September 17, 2009 |
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.
August 13, 2009 |
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.
July 19, 2011 |
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.
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.
December 8, 2009 |
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.
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.
January 5, 2010 |
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)
December 17, 2009 |
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.
March 21, 2010 |
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.
December 16, 2009 |
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.