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September 6, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - The powerful board that regulates Pennsylvania's nearly $3 billion casino industry took a hit after a grand jury report questioned whether it was too cozy with the gambling operators it was supposed to regulate and less interested with protecting the public's welfare than in boosting casino profits. The scathing 102-page report by the state attorney general, released in late May, criticized the board's use of secret meetings and suggested the agency awarded licenses to unsuitable applicants and withheld critical information that deemed them as such.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino $48,000 for allowing individuals on exclusion lists to gamble in the Fishtown property. Three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list for problem gamblers were allowed to gamble - one for nearly five hours at table games - before they were caught and removed. Those incidents resulted in a $33,000 fine. Separately, two individuals banned from casinos by state regulators for being professional offenders or cheats were allowed to play poker at SugarHouse for two and a half hours.
NEWS
July 20, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
Two months before Philadelphia's first gambling venue is scheduled to open, SugarHouse Casino took delivery this morning of its first slot machines. The slots arrived in a sealed truck, which was opened under the watch of officials from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The casino on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown plans to open the week of Sept. 20 with 40 table games and 1,602 slot machines. SugarHouse, built on the site of the former Jack Frost sugar refinery, will become Pennsylvania's 10th casino when it opens.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino announced three job fairs this month to help fill the 500 jobs it expects to add after it completes its $164 million expansion around the end of the year. The fairs are scheduled on the following dates: Saturday in the Macy's Court at Cherry Hill Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 13 in Room 118 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Oct. 27 in the Winnet Student Life Building at the Community College of Philadelphia from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. SugarHouse, which recently celebrated its five-year anniversary, employed 1,224 at the end of June, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
Slot machines at Pennsylvania's 10 casinos generated $190.5 million in gross revenue last month, up 7.4 percent from January 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The board said it was the 11th time in the last 12 months that slots revenue showed a year-over-year increase. Leading the pack was Parx in Bensalem, which generated $31.6 million, up 8.8 percent from a year ago; Sands Bethlehem Casino came second at $22.5 million, up 13.6 percent; and Rivers in Pittsburgh rounded out the Top 3 with $21.9 million, up 8.4 percent.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | Suzette Parmley
April slots revenue at Pennsylvania's 11 casinos rose 1.3 percent to $214.1 million from a year ago, thanks largely to the opening of Valley Forge Casino Resort on March 31. Excluding the new casino in King of Prussia, slot revenue would have been down 0.6 percent year-over-year, but last month also had one less Friday and one less Saturday than April 2011. SugarHouse, on Penn's Landing, had the highest growth percentage, up 7.5 percent last month from last year, while Harrah's Chester — which is being renamed Harrah's Philadelphia — posted the largest decrease at 7.6 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which released the figures Wednesday.
NEWS
August 30, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
GETTYSBURG - Civil War preservationists are retrenching for another battle four years after defeating a proposal to build a casino near Gettysburg's historic site. Casino principals, supports and opponents will speak Tuesday in a public meeting with state regulators who are considering the license application. Developer David LeVan is a noted local philanthropist and former Conrail chairman. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected his first plan in 2006 amid an outcry that gambling would sully the character of the battlefield considered by many to be the war's turning point.
NEWS
September 3, 2010
Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord filed a brief in his lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today. McCord sued the state gambling board on May 11, claiming it was intentionally keeping him out of its closed-door executive sessions and refusing to share confidential information. On Aug. 5, the gaming board filed a response, arguing to keep McCord out of such meetings and throw out the case. McCord's brief reiterates the merits of his case and for the court not to throw it out, McCord's senior adviser, Corinna V. Wilson, indicated today.
NEWS
September 8, 2011
Commonwealth Court has denied a request from an investor group in the derailed Foxwoods casino project to delay for 60 days a hearing on the loss of the project's gaming license. Three investors who have taken over management of the project had wanted to hold off on a hearing, arguing that they wanted more time to try to negotiate with gaming regulators. In a filing last week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board rejected the suggestion that a negotiated settlement could be possible.
NEWS
November 10, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania appellate court panel is backing state gambling regulators' decision to revoke the license of the long-stalled Foxwoods Philadelphia Casino project. The state Commonwealth Court released its 6-1 decision Thursday to uphold the revocation by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The agency's board members voted in December to revoke the license it initially awarded in 2006, prompting the casino investors to appeal to Commonwealth Court. It was the first time the gaming board had revoked a $50 million casino license in its history.
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BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino $48,000 for allowing individuals on exclusion lists to gamble in the Fishtown property. Three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list for problem gamblers were allowed to gamble - one for nearly five hours at table games - before they were caught and removed. Those incidents resulted in a $33,000 fine. Separately, two individuals banned from casinos by state regulators for being professional offenders or cheats were allowed to play poker at SugarHouse for two and a half hours.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino announced three job fairs this month to help fill the 500 jobs it expects to add after it completes its $164 million expansion around the end of the year. The fairs are scheduled on the following dates: Saturday in the Macy's Court at Cherry Hill Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 13 in Room 118 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Oct. 27 in the Winnet Student Life Building at the Community College of Philadelphia from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. SugarHouse, which recently celebrated its five-year anniversary, employed 1,224 at the end of June, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
NEWS
August 20, 2015
AS THE CLOCK ticks down to September with a state budget crisis showing no signs of resolution, we can imagine the panic taking hold in school districts around the state - and Philadelphia's is no exception. Of course, late-August panic is nothing new to the School District of Philadelphia. For years, the gap between unresolved budgets and opening day of school has created an atmosphere of unrelenting crisis that distracts from the priority of how to best educate our children. This year's crisis is a battle between Gov. Wolf and a Republican-dominated state Legislature, who remain far apart on big issues such as pension reform, education funding and shale tax. A few weeks ago, we urged patience for the budget process, since these battles represent a shift from the status quo. But time is now wasting.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Pennsylvania's 12 casinos in March brought in $69.8 million in revenue from table games, the industry's highest total since table games started in July 2010, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported. The total was 2.7 percent higher than last year. March table games revenue was down 4.7 percent at the four casinos in the Philadelphia area, to $29.4 million from $30.8 million, compared to a year ago. Harrah's Philadelphia, in Chester, and Valley Forge Casino, in Upper Merion Township, had double-digit percentage declines, while revenue rose at Parx and SugarHouse, data from the Gaming Board showed.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Revenue from slot machines at four Philadelphia-area casinos climbed 4.8 percent in February, to $69.3 million from $66.1 million last year. At the state's other eight casinos, slot revenue was down 1 percent, to $113.9 million from $115 million. Three of four Philadelphia-area casinos - Parx in Bensalem, SugarHouse in Philadelphia, and Valley Forge in Upper Merion - posted gains in the month, with Parx accounting for nearly two thirds of the gain locally. Harrah's Philadelphia, in Chester, had a decline of $50,650, to $17.96 million.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 3, 2012 | Suzette Parmley
April slots revenue at Pennsylvania's 11 casinos rose 1.3 percent to $214.1 million from a year ago, thanks largely to the opening of Valley Forge Casino Resort on March 31. Excluding the new casino in King of Prussia, slot revenue would have been down 0.6 percent year-over-year, but last month also had one less Friday and one less Saturday than April 2011. SugarHouse, on Penn's Landing, had the highest growth percentage, up 7.5 percent last month from last year, while Harrah's Chester — which is being renamed Harrah's Philadelphia — posted the largest decrease at 7.6 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which released the figures Wednesday.
NEWS
April 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
PENNSYLVANIA'S 11 casinos pulled in more than $233.1 million in gross slot-machine revenue last month, setting an all-time monthly high since the state's first casino opened in November 2006 and cementing the state's status as the nation's second-largest gambling market. The slots totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board include revenue from two test nights and one day of operations at the state's 11th casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort, which opened Saturday.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
Slot machines at Pennsylvania's 10 casinos generated $190.5 million in gross revenue last month, up 7.4 percent from January 2011, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The board said it was the 11th time in the last 12 months that slots revenue showed a year-over-year increase. Leading the pack was Parx in Bensalem, which generated $31.6 million, up 8.8 percent from a year ago; Sands Bethlehem Casino came second at $22.5 million, up 13.6 percent; and Rivers in Pittsburgh rounded out the Top 3 with $21.9 million, up 8.4 percent.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2012 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The $132.5 million Valley Forge Casino Resort is on target to open this spring, president and chief executive officer Sal Scheri told members of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday. "Construction is progressing on schedule, and we're excited to see the casino start to take shape," Scheri said. The assurance was part of his team's petition to the gaming board for a license to install table games at the new facility - which the hearing in King of Prussia centered on. Under the state's gambling law, the Montgomery County casino will be allowed up to 600 slot machines.
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