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.
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.
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 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.
November 13, 2014 |
There was a very loud and very public family squabble at Stella Maris parish hall Wednesday night, one that can be summed up simply: quality of life vs. jobs. If you were in support of a South Philadelphia casino, you were against the neighborhood. If you were opposed, you were closing the door to commerce and union jobs. A vocal and, at times, angry audience of more than 300 people filled the hall at 10th and Bigler Streets for what was billed as a rally in opposition to what some residents fear is a looming decision by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to award the city's second casino to a firm that will build it in South Philadelphia.
November 16, 2014 |
Standing outside SugarHouse Casino one evening last week, Willie and Shenae Blackman of Camden didn't blink an eye when asked what they thought of a second casino opening in Philadelphia. "We would go to both of them," Shenae Blackman said with a big smile. But then a note of doubt crept into her voice as the potential impact of spreading gamblers around dawned on her: "This place always seems busy, and to split people up - I don't know. " She touched on the central issue: Are there enough gamblers to sustain two casinos in Philadelphia, which already has another casino on its doorstep, Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester?
November 8, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday that it would hold a public meeting Nov. 18 to award a license for Philadelphia's second casino. The scheduling of the meeting seems to assure that Philadelphia's second license will be issued to one of four applicants, all of whom submitted their plans two years ago. The meeting - set to unfold in a regional casino landscape that has changed dramatically, even since hearings on the license were completed in January - is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Room 201 of the Convention Center.
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.
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.
May 2, 2011 |
WHEN DWAYNE JONES was told he wasn't playing craps by house rules at Harrah's Chester casino in January, he allegedly decided to ratchet it up a notch and not play by any rules. Jones told a casino supervisor he planned to stomp his boot down his throat, police said. Then he threatened to shoot the supervisor in the head. Jones, 27, of Chester, then made threats against other players at the table, saying he planned to come back and shoot them, too, police said. When told he was no longer welcome at Harrah's, police said Jones claimed "he was only making a death threat against the dice.