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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.
NEWS
September 5, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | BY JAD SLEIMAN, Daily News Staff Writer sleimaj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
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.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Miriam Hill, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 29-year-old local man was arrested and jailed Saturday after security officers at Parx Casino in Bensalem discovered a 6-year-old child unattended in a locked car in the parking lot. Bensalem police said Sunday no one was available to provide details. However, Parx spokeswoman Carrie Nork-Minelli confirmed the incident. According to news reports, the man was gambling in the casino at the time. The child had been in the car for less than 10 minutes and was unharmed. "Our security identified the situation within mere minutes," Nork-Minelli said.
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NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
In a surprising twist, Stadium L.L.C.'s application to operate a casino hotel in South Philadelphia was sent back to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday by the state Supreme Court, which said the board must take a closer look at the company's ownership structure. The Gaming Control Board's approval of Stadium's application was appealed by casino operator SugarHouse HSP Gaming L.L.P. and by Market East Associates, which had sought the license to operate a casino in Center City.
NEWS
February 25, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
Months after threatening to shut down horse racing in Pennsylvania, Gov. Wolf signed a bill Tuesday aimed at reforming the industry and allowing it to survive. The bill came after negotiations among horse-racing industry representatives, state officials, and lawmakers. "Getting to this point was not easy," Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said in a statement Tuesday, calling the changes a compromise that gives the industry an improved financial model. The bill calls for the horse-racing industry to take on the cost of drug-testing horses – estimated at $9 million annually – and to add new license fees for racetrack operators and electronic wagering.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has fined the owner of Parx Casino, in Bensalem, $10,000 for allowing two gamblers on the gaming board's self-exclusion list to obtain cash advances. The two gamblers were charged with criminal trespass, the board said. Gambling regulators also fined Mount Airy Casino, in Mount Pocono, $15,000 for using non-approved roulette chips and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, in Grantville, $7,500 for leaving eight uncounted decks of cards on the gaming floor for three days.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2016
In the Region Gaming take hits Pa. high Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania rebounded last year to $3.17 billion, topping the 2012 record of $3.16 billion, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday. The upbeat report followed the opening last month of SugarHouse Casino's expanded gaming floor and as the partnership between Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. are gearing up to start construction on Philadelphia's second casino, Live! Philadelphia, in the stadium district of South Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2016
Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania rebounded last year to $3.17 billion, topping the 2012 record high of $3.16 billion, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday. The upbeat report followed the opening last month of SugarHouse Casino's expanded gaming floor and as the partnership between Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. are gearing up to start construction on Philadelphia's second casino, Live! Philadelphia in the stadium distric of South Philadelphia.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans to build a casino in South Philadelphia moved forward Monday at the end of a raucous, six-hour City Council hearing where long-festering allegations that one of the developers has discriminated against black patrons were aired. Councilman William K. Greenlee, chairman of the committee that approved the bills, 8-0, said support for the developer from the city's NAACP and a local organization of black clergy was pivotal to the decision. "There was both concern and a lot of support for this," Greenlee said.
NEWS
November 1, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horse racing in Pennsylvania will not be shut down yet. Officials said Friday that negotiations between state lawmakers and horse-racing leaders will continue into next week as they seek new ways to fund regulation costs. Last week, Gov. Wolf threatened to order the closure of Pennsylvania's six racetracks by Friday if the industry failed to pay for licensing costs, safety measures, and the drug testing of horses. Both sides have said all week that progress is being made toward an agreement on how the industry will handle those costs, although few details have been released.
NEWS
October 31, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
State lawmakers and Pennsylvania's horse-racing industry met again Thursday but failed to reach a deal to keep tracks running statewide, leaving one day before Gov. Wolf said he would be forced to order the sport to shut down. Representatives of both sides will reconvene at noon Friday, said Salvatore M. DeBunda, president of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, which represents trainers and owners at Parx Casino in Bensalem. In an email, DeBunda confirmed there was "no definitive resolution" but declined to elaborate.
NEWS
October 25, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
Representatives of the Wolf administration and the state's beleaguered horse-racing industry returned to the negotiating table Friday, saying they were optimistic they could prevent a statewide shutdown of tracks. But they warned that any deal must include a long-term funding solution. "Racing is not going to be shut down," said Todd Mostoller, executive director of the Pennsylvania's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, who participated in the talks. "I'm extremely optimistic.
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