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 24, 2014 |
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.
December 13, 2012 |
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.
November 1, 2012 |
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.
September 18, 2012 |
"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.
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.
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.
December 23, 2010 |
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.
November 4, 2010 |
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.
July 19, 2010 |
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.