July 23, 2015 |
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.
July 12, 2015 |
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.
May 23, 2015 |
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.
May 15, 2015 |
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)
May 1, 2015 |
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.
March 20, 2015 |
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.
March 5, 2015 |
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.
March 4, 2015 |
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.
February 26, 2015 |
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.
February 19, 2015 |
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.