History Here it comes, ready or not. Edit

Gambling is like the tail that is wagging the dog in these parts in these times.

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  • TAKING A GAMBLE (News from City Paper) Pa. slots are raking in the cash, but will those that lose too much get the help that they need? by: Charlie Deitch - April 5, 2007
  • Pa. to become big casino state in 2007 December 2006, by Marc Levy - HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A hectic and historic 2006 has pushed Pennsylvania closer to becoming one of the nation's biggest commercial gambling states. In 12 months, Pennsylvania could boast slot-machine gambling parlors in every corner. As more gambling halls are built, the state's industry could double in size the following year to more than 30,000 slot machines. In 2009 or 2010, slots could take in $3 billion a year — the magic number that Gov. Ed Rendell has projected.


  • Slots Parlor delays proving costly across state Pittsburgh could lose as much as $15 million by end of the year, March 25, 2007, by Tom Barnes, Post-Gazette HARRISBURG -- When the Pennsylvania slots law was enacted in July 2004, state officials were hoping that most, if not all, of the 14 casinos would be open by late 2006, generating money for their host cities and counties as well as helping to lower property taxes statewide.
  • Payne is surprised at casino backlash November 22, 2006, by Ervin Dyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette -- Claiming no one has been more surprised at the rising wave of opposition to the Isle of Capri casino plan than she has, city Councilwoman Tonya Payne says neither she nor her office has spoken with anyone voicing concern. 'The people out there yelling the loudest are not calling me,' she said yesterday. 'If there are voices out there against the plan, those voices can work with me. But they've never said anything to me.
  • Station Square would have temporary casino HARRISBURG -- The developer of a proposed Station Square casino told the state's gaming board today that it would create a temporary facility with at least 1,500 slot machines if it wins the license for Pittsburgh's stand-alone parlor.
  • Gamblers hoping to get money back after betting Web site shuts down, August 11, 2006, by Adam Goldman NEW YORK -- Since BetOnSports PLC started accepting wagers online, gamblers played the odds on plenty of sporting events. But they also gambled on whether U.S. prosecutors would one day target the Costa Rica-based company for possibly violating federal law. Now, gamblers are wondering if they'll ever get their money back after a judge's temporary restraining order forced BetOnSports to disable its Web site, blocking access to player accounts.
  • All bets off on casino info -- right to know article by Andrew Conte, TRIBUNE-REVIEW, August 8, 2006 [1]
    • State reveals little about casino firms P-G August 9, 2006 State gambling regulators have made public several boxes of documents about Pennsylvania's proposed racetrack/casinos, including information about a Canadian firm that will run The Meadows harness track in Washington County.
  • Gambling may be Rendell's downfall article from August, 2006
  • Slots link to lobbyist decried, P-G, July, 2006 -- His young children partly own supplier, by Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau -- Gaming officials are under fire for licensing a slot machine supplier even though it is partly owned by young children of a lobbyist who contributed $68,000 to political campaigns so far this year.
  • Pa. gaming board OKs slots supplier licenses in the Post-Gazette in June, 2006. "The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board broke a logjam that has been delaying the approval of casino licenses and slot machine suppliers across the state. The logjam broke when board member Jeff Coy dropped his push for the state to be divided into regions where suppliers could operate, which prevented the board from authorizing suppliers. Now, all suppliers will be able to operate anywhere in the state, which the other board members preferred.
Isle of Capri takes issue with study's analysis
Even as it was being edged out of the running in Singapore, Harrah's Entertainment emerged as the front runner for a casino concession in Pittsburgh. In the same week that would see Harrah's bested by Las Vegas Sands in the contest to gain Singapore's first casino license, the mammoth casino operator received the top score in an evaluation process conducted by Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning.




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  • The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has broken ground for its temporary slots parlor in November, 2006. The facility will be home to one of Pennsylvania's new race track/casino operations thanks to a 2004 law that permits slot machines at 14 locations in the state. About 1,700 machines will be placed in the temporary facility, while a new facility is established to house 3,000 machines.


Traffic remains a concern for city casinos December 2006 [2]Edit

Traffic congestion around casinos proposed for Station Square and the North Shore remains a worry, a co-chairman of the Pittsburgh Gaming Task Force said Thursday after the group met behind closed doors.

The volunteer group raised concerns about a temporary casino in the Lower Hill District that has been proposed by Isle of Capri Casinos, said Ron Porter, the co-chairman. The task force wants the applicant to consider nearby residents' fears, he said.

Appointed in 2005 by then-Mayor Tom Murphy, the task force plans to shift to an oversight role after the state Gaming Control Board votes Dec. 20 to award the license for Pittsburgh, Porter said.

Abe Naparstek, a spokesman for Forest City Enterprises, said company officials have confidence in their traffic assumptions for a Station Square casino.

Les McMackin, the spokesman for Isle of Capri, said his company has adhered to the city Planning Commission's requirements for the temporary facility and remains open to suggestions.

One-armed bandits, a marvelous cure-all. Edit

Slot machines are supposed to fund:

  • lower property tax,
  • save our schools,
  • bail out the horse racing industry,
  • drive new tourism,
  • revitalize the Hill District,
  • create economic development and
  • save the Penguins.