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.
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.
August 18, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Top officials from Parx Casino say they've stepped up patrols of the parking lot to combat the problem of parents leaving children unattended in cars at the Bensalem gambling hall while they're gambling. Parx chief executive Leonard DeAngelo and chief counsel Thomas Bonner testified Thursday before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg. Bonner says the casino, which is next to the Philadelphia Park racetrack, has added a second around-the-clock security patrol in the parking lot and a third vehicle during peak weekend periods.
September 6, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia $50,000 for giving cash advances to 11 individuals who asked to be banned from casinos in Pennsylvania. Two other local casinos were also fined this week. Parx Casino, in Bensalem, was fined $15,000 for sending marketing materials to 146 individuals on the gaming board's self-exclusion list. The board fined Harrah's Philadelphia $7,500 for paying a slot machine jackpot to a person who was not sitting at the slot machine when the winnings registered.
November 20, 2014 |
Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., which already owns Parx Casino in Bensalem, was the big winner Tuesday when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chose Live! Hotel & Casino, planned for South Philadelphia, for the city's second casino license. Not only does the selection of Live! give Greenwood the chance to protect its majority slice of the $1.14 billion gambling market in the immediate Philadelphia region, it also ends a losing streak. Greenwood, which fought fiercely against the board's approval of a license for Ira Lubert at the former Valley Forge Convention Center, lost competitions for casino licenses in Maryland and Massachusetts in the last year.
February 25, 2016 |
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.
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.