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Sands shareholder challenging Pennsylvania's ban on casino industry political giving

A political power broker and shareholder in the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, and the billionaire director of a Fayette County casino are suing to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on political contributions by people involved in the gambling industry.

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2/24/2018

article BLOG: PA Gambling Guide: If You Don’t Like Philadelphia, ‘You Don’t Know Nuthin’
(Pennsylvania) -- Tourist books for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spotlight the city’s many attractions, from Independence Hall to the Liberty Bell to the “Rocky steps” of...
article PA Gaming Expansion Proceeds, With A Few Bumps In The Road
(Pennsylvania) -- The commonwealth’s gambling industry is midway through a significant shift, with bidding currently underway for existing casinos to acquire newly...
article REVIEW: Gin Blossoms at Mount Airy Casino show 'New Miserable Experience' is universal, timeless
(Pennsylvania) -- When Gin Blossoms opened its concert Friday at Mount Airy Casino in Mount Pocono with “Lost Horizons,” the first song from its breakthrough...

2/23/2018

article Fourth mini-casino set for south-central Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- The fourth mini-casino license auctioned off by Pennsylvania gambling regulators is for a location in south-central Pennsylvania, officials said...
article Greenwood Gets PA 'Mini-Casino' After Sands' Bid Nixed
(Pennsylvania) -- There was a bit of drama this week in the latest auction for "mini-casino" licenses in Pennsylvania. Yesterday it was announced another such license...
article Valley Forge Forges Ahead With Massive Table Games Uptick In January
(Pennsylvania) -- Valley Forge Casino Resort, while in the midst of a media hailstorm with dealer criminal charges, appreciated the largest table games revenue gains in...

2/22/2018

article 4th mini-casino set for south-central Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The fourth mini-casino license awarded by Pennsylvania gambling regulators is for a location in south-central Pennsylvania, a region with one full-...
article Casino targets area between Carlisle and Chambersburg
(Pennsylvania) -- A casino has been proposed for an area that includes Shippensburg. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Thursday announced that Greenwood Gaming...
article Gaming Gaming company wins rights to build mini-casino in Cumberland County
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today said it awarded a mini-casino license, also known as a Category 4 license, to Greenwood Gaming and...
article Las Vegas Sands Gaffe Hands Parx Casino Fourth Pennsylvania Satellite Venue
(Pennsylvania) -- On Wednesday morning, Las Vegas Sands submitted what was thought to be a winning $9.9 million bid to secure a 15-mile radius in Western Pennsylvania...
article PA gaming expansion proceeds, with a few bumps in the road
(Pennsylvania) -- The commonwealth's gambling industry is midway through a significant shift, with bidding currently underway for existing casinos to acquire newly-...
article Partner in South Philly casino wins bid for smaller gaming venue near Harrisburg
(Pennsylvania) -- A partner in the planned casino and hotel complex in South Philadelphia’s sports stadium district has won a bid for a license to operate a smaller...
article Sands out, Parx in for latest mini-casino license
(Pennsylvania) -- After briefly awarding Pennsylvania’s fourth Category 4 casino to the operator of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control...
article With Sands' bid invalidated, Parx operator named winner of state's fourth mini-casino auction
(Pennsylvania) -- Call it mini-casino auction No. 4, part two. After the winning $9.9 million bid of Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC was invalidated on Wednesday because its...
article Parx Casino's New Campaign Promotes $50 Million Makeover by Larissa Faw , 9 hours ago
(Pennsylvania) -- After undergoing a $50 million expansion, Parx Casino is attempting to lure visitors in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey with its "What A...
article Casino targets area between Carlisle and Chambersburg
(Pennsylvania) -- A casino has been proposed for an area that includes Shippensburg. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Thursday announced that Greenwood Gaming...
article Partner in South Philly casino wins bid for smaller gaming venue near Harrisburg
(Pennsylvania) -- A partner in the planned casino and hotel complex in South Philadelphia’s sports stadium district has won a bid for a license to operate a...
article With Sands' bid invalidated, Parx operator named winner of state's fourth mini-casino auction
(Pennsylvania) -- Call it mini-casino auction No. 4, part two. After the winning $9.9 million bid of Sands Bethworks Gaming LLC was invalidated on Wednesday because its...

2/21/2018

article Mini-casino bid for Mercer County invalidated by location snafu
(Pennsylvania) -- Plans by the Las Vegas Sands Corp. to expand its casino empire into the Western Pennsylvania market have been sidetracked, at least temporarily, by a...
article Owner of Sands Casino wins auction for 4th mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has won the rights to build a mini-casino on the other side of Pennsylvania. The Morning Call of Allentown...
article Sands Bethlehem soon won't be Las Vegas company's only Pennsylvania casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. is doubling down on Pennsylvania. Wednesday morning the owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem won the rights to build a mini-...
article Sands Bethlehem's winning mini-casino bid invalidated by Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
(Pennsylvania) -- The operator of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem started its Wednesday morning in Harrisburg, placing a big bet on a mini-casino location in western...
article Sands wins Pennsylvania’s fourth satellite casino license auction
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino operator Las Vegas Sands has won the latest auction for Pennsylvania’s new satellite casino licenses.
article Sands wins state's fourth mini-casino auction, selects site near Ohio border
(Pennsylvania) -- If the chips fall how they’re expected to fall, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem won’t be the mini in Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s portfolio...
article Winning bid tossed in Pennsylvania casino license auction
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. submitted the highest bid Wednesday in an auction for the rights to Pennsylvania's fourth mini-casino license, but gambling...

2/19/2018

article PA Governor: State Lottery Will Get A Big Boost From Launch Of Online Games
(Pennsylvania) -- The governor of Pennsylvania believes that online lottery sales will help turn around an underperforming product that lost tens of millions of dollars...

2/15/2018

article Pennsylvania Mini-Casino Back in Picture for Harley-Davidson Maker Springettsbury, Previously Opted Out
(Pennsylvania) -- In the tiny township of Springettsbury, the prospect of a Pennsylvania mini-casino, just a few months after being rejected, is getting a second look....

2/14/2018

article Mercer County still has slim chance at mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s a longshot bet, but Mercer County might still have a chance at getting a mini-casino. Last week, Mt. Airy Casino Resort, headquartered in...

2/13/2018

article Mini-casino could end up in Mercer County, not Lawrence
(Pennsylvania) -- It's a longshot bet, but Mercer County might still have a chance at getting a mini-casino. Last week, Mt. Airy Casino Resort, headquartered in...

2/12/2018

article Springettsbury Township leaders open the door for a mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- In December, Springettsbury Township supervisors said no to a mini-casino. But last week, supervisors said they now want to allow a mini-casino in the...
article West York mayor says mini-casino part of business 'synergy' plan
(Pennsylvania) -- Mayor Shawn Mauck looks at the former Pfaltzgraff industrial complex in West York, and he sees a thriving hotel and convention center, as well as a...

2/11/2018

article BLOG: Parx Casino Lobbies State Officials To Limit Online Gaming Skins
(Pennsylvania) -- Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment (GGE), parent company of Parx Casino Bensalem, is lobbying Pennsylvania regulators to restrict the number of...

2/10/2018

article Casino prospect drawing support, criticism
(Pennsylvania) -- Split decision. While Lawrence County waits for Mount Airy #1 LLC, the winner of Thursday's mini-casino license drawing, to announce where the...

2/9/2018

article Parx Casino Calls For Limiting Online Gambling Skins To One Per License In Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- The issue of the number of brands or “skins” in the pending Pennsylvania online gambling industry remains a key sticking point before a...
article Change of heart: Springettsbury board wants in on casino action
(Pennsylvania) -- On second thought ... deal Springettsbury Township in. The township supervisors voted 4-to-1 Thursday, Feb. 8 to rescind its earlier resolution opting...
article Latest mini-casino owner has winning bid of $21 million
(Pennsylvania) -- The family that owns northeastern Pennsylvania’s Mount Airy Casino Resort won the rights Thursday to build a mini-casino on the opposite side of...
article Blough: Pa. misses out by limiting video gaming to truck stops
(Pennsylvania) -- In the spring, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill allowing liquor license holders the opportunity to install up to five video gaming terminals in...

2/8/2018

article Mount Airy Is The King Of New Castle After Winning Mini Casino Bid
(Pennsylvania) -- The weather delayed the inevitable, but Pennsylvania did run a successful casino auction this week. After a day’s delay, Thursday Mount Airy...
article Mount Airy wins Pennsylvania's third mini-casino auction, picks location near Ohio border
(Pennsylvania) -- The winner of Pennsylvania’s third mini-casino auction is the owner of Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County. Mount Airy #1 LLC won the...
article Pennsylvania Casino Slot Revenue Down In January
(Pennsylvania) -- The Keystone State slot machine industry generated a combined $177.8 million last month, according to figures from gaming regulators. The roughly 26,...

2/7/2018

article Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenues Suffer January Blahs
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania slot machine revenues continued to slide in the month of January. Although the size of the decline was relatively insignificant. In fact,...

2/6/2018

article Springettsbury Twp. considers new zoning rules to regulate possible casino locations
(Pennsylvania) -- Springettsbury Township is within a 15-mile radius of Yoe, which puts it within the zone where Penn National is waiting to find out if they can locate...
article Weather delays state's third mini casino auction
(Pennsylvania) -- The third auction for a mini casino license in Pennsylvania has been postponed due to impending bad weather expected Wednesday. The Pennsylvania Gaming...

2/2/2018

article Local hopes for mini casino still high
(Pennsylvania) -- After the second round of state mini-casino license auctions, an economic development authority in Mercer County says chances are still looking good...
article PA Casino Slot Machine Revenue Down 1.4% in January
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board posted on its web site today the monthly report for total revenue generated from the play of slot machines at...

2/1/2018

article County touts region to mini casino owners
(Pennsylvania) -- The perfect place for one of the new mini casinos may be right here in Clearfield County. In collaboration, Clearly Ahead Development, Visit...

1/29/2018

article Breaking Down The PA Online Gambling Market: Sands Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem sits on the site of the historic Bethlehem Steel Corporation. After 140 years as one of the biggest steel producers in...
article Gaming Law Education Comes To Central Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- When Susan Hensel was a little girl her father would rush over to her and say “You are going to be on the TV someday,” and then he would...
article Casino profits down
(Pennsylvania) -- Revenues at Presque Isle Downs and Casino were down for December and part of the blame is going to Mother Nature and one lucky winner...
article Westmoreland County mini-casino may have big impact, but questions abound
(Pennsylvania) -- Somewhere in eastern Westmoreland County within the next few years, hundreds of slot attendants, card dealers, waitresses and others likely will be...

1/26/2018

article Group behind second Philly casino plans a mini-gambling parlor near Pittsburgh
(Pennsylvania) -- Stadium Casino LLC, a joint venture between The Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, won Pennsylvania’s second mini-casino auction...
article Stadium Casino LLC pays $40.1M to state for Westmoreland mini casino license
(Pennsylvania) -- The group behind the winning bid to build a mini casino in Westmoreland County on Friday submitted its payment of $40.1 million to the state Department...

1/25/2018

article Pennsylvania Regulators Extract Maximum Value for Satellite Casino Licenses
(Pennsylvania) -- In just two short weeks, Pennsylvania regulators have generated over $90 million in new revenue from mini casino license auctions. Stadium Casino LLC...
article Second new casino license awarded in Pennsyvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Stadium Casino LLC has won the second round of bidding to open a mini-casino in Pennsylvania. The Baltimore firm tendered the winning bid of $40.1...

1/24/2018

article Group behind second Philly casino plans a mini-gambling parlor near Pittsburgh
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania held its second mini-casino auction on Wednesday, and the winner was Stadium Casino LLC with a bid of $40.1 million. Stadium Casino LLC, a...
article Pennsylvania's big budget gamble is paying off so far with high bids for two mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- State officials who banked on gambling expansion to balance the state's deficit-ridden budget are riding a hot hand so far when it comes to the new...
article Second casino license bypasses county
(Pennsylvania) -- Stadium Casino LLC, is the successful bidder on the second of 10 mini-casino licenses auctioned Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board....

1/23/2018

article BLOG: Online Gambling Will Propel PA Casinos To Another Revenue Record In 2018
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casino industry is riding a revenue upswing after the state’s casinos set a new revenue record in 2017, breaking the...
article Behind the scenes of Parx Casino's new concert venue, gastropub and poker room: Cool Spaces
(Pennsylvania) -- The Xcite Center at Parx Casino in Bensalem Township can do it all. It's one of the latest additions to the casino, which also recently added a...

1/21/2018

article Court denies DeNaples’ casino request
(Pennsylvania) -- The state Commonwealth Court again denied Dunmore businessman Louis DeNaples’ request to allow corporations in which he has an ownership interest...

1/19/2018

article Planners of second Philadelphia casino to prep site near sports stadiums
(Pennsylvania) -- The developers of a casino and hotel complex in South Philadelphia’s sports stadium district have been granted permission to raze the Holiday Inn...
article Court blocks ousted casino founder Louis DeNaples' back-door bid to return to Pa.'s gaming industry
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino founder Louis DeNaples, who was barred from the state's gambling scene over perjury allegations, failed Friday to convince a state appeals...

1/18/2018

article York County's chance at a mini-casino could get sunk -- by the winning bidder
(Pennsylvania) -- Here's one thing that could stop a mini-casino from coming to York County: The company that paid $50.1 million for the right to build one in this...

1/17/2018

article Pennsylvania Poker Rooms Rake $59M In 2017
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s 10 brick-and-mortar poker rooms collected a combined $59.1 million last year, according to figures released Tuesday by state...
article Rivers Casino taps ex-Harrah's exec as new general manager
(Pennsylvania) -- Bill Keena shouldn’t have any trouble remembering the name of the new casino he is running. Mr. Keena is taking over as general manager of Rivers...
article Valley Forge Casino Resort sold to Boyd Gaming Corporation
(Pennsylvania) -- Since it opened nearly six years ago, Valley Forge Casino Resort has gone through a lot of changes, but none as big as the change that happened about a...

1/16/2018

article Table Games Drives Increase in Overall PA Casino Gaming Revenue in 2017
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported today that the gross total gaming revenue combining slot machines and table games rose slightly and once...
article Gambling revenues hit new highs in Pa.
(Pennsylvania) -- Overall gambling revenues hit a record high in Pennsylvania last year. Combined revenues from slot machines and table games totaled $3.22 billion in...
article Key Dates To Circle As Pennsylvania Prepares To Roll Out Online Gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s been “hurry up and wait” for Pennsylvanians eager to play online poker and casino games ever since an expansive gaming package...

1/13/2018

article PA Casino Operator Sues To Block Mini-Casinos, Then Wins Bidding For First One
(Pennsylvania) -- The first auction for the right to build one of ten “mini-casinos” authorized by a new Pennsylvania law has produced a curious result. The...
article EDITORIAL: State’s offer that casino can’t refuse
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s hard to believe now that establishing casino gambling in Pennsylvania required a multidecade political fight. Just over a decade after...
article Mercer County trying to attract casino interests
(Pennsylvania) -- When Randy Seitz saw the price tag – $50.1 million – for the first of Pennsylvania’s 10 mini-casino licenses, he was more than...

1/12/2018

article Best bets: Where would a casino go in York County?
(Pennsylvania) -- After Penn National Gaming won the right to open the first of Pennsylvania 10 new mini-casinos, municipalities in York County began sizing up whether...
article Pennsylvania regulator slaps four casino operators with $62,500 in fines
(Pennsylvania) -- Four Pennsylvania casinos have welcomed the new year on bad footing after receiving total fines of $62,500 for various gambling violations. The...
article York County picked for mini-casino license Penn National wants to protect its flank at Hollywood Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn National Gaming, the Berks County-based owner of Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in East Hanover Township, is spending more than $50...
article Q and A: How a mini-casino could impact your York County town
(Pennsylvania) -- This week, Penn National Gaming won the right to build a mini-casino in the York area. Here's what you need to know.

1/11/2018

article Hollywood Casino – 5 years in: Hard to judge effect on area development
(Pennsylvania) -- Frustrated with the lack of redevelopment at the Westland Mall site, James Schimmer talked last year with Emmett Kelly, an attorney representing Plaza...
article Penn National Wins First Pennsylvania Satellite Casino Bid, Follows Lawsuit Against State
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn National Gaming won the first of 10 Pennsylvania satellite casino auctions with a $50.1 million bid to place a gambling venue in York County. The...
article Pennsylvania’s York County Receives the Right to Welcome First out of Ten Mini-Casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is currently going through a rather interesting period of time as long anticipated auctions for mini-casinos construction have just begun...
article A mini-casino would be good for York County (column)
(Pennsylvania) -- Local broadcast media and this newspaper are reporting Penn National Gaming has agreed to pay just over $50 million and has been awarded the first of...
article Against the house: municipalities vote against mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Municipalities throughout the Tri-County area walked away from the table when the subject of mini-casinos was dealt by the state legislature.
article County bypassed for first casino license
(Pennsylvania) -- The award of the first of 10 mini-casino licenses has left Commissioner Dan Vogler hopeful for Lawrence County's chances at one of the remaining...
article Penn National Gaming to build mini-casino in York County
(Pennsylvania) -- Municipalities in York County wait to hear where Penn National Gaming will place a mini-casino. Penn National, who operates Hollywood Casino in Dauphin...
article Q and A: How a mini-casino could impact your York County town
(Pennsylvania) -- On Wednesday, Penn National Gaming won the right to build a mini-casino in the York area. Here's what you need to know. So is a mini-casino coming...
article Westmoreland officials betting county will get a mini casino
(Pennsylvania) -- A new mini casino located in Westmoreland County as part of a gambling expansion in Pennsylvania is long overdue, county commissioners said Thursday as...
article Valley Forge Casino Sold For $280 Million
(Pennsylvania) -- Valley Forge Casino has been purchased by rival corporation Boyd Gaming Corp. for $280 million, the two sides announced in December.
article Law Increases Bingo Prizes
(Pennsylvania) -- The bingo board at the Eagles Social Club near Stroudsburg lights up on weekends and players fill seats hoping to win the top prize.
article Mount Airy among four casinos fined by state for various violations
(Pennsylvania) -- Four casinos, including The Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County face fines for a series of gambling violations. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control...

1/10/2018

article Penn National Gaming submits winning bid for PA’s first “mini-casino”
(Pennsylvania) -- Yoe, a borough in York County, has been chosen as the location for Pennsylvania’s first mini-casino after the operator of Grantville’s...
article Penn National wants court to declare new state gambling law unconstitutional
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino owner Penn National Gaming has mounted a legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s newly enacted law that paves the way for gambling expansion in...
article Penn National wins right to put casino in York County
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn National Gaming secured the right to put up a casino near Pennsylvania’s southern border, submitting a winning bid Wednesday of just over $...
article Pennsylvania casinos sue state over expanded gaming legislation: Report
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's first auction for the new mini-casino licenses has hit a setback before it even began as several casinos in...
article Pennsylvania to unseal first bids in casino expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania gambling regulators are preparing to auction the first of 10 mini-casino licenses as the state government looks for cash to patch up a...
article To protect its turf, Hollywood Casino bids $50 million to win Pennsylvania's first satellite auction
(Pennsylvania) -- Isolated in the heart of the state, Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County has argued it is uniquely vulnerable to 360 degrees...
article With $50.1M bid, Berks-based company wins 1st casino license
(Pennsylvania) -- With a bid of $50.1 million, a Berks County-based company has won Pennsylvania's first auction of 10 mini-casino licenses as the state government...
article And the winner of Pa.'s first mini-casino is…
(Pennsylvania) -- With the winning bid Wednesday for Pennsylvania’s first mini-casino license, a Harrisburg-area casino operator sought to maintain its grip on...
article Odds are, York County will be home to Pa.'s first mini-casino, featuring slots, table games
(Pennsylvania) -- It appears that York County will be home to the state's first mini-casino under a new gambling law. The state unveiled the first bids for 10 mini-...
article York area lands first 'mini-casino'; 9 more auctions to be held over the coming months
(Pennsylvania) -- The table is set for Pennsylvania's first mini-casino to set up shop in York County. And as it turns out, a casino operator that has been one of...
article York Co. business advocates optimistic about mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania's first mini-casino could be coming to York County, and those promoting economic development in the area are welcoming the news.

1/9/2018

article A day before state auctions new gambling licenses, casino files lawsuit challenging satellites
(Pennsylvania) -- A new lawsuit is challenging a central aspect of the two-month-old law expanding casino gambling in Pennsylvania that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed...
article Penn National sues over Pennsylvania's casino expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania-based casino owner Penn National Gaming sued Tuesday in a challenge to a central element of the state's aggressive new law expanding...
article Sands and other casino sue Pennsylvania over new gaming expansion law
(Pennsylvania) -- Three recently filed lawsuits — including one by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem — are challenging Pennsylvania’s 2-month-old gaming...
article As Communities Opt Out, Process Begins to Award New PA Casino Licenses
(Pennsylvania) -- Trying to plug a nearly two billion dollar budget hole without raising taxes led the state legislature and the governor to expand gaming in...
article New wave of casinos ready to hit Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Licenses to build the first of 10 mini casinos in Pennsylvania will be up for auction Wednesday morning in a sealed bid process that has all the...
article BLOG: PA Slots Revenue Flat For The Year, But Hopes Are Sky-High For 2018
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania slot machine revenues from its licensed casinos came in at $187.6 million for December 2017. The results are just 1.2 percent higher than...

1/8/2018

article Mini-casino bidding approaches with 1,000-plus municipalities saying no
(Pennsylvania) -- You can cross Connoquenessing, East Lackawannock, Lackawaxen, Nescopeck, Nuangola, Orwigsburg, Skippack, Springettsbury and Towamensing off the list of...
article Lotteries Taking Advantage of Pennsylvania State Legislation
(Pennsylvania) -- Online gambling legislation passed by Pennsylvania Legislature last year will have state lotteries taking advantage of the new regulations before...
article Ready. Set. Bid. Does Pennsylvania still have room for more casinos?
(Pennsylvania) -- By mid-day Wednesday, some unsuspecting - or perhaps totally expecting - Pennsylvania community is going to find itself the next top candidate for...

1/6/2018

article Pennsylvania Lottery may be first to benefit from state's gambling expansion law
(Pennsylvania) -- There's not an app for that just yet, but players may be able to take a bet on the Pennsylvania Lottery online soon. The 45-year-old state lottery...

1/5/2018

article In Pennsylvania, iGaming Skins On Regulatory Front Burner [sub req'd]
(Pennsylvania) -- Amid talk that Pennsylvania gaming regulators are weighing whether to limit each prospective internet gambling operator to one branded website, or skin...
article 2 In 5 Municipalities Ban Mini-Casino Before License Auction
(Pennsylvania) -- About 40 percent of Pennsylvania's municipalities are banning a new mini-casino allowed under a two-month-old state law expanding casino-style...
article Two dozen Lehigh Valley towns say 'No" to mini casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Who doesn’t want a casino in their town? A growing number of places in the Lehigh Valley. As of Jan. 4, the number of municipalities in Lehigh...
article Guest editorial | Municipalities do the right thing in opting out of consideration for casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- We’re often critical of government – federal, state and local – for not listening to the voices of people. The criticism is justified.
article LETTER: Can't county think of something else besides gambling?
(Pennsylvania) -- Editor, The News: Why is it our county commissioners get all giddy and trip over themselves every time the word “casinos” is mentioned?

1/4/2018

article 2 in 5 municipalities ban mini-casino before license auction
(Pennsylvania) -- About 40 percent of Pennsylvania's municipalities are banning a new mini-casino allowed under a two-month-old state law expanding casino-style...
article Pennsylvania communities vie for 10 new casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- The governor of Pennsylvania signed a far-reaching revenue package into law on Oct 30, 2017, that included expanded gambling in the state. On Jan 10...

1/3/2018

article Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Up 1% in December
(Pennsylvania) -- Slot machine revenue at Pennsylvania casinos in December 2017 rose 1.2% over December 2016, according to a report posted today on the web site of the...
article Handful of municipalities in Blair fold on mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Only five Blair County municipalities are among the more than 1,000 statewide that have opted out of hosting a mini-casino.
article Ready for online gaming onslaught, Parx Casino’s event center to open this month
(Pennsylvania) -- Parx Casino this month will debut a major component of a $50 million expansion project that the casino's CEO Tony Ricci said will help separate it...

1/2/2018

article Lower Merion board votes to prevent expanded gambling in township
(Pennsylvania) -- Lower Merion Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to prevent any new gambling operations in the township. “It’s a resolution to...
article Pennsylvania Towns’ Satellite Casino Opt-Out Deadline Passes, More Than 900 Just Say ‘No’
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania towns have now made their voices heard when it comes to embracing mini-casinos, or not, in their various burghs. One minute before...

1/1/2018

article More than half of Berks County's towns don't want a casino
(Pennsylvania) -- More than half of Berks County's municipalities have said no to the idea of building a casino. Last week, Exeter Township supervisors voted against a...

12/31/2017

article Mall owner sees promise ahead
(Pennsylvania) -- Have rumors over the demise of the Lycoming Mall been greatly exaggerated? As anchor stores such as Macy’s and J.C. Penney shuttered their doors...
article 4. The Meadows operator sold
(Pennsylvania) -- On Dec. 18, Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment – which had operated The Meadows Racetrack & Casino since September 2016 following the...

12/30/2017

article Man gets out of car at Harrah’s Casino, walks across driveway then opens fire
(Pennsylvania) -- Additional information has been released following the story we broke days ago regarding the Harrah’s Casino shooting in Chester City. Just...
article All 60 municipalities in Lancaster County take action to keep out mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Every municipality in Lancaster County has now passed a resolution to prevent a mini-casino from being located within their borders. “We could...
article Millerstown rejects casinos on second vote
(Pennsylvania) -- It took two votes in December for Millerstown Borough Council to come to a consensus on opting out of the state's gambling expansion that allows...

12/29/2017

article Lancaster municipalities opt out of mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Not a single municipality in Lancaster County will allow mini-casinos to locate within their borders. Republican State Senators Ryan Aument and Scott...
article Mini-casinos coming to Pa., but not to any of these 22 Lehigh Valley towns
(Pennsylvania) -- A new gambling expansion law signed in October by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf opened a market for up to 10 mini casinos that would complement the state...

12/28/2017

article Penn Hills opts out of chance for mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Penn Hills council recently voted to prohibit casinos from opening in the municipality. The unanimous vote solidified the municipality's already...

12/27/2017

article A ‘satellite’ casino locally unlikely, but Middletown, Lower Swatara don’t act to stop the possibility
(Pennsylvania) -- Middletown and many other communities in Dauphin County seem to be hedging their bets regarding the possibility of a “satellite” casino...
article A ‘satellite’ casino locally unlikely, but Middletown, Lower Swatara don’t act to stop the possibility
(Pennsylvania) -- Middletown and many other communities in Dauphin County seem to be hedging their bets regarding the possibility of a “satellite” casino...
article Mini-casino license auctions to begin in January
(Pennsylvania) -- Wagers will hit the table early next month for the first of 10 satellite casino licenses. With a window closing Dec. 31 for communities statewide to...
article Wild card: It's not a sure bet, but mini-casino possibility worth pursuing
(Pennsylvania) -- We don’t expect Lawrence County’s commissioners to hold spaghetti dinners in their meeting room or host craft shows in the law library....

12/26/2017

article First mini casino location could be decided soon
(Pennsylvania) -- A location for the first mini casino in Pennsylvania could be decided early in the new year. The first license auction is scheduled for January 10....
article Most Bucks County towns opt out of mini-casino expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- At least 30 towns in Bucks County have approved resolutions prohibiting category 4 casinos, which could allow 300-750 slot machines to operate at a...
article PA Casino Resort Commands $281M
(Pennsylvania) -- Boyd Gaming acquired Valley Forge Casino Resort, a 40,000-square-foot casino in King of Prussia. The resort includes 500 hotel rooms, eight restaurants...

12/25/2017

article Snyder County neighbors take different stands on mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- The Monroe Township supervisors are making it clear they don't want a mini-casino operation in their jurisdiction, but their neighbors in the...

12/24/2017

article Mini-casino license auctions begin in January
(Pennsylvania) -- Wagers will hit the table early next month for the first of 10 satellite casino licenses. With a window closing Dec. 31 for communities statewide to...
article Springfield Township suggested as site for future mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- County tourism leaders are discussing a proposal to attract a casino to Springfield Township. “The township has a lot going for it,” said...

12/23/2017

article Mini-casino license auctions to begin in January
(Pennsylvania) -- Wagers will hit the table early next month for the first of 10 satellite casino licenses. With a window closing Dec. 31 for communities statewide to...
article Sharpsburg council says 'no' to satellite casino option
(Pennsylvania) -- Sharpsburg has joined a growing list of Lower Valley communities that prohibit casino satellites from opening in the borough. Council voted unanimously...
article The casino question: A little more study would be helpful
(Pennsylvania) -- The ink was barely dry on legislation allowing 10 mini-casinos in the state when Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana began pushing to make the city...

12/22/2017

article Springdale Township officials say a mini casino is welcome
(Pennsylvania) -- While multiple Alle-Kiski Valley municipalities have said “no” to having one of the 10 mini casinos authorized by the state, Springdale...
article Table games revenue up 2.8% in November
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from table games at the state's 12 casinos were up 2.8 percent in November when compared to the same month of 2016. The Pennsylvania...

12/21/2017

article Boyd expands into Pennsylvania with Valley Forge deal
(Pennsylvania) -- US regional casino operator Boyd Gaming has made its second major deal this week by acquiring the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania.
article Boyd Gaming buying Valley Forge Casino Resort for $280M
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp. is expanding into Pennsylvania with the $280.5 million purchase of the Valley Forge Casino Resort. "With this...
article Casino license eyed for Springfield
(Pennsylvania) -- County tourism leaders are discussing a proposal to attract a casino to Springfield Township. “The township has a lot going for it,” Peggy...
article North Huntington says no to mini casino
(Pennsylvania) -- North Huntingdon officials have joined their counterparts in Murrysville, New Alexandria, Delmont, South Huntingdon and North Irwin in voting to...
article Nuangola says ‘no’ to mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Council unanimously passed a resolution this week prohibiting the establishment of mini-casinos in the borough. Through the office of its solicitor,...
article Nearly $5 Million in Rake for Pennsylvania Poker Rooms
(Pennsylvania) -- Monday, Pennsylvania gaming regulators released the state’s total figures showing that the 10 poker rooms won a combined $4.8 million for the...

12/20/2017

article What Better Place For A Satellite Casino Than The Mall?
(Pennsylvania) -- College Township remains noticeably absent from the list 404 opt-outs for Category 4 casinos in Pennsylvania. While four Centre County municipalities...
article Pennsylvania table gaming revenues up 2.84%
(Pennsylvania) -- Regulators from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) have confirmed that gross revenue from gambling at table games in Pennsylvania casinos...
article Select Few Pennsylvania Towns Finally Rolling Out Welcome Mat for Satellite Casino Bids
(Pennsylvania) -- A couple Pennsylvania municipalities are beginning to embrace the idea of allowing a so-called “mini casino” in their communities. But some...
article Commissioners weigh proposals for $6.7 million worth of local share from casino gambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Washington County commissioners today will consider forwarding to the state more than $6.7 million worth of projects from the Local Share Account of...
article Las Vegas company to acquire Valley Forge casino for $280 million
(Pennsylvania) -- Boyd Gaming Corp. owns 24 properties in the West and Midwest. Valley Forge will be its first in Pennsylvania. Valley Forge Casino Resort, the...
article Ridgway takes a chance on mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Mayor Guillermo Udarbe cast a tie-breaking vote at Monday’s borough council meeting that would allow a mini-casino to set up shop in Ridgway. A...

12/19/2017

article Pennsylvania Poker Rooms Rake $4.8M In November
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania gaming regulators said Monday that the state’s 10 poker rooms raked a combined $4.8 million last month. ccording to the Pennsylvania...
article Table games bring in more money in November
(Pennsylvania) -- Gross revenue from table game gambling at Pennsylvania casinos during November 2017 was up 2.8% compared to November of last year, according to figures...
article McCandless council votes to ban casinos from town
(Pennsylvania) -- McCandless isn't gambling on whether the town might be a good location for one of 10 new mini-casinos the state has approved to plug its budget...
article Big win for a 2nd Philly casino: SugarHouse drops its objections
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s a go. After a three-year legal wrangle, SugarHouse Casino has dropped its effort to block a second Philadelphia gaming license, paving the...
article Things Are Looking Up For PA Casinos With Slot Machine Rebound In November
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania casino industry had a lot to be thankful for in November. The state’s casinos posted year-over-year gains in both slot machine...

12/18/2017

article Gaming board sets auction schedule
(Pennsylvania) -- The auction of mini-casino licenses will roll out at a steady pace during the first five months of 2018. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved...
article How Pennsylvania will award licenses for 10 new casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania is set in 2018 to nearly double the state's number of casinos, in what could generate $100 million -- or more -- in new licensing...
article Pennsylvania fines five casinos $1.1m
(Pennsylvania) -- Regulators from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) have issued fines totalling $1,167,000 against five casino operators in the state,...

12/16/2017

article Holiday joy comes early for casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Holiday joy has come early for the state’s 12 casinos. Recently, with the General Assembly concurring, Gov. Tom Wolfe signed into law a massive...
article Philadelphia City Council Votes 17-0 Against Satellite Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The Philadelphia City Council unanimously voted 17-0 against allowing a Category 4 gambling venue, the so-called “mini-casinos,” from being...
article Hollidaysburg keeps taxes level, opts out of casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Borough Council members voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve a final 2018 budget with no tax increase. Borough Manager James Gehret said real...
article Local municipalities act to prohibit casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- New legislation in Pennsylvania encourages the expansion of the gambling industry by allowing up to 10 new casinos, but some municipalities in Centre...
article Pennsylvania communities weigh money, morality in looming mini-casino decisions
(Pennsylvania) -- For Pennsylvania townships, cities and boroughs, the deadline to decide to either put their chips in or fold on whether they want the chance to have a...
article Shillington approves resolution against mini-casino in borough
(Pennsylvania) -- Council also passed a $9 million budget for 2018 with no tax increase. Shillington Borough Council has unanimously approved a resolution prohibiting...
article Would you bet on a casino coming to Nittany Mall?
(Pennsylvania) -- The Nittany Mall is open for business, but it wouldn’t seem that way given how some people talk about it. News regarding the mall is often met...

12/15/2017

article Aspinwall and O'Hara decline option for satellite casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Aspinwall and O'Hara councils both have voted to prohibit mini-casinos from opening in the municipalities. State law allows 10 satellite casinos to...
article Carlisle Borough Council opts out of allowing casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Carlisle Borough Council joined a number of Cumberland County municipalities Thursday in passing a resolution to opt out of allowing a casino to be...
article Shaler commissioners vote to prohibit casinos in township
(Pennsylvania) -- Shaler commissioners do not want to take their chances when it comes to a casino opening within the township. The commissioners voted Dec. 12 to...

12/14/2017

article Gettysburg wins battle against satellite casino plans, with concerns over proximity to Civil War site
(Pennsylvania) -- The Gettysburg Borough Council of Pennsylvania has voted to reject casino building by a 5-1 majority, ruling the municipality out of hosting one of the...
article Pennsylvania fines five casinos $1.1m
(Pennsylvania) -- Regulators from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) have issued fines totalling $1,167,000 against five casino operators in the state,...
article Valley Forge Casino Fined $32K By PA Gaming Control Board
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board levied $1.1 million in fines across the state, including $32,000 at Valley Forge Resort and Casino for multiple...
article Cheswick not interested in hosting a mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Cheswick has joined the lengthy list of Pennsylvania municipalities not interested in becoming home to small casinos.
article City Council bans casinos in Lancaster
(Pennsylvania) -- No casinos will be allowed in Lancaster city. City Council took care of that Tuesday, passing a resolution opting out of the gambling expansion passed...
article Leaders in Lawrence, Mercer counties hopeful for a casino license
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania already has 12 casinos — and now the state has created licenses for 10 more. There are people in both Mercer and Lawrence Counties...
article St. Marys votes out mini-casino
(Pennsylvania) -- St. Marys City council bet against mini-casinos last week by passing a resolution prohibiting Category 4 casinos within the city limits. Councilman...
article State gaming board levies $1.16 million in casino fines
(Pennsylvania) -- Parx Casino and Valley Forge Casino Resort are among five casinos across the state levied with fines from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on...

12/13/2017

article A casino deadline nears for Cumberland County municipalities
(Pennsylvania) -- Changes to the state’s gaming law have local officials working to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to decide whether they should opt out of allowing...
article Erie County not jumping on gambling expansion bandwagon
(Pennsylvania) -- It looks like Erie County will not have expanded gaming, at least for now. Erie County Council voting six to one to restrict expanded gaming into...
article More Franklin County municipalities reject hosting casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- The number of municipalities in Franklin County, Pa., opting out as potential locations for mini-casinos is growing. Antrim Township became the latest...
article Patton Township Supervisors Vote to Prohibit Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Patton Township joined the list of municipalities in the Centre Region and statewide to pass a resolution preventing development of a mini-casino.
article Slippery Rock rejects mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Council members unanimously voted Tuesday to prohibit the possibility of mini-casinos being built in the borough. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the state's...
article West Mead supervisors vote no to mini-casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Township supervisors unanimously approved a resolution that prohibits a licensed mini-casino facility within the township at Tuesday's supervisors...
article Casino owners to get first shot to bid on new mini-licenses
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania gambling regulators will hold an auction Jan. 10 for the state’s existing casino owners to bid on the first of 10 licenses to...
article Erie County bans gaming terminals at truck stops
(Pennsylvania) -- Casino gaming won’t be coming to Erie County truck stops. Not yet at least. At its regular meeting Tuesday, Erie County Council voted 6-1 to opt-...

12/12/2017

article A casino deadline nears for Cumberland County municipalities
(Pennsylvania) -- Changes to the state’s gaming law have local officials working to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to decide whether they should opt out of allowing...
article Ford City Flip-Flops on Casino Decision
(Pennsylvania) -- Municipalities have been in a quandary since Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of ten “mini-casinos” in the...
article Gettysburg 'opts out' of hosting casinos, joining 22 Adams Co. municipalities
(Pennsylvania) -- Gettysburg Borough Council voted 5-1 Monday to "opt out" of hosting satellite casinos. Governor Tom Wolf signed the gaming expansion bill...
article Mini-casino could be in Chambersburg's future, thanks to new mayor's tie-breaking vote
(Pennsylvania) -- The borough could host a mini-casino in the future. Walter Bietsch, interim mayor and mayor-elect, cast the deciding vote on Monday. Municipalities...
article One by one, Adams County municipalities opting out of state’s casino expansion
(Pennsylvania) -- Hundreds of communities across the commonwealth are choosing to opt out of the state's gambling expansion, and many of them are here in central...
article Philadelphia May Love Casinos, But It Doesn't Like VGTs
(Pennsylvania) -- It looks like the City of Philadelphia is out. At least when it comes to hosting a satellite casino or video gaming terminals (VGTs) at any of its...
article State lawmakers urge Bucks officials to ban video gaming terminals
(Pennsylvania) -- State lawmakers from Bucks County are calling on local officials to adopt an ordinance that would ban video gaming terminals in the suburban...
article OP/ED: What happens if we just don't gamble?
(Pennsylvania) -- What if we don’t gamble? What are state Sen. Joe Scarnati and state Reps. Matt Gabler and Cris Dush going to do if ordinary citizens say, “...
article Trib editorial: All that is gambling doesn't glitter
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania's gambling expansion, which will add 10 mini casinos to the state's existing mix, is no fire-starter for about 200 municipalities...

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