Casinos: History of Gambling in Philadelphia

Casinos: History of Gambling in Philadelphia

It may seem like it is taking a while for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to issue Philadelphia’s second gaming license, but the wait is nothing that the city has not been through before. The process for legalized gambling in Pennsylvania goes all the way back to the late seventies when Atlantic City opened […]

 

Casino: 5 People Making A Difference

Casino: 5 People Making A Difference

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released minimal information recently in the hearings for Philadelphia’s second casino license. However, many Philadelphians are still vocal about the subject. Some are in favor of building a second casino in Philadelphia and would welcome a potential economic boost to the city. Others believe a second casino could have […]

 

Casinos: Cash To Communities But At What Cost?

With a second casino license up for grabs, communities near the proposed locations may wonder what they have to look forward to with a casino in their neighborhood. SugarHouse Casino  donated $500,000 last year to the Penn Treaty Special Services District, which then allocated the money to various community organizations. “It’s pretty much a payoff,” […]

 

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Given the size of most gaming operations, it’s often difficult to put a “face” to any particular organization (besides Donald Trump, and he’s largely famous for his other endeavors). Despite this, there’s still a fair number of important people – some within the industry, some who would like to destroy the industry and some who feel […]

 

Casino-Free Philadelphia Finds New Life With The Second Casino Proposal

Casino-Free Philadelphia Finds New Life With The Second Casino Proposal

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will convene this week to discuss the five proposals in play for Philadelphia’s second and final casino license. A final decision is unlikely to come out of this meeting, but Board chairman William H. Ryan Jr. would like to determine the recipient within two months of the initial hearings that […]

 By Lauren Macaluso and Tyler Laurie

Fishtown: Anti-Casino Group Continues to Oppose SugarHouse

Fishtown: Anti-Casino Group Continues to Oppose SugarHouse

For six years, Casino-Free Philadelphia’s mission has been to stop casinos from coming to Philadelphia, bankrupt any that do and reclaim local neighborhoods. The activist group’s No Casino in the Heart of Our City Coalition formed when there were rumors that Foxwoods Casino would open up across the street from its office on Seventh and […]