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Pennsylvania Gaming

3/27/2017

article Bar games may be able to help Pa.'s budget woes
(Pennsylvania) -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers said Monday the cash-strapped state could hit the jackpot by legalizing slots in taverns and then taking a cut of the...
article Effort to legalize video gaming in bars is back with broader support
(Pennsylvania) -- Backers of a renewed effort to bring slots-like video gaming terminals to Pennsylvania's bars, private clubs, and other places are keeping their...
article Pennsylvania legislation would add 40k VGTs, cut slots tax
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s controversial video gaming terminal (VGT) debate has resurfaced on the eve of an important legislative hearing on gambling...
article Is Parx Casino Opposed To Online Gambling In Pennsylvania Or Is It Trying To Negotiate A Better Deal?
(Pennsylvania) -- Completely expected. That was the reaction by online poker and online gambling supporters when Sands Bethlehem Casino expressed its opposition to...
article The ‘Lower’ Tax Rate For PA Online Gambling Vs. Bigger Tax For Casinos Is A Red Herring
(Pennsylvania) -- During last week’s joint online gambling hearing in Pennsylvania, two state senators continually claimed that the lower tax rate imposed on...
article Nine months later, Pa. legislators still at odds over gaming expanison
(Pennsylvania) -- When state legislators made a plan to pay for the current fiscal-year state budget, they included money from an expansion of gambling. But nine months...
article Pa. Supreme Court ruling could impact taxes collected from casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- When playing the slots in Pennsylvania, casinos and gamblers aren't the only ones making money. The state collects 54 cents for every dollar a...
article Pennsylvania to fix gambling revenues
(Pennsylvania) -- Lawmakers are set to discuss on Tuesday the future of the revenues that Pennsylvania gets from the gambling industry. If they don’t find a...

3/26/2017

article Pennsylvania Poker Rooms Scoop $4.9 Million in Revenue During February
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania poker rooms raked in approximately $4.9 million in revenue during the month of February. There was virtually no change from the same time...

3/25/2017

article Tuesday’s hearing could determine future flow of millions in gaming money
(Pennsylvania) -- Two months from today, if the May 26 state Supreme Court deadline has passed, and lawmakers fail to come up with a fix for how communities share...

3/24/2017

article Pennsylvania Casino Gambling Win Down In February
(Pennsylvania) -- The report shows that this February's gross table games revenue was $66,302,623 compared to $68,187,957 in revenue produced by the 12 casinos...

3/23/2017

article Editorial: State lawmakers are addicted to gambling revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- As the enabler of casino gambling, the state government is partially responsible for thousands of cases of gambling addiction. Its half-hearted...
article No spike in gambling addiction in PA region despite warnings
(Pennsylvania) -- In spite of warnings almost 10 years ago that compulsive gambling would increase when Western Pennsylvania‘s first legal casino, The Meadows,...

3/22/2017

article Pennsylvania proposes a third bill
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Senate has received a third gaming proposal to debate during this legislative session. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, along with...
article Pennsylvania senator unveils online gaming bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Yet another online gambling and gaming reform bill has been presented in Pennsylvania. The 207-page online gambling and gaming reform piece of...
article Despite nearby casinos, no spike seen in compulsive gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Western Pennsylvania's first legal casino opened at The Meadows 10 years ago this June amid warnings from some opponents that a surge in the region...

3/21/2017

article Third PA Online Gambling Bill Widens Divisions Over Tax Rates, License Fees
(Pennsylvania) -- A third online gambling bill has emerged in the Keystone State. Four Democratic state senators in Pennsylvania, led by Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa...
article Blame it on leap year? Pa. casinos make less in overall revenue in Feb. '17
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos during February 2017 was down 2.8 percent compared to last February, according to...
article Don’t expect new signage at Sands Bethlehem Casino any time soon
(Pennsylvania) -- While there have been public “non-confirmation” confirmations that a sale of Las Vegas Sands Corp’s Sands Bethlehem Casino to MGM...

3/20/2017

article Table games revenue declines in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control board released the numbers that showed that table games gross revenue were down by 2.8 percent in February, compared to...
article The long and complicated process of selling a casino
(Pennsylvania) -- As the negotiation presumably continues between Las Vegas Sands Corporation and MGM International over the sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem,...
article Despite casino accessibility, no sharp rise in reports of compulsive gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Western Pennsylvania’s first legal casino opened at The Meadows 10 years ago this June amid warnings from some opponents that a surge in the...

3/19/2017

article Expanding gambling is a bow to the inevitable
(Pennsylvania) -- It wasn’t that long ago that if you had an itch to gamble, you needed to gas up the buggy and drive to Atlantic City, N.J., or head to the...
article VGT operators making push in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- As Pennsylvania lawmakers study whether to approve iGaming and Daily Fantasy Sports to generate more tax revenue, supporters of allowing slot machines...

3/17/2017

article Pennsylvania Casino Revenue Continues To Slide; Online Gambling Sits On Sidelines As Possible Solution
(Pennsylvania) -- The news for the Pennsylvania casino industry continues to be less-than-stellar, as total gaming revenue dropped year-over-year in February.
article Pennsylvania table games revenue drops 3% during February
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos experienced a dramatic decrease in gross revenue from table games during February 2017. According to data released by the...

3/16/2017

article Ten Out Of Twelve PA Casinos Agree: Online Gambling Would Be Good For Business
(Pennsylvania) -- At present, 10 of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos support online gambling legalization. With the impending sale of Sands Bethlehem to the MGM Resorts,...
article Pa. table games reveue falls in Feb.; Meadows up slightly
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos during February was down 2.8 percent from the previous year, according to figures...
article The ‘Lower’ Tax Rate For PA Online Gambling Vs. Bigger Tax For Casinos Is A Red Herring
(Pennsylvania) -- During last week’s joint online gambling hearing in Pennsylvania, two state senators continually claimed that the lower tax rate imposed on...
article Senate bill adds new gambling revenue, restores LSAs
(Pennsylvania) -- Three state senators from Southwestern Pennsylvania are co-sponsors of a bill that proposes to expand gambling in Pennsylvania with Internet gaming and...

3/13/2017

article Internet Gaming Back On State Lawmakers’ Minds
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers have reopened debate on an issue that confounded them in their last two-year session: expanding forms of gambling in Pennsylvania,...
article U.S. policy changes may alter online gambling debate in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- A potential policy change in Washington is the latest thing state lawmakers have to consider when it comes to legalizing internet gambling at casinos...
article US policy change may affect Pennsylvania online gambling push
(Pennsylvania) -- The fate of internet gambling legalization in Pennsylvania now lies in the hands of no less than U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions earlier...

3/10/2017

article Gambling addicts on this list can be criminally charged. A local state rep. wants them to get treatment, too.
(Pennsylvania) -- Nearly 500 people in Pennsylvania entered a casino last year and left with a criminal charge. They had placed themselves on the state’s self-...
article Mixed emotions about proposed racetrack, casino in Adams County
(Pennsylvania) -- A Gettysburg businessman is hoping three time's a charm as he once again has proposed a casino and horse racing facility near Emmitsburg Road in...

3/8/2017

article Plans unveiled for Gettysburg-area casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The public got a first glimpse Wednesday of Mason-Dixon Downs, a casino and horse racing track proposed in the greater Gettysburg area. More than 70...
article Wolf says any gambling expansion must mean new revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t ruling out any particular kind of casino-style gambling expansion under consideration by lawmakers, but he says...

3/7/2017

article Opinion: Consider effects of more gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers who face a $3 billion budget deficit likely will look again to expanded state-sanctioned gambling to increase state government revenue.
article Wolf says any gambling expansion must mean new revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t ruling out any particular kind of casino-style gambling expansion under consideration by lawmakers, but he says...

3/5/2017

article Pa. slots revenue down in February; gaming overall down in January
(Pennsylvania) -- So what happened with slot machine revenue across Pennsylvania in February 2017? It topped $192.2 million at the state's 12 casinos, a drop of...
article No ‘magic bullet’ if Erie loses casino money
(Pennsylvania) -- The local share of revenue generated at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Summit Township has helped a blight removal program in Corry get off the...

3/4/2017

article Can new video game machines get millennials into Pennsylvania casinos?
(Pennsylvania) -- Struck by the reality that millennials don't play slot machines, Pennsylvania legislators are considering a new plan to get them to visit casinos...

3/3/2017

article Lawmakers call for new scrutiny of horse racing subsidies
(Pennsylvania) -- The state uses close to $250 million a year in proceeds from casino gambling to prop up the horse racing industry. With the state struggling to close a...

3/2/2017

article iGaming at Top of List in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are facing multiple challenges in putting together omnibus gaming legislation that would legalize online gaming and daily...

3/1/2017

article Industry Analyst: Legalization Of Online Gambling Will Result In More Than $400 Million For PA In First Five Years
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania legislature will hold a joint hearing next week on gambling. The Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee...
article Online gambling could boost Pennsylvania’s revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- A new report from Play Pennsylvania and Online Poker Report revealed that a legal online gambling market in Pennsylvania could help boost the local tax...
article White paper reveals potential of online gaming in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos could generate a collective $230 million (€218 million) in online gambling revenue during the first year of a proposed,...
article Dauphin County fears latest gaming grants will be the last
(Pennsylvania) -- A midstate county that has distributed millions of dollars to municipalities every year to pay for capital projects is concerned its funding stream...

2/28/2017

article PA Online Gambling Legalization Could Generate Half A Billion Dollars For The State In Just Over Five Years
(Pennsylvania) -- A new white paper about the potential of Pennsylvania online gambling indicates that it would take just over five years for the state to realize more...
article Report: Online gambling could raise $426M in Pa. tax revenue by 2022
(Pennsylvania) -- Legal online gambling in Pennsylvania, which has been in the works and is baked into the state budget as another way to boost tax revenue, could...
article Study compares PA online gaming potential to NJ
(Pennsylvania) -- Onlinepokerreport.com has issued a study that estimates the economics of legalization of online gaming in Pennsylvania – which is back at the...

2/27/2017

article More PA Online Gambling Traction: Joint House-Senate Casino Hearing On Tap For Next Week
(Pennsylvania) -- Online gambling is likely to be a part of a joint committee hearing involving the Pennsylvania House and Senate that will take place next week.
article Report: Online gambling can bring Pa. more than $400 million in next six years
(Pennsylvania) -- A report released Monday states that Pennsylvania can rake in more than $400 million by 2022 if lawmakers legalize online gambling. The 14-page white...
article Diamond seeking county's share of casino revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Legislation authored by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) seeks to acquire 50 percent of local share assessments (LSA) of Hollywood Casino proceeds for...
article Pennsylvania casinos gain revenue from a largely new market
(Pennsylvania) -- The casinos spread across Pennsylvania all stand to benefit significantly from regulated online gambling. Our projections call for first year revenue...

2/26/2017

article Mon Valley fire companies receive grants from state
(Pennsylvania) -- Stockdale firefighters answered the call when a structure fire broke out on Railroad Street, just a block from the fire station. The department’s...

2/25/2017

article Two men arrested, accused of robbing Upper Arlington casino winner
(Ohio) -- Police have arrested two men they said targeted an Upper Arlington woman at the Hollywood Casino and followed her home to take her winnings.

2/24/2017

article Editorial: Gambling is state policy
(Pennsylvania) -- State government leaders long have gambled with the state’s financial health. They rolled snake eyes, for example, when they vastly increased...

2/23/2017

article Pennsylvania Turnpike Chair Leaving To Join Gaming Board
(Pennsylvania) -- The chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is leaving to join the state’s casino regulatory agency. Sean Logan issued a news release...

2/22/2017

article Dauphin County doles out grants, but gaming money in jeopardy
(Pennsylvania) -- Parks, projects and programs across Dauphin County hit the jackpot Wednesday. County commissioners announced which would likely receive grants from...

2/21/2017

article Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: ‘Real Work’ Is Being Done On Online Poker, Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Gov. Tom Wolf talked about the possibility of legal online gambling in Pennsylvania recently in an online question-and-answer session.
article Pennsylvania Casinos Could Receive Substantial Tax Credits for Local Host Share Payments
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos are required to pay $10 million annually to their host communities, or two percent of their yearly gross gaming revenue generated...

2/20/2017

article Push For Changes To Pennsylvania Gambling Law Comes At Crucial Point For State
(Pennsylvania) -- The stakes for Pennsylvania when it comes to potential changes to gambling law in the state couldn’t be higher. And the issues being pondered...

2/19/2017

article Pennsylvania Poker Rooms Raking in Profits, Hungry for More
(Pennsylvania) -- Profits for Pennsylvania poker rooms continue to increase and the state is anticipating even more growth with passage of a gaming bill that is making...

2/18/2017

article Do certain Pa. casinos need a multimillion-dollar tax credit?
(Pennsylvania) -- Casinos have a reputation as places with a license to print money, but state Sen. Pat Browne believes that at least a few in Pennsylvania may need a...

2/17/2017

article Pa. table games revenue rises in January
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos during January was up 2.1 percent over January of 2016, according to figures...

2/14/2017

article Appetite grows for online gaming, as questions linger
(Pennsylvania) -- Gaming proponents are renewing a push to legalize online betting, sensing opportunity as the governor and lawmakers look to raise cash while avoiding...
article Pennsylvania set for joint hearing over online gaming
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is planning to host a joint gambling reform hearing before both the House and Senate in an effort to push ahead with plans to introduce...
article Controversial VGT Issue Resurfaces In Pennsylvania With Possible Implications For Larger Gaming Reforms
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania State Rep. Anthony DeLuca has introduced a new piece of gaming legislation seeking to authorize a limited number of video gaming terminals...
article Rep. DeLuca Introduces New VGT Piece of Gaming Legislation in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- A new piece of gaming legislation regarding video gaming terminals (VGTs) has been introduced in Pennsylvania by the State Representative Anthony...

2/13/2017

article Pennsylvania House And Senate Attempting To Schedule Joint Hearing That Could Prove Critical To Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- A number of strong signals point to online gambling legalization remaining on track in Pennsylvania, but the cancellation of a scheduled hearing to...
article Pennsylvania lawmakers launch new efforts to pass iGaming regulation
(Pennsylvania) -- Lawmakers in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives and Senate have prepared new efforts to pass iGaming regulation in the state, with each...

2/12/2017

article Blackjack words of wisdom: Do your homework
(Pennsylvania) -- While Pennsylvania blackjack fans have a dozen casinos offering some of the most player-friendly rules in the country, gamblers elsewhere are not as...

2/11/2017

article Sen. Yaw Announces More Than $1 Million for Volunteer Fire and EMS Services
(Pennsylvania) -- One hundred and one volunteer fire and ambulance service organizations throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties will...

2/9/2017

article Petition to block Gettysburg-area casino garners 1,200 signatures
(Pennsylvania) -- A petition aimed at blocking a proposed Gettysburg-area casino and horse racetrack garnered 1,200 signatures this week. The petition, which was posted...

2/6/2017

article Pennsylvania Slot Machines Lose In January
(Pennsylvania) -- The 26,000 slot machines in Pennsylvania won a combined $180.3 million from gamblers in January, 2.4 percent less than the $184.8 million won during...
article Have taxpayers seen tax relief since PI Downs & Casino opened
(Pennsylvania) -- It's been 10 years since Presque Isle Downs & Casino opened its doors, taking in millions of dollars annually. When the casino was being...

2/4/2017

article Pennsylvania casino fined $25k after Oliver Reed’s ghost pops in
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania casino has been hit with a $25k fine for letting a customer gamble despite supplying him with an Oliver Reed-worthy drinks order. This...
article VIDEO: Casino fined for serving man 27 drinks
(Pennsylvania) -- A casino in Pennsylvania was fined $25,000 and three bartenders fired after serving a man 27 drinks, even after the man was visibly drunk, witnesses...

2/3/2017

article 'Don't see anyone with pitchforks': Casino plan faces first hurdle
(Pennsylvania) -- The latest plan to bring a casino to Adams County might have hit its first obstacle in the form of Freedom Township's zoning rules.

2/2/2017

article How the Trump administration could affect Pennsylvania's gambling expansion debate
(Pennsylvania) -- The spin cycle is in high gear in Pennsylvania's latest gambling expansion debate, and at least part of the new twist has to do with the change in...
article 27 drinks for gambler lead to fine for casino, state says
(Pennsylvania) -- The operator of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for allowing a visibly drunk patron to gamble, the...

2/1/2017

article Erie City Council supports new distribution formula for gambling revenues
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Legislature is wrestling with how to come up with a permanent fix to a 2016 decision by the state Supreme Court that has jeopardized...
article Mount Airy Casino fined $25,000 for over serving
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has levied fines totaling $40,000 against two casinos for violations. The fines were the result of Board...

1/28/2017

article Snake Eyes: Hollywood Casino’s revenue stream slows
(West Virginia) -- Revenue from table games and video lottery at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races has dropped to the tune of $6.8 million dollars in the last...

1/26/2017

article New Gambling Bills to Regulate Sports Betting and DFS in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The question of regulating online gambling in Pennsylvania has been one of the hot topics over the past couple of years. The state has already...
article Use table games cash to lower tax bills, Pa. lawmaker says
(Pennsylvania) -- State Sen. Lisa Boscola wants to tap table games revenue to more than double the amount of casino cash available for statewide property tax relief.

1/25/2017

article Rivers Casino aims for 4-diamond rating for new hotel, bringing jobs along with it
(Pennsylvania) -- Rivers Casino is hoping that the $51.5 million hotel it plans to build on the North Shore will make the gambling venue an even bigger destination than...

1/23/2017

article Table games surge boosts Pennsylvania's casinos to record year
(Pennsylvania) -- When Pennsylvania legalized casino gambling more than a decade ago all of the financial models projected how the state could extract more than $1...

1/22/2017

article Gaming revenue tops $3.2B in ’16
(Pennsylvania) -- Total gaming revenue combining slot machines and table games at Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos topped $3.2 billion in 2016, according to the...

1/21/2017

article Courts grants lawmakers more time to fix struck-down tax law
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers are getting more time to replace a law requiring casinos to pay more than $140 million to local governments before it is wiped off the...

1/20/2017

article PA Supreme Court gives lawmakers more time to draft new casino tax
(Pennsylvania) -- In a 6-1 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday gave legislators a four-month extension to come up with a new levy on slot machines. The...
article Pa. lawmakers get four more months to fix local slots tax
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday gave lawmakers an additional four months — until May 26 — to fix a tax on casinos' slots...
article Rivers Casino planning $35M hotel
(Pennsylvania) -- Rivers Casino wants to build a new $35 million hotel on the North Shore, according to the upcoming agenda of the Pittsburgh planning commission, which...

1/17/2017

article Table games revenue climbs at Pa. casinos in 2016
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenue from poker, blackjack and other table games at Pennsylvania casinos rose 5.6 percent last year, to $853.24 million, the Pennsylvania Gaming...

1/16/2017

article Odds Of PA Legislature Legalizing Online Gambling Appear To Increase With The Day
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania online gambling legalization got tantalizingly close to the finish line in 2016. The chatter from the legislature continues to be positive...
article New Chair Of Key PA Committee Bullish On Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania state Sen. Mario Scavello — the newly appointed chairman of the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee —...
article Gambling expansion likely for Pennsylvania in 2017, lawmakers say
(Pennsylvania) -- Two Western Pennsylvania state senators are in the middle of a push for a comprehensive gambling expansion bill that is likely to add online casino...
article Poll: Should video poker be legal in bars and clubs?
(Pennsylvania) -- A move to legalize video poker in Pennsylvania and make it available to bars, social clubs, truck stops and nonprofit groups is gearing up again. Last...

1/15/2017

article Lobby group goes 'all in' to legalize video poker in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- If one group gets its way, it soon might be legal to collect video poker payouts at bars, clubs or even truck stops. The Pennsylvania Video Gaming...

1/14/2017

article Gettysburg-area casino plan gets new life
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania businessman wants to build a harness racing track and casino near Gettysburg, the site of the 1863 battle that turned the tide of the...

1/13/2017

article Businessman Will Again Seek to Build Casino Near Gettysburg
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania businessman wants to build a harness racing track and casino near Gettysburg, the site of the 1863 battle that turned the tide of the...
article Harness racing, casino planned for Adams County
(Pennsylvania) -- An Adams County businessman is trying once again to bring a casino to the Gettysburg area. David LeVan says he’s applying for Pennsylvania’...
article Racetrack, casino proposed in Adams County
(Pennsylvania) -- Freedom Township could become the new home for a form of horse racing and a casino within about two years, local businessman Dave LeVan announced...
article Pa. pols seek more time to revive local casino tax laws
(Pennsylvania) -- Senate leaders are asking Pennsylvania’s highest court to give state lawmakers more time to revive a now-invalid law that required casinos to pay...

1/11/2017

article Underage gambler wins $1,600 jackpot at Sands Bethlehem, but is evicted empty-handed
(Pennsylvania) -- As her slot machine bellowed that telltale sign that she had won a $1,624 jackpot at the Sands casino in Bethlehem, So Hyun Myung probably thought July...

1/10/2017

article Gambling expansion in Pennsylvania gets a fresh push from Senate Democrats
(Pennsylvania) -- The push to legalize internet gambling - computer-generated games that can turn all laptops, tablets and smartphones into potential bettor positions -...
article One Pennsylvania Casino Is Refuting Claims That It’s A “Bad Corporate Citizen” For Withholding Host Fee
(Pennsylvania) -- When the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the current host fee unconstitutional in late-September it put the legislature under the gun, but lawmakers...

1/9/2017

article New PA Online Gambling Bill Has Proposed 25 Percent Tax Rate; Would Hamstring Industry
(Pennsylvania) -- On Wednesday, Pennsylvania State Sen. Jay Costa formally announced his plans to introduce a gaming reform bill in the near future. Costa’s bill...
article New gaming legislation won't come easy, committee chairs say
(Pennsylvania) -- The newly-appointed chairs of gaming committees in the House and Senate are preparing themselves for a busy session. Several top legislative priorities...

1/8/2017

article Slot machine revenue falls 6 percent in December
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue at the state's 12 casinos fell by nearly a quarter of 1 percent over the past year, while revenues in December fell by 6...
article A statement released earlier today by JPMorgan about Penn Natl Gaming bumps the target price to $16.00
(New York) -- Boasting a price of $14.66, Penn Natl Gaming (NASDAQ:PENN) traded -4.45% lower on the day. With the last close up -0.98% from the two hundred day average,...

1/6/2017

article Lawmakers seek to extend gambling money deadline
(Pennsylvania) -- Lawmakers plan to ask the state Supreme Court to extend a deadline tied to a ruling declaring a state casino tax unconstitutional, a Monroe County...

1/5/2017

article Pennsylvania Online Gaming Push Starts Early
(Pennsylvania) -- When Pennsylvania legislators indicated an aggressive push for a gambling expansion bill in 2017, they were not exaggerating. Some lawmakers are...
article Pennsylvania senator files memo detailing plans for online gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- 2017 has just begun and the state of Pennsylvania is not wasting any time getting back into discussions of online gambling as well as daily fantasy...
article Pennsylvania Senator To Introduce Online Casino Bil
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania legislature will once again consider regulating online casino games, after failing to do so over the past four years.
article Pennsylvania State Senator to Introduce Online Gambling Bill Soon
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa (D – District 43) issued a “Senate Co-Sponsorship Memorandum” on Monday, announcing his...
article Report: Pa. 2016 slots revenue little changed from previous year
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue at the state’s 12 casinos was essentially flat in 2016, according to a report Thursday from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control...
article SugarHouse and Parx casinos tops in 2016 slots revenue growth
(Pennsylvania) -- SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and Parx Casino in Bensalem recorded the biggest percentage gains in slots winnings last year among Pennsylvania'...

1/4/2017

article Lawmakers: Extend gambling tax deadline
(Pennsylvania) -- Lawmakers plan to ask the state Supreme Court to extend a deadline tied to a ruling declaring a state casino tax unconstitutional, a Monroe County...

1/3/2017

article From The Looks Of It, Online Gambling Will Reemerge As A Hot Topic In PA Sooner Rather Than Later
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania legislature will return to Harrisburg this week, and there is still quite a bit of unfinished business from last session on the agenda...
article Many changes ahead for Pa. casinos in 2017
(Pennsylvania) -- Western Pennsylvania gamblers can expect to get a taste of stadium gaming and double-deck blackjack in the coming year, while legal online gaming...
article Humans to face computer again at Rivers Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Can humans hold off computers again? Rather than the plot of a sci-fi movie sequel, that’s the question at the heart of part II of a battle that...

1/1/2017

article Many changes ahead for Pa. casinos in 2017
(Pennsylvania) -- Western Pennsylvania gamblers can expect to get a taste of stadium gaming and double-deck blackjack in the coming year, while legal online gaming...
article Pa. needs quick fix for casino host-fee law | Editorial
(Pennsylvania) -- Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli fired a warning shot over the bow of the S.S. Adelson last week, otherwise known as the Sands...

12/31/2016

article Signs Point To 2017 Action On Pennsylvania Gambling, But How Far Will State Go?
(Pennsylvania) -- All indications make it look like the Pennsylvania legislature is poised to take up gambling issues early in 2017. But the scope of what the statehouse...
article New bidders invited for harness license
(Pennsylvania) -- The harness racing license for Lawrence County has been terminated. Wednesday's Pennsylvania Supreme Court order that denied an appeal of a casino...

12/30/2016

article Death of track leaves township overextended on sewer plant
(Pennsylvania) -- This week's Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling sounded the death knell for the proposed racetrack/casino in Mahoning Township. The decision has left...

12/28/2016

article Lawmakers hint at early plans to address gaming legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- The 2017 legislative session has yet to begin, but some lawmakers are already making plans for the new year, and casino-related laws are among those at...
article Rivers Casino joins three other PA casinos and agrees to host community fee
(Pennsylvania) -- Rivers Casino officials and Mayor William Peduto’s (pictured) administration reached a final agreement this week to pay a $10 million local...
article Valley Forge Casino in agreement on local tax
(Pennsylvania) -- Valley Forge Casino has agreed to continue paying 2 percent of slots and table-games revenue to Upper Merion Township if the General Assembly fails to...
article Dealer sues Meadows over tip pool distribution
(Pennsylvania) -- A dealer at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is suing the venue’s former owners, alleging they underpaid him and breached state law by paying...
article State Supreme Court puts final nail in Lawrence Downs coffin
(Pennsylvania) -- An order eliminating the Mahoning Township's chances for a casino license was received Wednesday. Township solicitor Lou Perrotta said he received...

12/27/2016

article DA: Sands Bethlehem on its own if it won't pay $10 million host fee
(Pennsylvania) -- Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli threatened to cut some of his office's support to the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem if it...
article Pennsylvania DA: Sands Bethlehem on its own if it won’t pay host fee
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino operator Las Vegas Sands has been warned that it can’t ignore its Pennsylvania tax obligations and expect state law enforcement officials...

12/26/2016

article City, Rivers Casino agree to $10 million payment
(Pennsylvania) -- Mayor William Peduto’s administration and Rivers Casino officials have reached agreement on paying the city $10 million in 2017 to replace casino...
article Pennsylvania Senator summons casino leaders to Jan 3 meeting
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania's casino industry will be under the microscope in 2017, as lawmakers look to extract more money from it for public coffers and casinos...
article Year In Review: After almost 12 years, Lawrence Downs hopes are dashed
(Pennsylvania) -- While neighboring Beaver County celebrated progress in 2016 on a proposed natural gas processing plant that promised to attract thousands of jobs,...

12/25/2016

article Pennsylvania Senator summons casino officials to Harrisburg Jan. 3
(Pennsylvania) -- Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, has called on officials from Pennsylvania’s 12 gambling concerns to meet in the Capital soon after the holidays.

12/23/2016

article Pennsylvania Senate eyes fast start on casino issues in 2017
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casino industry will be under the microscope in 2017, and officials from the state’s 12 casinos are being summoned to...
article Changes loom for state’s casino industry
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casino industry will be under the microscope in 2017, as lawmakers look to extract more money from it for public coffers and...

12/22/2016

article Valley Forge Casino Resort to undergo $6M renovation
(Pennsylvania) -- The Valley Forge Casino Resort, to attract a wider audience amid growing competition, will give one of its towers a $6 million facelift — the...

12/21/2016

article Pennsylvania Casinos Win $250M In November
(Pennsylvania) -- As Pennsylvania remains in the mix for legalizing online casino gambling next year, the state’s brick-and-mortar casinos turned in a lackluster...
article City Council Approves Budget That’s Balanced With $10M From Rivers Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval to a 2017 budget Tuesday that’s balanced by $10 million in casino revenues. Earlier this year, the...

12/20/2016

article Bethlehem budget avoids tax increase but relies on defunct casino host fee
(Pennsylvania) -- Bethlehem City Council adopted a 2017 budget that calls for no tax increase, but includes $5.5 million from the Sands Casino in host fees that the...

12/19/2016

article Most Pennsylvania casinos who have agreed to pay host fee in absence of new legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- The Parx Casino in Bensalem recently announced that it will continue to give its host communities their casino fees in 2017 irrespective of whether...
article Okada casino to open for preview Wednesday
(Philippines) -- Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada's $2.4 billion integrated resort and casino is set to open for preview starting Wednesday. Okada Manila, the third...

12/18/2016

article 2017 township budgets are minus gaming revenues
(Pennsylvania) -- Some local townships expect to spend less money in 2017. And not all of them by choice. Uncertainty about gaming revenues from Presque Isle Downs...
article Pennsylvania Budget Shortfall Seeks Holiday Gift From Gambling Expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania budget shortfall is projected to exceed $600 million in the coming months, and that staggering number is why gambling expansion is...
article Pennsylvania casinos see nice increase in table gaming revenue for November
(Pennsylvania) -- Casinos in the state of Pennsylvania have reported a nice increase in table gaming revenue based on the latest gross revenue reports released by the...
article Some Pa. casinos pledge to pay host fee, but not Sands Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- Even though the state Supreme Court has struck down the $10 million casino host fee as unconstitutional, casinos across the state have begun to cut...
article Pa. holding on to good blackjack rules, top regulator says
(Pennsylvania) -- New restaurants, new entertainment options and new games are ahead at Western Pennsylvania casinos in the coming year. And gamblers across the state...

12/16/2016

article Drop in Pa. slots revenue raises questions about competition
(Pennsylvania) -- A dozen Pennsylvania casinos are seeing a run of bad luck with collections consistently lagging last year. Even as more casino competitors open beyond...
article PA Casinos’ Table Games Revenue Up 7% in November
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos continued its strong showing during November 2016 at 7.1% higher than November of...
article Table games revenue up sharply at Meadows, more modestly across state
(Pennsylvania) -- Table games revenue soared 19.03 percent at The Meadows Casino last month compared with the previous November, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board...

12/15/2016

article Overseer delays Pittsburgh budget vote until it sees casino cash
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority on Thursday opted to postpone a vote on the city's 2017 spending plan until officials...

12/14/2016

article New Deal With Parx Continues to Bring $10M to Bensalem
(Pennsylvania) -- A newly negotiated agreement between Parx Casino and Bensalem will allow the suburban township to continue to receive millions of dollars from the...

12/12/2016

article Drop in Pa. slots revenue raises questions about competition
(Pennsylvania) -- A dozen Pennsylvania casinos are seeing a run of bad luck with collections consistently lagging last year. Even as more casino competitors open beyond...

12/11/2016

article Drop in slots revenue raises questions about competition
(Pennsylvania) -- A dozen Pennsylvania casinos are seeing a run of bad luck with collections consistently lagging last year.

12/10/2016

article Casinos bet on arcade-style games to attract millennials
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machines have always ruled the gaming floor at Rivers Casino on the North Shore. But casino executives are betting on arcade-style games and so-...
article Drop in slots revenue raises questions about competition
(Pennsylvania) -- A dozen Pennsylvania casinos are seeing a run of bad luck with collections consistently lagging last year. Even as more casino competitors open beyond...
article Sliding slots revenue may not only be bad luck
(Pennsylvania) -- A dozen Pennsylvania casinos are seeing a run of bad luck with collections consistently lagging last year. Even as more casino competitors open beyond...

12/8/2016

article Deal struck to keep $14M in casino taxes flowing to Delco
(Pennsylvania) -- Thanks to some state intervention, an understanding has been reached between Harrah’s casino, Delaware County and Chester City in a deal that...

12/7/2016

article PA State Senator Tomlinson Parrots Anti-Online Gambling Talking Points In Letter To Colleagues
(Pennsylvania) -- In a letter to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, dated November 18, 2016, Pennsylvania State Senator Robert Tomlinson (R-6th District) urges...
article Delco officials announce deal to keep Harrah's tax revenue flowing
(Pennsylvania) -- Delaware County legislators say they have reached a private deal with Harrah's Casino to keep gambling tax revenue flowing to the county and the...

12/6/2016

article Local organizations fear loss of gaming revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Local gaming revenue is at risk and local organizations that have benefited from grants are speaking up. Millions of dollars could be at stake for Erie...
article Final legal fees ordered in 2011 Erie casino case
(Pennsylvania) -- A federal magistrate judge has come up with a number to end the final dispute in a 5-year-old failed civil rights case involving the two key developers...

12/4/2016

article Editorial: Bolster gambling revenues? No, cut state spending
(Pennsylvania) -- State Rep. Eli Evankovich is right about addressing the current state budget's potential $500 million shortfall. What's needed is less spending...

12/2/2016

article Pa. slots revenue down 4 percent in November
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue declined at each of Pennsylvania’s casinos with the exception of one in November, according to a report Friday from the...
article Louis DeNaples loses bid to do business with Mount Airy Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy Casino Resort founder Louis DeNaples lost a bid Friday to overturn a ban on his companies' doing business with the Monroe County...

12/1/2016

article Lawmakers have to fix casino 'host' fee mess: Colin McNickle
(Pennsylvania) -- Article VIII, Section 1, of the the Pennsylvania Constitution is clear: "All taxes shall be uniform, upon the same class of subjects, within the...

11/30/2016

article Sen. Ward fights to get Westmoreland a slice of gambling pie
(Pennsylvania) -- Without a casino of its own, Westmoreland County has missed out on jackpots for local projects enjoyed by neighboring Fayette, Washington and Allegheny...

11/25/2016

article Pennsylvania gaming law fix won't happen this year
(Pennsylvania) -- When the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling Sept. 28 that jeopardized millions of dollars casinos pay to host communities across Pennsylvania,...

11/22/2016

article Local casinos offer great odds for people looking to win big
(Pennsylvania) -- Gaming revenues from Pennsylvania's 12 casinos reached an all-time high in the last fiscal year with the majority coming from slot machines. Slots...

11/21/2016

article Bethlehem casino fined for mixing different colored cards
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania state regulators are hitting the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem with more than $22,000 in fines for violating a prohibition against mixing...
article Mixing decks gets Sands Bethlehem casino fined by state
(Pennsylvania) -- Among the most important rules in casino card games is to never mix cards from separate decks. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem dealers broke that rule at...

11/17/2016

press release The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Approved Casino Fines Totaling $82,500
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today levied fines totaling $82,500 against four casinos for various violations. The fines were the result of...

11/16/2016

article SugarHouse Casino fined $22.5K
(Pennsylvania) -- SugarHouse Casino was fined $22,500 for allowing three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list to gamble, and in one case, to cash personal...
article OP/ED: Legislators should consider gambling limits
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers blithely ignored a host of economic and social problems inherent in casino development when they went all in on gambling as a state-...
article Judge tosses PA man’s suit claiming it’s the casino’s fault
(Pennsylvania) -- A judge has thrown out a man’s lawsuit accusing an eastern Pennsylvania casino of serving him too many free drinks before an assault for which he...

11/15/2016

article Poll: Has casino gambling paid off for Bethlehem?
(Pennsylvania) -- Ten years ago Bethlehem residents were engaged in lively debate about the benefits and drawbacks of allowing a casino on former Bethlehem Steel land....
article Pa. casino reportedly works out $10M host-fee 'stopgap'
(Pennsylvania) -- Rivers Casino is completing a one-year deal to donate $10 million to its host city Pittsburgh, according to a published report. The Pennsylvania...

11/14/2016

article Pittsburgh avoids budget gap as casino pledges revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Rivers Casino and Pittsburgh officials have reached a one-year deal to safeguard millions in gaming revenue for the city, averting a blow to Mayor Bill...
article Pittsburgh deal with Rivers Casino ensures $10M in gambling tax revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday announced the city sealed a deal with Rivers Casino over the weekend that will keep $10 million flowing into...
article Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem Expansion Confirmed
(Pennsylvania) -- Back in September, it was rumored that the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was planning a major expansion. It was reported that the...
article Testimony: Kane hurt casino case
(Pennsylvania) -- A former top state prosecutor testified Monday that Kathleen G. Kane as attorney general thwarted an investigation involving a Dunmore multimillionaire...

11/12/2016

article Mayor Robert Donchez delivers Bethlehem a no tax increase budget
(Pennsylvania) -- Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez unveiled Friday a no tax increase election year budget that counts on state lawmakers to restore $5.5 million of a...

11/11/2016

article Horse Race Lobbyist Writes Part of State Gambling Law
(Pennsylvania) -- Newswatch 16’s Matt Petrillo discovered the state distributed nearly a quarter billion casino dollars to Pennsylvania`s horse racing tracks in...

11/9/2016

article Will demise of North Jersey casinos bring $100 million in new building at Bethlehem Sands?
(Pennsylvania) -- While the rest of the country was transfixed by the presidential race, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem officials kept one eye on another race just across...

11/3/2016

article Casino Tax Amendment in the Keystone State Pipeline
(Pennsylvania) -- The $142 million in tax money that is heavily relied on by counties across Pennsylvania that host casinos won’t be disappearing, but state...

11/2/2016

article Senate won't approve casino host fee bill this year
(Pennsylvania) -- A state House bill that ties continuing casino host fee payments to legalizing internet gaming will almost certainly die in two weeks without a Senate...
article Dauphin County, Penn National reach a deal over local casino revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Officials in Dauphin County have reached an agreement to keep money flowing from the county's lone casino in the wake of a recent state Supreme...

10/31/2016

article Erie depends on casino taxes
(Pennsylvania) -- In Erie, Pennsylvania, regional government and civic officials have released information showing just how much the region depends on tax revenues from...

10/30/2016

article Casino revenue uncertainty concerns Erie-area organizations
(Pennsylvania) -- Meals, recreational activities and educational opportunities for senior citizens. Free Sunday hours at the Erie Zoo. Sports programs for inner-city...
article Legislative roll call, Oct. 30
(Pennsylvania) -- A look at how local state legislators voted last week. Senate version of House Bill 1887 would extend a state casino tax and local gambling share money...

10/29/2016

article Penn. House passes bill allowing online casino-style gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- The busy Pennsylvania House of Representatives adjourned Thursday but not before passing a bill that would allow casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania...

10/27/2016

article Pa. House passes amended casino bill, but issues linger
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House on Thursday signed off on an amended version of a bill that includes a mandate that casinos pay millions of dollars to host...

10/26/2016

article Action on local gambling share likely to fall short
(Pennsylvania) -- The Senate approved a stopgap bill Wednesday to temporarily continue local share gambling money, but it faced major hurdles in the House as lawmakers...
article Casino revenue plan in limbo, leaving $140M in local funding at risk
(Pennsylvania) -- A plan put forward by the state Senate to restore a state mandate requiring casinos to pay millions of dollars to their host communities was left in...
article Pennsylvania Senate approves temporary extension to fix local casino tax
(Pennsylvania) -- In a 47-1 preliminary vote on Tuesday night, the Pennsylvania Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation to temporarily reinstate a mandate that...

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