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.
October 23, 2015 |
The Pennsylania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday approved an expansion at Parx Casino in Benesalem, that will add 268 slot machines and boost annual revenue by and estimated $15 million to $20 million. Parx, which is owned by Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc., had $507.6 million in gambling revenue in the 12 months ended June 30, ranking second in Pennsylvania behind Sands Bethlehem. A portion of the expansion, which will increase Parx's gaming floor 15 percent by expanding into space that is currently unused, will be ready to open Nov. 5, Parx officials told Gaming Board members.
October 22, 2015 |
Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. plans to expand the gaming floor at Parx Casino, in Bensalem, by 15 percent, to 176,592 square feet, if it gets approval at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's meeting Wednesday in Harrisburg. The plan calls for adding 220 slot machines, a 6.7 percent increase, according to Greenwood's petition filed last month. The number of table games would increase to 182 from 168, or 8 percent. A Parx spokeswoman did not respond to a request for additional information, such as how much Greenwood will spend on the expansion and how long it will take.
October 16, 2015 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Kenyatta Johnson had planned to hold his Oct. 29 birthday bash and campaign fundraiser at Xfinity Live, the entertainment and dining venue owned by the company seeking to build a casino in his South Philadelphia district. But after the Daily News made inquires, the councilman's plans changed. Campaign emails sent to potential donors on Oct. 7 with attached invitations featuring a smiling Johnson advertised that the party would be held at the venue owned by the Cordish Cos. of Baltimore, which has been pushing back against allegations that it discriminates against black customers in other states.
October 8, 2015 |
THE MASTER PLAN for the proposed $400 million Live! Hotel and Casino Philadelphia won tentative approval from the City Planning Commission yesterday over the objections of a civil-rights group. Five commissioners voted in favor of the South Philadelphia project, two recused themselves because of prior business dealings with the developers, while Commissioner Patrick Eiding abstained, citing the number of requested zoning changes and unresolved allegations that developer the Cordish Cos. had discriminated against black patrons in other cities.
October 8, 2015 |
Planning officials have approved a developer's proposal for the city's second casino, leaving it to City Council members to address concerns about the South Philadelphia project's size and use of outdoor signs. The city Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve Stadium Casino L.L.C.'s master plan for the Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia project, contingent on future Council action that would tweak the proposed location's zoning to allow the development in its current form. Stadium Casino - a partnership of Cordish Cos. of Baltimore, whose properties include Xfinity Live!
September 30, 2015 |
Basketball great Shaquille O'Neal will be in the area this Sunday, plugging a new table-slot game named after him at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road, Bensalem). " ShaqBlackJack ," described as a "new, hybrid table-slot game," will be offered exclusively at Parx. Shaq will be on site Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet right before the game goes live on the casino floor. The concept evolved in the mind of New Jersey-based Dynamic Gaming Systems CEO Charlie Barksdale , who has long been a fan of Shaq, as he contemplated the NBA star's unique brand of humor and his history of lending his name to video games.
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.
August 20, 2015 |
The plan for Philadelphia's second casino does not meet zoning requirements because it lacks enough open space. Its proposed digital signs also exceed limits, a city planning commission official said Tuesday. That means the $500 million project in South Philadelphia requires two significant changes to the underlying zoning code, Martin Gregorski, director of the planning commission's development division, told commissioners during a presentation on Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia.
June 12, 2015 |
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.