Casino Gambling

(A rendering of the expanded Sugarhouse Casino, on Delaware Avenue near Shackamaxon Street.)

SugarHouse Casino Breaks Ground For Poker, More Table Games

Philadelphia’s first casino is spreading its bets, breaking ground on an expansion.

07/22/2014

(NJ assemblyman Chris Brown announces his plan to help Atlantic City's economy.  Photo by David Madden)

NJ Lawmaker Hopes His Bills Will Stabilize Atlantic City’s Struggling Economy

Assemblyman Chris Brown is introducing measures limiting corporations to two licenses each, going forward, and requiring any profitable casino that closes to return any financial incentives previously given to it.

07/08/2014

(Photo by Melony Roy)

Atlantic City Rolls A Bus Through Philadelphia To Promote Shore Town

“It’s kind of a mobile billboard as well as a nightclub on wheels, but it’s also a social media generator,” says Jeff Guaracino of the Atlantic City Alliance.

07/05/2014

The Atlantic City boardwalk. (Credit:  KYW's Andrew Kramer)

Atlantic City Mayor Untroubled By Shore Town’s Troubled Casino Industry

Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian says he has a four-year plan that will turn the city back into the destination resort it was before the casinos arrived.

06/27/2014

(The Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. File photo by Saul Loeb/ AFP/ Getty Images)

Showboat Casino, Planning To Shut Down, Could Be Saved By A Buyer

Some industry experts are suggesting the struggling casino-hotel might not have to close after all.

06/27/2014

(A sports betting parlor in Nevada.  File photo)

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects NJ’s Effort To Host Sports Gambling

The Garden State had tried to allow betting on professional and college sports in Atlantic City casinos and state racetracks.

06/23/2014

(Rendering provided by Sugarhouse Casino)

Sugarhouse Planning Temporary Poker Room For September Opening

Sugarhouse general manager Wendy Hamilton says the demand for live poker play has been there since day one.

06/11/2014

Sugarhouse Casino general manager Wendy Hamilton testifies before a Pennsylvania state senate committee.   Photo by Tony Romeo)

SugarHouse Boss Says Philadelphia Shouldn’t Have Another Casino

Sugarhouse general manager Wendy Hamilton is disputing the findings of a consultant hired by the legislature that the region can handle at least one more casino.

06/03/2014

(Sugarhouse table games supervisor Mark Grochala, left, and dealer Tom McCann, right, developed a new, simplified variation on the game of craps, designed to appeal to neophyte gamblers.   Photo by John McDevitt)

Sugarhouse Develops a New, Simplified Craps Game For Younger Players

The game was created and developed by two Sugarhouse casino employees, table games supervisor Mark Grochala and dealer Tom McCann.

05/01/2014

(Larry Spector, an attorney representing a synagogue and two schools, testifies  in January 2014 before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Decision Awaited on Second Casino License for Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chairman indicated that after final oral arguments in the application process, February 26th, he hoped there would be a decision about the Philadelphia casino license within 60 days.

04/22/2014

(The former headquarters building of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Phila. Lawmakers Move To Scrub Area Near Proposed Casino

The possibility of a casino on North Broad Street, near Callowhill, is prompting a move in Philadelphia City Council to stave off new pawn shops, payday loan operations, and other shady credit businesses in that area.

04/21/2014

(Developer Bart Blatstein, left, with entertainment promoter Larry Magid, right.  File photo by John McDevitt)

Noted Promoter Hired To Help Program Entertainment For Proposed ‘Provence’ Casino

Magid was hired by developer Bart Blatstein (left). “We are obviously going to go for the biggest names,” Magid (right) said.

03/19/2014

A team from SugarHouse testifies about "extreme and unintended consequences" from a second casino license award. (credit: Pat Loeb/KYW)

Applicants For Philadelphia’s Second Casino License Make Final Pitches

The hearings have been focused on financing and revenue, traffic congestion and parking, even as each applicant tried to convince the Gaming Board they had the “wow factor” that would create new gamblers, not simply cannibalize the clientele in existing casinos.

01/30/2014

(Day one of casino hearings, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Credit:  Pat Loeb)

Philly Casino Hopefuls Make Their Final Pitches To State Gaming Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is dissecting each of the five proposals during hearings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

01/28/2014

(File photo)

Pennsylvania’s Casino Revenue From Table Games Up in 2013

But despite another year-to-year increase in table games action, overall revenue at Pennsylvania’s casinos was down slightly in 2013.

01/16/2014

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