August 9, 2016 |
When Kesha Rose Sebert - the artist known as Kesha - hit Atlantic City's Harrah's Casino on Saturday night for the debut of both that hotel's new Waterfront stage and her world tour, it was not without controversy or shouts of "Free Kesha" from her look-alike tween fan base. It also was filled with the cocky chanteuse's usual bravado-laden attitude and snide singsong approach to her hits. Famously, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter has had things rough since her last album, 2012's Warrior . The platinum-plated, electro-pop artist with a burgeoning punk edge and an occasional C&W lilt put her career on hold (or had her career put on hold)
July 8, 2016 |
A 41-year-old Havertown man who had left the Harrah's casino in Chester and was driving home early Wednesday was shot at numerous times while in his car, police said. Police responded to the shooting scene at the intersection of 12th and Chestnut Streets in Chester about 1 a.m. and found the man and his black Pontiac in the middle of the intersection, Chester Police Capt. Anita Amaro said. The rear and driver's side of the car were riddled with bullets. The man, who was shot in the upper left side of his back, was alert and conscious when an ambulance arrived, Amaro said.
July 3, 2016 |
An avid scuba diver, Wendy Hamilton, 45, general manager at the newly expanded SugarHouse Casino, majored in marine biology. She imagined that one day she'd be teaching - in college, or somewhere like the all-girls' Catholic high school she attended in Bryn Mawr. So how did Hamilton end up running a major casino, one of the few women to hold that job in the nation? "My dad teases me and says it was all that exposure to Catholic bingo that put me into this," Hamilton said. Very funny.
November 2, 2015 |
Anthony DeFrancesco III fell in love with horse racing shortly before America began to fall out of love with it, when places such as Liberty Bell Park in Northeast Philadelphia still drew a Saturday night crowd. At 15 - two years before Liberty Bell closed in 1986 - DeFrancesco dropped out of junior high school to become a groom. His first horse was Blue Steel, a standardbred he cleaned, fed, and jogged. "It's my passion. It's what I do," DeFrancesco said last week in the stables of Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester.
September 19, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Caesars Entertainment Inc. chairman Gary Loveman said the company's latest gambit - a new $126 million convention center that had its grand opening Thursday - was nearly five years in the making. "It was sold to us by this guy here, [Caesars senior vice president] Michael Massari, in 2010, and he had to do some convincing," said Loveman, speaking on a raised stage behind the new Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center. "Well, he convinced us, and he has sold the property like he said he would.
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.