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?
April 18, 2014 |
Gamblers lost $67.93 million playing poker and other table games at Pennsylvania casinos last month, the highest total since table games began in July 2010, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Wednesday. The total was $551,490 more than the figure for March 2013, the previous high. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, which has been up for sale for nearly a year, continued to hold the top spot in table games, with $15.3 million in revenue, slightly less than the figure a year ago. The biggest gain in dollars was registered by SugarHouse, which logged a $825,555 increase in table games revenue.
September 26, 2012 |
FORMER CBS 3 ANCHOR Alycia Lane is no longer "in a relationship" with actor, singer and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Ashley Hamilton , her Facebook page indicated recently. Lane, 40, confirmed Monday that she and Hamilton, 37, son of actor George Hamilton , had dated but haven't seen each other for some time now. "Sweet, wonderful guy. Just wasn't meant to be," Lane told us. Hamilton was twice married in the 1990s, for about six months each time, first to actress Shannen Doherty and later to model Angie Everhart . Lane, now anchoring mornings at KNBC in Los Angeles, and Chris Booker , a former Q102 DJ, broke up about a year ago, after dating for about four years.
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.
April 27, 2014 |
CHESTER Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, now one of the largest taxpayers in the region, is fighting its property assessment in court. The casino filed a court appeal this week of its $218 million assessment from Delaware County after the denial of an appeal to the county Board of Assessment last month. This year, Harrah's could owe $1.2 million in taxes to Delaware County, and more than $4 million to the City of Chester and the Chester Upland School District. Harrah's faces property taxes for the first time since it opened in Chester seven years ago. The casino was built in a Keystone Opportunity Zone, which made it exempt from property taxes until that benefit expired at the end of 2013.
November 16, 2012 |
Suddenly Packer Avenue, that industrial stretch of wide road near the sports stadiums in South Philly, is jumping with casino proposals. Six applications were submitted Thursday to the state Gaming Control Board for an available casino license in Philadelphia. Three of them want to set up shop on Packer Avenue. And one bidder has two potential sites there. The application for PHL Local Gaming LLC was not revealed until Friday morning, when the Gaming Control Board issued a list of bidders.
August 8, 2011
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has formally asked that representatives of Parx Casino appear Aug. 18 in Harrisburg to discuss the Bensalem casino's plan to deal with the problem with adults leaving children in vehicles while the adults gamble. The call to the board's monthly meeting is "for informational purposes," said spokesman Doug Harbach. The board wants to hear first hand from Parx officials about efforts undertaken since the casino submitted a plan of action on Aug. 19, 2010, to deal with the ongoing probem, Harbach said.
November 2, 2011
A 25-year-old North Philadelphia man was arrested at Parx Casino and charged with robbing an 83-year-old woman in her Bensalem home over the weekend, police said Tuesday. The woman awoke about 2:15 a.m. Saturday to find a knife-wielding man demanding money, Bensalem police said. He bound her legs and arms to a nightstand, cut the phone line, and fled with jewelry and a debit card, police said. Police said a casino dealer recognized Quincy Cannon, of the 2600 block of West Dauphin Street, Monday night from media coverage of the robbery, including surveillance photos of a man using the debit card.
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.