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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.
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
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
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
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.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is no doubt that if a second casino opens in Philadelphia, business will dip at SugarHouse and other area casinos. But how much? That will be a central question during the three days of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hearings that start Tuesday for five applicants seeking Philadelphia's second casino license. The gaming board last year directed applicants to say whether they thought the Philadelphia region was already saturated with places to gamble. The applicants were also asked to estimate how much each proposal would add to losses by Philadelphia-area gamblers, as opposed to simply taking business from SugarHouse, Parx, Harrah's, or Valley Forge.
NEWS
November 16, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Backers of Casino Revolution in South Philadelphia on Thursday said an economic impact study failed to take into account two key financial advantages of their proposal for the corner of Front Street and Pattison Avenue. If PHL Local Gaming L.L.C. were to win the city's second casino license, it could open six months earlier than competitors because it has an existing building where it will install slot machines and has the space to expand from 2,400 slot machines at opening to the full 5,000 allowed by law, company officials said.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
STEVE WYNN, the casino developer who came to Philly in 2010 talking up a flashy riverfront project but then abruptly dropped those plans, has done it again. Wynn, citing the approval of casino gambling in New York, said yesterday that he is withdrawing his application to build a casino and entertainment complex on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown. Wynn was one of six bidders in November 2012 for the city's second casino license. His first foray into Philly's casino market in 2010 lasted just six weeks.
NEWS
September 25, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN & SEAN COLLINS WALSH, brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
WHAT a difference seven years makes in the casino business. In 2006, neighborhood groups, anti-gaming activists and elected officials loudly protested as the state Gaming Control Board considered five applications for two casino licenses in Philadelphia. Now the board is pondering six applications for one city casino license. The process has made only the occasional ripple in Philly's civic consciousness. Is this the "SugarHouse effect"? The city's sole casino, SugarHouse, on the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown, has been open for three years.
NEWS
August 2, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
This article has been corrected. CALL THEM sore winners. A group of investors who control 33.65 percent of SugarHouse Casino on the banks of the Delaware River in Fishtown sued the state Gaming Control Board on Monday, claiming there is no legal authority to issue a second casino license in Philadelphia. The investors, led by attorney Dick Sprague, rest their case on the language of the 2004 state law that allows casinos to operate. It gives the board the power to "issue, approve, renew, revoke, suspend, condition or deny issuance or renewal," of casino licenses, according to the lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - June revenue for the dozen casinos here declined 12.6 percent from a year ago to $274.7 million - a less-than-stellar start for what operators had hoped would be a bang-up summer after Hurricane Sandy and all its negative publicity for the Shore. After a very rainy June that had one fewer Friday than June 2012 did, numbers released Wednesday by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement showed that all the casinos posted revenue declines, ranging from 0.5 percent at Resorts to 23.6 percent at Trump Plaza.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Valley Forge Casino Resort - Pennsylvania's smallest gaming hall - had a problem: Would-be gamblers weren't making it to the slot machines and table games. "In the beginning, there was a lot of confusion over the $10 spend," said casino president and chief executive officer Mike Bowman. "Gamers just want to keep things simple. " As one of two licensed Category 3 casino resorts in Pennsylvania, patrons at Valley Forge have to spend at least $10 at the property before being allowed to gamble.
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