May 3, 2012 |
Caesars Entertainment Inc. announced Wednesday that its Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack property in Delaware County will be renamed Harrah's Philadelphia, effective May 12. The new name coincides with the unveiling of the casino's most recent expansion that includes several new restaurants and 200 new slot machines to bring its total inventory to about 3,000 slots. Last month, the casino reported the largest decrease in slots revenue — minus 7.6 percent — among Pennsylvania's 11 gambling halls.
May 13, 2012 |
In an effort to expand its reach as regional casino competition intensifies, Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack becomes Harrah's Philadelphia Saturday. The name change, part of a rebranding that includes nongambling offerings, has everything to do with the casino's reaching a broader audience, and nothing to do with distancing it from its host city, said Harrah's general manager Ron Baumann. "It's all about how you define the market. Philly is the market we are after," he said during a tour of the casino this week.
April 27, 2011 |
A Delaware County casino is out $1,500 after an alleged theft from a roulette table, state police said. Daniel Robert Paul, of Prospect Park, swiped six purple chips, each worth $500, off the gaming table in Harrah's Casino in Chester when the dealer's back was turned, according to police. When the missing chips were discovered during a routine check, casino security reviewed surveillance cameras and contacted state police. After leaving the roulette table, Paul, 41, and his companion, Tara Lynn Foglio, 35 of Ridley Township, exited the casino and headed to their car, parked in a casino garage.
September 18, 2011
For many football fans, a new NFL season means an opportunity to hitch their own fortunes to the outcomes of the games. And while you have to be in Las Vegas to experience the full sweep of sports betting, casinos closer to home in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Atlantic City still find ways to help their customers to get in on the football action with pick 'em contests and sweepstakes. And often, those casino football contests are quite a bargain - entry is free, and some of the potential prizes escalate to thousands of dollars and possibly to seven-figure jackpots.
October 5, 2006 |
In the hierarchy of the working world, this is where micro-minis, Maybelline and Manolos (or at least Steve Maddens) meet. Inside McFadden's sports bar on North Third Street on Tuesday, it looked like a plunging neckline convention, as about 225 women put on their best faces and tiniest clothing, vying for coveted cocktail server jobs at the forthcoming Philadelphia Park Casino. The all-out recruitment effort to find the finest Philly Parkettes, just one category among the 600 new positions that the Bucks County casino needs to fill before opening day, had not been subtle.
November 27, 2011 |
These days, it seems every other casino, not to mention states just adding gambling, is in the hunt for the same thing: table-game dealers. Demand has quickly outstripped supply, casino operators say. Hence the predicament Valley Forge Casino Resort faces as Pennsylvania's 11th gambling hall, preparing for a spring debut: Two hundred fifty to 300 dealers will be required when the casino opens in March at the Valley Forge Convention Center,...
February 17, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sands Casino Resort - which in January eclipsed Parx as the leader in table-game revenue for the fourth time since July 2010's start of blackjack and poker in the state - marked the grand opening Thursday of the latest arrivals to its new shopping mall. The Shoppes at Sands, a high-end outlet mall, is the first in a Pennsylvania casino. A half-dozen stores opened Nov. 1, followed by staggered openings over the last 3 1/2 months. Four more shops were added Thursday: Coach Factory, Chico's, Peeps & Co., and Corningware Corelle & More.
January 23, 2011 |
If SugarHouse's revenues during its first four months are a barometer for demand, then Philadelphia's waterfront can't support a second casino, gambling analysts say. The city's first and only casino debuted Sept. 23, nearly four years after it was awarded a slots license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. It became the state's 10th casino. Weekly slots revenue, which makes up nearly 70 percent of the casino's total revenue, has averaged $2.3 million - less than half of what was projected in May, and less than half the projections that SugarHouse's owner made to state regulators when seeking the license.
April 2, 2011 |
Last year, motorists who travel the Commodore Barry Bridge were treated to the sight of a new landmark springing up on the banks of the Delaware River in Chester: PPL Park, the new 18,000-seat stadium that is home to the Union, an expansion team of Major League Soccer. City and regional officials said the new stadium would usher in a new day for Chester. The stadium was seen as a possible catalyst for economic growth in a city deep in the thralls of a sagging economy. In their second full season, the Union, coached by Peter Nowak and led by star striker Sebastien Le Toux, are a hit with fans, selling out most of their home games.
February 28, 2007 |
The governor is gloating. Revenues from Pennsylvania's new slot machines are exceeding state expectations, inspiring Gov. Rendell to predict casinos will easily generate the $1 billion in taxes needed to fund promised property- and wage-tax cuts. "Cynics and antigaming activists said we'll never get the billion dollars, and the early indications are that we'll get far more than a billion dollars - which is what the governor has been saying for four years now," Rendell spokeswoman Kate Philips said yesterday.