July 18, 2013
Pennsylvania's 11 casinos generated $59.5 million in table game revenue in June, up 4.2 percent from a year ago. Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, with 183 tables, was the leader at $16.9 million; second place was Parx Casino in Bensalem with 166 tables, which grossed $9.1 million. Two other Philadelphia area casinos rounded out the top four - SugarHouse placed third at $6.7 million from 58 tables, and Harrah's Philadelphia grossed $6.3 million from 121 tables. For the fiscal year ending June 30, total table game revenue at the state's gambling houses was $713.1 million, an increase of 7.4 percent from the previous fiscal year's total of $663.9 million.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.