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November 4, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parx, Pennsylvania's most profitable casino, unveiled its 24-table poker room Wednesday in the building next door that once housed the old PhillyPark casino. Within a half-hour of the 10 a.m. opening, six tables were filled on the third-floor level of what is now called Parx East. An hour later, all 24 tables for Texas Hold 'Em, 7-Card Stud, and Omaha were filled. Player Dave Raddi, 35, of Warminster, said he had waited two years for poker to arrive at Parx. "It's two hours with no traffic to Atlantic City," said Raddi, who owns a small business in South Jersey.
NEWS
November 15, 2007 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo and Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A mob-linked, multimillion-dollar gambling ring dismantled yesterday used a high-stakes poker room at one of Atlantic City's top casinos as a base of operations, authorities said. The ring took bets and collected, paid out and laundered money, all from the gaming floor of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said. She called the operation "startling and brazen," but said investigators might not have noticed the ring if not for a tip they received last year.
NEWS
April 11, 2008 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The reputed leaders of an audacious, $60 million illegal bookmaking operation allegedly run out of the poker room of the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa were indicted yesterday by a New Jersey grand jury. In all, 24 people, including several reputed South Philadelphia mob figures, were charged in the case, which surfaced in November when authorities announced a series of arrests and shut down the operation. Jack Buscemi Jr., 50, of Mullica Hill, and Andrew Micali, 32, of Ventnor, N.J., were charged with heading the gambling ring, which authorities said had operated for nearly 20 months in the posh poker room of Atlantic City's newest casino.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino executives and owners, along with several politicians, officially broke ground Tuesday on a long-planned $164 million expansion of the Fishtown property. When SugarHouse opened in September 2010 - after delays caused by community opposition and financing struggles rooted in the 2007-08 economic collapse - it was considered an interim facility. The anticipated expansion was then delayed by a lawsuit to block the expansion by partners with a minority share of ownership, and by the slow process of obtaining permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and others.
NEWS
January 25, 2006
Instances of rudeness that occur way too often I loved the article on rudeness ("Rude roots," Jan. 8). I'd like to add some more examples of rudeness I see much too often: Proselytizers who try to convert people by denigrating and insulting the faith and values of others. People who chew gum with their mouths open or pop gum. Also, people who make noises with their teeth. Drivers who straddle both lanes of traffic. Any teacher who belittles a student in front of classmates.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Barbara Evans Sorid, For The Inquirer
Eddie Aldridge has been working the National Deaf Poker Tour for six years now. He's learned that dealing to deaf people is not unlike dealing to anyone else, since poker, by nature, is played mostly with nonverbal communication. Certainly, there's no "raise" and "call" to be heard; instead players use hand signals - a thumbs up or two fingers to the ear. But there are big differences at these tournaments, he said, and it's what you can't hear. "The camaraderie, the spirit, the brotherhood," says Aldridge, 48. "Something that you will never see at regular poker tables is clapping for a winner.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parx just got bigger - again. It debuted additional table games and a new noodle bar Wednesday at its adjacent Parx East property. The new games include pai gow, pai gow tiles, Sic Bo, and mini- and midi-baccarat - all popular among Asians. About 400 new employees, mostly dealers, were hired for the $15 million addition, part of a multiphase expansion planned by the casino over the next couple of years. Though a significant number of the new games cater to Asians, the ground floor is not purely an Asian gaming pit, like those found in Las Vegas.
LIVING
January 13, 2010 | By Barbara Evans Sorid FOR THE INQUIRER
Mario Salvatore still finds fun, friends, and emotional solace playing seven-card stud. But the game is suffering the passage of time, much like Salvatore himself. The 85-year-old, a South Philadelphia native who now lives a stone's throw from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, is one of a fiercely loyal but shrinking group of stud poker players, mostly seniors, who hold court almost daily in the poker room at the Trump Taj Mahal, the only casino in town where you can count on a regular game.
NEWS
July 19, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before boarding a business flight to Miami about noon Sunday, John McKenna of Northeast Philadelphia indulged in a few spins of the roulette wheel at Parx Casino. "It's more interactive. There's more of a human element," said McKenna, 36, referring to the newest attraction at Philadelphia's suburban casinos: dealer-staffed table games. As of early Sunday, Parx in Bensalem, Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack in Delaware County, and Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem had joined the table-games locomotive - anticipated by many, including McKenna, to further erode Atlantic City's already flagging fortunes.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For table-game patrons like Jesse Torres, the arrival of poker, craps, roulette, and other games to Pennsylvania's casinos later this year will mean no longer commuting to the Mountain State. "I'll stay in Pennsylvania when it gets table games," said the 64-year-old retired steelworker as he stood in line to play roulette late last month at Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center here. Since Gov. Rendell signed off on adding table games last month to help balance this year's budget, Pennsylvania's casino operators have wasted no time in holding job fairs to hire dealers, cocktail servers, and other essential staff.
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NEWS
July 24, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino executives and owners, along with several politicians, officially broke ground Tuesday on a long-planned $164 million expansion of the Fishtown property. When SugarHouse opened in September 2010 - after delays caused by community opposition and financing struggles rooted in the 2007-08 economic collapse - it was considered an interim facility. The anticipated expansion was then delayed by a lawsuit to block the expansion by partners with a minority share of ownership, and by the slow process of obtaining permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and others.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER& MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writersbenderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
As federal prosecutors rested their case against reputed Mafia boss Joseph Ligambi, police investigated an apparent mob hit Wednesday in South Philly that left a 50-year-old man dead of gunshot wounds. Police were questioning Anthony Nicodemo, 41, a reputed mob soldier, in connection with the killing, and were seeking a warrant to search his Packer Park home. Yellow crime-scene tape stretched across Iseminger Street near Johnston and cops were scouring the scene for evidence in what appeared to be the city's first mob hit in nearly a decade.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Barbara Evans Sorid, For The Inquirer
Eddie Aldridge has been working the National Deaf Poker Tour for six years now. He's learned that dealing to deaf people is not unlike dealing to anyone else, since poker, by nature, is played mostly with nonverbal communication. Certainly, there's no "raise" and "call" to be heard; instead players use hand signals - a thumbs up or two fingers to the ear. But there are big differences at these tournaments, he said, and it's what you can't hear. "The camaraderie, the spirit, the brotherhood," says Aldridge, 48. "Something that you will never see at regular poker tables is clapping for a winner.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012 | By Dan Gross
"McCANICK," a cop/crime drama starring Cory Monteith of "Glee," Brandon Routh of "Superman Returns" and Chestnut Hill's David Morse , has begun shooting in town. Irish actor Ciaran Hinds , who recently worked here on USA's "Political Animals," and Morse worked on scenes Wednesday and Thursday at City Hall. Morse plays a detective named Eugene "Mack" McCanick who, along with his partner, played by Routh, hunt down a young criminal (Monteith) who was just released from prison, according to Variety . Morse is also a producer on the film.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2012
In the Region Davis Vision strike ends About 115 unionized workers at the Newtown Square eyeglass manufacturing lab of Davis Vision returned to work Monday after a four-week strike over contract talks, the company and union officials said. Details of a three-year contract settlement reached Friday were not disclosed. "The new contract provides us with a good opportunity to earn incentive pay on top of our wages and benefits," said a statement from stewards at the International IUE/CWA Union.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2011
THERE WAS a time not that long ago (pre-2006) when, even in the winter, an overnight trip to an Atlantic City casino with dinner would run well over $200. Not now. I recently enjoyed a fine meal and a beautiful room at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City for just $95.16. Cruising the Internet for room deals, I found one for $44 at Harrah's. I could have stayed at Resorts Atlantic City for $26, but I chose Harrah's for the dinner deal at its Steakhouse and because Harrah's has a poker room.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parx just got bigger - again. It debuted additional table games and a new noodle bar Wednesday at its adjacent Parx East property. The new games include pai gow, pai gow tiles, Sic Bo, and mini- and midi-baccarat - all popular among Asians. About 400 new employees, mostly dealers, were hired for the $15 million addition, part of a multiphase expansion planned by the casino over the next couple of years. Though a significant number of the new games cater to Asians, the ground floor is not purely an Asian gaming pit, like those found in Las Vegas.
NEWS
November 4, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parx, Pennsylvania's most profitable casino, unveiled its 24-table poker room Wednesday in the building next door that once housed the old PhillyPark casino. Within a half-hour of the 10 a.m. opening, six tables were filled on the third-floor level of what is now called Parx East. An hour later, all 24 tables for Texas Hold 'Em, 7-Card Stud, and Omaha were filled. Player Dave Raddi, 35, of Warminster, said he had waited two years for poker to arrive at Parx. "It's two hours with no traffic to Atlantic City," said Raddi, who owns a small business in South Jersey.
NEWS
July 19, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before boarding a business flight to Miami about noon Sunday, John McKenna of Northeast Philadelphia indulged in a few spins of the roulette wheel at Parx Casino. "It's more interactive. There's more of a human element," said McKenna, 36, referring to the newest attraction at Philadelphia's suburban casinos: dealer-staffed table games. As of early Sunday, Parx in Bensalem, Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack in Delaware County, and Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem had joined the table-games locomotive - anticipated by many, including McKenna, to further erode Atlantic City's already flagging fortunes.
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