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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
December 20, 2014 |
The three losing bidders and the owner of the city's only existing casino all are heading to the state Supreme Court to challenge the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's decision to grant a second casino license for a gambling complex proposed near the South Philadelphia sports complex. The gaming board issued the license last month to Live! Hotel & Casino, a joint venture by Cordish Cos. of Baltimore and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, which also owns Parx Casino in Bensalem. The companies argued that a stadium-area casino would draw sports fans and appeal to gamblers who wanted to arrive by car. The losing applicants had 30 days to appeal to the state's high court, and all were expected to file challenges by the end of Thursday - as lawyers did by late afternoon on behalf of proposed Center City casinos Market8 and the Provence.