September 21, 2014 |
A red alert for slots players heading to Parx Casino in Bensalem: Saturday afternoon, you may not get your favorite parking spot. Just up Smarty Jones Way from the main casino building, 20,000 people are expected to pack the racetrack to watch reigning Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome compete in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. Extra tellers were being hired, a press room was added to the ground floor, and the parking lots are expected to fill up, although attendance isn't expected to near the record 28,692 set in 1983.
July 24, 2014 |
SHOVELS ARE finally in the ground for the long-planned expansion of SugarHouse Casino. SugarHouse officials, politicians and other big shots were on hand yesterday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony as Philadelphia's first legal casino launched a $164 million construction project. When completed next year, the Fishtown waterfront complex will boast a multiuse event space with river views, new restaurants, a seven-story, 1,500-space parking garage and a poker room with 30 tables.
July 19, 2014 |
The odds appear stacked in Parx Casino's favor. At a public input hearing Thursday ahead of a township vote on whether to renew the casino's gaming license, comments from township and state officials and regulators were almost universally in favor of renewal. "This has not only been a home run," State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R., Bucks) said of the eight-year-old casino. "This has absolutely been a grand slam for Bensalem Township. " Parx officials opened the meeting with a presentation about the gaming facility, discussing the millions of dollars of tax proceeds that have gone to the township, the 2,000 jobs the casino supports, and its donations to community groups.
June 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A state senator from Bucks County sees no need to rush into legalizing Internet gambling this month, a move considered by some as one way to help plug the gaping hole in next year's state budget. "The revenues are so insignificant to this budget," Republican Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson said after a hearing Tuesday at which an economist estimated that Pennsylvania could reap $68 million in tax revenue in the first year of Internet gaming. Tomlinson, whose district includes Parx Casino in Bensalem, said the key question for him is whether Internet gambling would help or hurt bricks-and-mortar casinos.
May 3, 2014
A story last Saturday about the singer Cyndi Lauper misstated the location of the Philadelphia production of Kinky Boots , for which she wrote the score. It will run from April 28 to May 10, 2015, at the Forrest Theatre. A story Thursday on a plan to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets in Parx Casino incorrectly named the state where regulators are considering technology owned by WMS Gaming Inc. The state is Nevada. A story Friday on a Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial debate wrongly referred to candidate Tom Wolf's role in the mayoral campaign of Charles Robertson in York in 2001.
May 2, 2014 |
In a bid to attract younger crowds, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. is planning to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets at Parx Casino in Bensalem. "The idea is to try to expand our business, create more revenue both for us and the state by offering something that would appeal to a whole new generation of slots players," John Dixon, Greenwood's chief technology officer, said Wednesday at a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearing in Harrisburg. Greenwood Gaming's attorney, Alan C. Kohler of Eckert Seamans, told the board that the company would like to file a petition in the next three to six months seeking permission to introduce a system called betcloud.
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.
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.
March 17, 2014 |
Of the five would-be owners of a second Philadelphia casino, only two - Bart Blatstein and Joe Procacci - are new to Pennsylvania's casino industry. It's not clear whether it matters to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board that the other proposed ownership groups have members with significant stakes in or full ownership of Pennsylvania casinos. Ira Lubert, for example, who would own 25 percent of Market8, already owns 50 percent of the Valley Forge Casino with his son. Lubert, a leading investment manager in the region, also owns 2.8 percent of Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
February 28, 2014 |
During final arguments Wednesday on who should get Philadelphia's second casino license, applicants' lawyers took potshots at other proposals and dismissed SugarHouse Casino's argument that there are too few gamblers to support another casino. At the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's hearing in Harrisburg, the applicants, as well as SugarHouse and a neighborhood group opposed to the Provence, were allowed 15 minutes to summarize their cases without introducing any new evidence.