February 26, 2014 |
Four of the five applicants for Philadelphia's second casino license are scheduled to make 15-minute final arguments at a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing Wednesday, as allowed by state regulations. The presentations by lawyers are not supposed to include new evidence. Only the backers of the Philadelphia Live! proposal in South Philadelphia have decided to forgo the opportunity, according to the agenda for this week's meeting. However, Philadelphia Live!'s sponsors, Cordish Co. and Greenwood Racing Inc., have asked the board for permission to reopen the record to clarify "technical issues" regarding ownership interests of Greenwood Racing Inc., which owns Parx Casino.
March 15, 2013
A woman was arrested at Parx Casino in Bensalem this month for smashing a beer bottle over the head of a fellow slots player who blew cigarette smoke in her face, according to police records. Dana Sarne, 30, of Morrisville, asked Paula White to extinguish her cigarette while the two were playing slots March 4, records say. Sarne said the smoke was irritating her asthma. According to the records, the two were in the casino's smoking section. White would not put out the cigarette, records say, and then blew smoke in Sarne's face.
December 16, 2011
Tables game revenue at the 11 Pennsylvania casinos surged to $54 million last month, an increase of more than $15.5 million from a year ago, or about 40 percent. Tables generated tax revenue of more than $8.7 million, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, under a 16 percent tax rate on their revenue. Last month's top revenue generator was Parx Casino in Bensalem, which grossed $10.6 million from 183 tables. SugarHouse, in Philadelphia, with 53 tables, came in third at $7 million in table games revenue, and Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, with 121 tables, was fourth at $6.5 million.
January 6, 2013 |
Police are searching for an 82-year-old man who went missing early Saturday morning from the Parx Casino in Bensalem. Dominick Paparella, from West Windsor Township in N.J.'s Mercer County, suffers from dementia and was last seen at the casino before 5 a.m. Saturday, after being driven there by his wife. police said. Paparella's wife was inside the casino when he apparently took the vehicle, a 2001 silver Infiniti I30 with license plate KUK66X. Paparella was last seen driving the car, though he has not driven in over a year.
July 17, 2012 |
LUCK MAY BE a lady, but she better not be pregnant, or overweight. Two former cocktail waitresses have filed a federal lawsuit against Parx Casino, in Bensalem, claiming that they were demoted when they became pregnant. Parx's chief counsel said that the casino's policy has been changed since the women filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2009. The establishment now provides maternity versions of its skimpy uniforms to its cocktail waitresses, who are known as Parkettes.
January 1, 2015 |
A renowned jockey from Bensalem remained in critical condition Tuesday from gunshot wounds he suffered after allegedly breaking into neighbors' apartments and assaulting them for reasons that remain unknown. Angel Suarez has been in an induced coma since being rushed to Aria Health's Torresdale campus Sunday night, Police Lt. William McVey said. Police are continuing their investigation, and the unidentified neighbor who shot him has not been charged. The shock of the young jockey's alleged actions has yet to wear off for many at Parx Casino's racetrack, where Suarez was based.
July 31, 2011 |
A 29-year-old area man was arrested and jailed Saturday after security officers at Parx Casino in Bensalem discovered a six-year-old child unattended in a locked car in the parking lot. Bensalem Police said Sunday that no one was available to provide details. However, Parx spokeswoman Carrie Nork-Minelli confirmed that the incident had occurred. According to news reports, the man was in the casino gambling at the time. The child had been in the car for less than 10 minutes and was unharmed.
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.
November 8, 2014 |
Concerned legislators from Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties said Friday that a second Philadelphia casino could drain customers, revenues, and maybe jobs from existing gaming sites in the region. "Too much of a good thing is a bad idea," said State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, a Democrat whose district includes Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester. "I certainly would feel better if there weren't another one," said Joseph DiGirolamo, the Republican mayor of Bensalem, home of Parx Casino.