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Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Decreases, as State Lawmakers Mull Gambling Expansion

Pennsylvania slot machine win at the state’s 12 land-based casinos fell during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Meanwhile, lawmakers in the Harrisburg capital are continuing to contemplate expanding gambling and allowing slot machines to be placed inside bars and restaurants, truck stops, and airport terminals.

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10/16/2017

article Video gaming jams progress on casino fix
(Pennsylvania) -- Millions of dollars in taxable revenue is just waiting to be collected in Pennsylvania, but state lawmakers are reluctant to make it happen, according...

10/12/2017

article Is Gaming Throwing A Wrench In The PA Budget Mess, And Could Online Gambling Fund State’s Universities?
(Pennsylvania) -- Some in Harrisburg appear to be pointing at a gaming package — which includes online gambling and poker — as part of the reason...

10/11/2017

article Brooklyn man allegedly snorts cocaine at casino table
(Pennsylvania) -- A Brooklyn man is facing drug charges after allegedly snorting suspected cocaine at a casino gaming table. Police charged Qing Ben Zhu, of Brooklyn,...

10/10/2017

article At Least One PA Lawmaker Optimistic On Budget Deal, Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania lawmaker is spreading optimism that a budget deal in the state is still possible, a deal that would include online gambling.

10/9/2017

article Gaming expansion among remaining options for closing Pa. budget deficit
(Pennsylvania) -- Last week, Pennsylvania House Republicans rejected a deal that would push forward a shale gas tax as a way to close the commonwealth's $2.2 billion...

10/7/2017

article 2 rival Pa. casino companies in merger talks: Report
(Pennsylvania) -- Two regional casino companies with rival locations in Pennsylvania are in merger talks, according to the Wall Street Journal.

10/6/2017

article PA Budget Deal Implodes; Online Gambling Relegated To Sidelines
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House failed to pass a revenue package to fund the state’s budget on Wednesday, leading to a sometimes chaotic scene in...
article Three PA casinos fined a total of $77,500 by Gaming Control Board
(Pennsylvania) -- Fines totaling $77,500 against three Pennsylvania casinos for various infractions were reportedly approved by the state’s Gaming Control Board...

10/5/2017

article Pennsylvania fines three casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) revealed that it approved fines totaling US$77.5k against three casinos for various violations. SugarHouse...

10/4/2017

article Casinos 'have to change everything' to assure safety, says pro gambler with Philly roots
(Pennsylvania) -- R.J. Cipriani, a professional gambler originally from Philadelphia who learned his craft in Atlantic City, says casinos around the world need to take a...
article SugarHouse Casino fined $10,000 for allowing underage gambling
(Philadelphia) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved fines Wednesday totaling $77,500 against three casinos for violations, including a $10,000 fine against...

10/3/2017

article Pa. Legislature may be coming to palatable budget compromise
(Pennsylvania) -- Truck stop slot machines and mini casinos. Taxes on warehousing and logistics services. And a bond backed by big tobacco’s court settlement cash.

9/30/2017

article PA Budget Deal Reportedly Inching Closer, In Good News For Online Poker, Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania media outlets reported that state lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf had made significant progress on a budget deal that could end a months-long...

9/29/2017

article Pennsylvania Gaming Control board to up their efforts stopping problem gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released its Annual Report with a significant focus on recent efforts to regulate the Commonwealth’s...
article Rivers Casino makes $3.3M payment to Sports & Exhibition Authority
(Pennsylvania) -- The Rivers Casino has made a $3.3 million payment to the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for its share of the...

9/28/2017

article Gamblers lost $1.5M a day at Sands Bethlehem last year. They lost even more at state-best Parx
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is still Pennsylvania’s table games king. But when factoring in slot machine revenue, Sands actually fell further...

9/27/2017

article Hundreds turn out for job fair at Parx casino in Bensalem
(Pennsylvania) -- Hundreds of job-seekers were hoping to hit the jackpot at PARX casino on Wednesday. A one-day job fair was being held at the company's PARX East...

9/26/2017

article Laughlin seeks amendment to save Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority
(Pennsylvania) -- The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority’s future is still in doubt — and it’s unclear when Pennsylvania legislators will settle the...

9/25/2017

article Parx Casino to add 200 new jobs to prep for $50M expansion this year
(Pennsylvania) -- Parx Casino this year will get physically bigger, creating a need for 200 new employees to man the non-gaming amenities planned for the end of the year.

9/24/2017

article Illegal gambling terminals are a growing problem in PA
(Pennsylvania) -- Illegal gaming terminals in bars and other venues in Pennsylvania continue to be a big problem for law enforcement and the state's Liquor Control...

9/22/2017

article Table games grow in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shared this week August results of its 12 casinos. According to the report, casino operators gathered US$74.2...

9/21/2017

article Pennsylvania Senate Committee to Crackdown on Illegal Gambling, as Legislature Considers Gaming Expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania Senate Law and Justice Committee Chairman Chuck McIlhinney (R-District 10) says business owners allowing illegal gambling operations to...

9/20/2017

article Pennsylvania casinos have good August as budget talks drag on
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania casinos posted a modest revenue gain in August as state legislators continue to dither over potential gambling expansion. Figures released...
article Pennsylvania Casinos Win 11 Percent More From Table Games In August
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos won a combined $74.2 million from their table games last month, a significant increase over the same month last year....

9/19/2017

article Strong Revenue For Table Games In August Boosts Overall PA Casino Revenue By 2.5%
(Pennsylvania) -- A revenue increase for table games of nearly 11% during August was the driver of an increase for combined overall casino revenue during the month of 2....

9/18/2017

article Video gaming machines in Pa. bars? Not so fast
(Pennsylvania) -- July is usually the busiest time of the year for sales from the to-go cooler at McStew’s Irish Pub in Levittown. In 2016, takeout sales accounted...
article Senate GOP confronts no-tax package in budget fight
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Senate returned to Harrisburg on Monday, Day 80 of an increasingly ugly budget stalemate, as senators began picking apart the House...

9/14/2017

article Following House vote, Senate expected to take up state budget on Monday
(Pennsylvania) -- The state Senate will use the weekend to digest a Republican-led House revenue plan that is designed to resolve a long-running budget dispute without...
article One Small Step For PA Budget, An Even Smaller Step For Online Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House finally passed a budget. They came down to the wire before doing so though. The state faces a statewide spending freeze starting...
article Pennsylvania House Adds Non-Specific Gambling Expansion to Controversial Budget Plan
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a long-awaited budget plan on Wednesday night, and gambling expansion,...

9/12/2017

article Pennsylvania legislature returns with future of legazalized online casinos still unclear
(Pennsylvania) -- The legislature of Pennsylvania returned to the house on Monday to attempt to try and find a resolution to long standing disagreements over the budget...

9/11/2017

article SugarHouse gaming website hits revenue milestone, attracts younger players [sub req]
(Pennsylvania) -- "Look at any business, you’re trying to get new customers and existing customers to become more active or to spend more." Online gaming...

9/9/2017

article Pa. legislators return Monday with budget crisis looming
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will return to session Monday for the first time in seven weeks as a lengthening budget stalemate is drawing...

9/6/2017

article PlaySugarHouse.com Celebrates One-Year Anniversary by Letting Players Gamble for FREE
(Pennsylvania) -- To celebrate its one-year anniversary, PlaySugarHouse.com is letting players gamble for free on Wednesday, September 6.

9/5/2017

article Wolf: Pennsylvanians will 'get hurt' if budget isn't funded
(Pennsylvania) -- Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf warned Tuesday that Pennsylvanians will "get hurt" if state lawmakers do not pass a revenue package to balance a...
article Mount Airy Casino Resort leads state in growth
(Pennsylvania) -- Mount Airy continued its revenue expansion with a state-leading growth in slot machine revenues for August. The Paradise Township casino resort...
press release Slight Decline Reported in August PA Slot Machine Revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue in August of this year compared to August 2016 differed by just $750,000, according to a report posted today on the Pennsylvania...
article Slight decline reported in August Pa. slot machine revenue
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue in August compared to August 2016 differed by just $750,000, according to a report posted Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming...

9/3/2017

article BLOG: Why A New Study On VGTs Could Impact Online Gambling In PA
(Pennsylvania) -- The Senate hearing on video gambling terminals (VGTs) is not until Sept. 19. That should give Pennsylvania lawmakers a chance to peruse some...

9/1/2017

article Pennsylvania Lawmakers Wasting Time and Money Over Legalization of Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- All the efforts to ban online gambling in the state of Pennsylvania is a move that one representative won’t give up on. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick,...

8/29/2017

article New Study Linking Crime To Video Gaming Terminals Could Impact PA Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- The issue of video gaming terminals apparently isn’t going away in Pennsylvania, both in terms of the state budget and talks related to a gaming...

8/28/2017

article PA Congressman Pushing For Federal Online Gambling Ban Is Wasting Taxpayer Time And Money
(Pennsylvania) -- Another effort to ban online gambling at the federal level in the US is coming from a Pennsylvania lawmaker. Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick ran...
article Pennsylvania to talk gaming expansion on Sept 11
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania has been considering a gaming expansion in order to fix the out-of-balance 2017-2018 state budget for quite some time now, and even if it...
article Prospects of Online Gambling in Pennsylvania on Thin Ice Yet Again
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania has been dancing around a potential online casino legislation for some time now, but whenever things start to get close to a favorable...

8/27/2017

article Pa., W.Va. casinos reducing amount of free slot play
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot fans in Pennsylvania and West Virginia are getting less free play from their hometown casinos. In Pennsylvania, the amount of free play awarded...

8/24/2017

article New legislative appointees to Pa. Gaming Control Board bring lobbying world a little closer
(Pennsylvania) -- Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati stayed with those he knows when it came to his latest selection to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board....

8/21/2017

article State treasurer: Pennsylvania will run out of money to pay bills on Aug. 29
(Pennsylvania) -- Top state officials are warning that Pennsylvania's deficit-strapped government is rapidly approaching a more severe stage in its 7-week-old budget...

8/20/2017

article Pennsylvania running out of options for cash to pay bills
(Pennsylvania) -- Top state officials are warning that Pennsylvania's deficit-strapped government is rapidly approaching a more severe stage in its seven-week-old...

8/18/2017

article Could VGTs Or Online Gambling Really Kill Pennsylvania’s “Golden Goose”?
(Pennsylvania) -- If there’s a reason why the road to legalized and regulated online gambling in Pennsylvania has been such a long and arduous one, it’s that...

8/17/2017

article Pennsylvania table gaming revenue up almost 4% in July
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has revealed that revenue from the state’s 1,241 poker tables increased by 3.8% year-on-year in July. Last...
article Poker rooms grow in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s state gaming regulators revealed that poker rooms totaled a combined US$5.17 million from players last month, meaning that when...

8/16/2017

article Pennsylvania to discuss gaming expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is set to approve soon an expected gaming expansion that includes online gaming platforms, video gaming terminals and daily fantasy sports...
article PA Senate Committee To Discuss VGTs At September Hearing As Issue Of Illegal Machines Comes To Forefront
(Pennsylvania) -- Passing a gaming reform package that includes the legalization of online gambling and daily fantasy sports will be a top priority when the Pennsylvania...
article Table game revenues at Pennsylvania casinos up 3.8 percent in July
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenue from table games at Pennsylvania casinos was up nearly 4 percent in July, according to the latest figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control...

8/15/2017

article Pa. table games revenue up nearly 4 pct. in July
(Pennsylvania) -- Table games at the state’s 12 casinos saw a jump in the action in July, with revenue increasing nearly 4 percent, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control...

8/12/2017

article Legal gambling in bars can solve state budget crisis, owners say
(Pennsylvania) -- Flanked by fellow tavern owners and state Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, Jack’s Tavern owner Jerry McArdle warned that if video...

8/10/2017

article Pennsylvania Gambling Regulators Approve Philly Casino Project For A Second Time
(Pennsylvania) -- The seven-member Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday unanimously approved a project for a second casino within the city limits of...
article Pennsylvania towns losing money to casino law
(Pennsylvania) -- Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared a law controlling casino fees payment to their host towns unconstitutional and ruled that it had to...

8/9/2017

article A Shift Away From Exclusive Regulation of Attorney Conduct by the Courts?
(Pennsylvania) -- The practice of law in Pennsylvania has been traditionally regulated by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. However, recent developments have called...
article Pennsylvania Gambling Expansion Postponed until Fall amid Budget Deadlock
(Pennsylvania) -- The state of Pennsylvania has officially put its long-discussed online gaming expansion on hold until the autumn of 2017. Currently, local lawmakers...
article Pennsylvania gambling expansion proposal on hold until Autumn
(Pennsylvania) -- Although the proposed online casino expansion is seen as one of the main ideas for Pennsylvania to cope with the budget deficit, it seems clear now...
article Some Pa. communities losing casino fees over legislative inaction
(Pennsylvania) -- As lawmakers try to negotiate a budget that'll pass the House, Senate, and Governor, plus fill a $2 billion funding gap, they're also grappling...

8/8/2017

article Some towns losing money over legislative inaction on casino fees
(Pennsylvania) -- As lawmakers try to negotiate a budget that'll pass the House, Senate, and Governor, plus fill a $2 billion funding gap, they're also grappling...

8/7/2017

article Slot machine revenue down in July
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue was down 2 percent at the state's 12 casinos, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said. Gross revenue was $209.1 million,...

8/5/2017

article PA Online Gambling Legalization Stuck In The Mud Until Fall As Budget Stalemate Persists
(Pennsylvania) -- “Wait until next year” is usually the refrain for online gambling proponents in states where legalization is on the table. In Pennsylvania...

8/3/2017

article As online casino debate continues Pennsylvania’s slot machines see revenues fall
(Pennsylvania) -- The trend of falling revenues in slot machine play continues for another month in Pennsylvania, with the state reporting a 2% decline for the month of...

8/2/2017

article Pa. revenue tops $2B in July as budget remains unresolved
(Pennsylvania) -- While state lawmakers try to find consensus over a revenue plan to pay for the fiscal year that began more than a month ago, tax collections continue...
article Pennsylvania slot machine revenues down 2 percent in July
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenue from slot machine play at Pennsylvania casinos was down 2 percent in July, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Wednesday.

7/31/2017

article OP/ED: State’s gambling gambit: losing your way to fiscal health
(Pennsylvania) -- While Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey have been making national headlines for their respective budget fiascoes, Pennsylvania has been under the...
article Parx investor defends stake in South Philly casino
(Pennsylvania) -- A years-long quest by Parx Casino owner Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment to build a new casino in Philadelphia was back before gaming regulators...
article Parx owner makes first appearance at gaming board
(Pennsylvania) -- Watche “Bob” Manoukian has owned a casino in Pennsylvania for more than a decade, but Monday marked his first appearance in front of the...

7/30/2017

article Pennsylvania delays iGaming vote
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania authorities have delayed the potential legalisation of iGaming industry. However, official representatives assured the bill is near its...
article Pennsylvania casinos enjoy another big year in table games
(Pennsylvania) -- Fans of blackjack, baccarat and specialty games such as Three Card Poker play an increasingly important role in the success of Pennsylvania casinos.

7/28/2017

article EDITORIAL: Any plans to build a casino in Lancaster County should come up snake eyes
(Pennsylvania) -- State officials are setting their sights on gambling expansion in an effort to fill a $2 billion budget deficit, LNP reported Wednesday. One of several...
article Will Bethlehem get its casino host fee check in August?
(Pennsylvania) -- Since a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling last fall, state legislators have promised to fix a legal defect in a law that the hometowns of casinos have...

7/27/2017

article Will Bethlehem get its casino host fee check in August?
(Pennsylvania) -- Since a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling last fall, state legislators have promised to fix a legal defect in a law that the hometowns of casinos have...

7/26/2017

article PA Online Gambling Lives On: Senate Budget Plan Counts On $200 Million From Gaming
(Pennsylvania) -- Senate Republicans in Pennsylvania now officially have a plan to fill a $2 billion gap in the state budget, after working late into the night on...
article PA Senate Back In Session, But Gaming Reforms May Have To Wait Until The Fall
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is on the precipice of legalizing online gambling. But final passage could be pushed off until the fall if legislators can’t...
article Political poker: Pa. Senate books $$$ from gambling expansion, but postpones vote on details
(Pennsylvania) -- The $2.2 billion revenue package endorsed by state Senate leadership Wednesday night has a $200 million tail, and it is the expansion of legalized...

7/21/2017

article Pennsylvania Satellite Casinos Latest Gambling Ploy Floated by State Lawmakers, Small Cities Targeted
(Pennsylvania) -- Authorizing 10 Pennsylvania satellite casinos is the most recent potential money grab state lawmakers are considering in their efforts to bridge a $2.2...

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 Gambling Expansion Could Bring Casino to State College Area
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino and gaming expansions are at the heart of budget and funding talks between Pennsylvania’s branches of government. Some lawmakers hope to...
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...

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