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PA Slot Revenue Slide Masked By Stellar Performance Of Table Games

As was the case in March, strong gains in table game revenue spared the Pennsylvania casino industry from a down April. Slot revenue continues along a negative trajectory, with April marking the seventh consecutive month that reel games suffered a setback.

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5/22/2017

article Action on casino funds coming this week
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers this week will attempt to advance legislation that would expand legalized gambling in Pennsylvania and address how gambling revenue is...
article Friday deadline for new Pennsylvania casino host fee legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- Ahead of a looming Friday deadline, legislators in Pennsylvania are reportedly hoping to pass a measure that would reinstate a version of the eastern...
article Pennsylvania Casino Tax Deadline Looms, as State Scrambles for Revenue Solution
(Pennsylvania) -- The elimination of a casino tax in Pennsylvania is putting the state in a fiscal bind. With the 2017 session of the General Assembly ending this week,...

5/21/2017

article PA legislators near fix for casino host fee law
(Pennsylvania) -- The state Legislature plans action next week on bills to "fix" an unconstitutional state gaming law and keep millions of dollars flowing to...
article Pennsylvania Casinos Set Table Games Record, MGM Still Eyeing Sands Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos pull in more total gaming revenue than Atlantic City, and nearly a third of what Nevada does each month. And April was yet another...

5/19/2017

article Pennsylvania Casinos Up 1.4% to $285M in April
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casino industry has now suffered seven straight months of slot revenue declines since first contracting in October 2016, with...
article The Meadows turns table games gamble into a winning hand
(Pennsylvania) -- The Meadows Racetrack and Casino literally has upped the ante in its bid to increase table game play. And so far the gamble appears to be paying off.

5/18/2017

article Pennsylvania Casino operators fined by regulators
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s gaming control board, the PGCB, has issued fines to two casinos in the state totalling $22,500 after it found evidence of...
article PA Slot Revenue Slide Masked By Stellar Performance Of Table Games
(Pennsylvania) -- As was the case in March, strong gains in table game revenue spared the Pennsylvania casino industry from a down April. Slot revenue continues along a...

5/17/2017

article Explaining Pennsylvania Casino Revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Year after year, you have called Talkback 16 about Pennsylvania's revenue that comes from casinos. "The money that they're paying back...
article Planned Parx entertainment venue should change local show biz equation
(Pennsylvania) -- By far, the biggest news to come out of the recent announcement of the expansion project at Parx casino is the addition of a 1,500-capacity performance...

5/16/2017

article Big jump in April 2017 PA Casino table games revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced a big jump in April 2017 table games revenue. Pennsylvania casinos made 10.2% more money in In tables...
article Meadows Casino biggest percentage gainer in April table games report
(Pennsylvania) -- Table games revenue collected at the state’s 12 casinos in April totaled $79,546,606, an increase of 10.2 percent over April of 2016, according...

5/15/2017

article Pennsylvania’s casino host fees to be voted
(Pennsylvania) -- Local lawmakers from Pennsylvania have said that they’re confident that the share of casino revenue that Erie County receives is not at risk. As...
article Slot machine revenue in April down 1.6 percent
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue at Pennsylvania's 12 casinos was down about 1.6 percent in April, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Combined...

5/13/2017

article Senate to vote soon on casino host fees
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers from Erie and around Pennsylvania again expressed confidence in recent days that Erie County’s share of casino revenue is not at...

5/10/2017

article Online Gambling Legalization In Pennsylvania Grows More Convoluted As Legislative Clock Ticks On
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s complicated. There’s no other way to explain what is going on in Pennsylvania in regards to online gambling legalization. The...
article Redevelopment of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem put on hold
(Pennsylvania) -- In Pennsylvania, casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corporation has reportedly halted the first stage of a planned $800 million redevelopment of its Sands...

5/9/2017

article Pennsylvania senator to introduce new satellite casino legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- Legislators within the state of Pennsylvania have been considering a variety of ways in which to expand the gambling industry, especially within the...
article Sands Bethlehem casino halts $90 million expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has halted its $90 million expansion while it forges ahead with talks to sell the casino complex to MGM Resorts...

5/6/2017

article Senate could fold on plan to expand gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- While the governor and state House members have floated budget plans, the members of the state Senate aren’t saying much as they grapple with a $...

5/5/2017

article Parx Casino Adding Event Center, Restaurants In New $50 Million Expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- The biggest name in Pennsylvania casinos is getting bigger. Parx Casino in Philadephia recently announced a $50 million expansion plan which will add...

5/4/2017

article Parx Casino plans $50M expansion, new concert hall
(Pennsylvania) -- Parx Casino has announced a $50 million expansion that will add a 1,500-seat concert hall, two restaurants and a new poker room.
article Parx Casino to expand, adding Lombardi's Pizza and entertainment center
(Pennsylvania) -- Lombardi's, regarded as the oldest pizzeria in the United States, will be part of a $50 million expansion of Parx Casino in Bensalem, to open this...
article Editorial: Gambling findings deceiving
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s director of compulsive and problem gambling — Elizabeth Lanza — says “gambling...

5/3/2017

article PA Online Gambling Licensees Won’t Have To Be PA Casinos, Senator Says; Action Expected Next Week
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Senate plans to move a gambling expansion bill including online gambling on Tuesday, Sen. Mario Scavello told Online Poker Report....
article Casino expansion project a $50M walk in the Parx
(Pennsylvania) -- Show business, dining, and poker will be the focus of a 45,000-square-foot, $50 million expansion project announced today by Parx casino.

5/2/2017

article Latest Plan From Pennsylvania Senate For Regulated Online Gambling Is Easily Worst To Date
(Pennsylvania) -- There have been numerous plans floated for regulating online gambling in Pennsylvania, including many reasonable ones, some requiring significant work...
article Pennsylvania pols prepping kamikaze online gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- If you ever doubted Pennsylvania legislators’ sincerity in their attempts to pass online gambling legislation, your skepticism has been...
article RUDDOCK: Pennsylvania Continues To Complicate Online Gambling Legalization, Which Is Not That Complicated
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania stands to receive an immediate return of more than $100 million and tax revenue in the $40 to $50 million range if it simply adopts the...
article BLOG: Would The Legalization Of VGTs In PA Be A Raw Deal For Casinos?
(Pennsylvania) -- The authorization of video gaming terminals (VGTs) at bars, off-track betting parlors, and truck stops has once again emerged as a hot topic in...
article Gambling terminals get a House hearing as PA searches for revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- A state House panel is considering a plan to help fill significant budget gaps that have been left open for gambling revenue. The House Gaming...
article Gambling terminals get a House hearing as Pa. searches for revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania House panel is considering a plan to help fill significant budget gaps that have been left open for gambling revenue. The Gaming...
article Most Pennsylvania Casinos Oppose Video Gaming Terminals
(Pennsylvania) -- Most of Pennsylvania’s casinos are again voicing their opposition to possible legalization of thousands of video gaming terminals in taverns,...
article PA Considers Controversial Video Gaming Terminals; Will It Impact Online Gambling?
(Pennsylvania) -- The possibility of Pennsylvania authorizing video gaming terminals throughout the state appears to have legs, after a lengthy House hearing on Monday....
article Pa. slots revenue declines 1.6 pct. in April
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue for April declined by 1.6 percent, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Tuesday. The PGCB said in a press release that...

5/1/2017

article Risky Choices Considered for Pennsylvania Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Long speculated to be the next state to legalize online gambling, Pennsylvania is considering three different proposals for legalized gambling...
article Central PA needs a horse in this race
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is offering one remaining license for a horse track and casino and it would be great if more contestants — especially from Central...
article Gettysburg Casino Battle Faces Plenty of Opposition From Locals, History Buffs
(Pennsylvania) -- A Gettysburg casino proposal is facing strong resistance from locals, history buffs, and even the US National Park Service.
article Slots at your local watering hole? Pa. eyes video gaming terminals
(Pennsylvania) -- As Pennsylvania's financial hole grows deeper, lawmakers are eyeing a proposal that could allow up to 35,000 slots-like video gaming terminals at...

4/30/2017

article BLOG: Online Gambling Regulation 101 For Pennsylvania And All US Politicians
(Pennsylvania) -- Quite correctly Pennsylvania state politicians have more important issues to focus on than online gambling regulation. Their time—and attention...
article Second casino tax deadline looms
(Pennsylvania) -- Nothing focuses attention during the legislative process like a deadline. But the solution that lawmakers often come up with is to simply extend a...
article Few suitors for Pa.'s last casino license
(Pennsylvania) -- The sprint to get Pennsylvania’s lone remaining horse track and casino license seems to be a one-horse race, so far. The only developer who...

4/29/2017

article Pennsylvania’s last casino license getting few suitors
(Pennsylvania) -- The sprint to get Pennsylvania’s lone remaining horsetrack and casino license seems to be a one-horse race, so far. The only developer who’...

4/27/2017

article Key PA Lawmaker On Lower Tax Rate For Online Gambling: ‘It Would Force Casinos To The Internet’
(Pennsylvania) -- Rumblings of support for exorbitant tax rates with the potential to doom online gambling in Pennsylvania aren’t only coming out of the Senate.
article Pennsylvania considers online gambling proposals
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania has been trying to change its gambling regulations for quite some time now, and one of the latest attempts is related to the online sector...
article Pennsylvania Senators Propose Prohibitive iGaming Tax
(Pennsylvania) -- The online gaming portion of an omnibus gaming package just out of committee in the Pennsylvania state Senate is in danger of being killed out of the...

4/26/2017

article Sports Betting Bill Takes First Step in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- When it comes to legal news, the gambling world (or at least the gambling U.S.) has been focused on Pennsylvania this year, as it is expected that...
article SugarHouse fined $30,000 over surveillance violations
(Pennsylvania) -- SugarHouse Casino on Wednesday received a $30,000 fine from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for violations of the Fishtown property's...

4/25/2017

article Having The Pennsylvania Lottery Run Online Gambling Would Be A Mistake Taxpayers Would Pay For
(Pennsylvania) -- The latest twist in Pennsylvania’s years-long attempt to regulate online gambling surfaced Tuesday when Sen. Joe Scarnati floated the notion of...
article EDITORIAL: Lawmakers appear determined to bring the casinos to young people
(Pennsylvania) -- Advocates of casino gambling traveled the breadth of Pennsylvania in the early 2000s, propelled largely by false premises. Gambling, they said, would...

4/24/2017

article A Prohibitive Tax Rate On Online Gambling Could Ding PA’s Land-Based Casino Industry
(Pennsylvania) -- One of the primary sticking points in the battle to legalize online gambling in Pennsylvania has been the tax rate. Proposals in the House and Senate...
article Casinos and lottery could go online in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Gambling and playing the lottery could be more accessible for Pennsylvania residents if the state passes proposals for an online expansion. Delaware,...
article iGaming could save Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania General Assembly is expected to receive a new project to legislate the online gaming industry. The proposal would be introduced this week...
article Pennsylvania eyes leap to internet for casinos, lottery
(Pennsylvania) -- Facing huge deficits, Pennsylvania could become the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take its games online in a quest for money...
article The Fate Of Daily Fantasy Sports, Online Gambling Are Tied Together In Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- If the daily fantasy sports industry wants to gain legal clarity in Pennsylvania, its fate is likely tied to the success or failure of the legalization...
article Deadline looms for state gaming legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- State Rep. Patrick Harkins is not taking any chances. The Democratic legislator, who represents Erie’s east side, is about to introduce a stand-...
article Pennsylvania representative plans stand-alone bill as gambling law deadline approaches
(Pennsylvania) -- In September 2016, the state Supreme Court ruled that the Pennsylvania local share assessment tax was unconstitutional and lawmakers were given a...

4/22/2017

article A look at Pennsylvania casino gambling revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering an expansion of casino gambling to help the state's deficit-ridden finances. Here is a look at the existing...

4/21/2017

article If Pennsylvania Taxes Online Casinos At A Rate That’s Too High, Pennsylvania Won’t Have Online Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- If Pennsylvania wants to have online gambling, it has to tax it at a reasonable rate. If it doesn’t want to have regulated online casinos,...
article Pennsylvania chalks highest table games revenue “ever” in March
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania enjoyed what it described as “the highest month ever” for table games revenue in March, according to the latest figures...

4/20/2017

article PA Gambling Package Comes Out Of Hibernation In Senate, With Online Gambling Still In The Mix
(Pennsylvania) -- The rubber is starting to hit the road on online gambling in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Senate Community Economic & Recreational...
article PA Casino Revenue Rebounds In March, But Pennsylvania’s Slot Slide Hits Six Months
(Pennsylvania) -- March was a mixed bag for Pennsylvania casinos. A two-percent rise in table game revenue offset a less than one percent decline in slot revenue, giving...
article Pennsylvania Casinos Have Best Month Ever For Table Games
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos during March 2017 was up two percent compared to March of last year, according to...

4/19/2017

article Pennsylvania’s poker room profits rise by over 5% in March 2017
(Pennsylvania) -- Poker rooms across the state of Pennsylvania recorded profits of $5.45m in March 2017, beating 2016’s figures for March by almost 5.4%. The state...
article Table games revenue up in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released a report where it was revealed that gross revenue from gambling at table games increased 2 percent last...

4/18/2017

article Online gambling facing trouble in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- A powerful group is pushing to set high tax rates to online gambling activities in order to make it non-viable in the state.US.- A group within the...
article No, Pennsylvania, Online Gambling Can’t Be Taxed At The Same Rate As Land-Based Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are trying to implement a harebrained scheme to legalize and regulate PA online gambling. It’s so inane, that by...
article Did you spend your refund check at the Bethlehem Sands casino?
(Pennsylvania) -- If Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is trying to impress the casino company that's offering $1.3 billion to buy the South Side gambling hall, its...
article Hollywood Casino's big month is most noteworthy in latest Pa. casinos revenue report
(Pennsylvania) -- March 2017 revenue figures for Pennsylvania's casinos showed a slight year-over-year increase in table games, a small decrease in slots and almost...
article Pa. casinos hit all-time high in table game revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- March was a record month for table game revenue in Pennsylvania, with the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem leading the pack.

4/17/2017

article Pennsylvania Lawmakers Putting Budget At Risk, Tax Hikes Back On Table By Playing Politics With Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- A small but powerful group in the Pennsylvania State Senate is reportedly setting the state’s push for regulated online gambling up for certain...
article Pennsylvania Now Has Even More Reason To Believe Online Gambling Will Be A Boon
(Pennsylvania) -- If Pennsylvania legislators have any lingering doubt that online gambling will generate significant and recurrent tax revenue for the state, the recent...

4/12/2017

article Meeting at Parx in Bensalem, lawmakers from Bucks make case for casino impact fees
(Pennsylvania) -- Naysayers in the run-up to Pennsylvania's 2004 legalization of gambling warned that adding casinos to communities would have terrible effects, such...

4/11/2017

article Project plans revealed for Gettysburg-area casino and harness racetrack
(Pennsylvania) -- Developers of a new project that includes a harness racetrack and casino facility in Pennsylvania have revealed plans of what the project will entail,...
article Gambling Revenue in Pennsylvania Looks Unstable with Online Gambling Legislation on the Agenda
(Pennsylvania) -- This week, some rumours that the gaming industry in Pennsylvania has reached the maximum of its growth have been roaming around the media.

4/10/2017

article The Downward Trend For PA Slot Revenue Reaches The Half-Year Mark
(Pennsylvania) -- In what is beginning to become an alarming trend, Pennsylvania casinos have reported modest-to-moderate declines in slot revenue in each of the past...
article Plains Township Gets Facelift Thanks to Casino Money
(Pennsylvania) -- The business district in Plains Township is getting a facelift thanks to a state grant worth nearly $250,000. It may not look like much now, but nearby...
article S. Abington Twp. Police Department awarded $35k in state gaming funds to upgrade police vehicles
(Pennsylvania) -- State Rep. Marty Flynn recently announced the South Abington Township Police Department is one of nine recipients in the portion of Lackawanna County...

4/7/2017

article Racino sought outside Gettysburg for third time
(Pennsylvania) -- A prominent Gettysburg businessman who made two unsuccessful bids to locate a casino near the historic Civil War battlefield is back with a third...

4/6/2017

article Should MGM Resorts Worry About Pennsylvania Trying to Kill Off Online Gambling?
(Pennsylvania) -- Although online gambling has yet to get the green light in Pennsylvania, some supposedly supportive state legislators seem intent on killing its...
article Racetrack developement funding drops in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue and attendance at Pennsylvania’s race tracks have declined in 2016, as reported by the state in a document released on...
article Slot machine revenue down less than 1%
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenue from slot machines at Pennsylvania's 12 casinos was down .6 percent in March when compared to the same month in 2016, the Pennsylvania...
article Adams Co. casino developers add hotel, restaurants to plans
(Pennsylvania) -- Developers for the proposed Gettysburg-area casino and harness racetrack have added a hotel and restaurants to the project, officials announced...

4/5/2017

article State House Approves Airport Tablet Gambling Bill
(Pennsylvania) -- The State House approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow limited gambling in some airports in western Pennsylvania. House Bill 271 would allow...
article More study needed on proposed Adams County casino and racetrack, commissioners say
(Pennsylvania) -- Planning commissioners Wednesday delayed a decision on whether to recommend a change to the township’s zoning ordinance that would allow gambling...

4/4/2017

article Gambling Expansion: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Vote Against Slots At Airports Bill
(Pennsylvania) -- A bill to allow slots in Pennsylvania’s three international airports was rejected House lawmakers. According to a report from The Legal...
article Pennsylvania Lawmakers Reject Proposal for Airport Slot Machines
(Pennsylvania) -- In Pennsylvania, there have been several proposals made in regards to a gambling expansion. Of course, we all know that online gambling has been on the...

4/3/2017

article Airport Gambling Struck Down by State House
(Pennsylvania) -- The state House of Representatives struck down an amendment that would have allowed gambling in Pennsylvania's airports.

4/2/2017

article OP/ED: Latest gambling proposal would help the little guys
(Pennsylvania) -- There are a bevy of proposals regarding gambling expansion floating around Harrisburg. But this one seems like a no-brainer. It comes from state Rep....

3/31/2017

article In our words: Pennsylvania lawmakers should look somewhere other than video gaming to raise revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers unveiled a proposal Monday to legalize some 40,000 illegal video gaming terminals already in operation...

3/30/2017

article Pennsylvania Faces New Piece of VGT Legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania finally saw the introduction of a piece of legislation seeking to make video gaming terminals (VGTs) across the state bars, truck stops...
article Pennsylvania Revenues Drop as Expansion Considered
(Pennsylvania) -- Flat results for February from Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos could boost the efforts of state House and Senate gaming committees to forge omnibus...

3/29/2017

article Community leaders urge gaming control board to renew casino’s license
(Pennsylvania) -- Robert Sax, chairman of the Plains Township Board of Commissioners, said the township has benefited from Mohegan Sun Pocono in many ways and he urged...
article PA Lawmakers Launch More Gaming Expansion Plans
(Pennsylvania) -- As they search for revenues to patch budget holes and ease a multi-billion structural deficit, state lawmakers have turned time and again to the...
article Pennsylvania Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Bring Slot Machines To Bars, Truck Stops, And OTB Parlors
(Pennsylvania) -- A long anticipated bill to authorize video gaming terminals (VGTs) at Pennsylvania bars, truck stops, and off-track betting parlors was introduced in...

3/28/2017

article Online Gambling Will Take A Backseat At Today’s Pennsylvania Gaming Reform Hearing
(Pennsylvania) -- On March 28, the Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold its second hearing of the year to discuss a number of gaming reforms the state...
article Three Reasons Why An Oppressive Tax Rate On PA Online Gambling Simply Won’t Work
(Pennsylvania) -- The latest piece of online gambling and gambling reform legislation out of Pennsylvania largely mirrors those that have come before it, with a few...
article Bill could bring video gambling to bars, bowling alleys
(Pennsylvania) -- Video gambling machines could soon be showing up at bars, bowling alleys and social clubs. A new bill in Harrisburg would also legalize and regulate...
article Lawmakers launch more gaming expansion plans, but still no consensus
(Pennsylvania) -- As they search for revenues to patch budget holes and ease a multi-billion structural deficit, state lawmakers have turned time and again to the...
article Pennsylvania pushes for video gambling legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- State Senator Lisa Boscola, D-Northampton, announced yesterday the creation of a bill that would create more than 35.000 video gambling terminals in...
article State lawmakers unveil proposal to legalize 40,000 video gambling machines; Could make $400M for Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- Video gambling machines in bars, restaurants, veterans’ social clubs and other establishments could add as much as $400 million to the state...
article Erie defends its share of gaming revenue to House committee
(Pennsylvania) -- Members of a state House committee who visited Erie this week came away impressed with the way Erie County distributes gaming revenue for community and...
article I-Team: Lawmakers Debate Credit Card Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers have taken one step closer to allowing people to use credit cards to gamble, allowing the proposal out of a committee to the...
article Public hearing focuses on Erie gaming money
(Pennsylvania) -- There are 11 million reasons why Tuesday's public hearing in Erie is pivotal to the region's growth and economic development. The Pa. State...
press release Report Forecasts More Than $400 Million In Revenue For Pennsylvania From Legal Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue should the state pass legislation to legalize and regulate online casino...

3/27/2017

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 Report sees online gaming as a billion dollar chance for PA
(Pennsylvania) -- “Regulated Online Gambling: A Billion-Dollar Opportunity for Pennsylvania” is a report by author Robert DellaFave for playpennsylvania.com...
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 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 Lawmakers want bars to have legal video gambling terminals
(Pennsylvania) -- In 2004, federal authorities raided a small social club in Easton that was the center of an $8.4 million illegal video gambling ring. In the years...
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 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...

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