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Pennsylvania Casinos Up 1.4% to $285M in April

Pennsylvania’s casino industry has now suffered seven straight months of slot revenue declines since first contracting in October 2016, with April’s results coming in at $205.7 million, down by 1.6% compared to the same month last year.

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7/20/2017

article Nine-Month Slot Revenue Slide Leads To PA’s Second-Ever FY Casino Revenue Decline
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos posted a small decline in FY 2016-17 (July 2016 through June 2017) due to an ongoing slot revenue decline that reached its ninth...
article Lawmakers mull opening 'satellite casinos' in an attempt to balance the state budget
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania may be on the verge of becoming a national gambling guinea pig. To help balance the still-unfinished, $32 billion state budget, lawmakers...

7/19/2017

article Talks over Pennsylvania budget deadlock take unexpected turn
(Pennsylvania) -- Efforts to end Pennsylvania's 18-day stalemate over how to pay for a nearly $32 billion budget took an unexpected turn. Democratic lawmakers and...

7/18/2017

article Pa. Senate back in Capitol - but no budget deal yet
(Pennsylvania) -- The Senate returned to the State Capitol early Monday afternoon with good intentions: to consider various bills related to the still-incomplete state...
article Pennsylvania casino table game revenue up in latest 12 months
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania table game revenue rose 3.25 percent in the 12 months ended June 30, with the statewide tally $866.5 million, compared to $839.2 million...
article Table games revenue up in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board yesterday that revenue from table games experienced a 3.25 percent increase during the 2016-2017 fiscal year....

7/17/2017

article PA Slot Revenue Drops, But Still Tops $2 Billion For 7th Consecutive Year
(Pennsylvania) -- The numbers are in for 2016-17 Pennsylvania casino slot revenue, and it’s an interesting mix of ups and downs. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control...
article Manderino heads to Gaming Control Board
(Pennsylvania) -- Mon Valley native Kathy Manderino will leave her post as state Secretary of Labor and Industry Aug. 1 to assume an appointment to the Pennsylvania...
article State College area could end up with gambling casino, senator says
(Pennsylvania) -- As state lawmakers continue to debate how to raise new revenue for the state budget, expanding gambling in the state of Pennsylvania is a hot topic....
article Table games revenue at Pennsylvania casinos rose 3.25 percent in last fiscal year
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenue from table games increased 3.25 percent during the 2016-17 fiscal year, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Monday. The findings...

7/16/2017

article More legalized gambling seems to be a sure bet in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- In all the back-and-forth about how to pay for Pennsylvania's budget, gambling fans should take one point to heart: Legalized online casino gaming,...

7/15/2017

article Editorial: Another July, another budget mess
(Pennsylvania) -- Another July, another budget mess in Pennsylvania. Will the dysfunction in Harrisburg never end? The Republican-controlled Legislature sent Gov. Tom...
article Hold Please...Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Bill Stuck In Legislature
(Pennsylvania) -- Hope is not lost. However, it is a disappointing week for Pennsylvania online gambling supporters. It looked oh-so-close to the bill becoming law, but...

7/13/2017

article PA Gaming Control Board Schedules Public Hearing on Stadium Casino Ownership
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today announced that it has scheduled a public hearing on Monday, July 31, 2017 for the purpose of receiving...

7/10/2017

article Budget talks hinging on compromise on gambling legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s 8-day-old budget stalemate was hanging Saturday on closed-door negotiations over legislation to authorize another big gambling...
article Cash-strapped Pennsylvania’s gambling expansion plans still unclear
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania legislators are in deadlocked over plans to legalize video gaming terminals in a bid to break the nine-day-old budget stalemate.
article Highlights of Pennsylvania’s gambling expansion negotiations
(Pennsylvania) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature were discussing legislation to expand casino-style gambling in...
article Is this the week that we finally see Pennsylvania legalize online casinos?
(Pennsylvania) -- It has been reported that Pennsylvania senator Jay Costa has suggested that a gaming package that would, among other things, legalize online gambling...
article Slot-machine revenue declines at Pennsylvania casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot-machine revenue has taken a dip in Pennsylvania, including at the region's two local casinos. Revenue from slot machines at the state’s...

7/9/2017

article Highlights of Pennsylvania’s gambling expansion negotiations
(Pennsylvania) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature were discussing legislation to expand casino-style gambling in...
article Key Senator: PA Online Gambling Likely To Get Vote This Week
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania state Sen. Jay Costa indicated a vote on a gaming package — one that would legalize online gambling in the state — should take...
article Lawmakers brace for push to balance budget
(Pennsylvania) -- Lawmakers are bracing for a last-minute desperate push to get a series of budget bills to Gov. Tom Wolf before the governor must decide whether to...
article No revenue deal for state budget yet as Monday deadline looms
(Pennsylvania) -- Come Monday night, Gov. Wolf will likely find himself in the same position he did last year: deciding whether to allow a multibillion-dollar spending...
article Pennsylvania budget talks hang on gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are returning to the Capitol on the eighth day of a budget stalemate as they await word from negotiators in talks over paying...
article Pennsylvania budget talks hanging on deal on gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai (TUR-zye) of Allegheny County said Friday that there are no agreements in private negotiations between leaders of...
article Pennsylvania casino expansion bill could hurt Bethlehem's and Allentown's finances
(Pennsylvania) -- A gambling expansion bill being brokered in this weekend’s state budget negotiations could cause Bethlehem, Allentown and other cities financial...

7/8/2017

article Lawmakers to start weekend at Capitol awaiting budget deal
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are returning to the Capitol on the eighth day of a budget stalemate as they await word from negotiators in talks over paying...
article Pennsylvania casino expansion bill could hurt Bethlehem's and Allentown's finances
(Pennsylvania) -- A gambling expansion bill being brokered in this weekend’s state budget negotiations could cause Bethlehem, Allentown and other cities financial...
article FAST FACTS: Why some casinos aren't happy about gambling expansion bills in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- Two bills under consideration in the state Legislature would expand where and how you can gamble in Pennsylvania, and not everyone is excited about...
article Parx Casino fined $35,000 for underage gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday fined Parx Casino in Bucks County $35,000 for two incidents of underage gambling.
article Mount Airy Casino employee charged with money laundering
(Pennsylvania) -- A former Mount Airy Casino Resort employee has been charged with money laundering in a scheme to steal free slot machine play using counterfeit players...

7/7/2017

article Deficit-ridden Pennsylvania warned of another hit to credit
(Pennsylvania) -- A credit rating agency is putting Pennsylvania on notice that it faces another downgrade that increases the cost of government borrowing if the state...
article New Bill May Introduce 2nd Casino in South Philly
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania lawmakers are still trying to finalize its decision to authorize online gambling in the state at establishments that already offer some...
article PA Casino Slots Revenue Ended Year Below Expectations
(Pennsylvania) -- Slots revenues are down nearly across the board in Pennsylvania's casinos for the just-ended fiscal year. The dip comes as lawmakers work to make...
article Pennsylvania budget negotiations stuck on gambling expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Disagreements over expanding casino-style gambling in Pennsylvania remain at the forefront of negotiations over how to patch up state government’...
article Pennsylvania legislative leaders preparing to place their bets on gambling expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Elements of a hard-fought compromise package on expanded gambling in Pennsylvania are starting to take shape as lawmakers struggle to complete a plan...
article Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Decreases, as State Lawmakers Mull Gambling Expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania slot machine win at the state’s 12 land-based casinos fell during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Harrisburg...
article Slots revenue decline in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board revealed that the state went through a 2,2 percent fall in slot machine revenue when comparing the 2016-2017...
article When it comes to state budget, Pennsylvania needs a payment plan
(Pennsylvania) -- We're now into "the rest of the story," with apologies to iconic radio host Paul Harvey, when it comes to the Pennsylvania $32 billion...
article ‘Every Day Holds The Promise Of A Miracle’: The Wait For PA Online Gambling Continues
(Pennsylvania) -- The latest version of the Pennsylvania Senate calendar does not include action on a massive gaming bill that includes the legalization of online...

7/6/2017

article House GOP leader: No agreements in Pennsylvania budget talks
(Pennsylvania) -- The Republican leader in the GOP-controlled Pennsylvania House of Representatives says there haven't been any agreements reached in a six-day-old...
article Lawmakers Likely To Decide Fate Of Pennsylvania Online Gambling In Coming Days
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania legislature is drawing closer to an agreement on a comprehensive gaming package that will help fund part of the state’s 2017-...

7/5/2017

article OP/ED: Cannibalizing casinos an example of how not to grow jobs and revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Most of us have seen economic cannibals in action at local shopping malls and cities, where new Starbucks and Gap stores are built too quickly and too...
article Pa. budget talks drag on
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s Capitol hallways looked deserted Wednesday, even though the state is nearly a week into the new fiscal year without a complete...
article State works on gambling bill to help fund budget
(Pennsylvania) -- Negotiators were almost finished writing compromise legislation to expand casino-style gambling in the state, a top senator said Wednesday, as...

7/3/2017

article Las Vegas Billionaire Behind Ads Opposing Video Gaming In Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- As state lawmakers struggle to find ways to balance the state’s budget deficit, some say it’s time to legalize video gaming terminals...
article Someone Was Actually Trying to Build a Casino Three Miles From the Gettysburg Battle Site
(Pennsylvania) -- The Battle of Gettysburg ended on this day in 1863. Although it’s strange to talk about winners and losers in the context of an event that killed...

6/29/2017

article PA Lawmakers Still At Impasse Over Expanded Gambling As Fiscal Year Draws To A Close
(Pennsylvania) -- Time is running out for Pennsylvania lawmakers to decide the fate of an expanded gambling package. The House and the Senate have been at an impasse...

6/28/2017

article Debate continues over video gambling in bars
(Pennsylvania) -- One of the budget holdups is the debate over whether video gambling in bars should be legalized. It's a big gamble by lawmakers according to some,...

6/27/2017

article Gambling emerges as hang up in Pennsylvania budget talks
(Pennsylvania) -- Tax-averse Republican lawmakers tasked with fixing Pennsylvania's biggest cash shortfall since the recession are hitting a rough patch over how...
article Learn the ‘ABCs of VGTs’: Video gaming terminals pushed for Pa. budget
(Pennsylvania) -- In an effort to help make up a $3 billion projected budget deficit, a number of Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing for an increased role in regulated...
article Push continues for gaming terminals
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s the beginning of the end. Monday marked the start of the final week in Pennsylvania’s fiscal year. A state budget, technically, is due...

6/26/2017

article Pennsylvania's state budget talks are stuck and video gaming terminals appear to be the dam
(Pennsylvania) -- Not a lot got done, publicly, on the new state budget Monday and we think we know why: The intense quest to allow slot-machine style video gaming...
article Push continues for video gaming terminals across Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s the beginning of the end. Monday marked the start of the final week in Pennsylvania’s fiscal year. A state budget, technically, is due...
article Pennsylvania budget deadline looms with no clear way to bridge $3 billion deficit
(Pennsylvania) -- Five days and counting until Friday night's ominous state budget deadline. Expect the Capitol to be mobbed this week with protesters and lobbyists...
article Pennsylvania considers gambling for state budget
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers are expected to discuss the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year as they only have one week to come up with a solution to close a US$1....

6/25/2017

article Lawmakers eye gambling revenue, borrowing to balance budget
(Pennsylvania) -- State legislators will spend the week trying to figure out how they will raise new revenue and close a $1.5 billion deficit before the start of the new...

6/23/2017

article Are VGTs The Right Move For Pennsylvania? Gov. Wolf Doesn’t Appear To Think So
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has expressed strong concerns regarding the proposed legalization of video gaming terminals (VGTs) at taverns, truck stops,...
article 'They should protect the people': Gambling addict voices qualms as state weighs gaming expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- At the same time Pennsylvania legislators are considering an historic expansion of gambling, Mark Emmett is telling a cautionary tale. It is a story he...

6/22/2017

article Pat Howard: Pa. House seeks to deepen state’s gambling addiction
(Pennsylvania) -- Legalized gambling — any gambling really — comes with the specter of people who will become addicted or at least form habits more costly...
article Days from the deadline, budget indecision in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- With less than 10 days to the deadline for a new state budget, there is talk but little action — and even less agreement — on how to close...

6/21/2017

article Erie City Council seeks gambling funds promise
(Pennsylvania) -- Pending state legislation carves out $500,000 annually for the city of Erie from county gambling revenues to fund emergency services and infrastructure...
article Expanded gambling is a safe bet for Pennsylvania legislators
(Pennsylvania) -- I’ll admit it. I feel a bit hypocritical when I write about the problems with expanded gambling in Pennsylvania. Why? Because I freaking love to...
article Pa. can't afford to roll the dice on another gambling expansion: Scott Petri
(Pennsylvania) -- Imagine walking into a restaurant with your family, expecting to enjoy a nice relaxing dining experience, fueling up your car or truck at the gas...
article Local Black clergy oppose expanding gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Members of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity held a press conference at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 428 N. 41st St. in West Philadelphia Monday...

6/20/2017

article Lawyers: Gambling bill would void deal with Erie County municipalities
(Pennsylvania) -- Erie County municipalities involved in a 2010 settlement would stop receiving annual gambling money if lawmakers pass legislation that defunds the Erie...

6/19/2017

article EDITORIAL: Taxpayers: Pennsylvania lawmakers have a gambling problem
(Pennsylvania) -- Gambling is the opioid of Harrisburg lawmakers. It comes with all the hallmarks of addiction: compulsive need, increasing tolerance, and the drive to...

6/18/2017

article Lawmakers cite overhead costs in push to defund gaming authority
(Pennsylvania) -- Operating expenses at the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority have been the main target of attacks by local lawmakers who want to defund the authority...
article OP/ED: Our view: Split the difference on gaming money?
(Pennsylvania) -- We have mixed feelings about a surprise provision in the sweeping gambling legislation recently passed by the Pennsylvania House that would change how...

6/16/2017

article Plan abandoned to build casino near Gettysburg
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania businessman says he is abandoning his latest attempt to build a harness racing track and casino near Gettysburg, the site of the 1863...

6/15/2017

article Pennsylvania reports a May table game revenue increase of more than 4 percent from last year
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s table games revenue for the month of May increased approximately 4.4 percent over proceeds from May of 2016, according to figures...
article Battle for Gettysburg Gambling Ends, as Racino Developer Surrenders Position
(Pennsylvania) -- A proposal from a Pennsylvania businessman to build a “racino” in historic Gettysburg has been snuffed out, easing concerns of historical...
article Casino and horse track not viable for Bradford, study finds
(Pennsylvania) -- All bets are off for a casino to be built in Bradford. Bradford officials had been pursuing the development of a casino accompanied by a horse...

6/14/2017

article Anti-casino group near Gettysburg vows to fight again if necessary
(Pennsylvania) -- A leader of No Casino Gettysburg says David LeVan "will meet another huge wall of opposition" if he mounts any future effort to build a...
article Businessman ends plans for casino, horse racing facility near Gettysburg
(Pennsylvania) -- The Gettysburg businessman behind a proposed casino and horse racing facility in Adams County announced he would not submit an application for a gaming...
article LeVan cancels Gettysburg-area casino project
(Pennsylvania) -- Local businessman David LeVan has canceled his third attempt to bring a casino to the Gettysburg area, according to a Wednesday news release. LeVan...
article OP/ED: Six hours not enough time to study gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Last week the Pennsylvania House passed the biggest expansion to gaming in over a decade. Ironically, the bill was originally introduced to provide for...
article State budget still faces big hurdles ahead of deadline
(Pennsylvania) -- With pension reform in the rear-view mirror, lawmakers are adamant that they will pass a state budget by the end of the month, even though there’...

6/13/2017

article EDITORIAL: Late-night gambling (bill) is bad
(Pennsylvania) -- The public firestorm that erupted after Pennsylvania lawmakers granted themselves a big middle-of-the-night pay raise in July 2005 seemed to ensure...
article PA's Gambling Expansion Bill
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a sweeping gambling bill last week to generate money for the cash-straved state. House Bill 271 was...
article Pennsylvania's gaming expansion proposal would allow sports betting
(Pennsylvania) -- The U.S. casino industry's largest lobby group is planning a major federal push to repeal the prohibition on sports betting around the country, and...
article What Does Sheldon Adelson Hate More: Video Gaming Terminals Or Online Gambling In PA?
(Pennsylvania) -- Sheldon Adelson is trying to use his deep pockets to scuttle gaming measures he doesn’t like in Pennsylvania. The PA House of Representatives...

6/12/2017

article PA Slots Keep Losing Ground While State Dawdles On Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- The underlying problems of Pennsylvania’s land-based casino business are not going away while a host of other gaming measures — online...
article Philadelphia legislators look to divert casino funds
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of senators from the Philadelphia area is championing language inserted into a state gambling bill that would divert about $2 million in casino...
article Pennsylvania off-site gambling a threat to Atlantic City?
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is considering the expansion of slots and internet gambling by placing machines in bars and restaurants. Atlantic City’s long-...

6/11/2017

article OP/ED: For Pennsylvania, some big fixes are worth considering
(Pennsylvania) -- When I moved back to Pennsylvania following my retirement 12 years ago, I had high hopes for my new location. After all, it was my birthplace, home...
article OP/ED: Lawmakers’ gambling vote lacked transparency
(Pennsylvania) -- We will leave aside, for now, the question of whether the legalization of slots-like video gambling machines in taverns, bowling alleys, truck stops,...
article Philadelphia legislators look to divert casino funds
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of Philadelphia senators is championing language inserted into a state gambling bill that would divert about $2 million in casino revenues for...

6/10/2017

article Politics as Usual: Hahn gambles alone with slots bill
(Pennsylvania) -- The Lehigh Valley's only lawmaker thus far supporting a House bill to add up to 40,000 video slot machines in the state happens to be an avid...

6/9/2017

article House passes bill for video betting machines
(Pennsylvania) -- The state House and Senate are waging another high-stakes battle over how to expand gambling options to generate desperately needed tax revenue and fix...

6/7/2017

article Highlights of the Pennsylvania House's gambling legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night to expand casino-style gambling to websites, airports, bars and off-track...
article Pennsylvania House OKs biggest gambling expansion in years
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday night passed sprawling gambling legislation, unveiled just hours earlier, to expand casino-style...
article FAST FACTS: Could you soon gamble in bars and online in Pa.?
(Pennsylvania) -- Two bills under consideration in the state Legislature would expand where and how you can gamble in Pennsylvania, and not everyone is excited about...
article Finding a place to gamble in Pa. wouldn't be a problem under House-passed plan
(Pennsylvania) -- Legislation that transforms Pennsylvania into a gambler's paradise that passed the state House by a 102-89 vote on Wednesday creates lots of new...
article Gambling expansion with slots-like machines in bars moves forward
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania House lawmakers are moving ahead Wednesday with an expansion of gambling that includes slots-like video gaming terminals in bars, an...
article House push for statewide betting machines again threatens lucrative gambling expansion effort
(Pennsylvania) -- The state House and Senate are waging another high-stakes battle over how to expand gambling options to generate desperately needed state tax revenue...
article Pennsylvania House gears up for huge gambling expansion vote
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is gearing up for a rushed vote on legislation to expand casino-style gambling to the internet, airports,...
article Pennsylvania pols play VGT chicken with online gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s gambling expansion push geared up for a legislative showdown on Wednesday after the state House of Representatives sent its own...
article Sweeping gambling bill passes Pa. House toward uncertain future
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania House lawmakers passed a sweeping gambling expansion Wednesday night that would bring casino-style gambling to airports and bars, as well...
article The PA House Says ‘Yes’ To Online Gambling Bill, But Changes Threaten Future In Senate
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania continued its slow march towards legalized online gambling on Wednesday night. The PA House of Representatives passed a massive gaming...
article Video slots a long shot to get added to gaming bill
(Pennsylvania) -- While the current version of state gaming expansion legislation doesn’t include video slots for social clubs and taverns, the door to bar-based...
article AdWatch: How truthful is Sands Casino ad that looks to stop tavern slot machines?
(Pennsylvania) -- The Issue: A State House effort to legalize Video Gaming Terminals for bars and restaurants in Pennsylvania. THE TV AD: "[Narrator] Harrisburg...
article Good public policy or a money grab? Pa. lawmakers debate who gets casino dollars
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of Philadelphia senators is championing language inserted into a state gambling bill that would divert about $2 million in casino revenues for...
article Panel leaning toward umbrella approach to online gaming oversight
(Massachusetts) -- The special commission that has been studying the ever-changing world of online gaming and gambling may be poised to recommend an all-inclusive...

6/6/2017

article Will Sheldon Adelson’s New Scare Tactics Torpedo The PA Gambling Expansion Bill?
(Pennsylvania) -- It seemed as though the debate on Pennsylvania online gambling expansion would start and end without Sands owner Sheldon Adelson getting too involved....
article Sands fights bar-gambling bill
(Pennsylvania) -- The US$1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem was almost a reality when a potential law, that would allow bars to host casino gambling,...

6/5/2017

article Sands Bethlehem casino waging ad war against tavern gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Just two weeks after the $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem collapsed under the threat that Pennsylvania may allow casino gambling in...
article Aspinwall firm's growth shows casinos' broad economic impact
(Pennsylvania) -- When Carol Philp started a business in her basement in the mid-1990s, she had three young sons, experience running a small gift shop and confidence in...

6/4/2017

article Aspinwall firm's growth shows casinos' broad economic impact
(Pennsylvania) -- When Carol Philp started a business in her basement in the mid-1990s, she had three young sons, experience running a small gift shop and confidence in...
article New Meadows operator plans to use its size to build on casino’s decade of success
(Pennsylvania) -- In early October, Pinnacle Entertainment brought some of its high-rolling guests from its Kansas City casino to The Meadows.

6/2/2017

article Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Down 2.7% in May
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today posted on its web site the monthly report for total gross revenue and tax revenue generated from the play...

6/1/2017

article Pennsylvania Needs The House To Fix The Senate’s Online Gambling Bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Online gambling legislation efforts are heating up in Pennsylvania, as we head into June and the heart of summer. The good news is that for the first...

5/31/2017

article PA Senate Finally Passes Online Gambling, But Will Gaming Package Clear The House?
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Senate revealed and quickly passed its long-awaited gaming reform package last week. The bill, H 271, will now move on to the House of...

5/30/2017

article Pennsylvania representative sees horse racing subsidy as bad bet
(Pennsylvania) -- Some Pennsylvania legislators would like to see a state fund that benefits the horse racing industry put out to pasture, but others see it as a way to...

5/25/2017

article Changes Coming To Senate’s PA Online Gambling Bill? Lawmaker Says House Likely To Lower Taxes, Fees
(Pennsylvania) -- Sometimes it seems as though state Rep. George Dunbar is the only sane member of the Pennsylvania legislature, or at least the only one thinking...
article Online gambling legislation endorsed by Pennsylvania State Senate
(Pennsylvania) -- Attempts to legalize online gambling in Pennsylvania took a giant step forward yesterday after the Pennsylvania State Senate passed proposed...
article Pa. Senate expands gambling online
(Pennsylvania) -- Legislation to allow an expansion of casino-style gambling and lottery play to the internet in Pennsylvania passed the state Senate on Wednesday, as...
article Pennsylvania moves closer to allowing Lottery to offer online gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- A gaming expansion bill passed by the state Senate would not only allow a variety of new privately run gambling options, but it would allow the...
article These are the proposed changes to Pa.'s gaming law
(Pennsylvania) -- H.B. 271, which passed the Pennsylvania Senate 38-12 Wednesday, would expand gambling in the state and reinstate casino host fees. Here is a breakdown...

5/24/2017

article High tax rates threaten Pennsylvania online gaming bill
(Pennsylvania) -- Two Pennsylvania Senate Committees have approved an amended version of an online gaming bill, although high tax rates could threaten its progress. The...
article PA Online Gambling Closer To Being A Done Deal After Senate Passes iGaming Bill For First Time Ever
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill including the legalization and regulation of online gambling in the state for the first time ever. The Senate...
article Pa. Senate advances sweeping online gambling expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- The state Senate passed a sweeping gambling expansion bill Wednesday that's projected to generate between $109 million and $147 million in new...
article Pa. Senate OKs internet play for casinos, lottery
(Pennsylvania) -- Legislation to allow an expansion of casino-style gambling and lottery play to the internet in Pennsylvania passed the state Senate on Wednesday, as...
article Pennsylvania takes big step toward iGaming and internet lottery sales
(Pennsylvania) -- Legislation that could pave the way for gamblers to wager online, buy lottery tickets over the internet and play fantasy sports from the comfort of...
article Pennsylvania to vote on iGaming approval
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and its Appropriations Committee have overwhelmingly voted in...
article Senate passes bill to preserve Erie County casino fees
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers on Wednesday got a little closer to fixing an unconstitutional formula in Pennsylvania’s gambling law that determines how funds...
article How a state gambling expansion may boost the Banana Factory
(Pennsylvania) -- The renovation of ArtsQuest's Banana Factory in South Bethlehem may get a $5 million boost from the state over the next 20 years. On Wednesday, the...

5/23/2017

article BLOG: Online Gambling Legislation Out Of Committee With Doomsday Tax Rate
(Pennsylvania) -- On Tuesday afternoon, an amended version of gaming reform bill HB 271 passed through the Pennsylvania Senate Community, Economic & Recreational...
article Legislature moving internet gaming bill
(Pennsylvania) -- You would not have to gamble with rain, sleet or snow in Pennsylvania under a bill moving through the Legislature Tuesday. The Senate Appropriations...
article PA Senate Committees Pass Online Gambling Bill, With Astronomical Tax Rates Included
(Pennsylvania) -- First, the good news for Pennsylvania online gambling: A gaming bill was amended to legalize and regulate PA online poker and casinos, and it passed...
article Pennsylvania Senate moves to expand online gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- The Senate advanced gaming legislation Tuesday, showing its hand to the House as the two chambers continue working toward an agreement on expanding...
article Proposed bill could end smoking in bar, casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- A proposed bill could bring an end to smoking in Pennsylvania casinos, restaurants, bars and hotels. Current legislation allows for businesses like...

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...

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