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September 17, 2009 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A state senator yesterday introduced a proposal to allow Pennsylvania's slot-machine parlors to add table games, as lawmakers begin to craft legislation that would also provide a hefty dose of new money for the state. "Given the current budget crisis that we face - the worst economic downturn in decades, and a shaky job climate - there is no better time for Pennsylvania to add table games to our casinos," Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R., Bucks) told a committee in Harrisburg. "Table games in casinos could be a reliable, recurring revenue source to the state, and provide more jobs.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2009 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Pennsylvania horsemen's group maintains that introduction of table games at the state's casinos would lower slots revenue, thus hurting the horse-racing industry. The decrease could be 8 percent to 13 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, which presented its study to the House Gaming Oversight Committee in Harrisburg yesterday. "Current table-games legislation misguidedly sets different tax rates for slot machines and table games, creating the potential for lost state revenues and declines in funds for the equine industry," said Joe Santanna, president of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, a member of the equine coalition.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2011 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
As it was about to mark the first anniversary of blackjack, poker, craps, and other table games, Pennsylvania closed out its fiscal year June 30 with $81.5 million generated by 10 state casinos, according to figures released Monday by the board that regulates the industry. The launch of table games began July 8, 2010, starting in the western part of the state and moving eastward. Parx in Bensalem, Harrah's in Chester, and Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem rolled them out July 18, 2010.
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.
NEWS
December 8, 2009 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After almost two months, the state House is scheduled to begin deliberation today on legislation to add table games at slot parlors and pump $200 million into the state budget. A final vote could take place by late tomorrow, said Bob Caton, spokesman for House Speaker Keith McCall (D., Carbon). Three points of contention remain in the legislation: the amount of taxes that would be levied on table-game revenue; the creation of additional gaming licenses for resorts; and the number of slots and table games permitted at casino resorts.
NEWS
January 8, 2010
IN PASSING the table-games legislation that will allow poker, craps and roulette in the state's slots parlors, the Legislature has again confirmed that as far as it's concerned, we cities, counties, and communities of the commonwealth are mere colonies that toil to serve the Great Empire of Harrisburg. At least that's what it feels like in reviewing some of the key points of the legislation. _ It overrides the city's smoking ban. _ By granting a new 2012 deadline for the Foxwoods casino to open in the city, it overrides the state Gaming Control Board's own deadline of 2011.
NEWS
January 5, 2010 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
Leaders in the state General Assembly have struck a deal to legalize table games as Gov. Rendell threatened yesterday to lay off 995 employees unless that legislation is approved by Friday. The big question now: Can those legislative leaders convince their members in the state House and Senate to vote for the deal? Two sticking points in the legislative tussle between the House and Senate have been resolved, according to documents obtained yesterday by the Daily News . _ Local taxes - An estimated $3.6 million per year in "local share" taxes from table games at two planned casinos in Philadelphia would go to the city government instead of being distributed as grants by the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)
NEWS
December 17, 2009 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The long-disputed table-games bill may have to wait until January. Legislation to allow poker, roulette, and other games at Pennsylvania casinos fell victim last night to one more round of disagreement between the Democratic-controlled state House and the Republican-controlled Senate. The Senate approved the bill, 27-22, after rewriting key sections in a move that House Democratic leaders immediately warned could shatter a fragile majority needed to send the measure to Gov. Rendell.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2010 | By Suzette Parmley INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Keith Bewley stood in line at Delaware Park casino eagerly waiting to demonstrate that he had good vision, dexterity, and could count - essentials to being a table-games dealer. "I'm a victim of the recession," said the currently unemployed Bewley, 28, of West Grove in Chester County, who took his place at the table, rubbed his hands together, and began stacking a pile of chips by color, one of the tests. He proceeded to the next round, where he shuffled a deck of cards, had an interview, and took a drug test.
NEWS
December 16, 2009 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Inside the ornate rotunda of the Capitol yesterday, a student choir stood on white marble steps behind a massive Christmas tree, its voices filling the dome with verses of "Joy to the World. " Fourth graders posed for a class photo while a busload of senior citizens from Washington County made its way to the gallery of the House chamber. There, lawmakers were giving a long, sentimental farewell to Rep. Craig A. Dally (R., Northampton), who was to become a county judge. At 12:54 p.m., just before recessing for an hour, they had a last item of business: passing a resolution to make January "Learn a Snow Sport" month.
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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
November 12, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Are fantasy sports games of skill? Or are the outcomes largely influenced by chance, as in poker or blackjack? Those questions were the focus of a hearing Tuesday morning before Pennsylvania's House Gaming Oversight committee, as legislators debate whether to regulate the suddenly booming fantasy sports industry. "There's questions again . . . about skill vs. chance. Is it betting? Is it gambling?" said committee chairman John Payne (R., Dauphin). "I don't care what you call it, we want to protect consumers.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. plans to expand the gaming floor at Parx Casino, in Bensalem, by 15 percent, to 176,592 square feet, if it gets approval at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's meeting Wednesday in Harrisburg. The plan calls for adding 220 slot machines, a 6.7 percent increase, according to Greenwood's petition filed last month. The number of table games would increase to 182 from 168, or 8 percent. A Parx spokeswoman did not respond to a request for additional information, such as how much Greenwood will spend on the expansion and how long it will take.
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.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Revenues from table games at the four casinos in Southeastern Pennsylvania climbed 7.4 percent in January, to $27.9 million, compared to $26 million the year before, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday. Parx, SugarHouse, Harrah's, and Valley Forge all posted gains in the month. All but Harrah's recorded highs for January, since table games, such as poker and craps, started in fiscal 2011. The overall gain for the state's 12 casinos was 12.5 percent, to $66.02 million from $58.71 million.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
In rejecting SugarHouse Casino's "impassioned argument" that the Philadelphia area cannot bear another casino, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board relied partially on SugarHouse's own performance. The Gaming Board cited data showing that each of SugarHouse's 1,600 slot machines raked in an average of $299 per day in the year ended Sept. 30, or 25 percent more than the statewide average. Furthermore, in a 174-page document explaining its reasons for awarding Philadelphia's second casino license to Live!
BUSINESS
September 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's 12 casinos won $66.4 million from poker, craps, and other table games players last month, 4.6 percent more than in the same period last year. But results were split on the basis of individual casinos. Half - led by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem with a 20 percent increase - were up, and half were down. The same was true locally. Parx Casino and SugarHouse Casino recorded gains, while Harrah's Philadelphia and Valley Forge posted lower table games revenues. Aggregate table games revenue at the four Philadelphia-area casinos was up 1.7 percent, to $27.6 million from $27.3 million.
NEWS
July 17, 2014
THE DECLINE in the fortunes of New Jersey's casinos - Trump Plaza earlier this week was just the latest to announce it is expected to close - should surprise no one. But those of us in Pennsylvania who might secretly take small satisfaction from New Jersey's woes - because they were driven in good measure by our own encroachment into the gaming market with the passage of a 2004 law - should limit the gloating. In fact, instead of gloating, we should ask: When does our decline begin?
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.
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