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.
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.
March 9, 2012 |
In some ways, you could almost say that harness racing driver Tim Tetrick owns the racetrack at Harrah's Chester. A resident of nearby Runnemede, N.J., the 30-year-old Tetrick is the all-time leading driver in wins and purses at the track since it opened in September 2006. Tetrick's 1,537 victories are 425 more than second-place George Napolitano Jr., and his $25.28 million tops runner-up Napolitano by $10.21 million. Racing returns Friday to Chester, with a special 6:30 p.m. post time.
December 7, 2010 |
If the Foxwoods Casino project is stripped of its gaming license next week, the preservationists trying to save the SS United States hope to interest another operator in converting the ship to a gambling hall at the Foxwoods site, philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Monday. Lenfest, who met with the Inquirer Editorial Board, is the money behind the effort to keep the derelict ocean liner off the scrap heap. Over the summer, he pledged $5.8 million to buy the ship from Norwegian Cruise Line and maintain it for at least 20 months.
September 21, 2010 |
Philadelphia tourism and convention officials want visitors to spend mightily when they're here. But those bound for the city's newest attraction, SugarHouse Casino, will be able to hitch a free ride. Starting Oct. 1, the Sugar Express will pick up at four high-traffic city locations en route to the casino, which opens Thursday on the Delaware River waterfront. "The goal of the trolley is really to take advantage of Philly's thriving hospitality and tourism business," SugarHouse spokeswoman Leigh Whitaker said Monday, "and with the Convention Center expanding, it sort of made sense for us to get transportation in those areas.
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.