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.
March 4, 2015 |
IT'S NO SECRET that Philly is a foodie town, so I imagine plenty of our readers will be tuning in to Fox 29 tonight to catch Season 14 of "Hell's Kitchen," starring grueling gourmand Gordon Ramsay . Two Philly locals will compete among 18 others for a chance at a cash prize and to be given a top spot in one of Ramsay's kitchens. "When I met him, I was in awe," said Christine Hazel , 32, originally from Levittown but a transplant to Philly three years ago. Not long after relocating, Hazel took over as the chef adviser to Chickie's & Pete's locations in Philly and South Jersey.
February 27, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State Rep. John Payne, the new chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, is taking an activist approach to helping the casino industry stay competitive. One day after scheduling a series of hearings to explore ways to expand gambling and examine regulations, Payne (R., Dauphin) introduced a bill Wednesday to legalize Internet gaming. "We looked at the fact that Jersey has it, Delaware has it, Las Vegas has it," Payne said. "It would be a mistake for Pennsylvania to sit here and wait until Ohio has it, Maryland has it, New York has it, and we're the last ones coming to the game.
January 22, 2015 |
FORMER Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray . McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, Mo., where she landed a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The pair started dating in 2013. "I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I'm really committed to being a part of this community for the time being.
January 1, 2015 |
A renowned jockey from Bensalem remained in critical condition Tuesday from gunshot wounds he suffered after allegedly breaking into neighbors' apartments and assaulting them for reasons that remain unknown. Angel Suarez has been in an induced coma since being rushed to Aria Health's Torresdale campus Sunday night, Police Lt. William McVey said. Police are continuing their investigation, and the unidentified neighbor who shot him has not been charged. The shock of the young jockey's alleged actions has yet to wear off for many at Parx Casino's racetrack, where Suarez was based.
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.