of authorship from longtime writing partner Whey Cooler, who's also credited with helping Pretty Poison reach its great success.  Now, Starling is promoting her new, much anticipated solo debut, "Captive.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
What do 50 Cent, Pauly D, Paris Hilton, Brody Jenner, Lance Bass, and Dennis Haskins have in common? They're all regulars at Harrah's Atlantic City. Each has hosted multiple parties at Pool After Dark, the casino's nightclub. Other hip Atlantic City clubs, such as MIXX at The Borgata and Dusk at Caesars, are booking electronic dance music artists and well-known DJs this summer. Pool After Dark plays Top 40 hits; its party hosts are often celebrities closer to D-list than A-list. On Wednesday, 50 Cent hosted his 40th birthday party at the pool.
SPORTS
May 23, 2015 | For The Inquirer
Howard Taylor has enjoyed many memorable moments in harness racing, but nothing in his past might compare to the emotions he will feel this weekend. On Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia will present the inaugural $150,000 Jerry Taylor Invitational for older male pacers, an event named in honor of Taylor's late father. Jerome "Jerry" Taylor, a Philadelphia-based attorney who participated in harness racing for more than four decades, passed away in October 2013 at the age of 82. "This is probably my biggest honor in harness racing," said Taylor, who in addition to being an attorney himself has owned, trained and driven harness racing horses for more than 35 years.
SPORTS
May 15, 2015 | By Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
There will be no shortage of laughs this summer in Atlantic City casinos, along with other nonmusical attractions. As always, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa leads the chuckle chase with a diverse slate of funny people, from Jerry Seinfeld and Howie Mandel to George Lopez, part-time Media resident Wanda Sykes, and Margaret Cho. Elsewhere in town, the offerings include Bill Maher at Caesars, Chris Tucker (Trump Taj Mahal), Dom Irrera and WIP overnight host Big Daddy Graham (Tropicana)
BUSINESS
May 1, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday fined the owner of Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, in Chester, $55,000 for two violations of casino gaming regulations. Chester Downs & Marina L.L.C. received a $50,000 penalty for failing to follow certain rules on dealings with gaming junket representatives. Gaming junkets involve promoters who get a commission for connecting gamblers with a casinor operator. Gaming Control Board members also approved a $5,000 fine against Harrah's because the casino paid an unregistered gaming services provider.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What to do, now that the neighbors in New York, Maryland, and Ohio have casinos, too, and Pennsylvania's tax revenue from gambling has slipped from $1.40 billion in fiscal 2012 to $1.38 billion in 2013 and $1.32 billion in 2014? State Rep. John Payne (R., Dauphin) said he and Rep. Nick Kotik (D., Allegheny), senior members of the House Gaming Oversight Committee , want to add Internet and sports-betting programs that match the ones developing in New Jersey, Delaware, and other nearby states.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Revenue from slot machines at four Philadelphia-area casinos climbed 4.8 percent in February, to $69.3 million from $66.1 million last year. At the state's other eight casinos, slot revenue was down 1 percent, to $113.9 million from $115 million. Three of four Philadelphia-area casinos - Parx in Bensalem, SugarHouse in Philadelphia, and Valley Forge in Upper Merion - posted gains in the month, with Parx accounting for nearly two thirds of the gain locally. Harrah's Philadelphia, in Chester, had a decline of $50,650, to $17.96 million.
SPORTS
March 4, 2015 | For The Inquirer
Harrah's Philadelphia leading driver Tim Tetrick finished third in the World Driving Championship, which concluded Sunday at Tabcorp Park Menangle in Australia. Tetrick, who represented the U.S. in the 10-driver competition and was making his first trip to the WDC, won three of the 20 races in the series. New Zealand's Dexter Dunn won the championship, followed by France's Tony LeBeller. Finland's Mika Forss was fourth and Canada's Jody Jamieson fifth.
SPORTS
February 26, 2015 | For The Inquirer
Tim Tetrick, Harrah's Philadelphia's top harness racing driver, picked up two wins in seven races Tuesday as harness racing's World Driving Championship visited Wagga Wagga in Australia. Tetrick, a six-time driving champion at Harrah's and four-time U.S. Driver of the Year, is in second place through 12 of 20 races in the competition. New Zealand's Dexter Dun won three races Tuesday to move into first place with 111 points. Tetrick has 97 points followed by France's Tony LeBeller with 91 points.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Revenues from table games at the four casinos in Southeastern Pennsylvania climbed 7.4 percent in January, to $27.9 million, compared to $26 million the year before, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday. Parx, SugarHouse, Harrah's, and Valley Forge all posted gains in the month. All but Harrah's recorded highs for January, since table games, such as poker and craps, started in fiscal 2011. The overall gain for the state's 12 casinos was 12.5 percent, to $66.02 million from $58.71 million.
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