February 22, 2012
Mateen Johnson couldn't lose at Parx Casino's blackjack tables, winning $2,500 Friday night. But the 34-year-old Altoona man's luck ran out Saturday morning, when a Bensalem Township police officer "came across him" and arrested him on outstanding drug charges. Now, Johnson and his winnings are being held in Blair County Prison. Altoona police said that when Johnson cashed out on Friday, Parx officials checked his identification, learned of a warrant, and called police. But Johnson's arrest was strictly "a coincidence," Bensalem Sgt. Andrew Aninsman said Tuesday.
March 14, 2013
POLICE in Warrington, Bucks County, say that a secretary for a Bucks County ambulance company stole $642,000 from the nonprofit over four years, allegedly to support a gambling habit. The Bucks County Courier Times reports that Danette Lewchick, 56, was sent to Bucks County prison Monday after being unable to post $25,000 bail on theft and related charges. Authorities say she became the Warrington Community Ambulance's financial secretary in 2008. She allegedly took money from the company's account and put it toward her personal use. Her attorney, Jeffrey Solar, says she has "a severe gambling addiction.
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 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.
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.
October 24, 2015 |
The Wolf administration on Thursday threatened to shut down horse racing statewide as soon as next week if the industry does not start to shoulder millions of dollars in regulation costs. A spokesman for Gov. Wolf cited a decrease in wagering at the tracks and the ongoing budget stalemate. But the threat of a shutdown was also a bid to get lawmakers to pass a controversial bill that offers long-term fixes, including having the industry take over the cost of drug testing, which runs about $9 million annually.
June 12, 2015 |
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
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.
July 19, 2014 |
The odds appear stacked in Parx Casino's favor. At a public input hearing Thursday ahead of a township vote on whether to renew the casino's gaming license, comments from township and state officials and regulators were almost universally in favor of renewal. "This has not only been a home run," State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R., Bucks) said of the eight-year-old casino. "This has absolutely been a grand slam for Bensalem Township. " Parx officials opened the meeting with a presentation about the gaming facility, discussing the millions of dollars of tax proceeds that have gone to the township, the 2,000 jobs the casino supports, and its donations to community groups.