May 30, 2013
What: The inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic When: Sunday Schedule: Women's pro race, 8:30 a.m.; men's pro race, noon. Course: 12-mile circuit. Men's race is 10 laps for 120 miles, women's race five laps for 60 miles. The start and finish are at the "Manayunk Wall. " The rest is on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill to Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill, then returning to Manayunk along Main Street. Purse: $60,000 total. Men and women $30,000 each, including $5,000 each for King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain.
September 5, 2012 |
A 76-year-old woman who was the subject of an extensive search at the Parx Casino after she was reported missing Monday night was found safe this morning at the gaming complex. Police did not say where Mau Lee was found. Mau Lee, a diabetic who needs insulin, went to the casino with her son and daughter but separated from them, police said. She was last seen in the Paddock area near Parx East about 7:30 p.m. During an extensive search for Mau Lee, firefighters reportedly used thermal imaging cameras in an effort to locate her. When the search proved unsuccessful, police issued an appeal for help in locating her. They later reported she was found safe at 6:30 a.m.
April 14, 2011
Bensalem Police arrested a Levittown man for assaulting and robbing a couple outside Parx Casino early Thursday morning. James Ashton, 20, approached the couple as they exited the casino at about 4:45 a.m., police said. He pushed the woman to the ground and ripped her purse off of her arm, according to police. Ashton struggled with the woman and her companion. Bensalem Police Officer Steve Bailey was patrolling the parking lot of the casino when he saw Parx security chasing Ashton.
October 22, 2015 |
Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. plans to expand the gaming floor at Parx Casino, in Bensalem, by 15 percent, to 176,592 square feet, if it gets approval at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's meeting Wednesday in Harrisburg. The plan calls for adding 220 slot machines, a 6.7 percent increase, according to Greenwood's petition filed last month. The number of table games would increase to 182 from 168, or 8 percent. A Parx spokeswoman did not respond to a request for additional information, such as how much Greenwood will spend on the expansion and how long it will take.
February 8, 2013 |
PARX CASINO and New Penn Financial have signed on as the two major sponsors for Philadelphia's new professional-cycling race, together pledging $700,000 for this year's race and the next. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady announced Thursday that the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic had secured enough funds to fill the gap left after the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship was canceled due to financial troubles. Parx has promised $500,000, he said, while Penn, a national mortgage-lending firm, signed on for an additional $200,000.
December 7, 2013 |
The owners of Parx Casino, known for huge charitable donations, are fighting for a lower property-tax bill in Bensalem Township and have paid the taxes under protest for the last three years. The dispute could be significant for the Bensalem Township School District, which said last month in a bond-offering document that Parx, including the racetrack, was by far the largest taxpayer in the township, accounting for 8.4 percent of school district assessments. The total assessment for Parx, which is owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., is $54.1 million.
February 8, 2013 |
Parx Casino will give $250,000 each year to sponsor the Philly Cycling Classic in 2013 and 2014, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady said Thursday. Parx will be the name sponsor for the June 2 race, which just weeks ago was thought dead for this year after previous organizers were unable to find new sponsors. Parx is joined by New Penn Financial, which will contribute $100,000 for 2013. Also, Philadelphia Federal Credit Union will contribute $50,000 this year, and Sunoco $25,000. This year's race is expected to be shorter than the traditional one but will retain its key feature, the climb up the Manayunk Wall.
December 23, 2010 |
Parx just got bigger - again. It debuted additional table games and a new noodle bar Wednesday at its adjacent Parx East property. The new games include pai gow, pai gow tiles, Sic Bo, and mini- and midi-baccarat - all popular among Asians. About 400 new employees, mostly dealers, were hired for the $15 million addition, part of a multiphase expansion planned by the casino over the next couple of years. Though a significant number of the new games cater to Asians, the ground floor is not purely an Asian gaming pit, like those found in Las Vegas.
August 7, 2011 |
Profits and parenting are on a collision course at Parx Casino. Becoming the quintessential "neighborhood casino" has given Parx the dubious distinction of being the only gambling hall in Pennsylvania where adults have been caught leaving children in vehicles parked outside while they gambled inside. The increasingly tense clash of parental responsibility and casino accountability could be taken up Aug. 18 before the state Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg. Thus far, no fines have been levied on Parx because of recurring incidents of child neglect by its patrons.
October 23, 2015 |
The Pennsylania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved an expansion at Parx Casino in Benesalem, that will add 268 slot machines and boost annual revenue by and estimated $15 million to $20 million. Parx, which is owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., had $507.6 million in gambling revenue in the 12 months ended June 30, ranking second in Pennsylvania behind Sands Bethlehem. A portion of the expansion, which will increase Parx's gaming floor 15 percent by expanding into space that is currently unused, will be ready to open Nov. 5, Parx officials told Gaming Board members.