November 20, 2014 |
THERE IS one safe bet for a new casino license holder in Philadelphia: Politicians, neighbors and people who applied for but didn't win the license may try to stop the project from going forward. That may be the immediate future for the investors behind Live! Hotel & Casino, which won the city's second gaming license yesterday in a vote by the state Gaming Control Board. That project is a partnership between Greenwood Racing Inc., which runs Parx Casino in Bensalem, and the Cordish Co., which owns a casino in Maryland and Xfinity Live!
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?
November 13, 2014 |
There was a very loud and very public family squabble at Stella Maris parish hall Wednesday night, one that can be summed up simply: quality of life vs. jobs. If you were in support of a South Philadelphia casino, you were against the neighborhood. If you were opposed, you were closing the door to commerce and union jobs. A vocal and, at times, angry audience of more than 300 people filled the hall at 10th and Bigler Streets for what was billed as a rally in opposition to what some residents fear is a looming decision by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to award the city's second casino to a firm that will build it in South Philadelphia.
November 8, 2014 |
Concerned legislators from Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties said Friday that a second Philadelphia casino could drain customers, revenues, and maybe jobs from existing gaming sites in the region. "Too much of a good thing is a bad idea," said State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland, a Democrat whose district includes Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester. "I certainly would feel better if there weren't another one," said Joseph DiGirolamo, the Republican mayor of Bensalem, home of Parx Casino.
November 8, 2014 |
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday that it would hold a public meeting Nov. 18 to award a license for Philadelphia's second casino. The scheduling of the meeting seems to assure that Philadelphia's second license will be issued to one of four applicants, all of whom submitted their plans two years ago. The meeting - set to unfold in a regional casino landscape that has changed dramatically, even since hearings on the license were completed in January - is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Room 201 of the Convention Center.
September 22, 2014 |
PARX CASINO is always open. The racetrack across the parking lot will open early today - 10 a.m., probably even earlier if there is a long line. There might be lines outside then, and definitely inside all day. The Kentucky Derby winner is running at Parx. California Chrome, making his first start since finishing fourth in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, will be in post position No. 1 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, scheduled for 5:40 as the finale of a broadcast on The Comcast Network (4:30 to 6 p.m.)
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.