The leadership team behind the forthcoming $450 million casino in South Philadelphia’s stadium district has released a comprehensive plan outlining its hiring practices. Stadium Casino LLC — a partnership between the Cordish Companies and Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc., owners of Parx Casino — is promising the following: Read more »
Casinos can legally regulate the weight of their waitresses, a New Jersey court has ruled.
On Thursday, a New Jersey appeals court upheld a lower court decision finding that the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is legally allowed to have weight restrictions for its waitstaff, according to a report from the Associated Press. Called Borgata Babes, the waitresses wear scantily clad outfits (corsets, high heels and stockings) and violate the company policy if they gain or lose seven percent of their body weight. Two were laid off for violating the policy. Read more »
But in all seriousness, the fundraising evening, which transforms the Hotel Palomar into a high-rolling very gay casino for one night, is one of the best events in the city. This party for a purpose benefits the great work that ActionAIDS does throughout the Philadelphia region: the organization is “committed to creating an AIDS-free generation through a combination of proven strategies,” including “case management, HIV testing, prevention education, supportive housing, HIV treatment as prevention and volunteer services.”
The Inquirer reports this morning that last month’s decision to permit a second Philly casino in South Philadelphia is being appealed by the losing bidders and by the city’s first (and still only existing) casino.
The plaintiffs include developer Bart Blatstein, the SugarHouse Casino, and the two other losing bidders. They note that the winning bidder, Live!, has the same ownership as Parx Casino in Bensalem.
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Here’s a statement from Sen. Vincent Hughes that’s come across the transom in the wake of the announcement that the PA Gaming Control Board has awarded the second casino license to Stadium Casino LLC, aka Live! Hotel and Casino:
“I am extremely disappointed to learn that qualified minority-owned companies will not be given the opportunity to participate in Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. The Gaming Control Board had an opportunity to ensure that the second casino license in Philadelphia was awarded to an investor group that reflected the demographics of our city. That did not happen. This is another missed opportunity to promote minority-owned businesses in a statewide industry that has been very successful thus far with the exception of diversity.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has set November 18th for a vote on whether Philadelphia will get a second casino — and if so, which proposed project will carry the day. The vote comes nearly a year after the board took testimony on the proposals in January.
The bad news is getting worse: Atlantic City, which has seen the announcement of three casino closures this summer, is likely to see even more: Deutsche Bank forecasts the city will be home to just six casinos by 2017.
Something stinks in Delaware and it’s not just the horseshoe crabs decaying on the beaches of the Delaware Bay.
It is the bailout of the state’s three casinos, which may be the worst deal in the history of bad state government deals. And that is really saying something considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave Revel casino in Atlantic City $300 million last year, and this year Revel is declaring bankruptcy.
The Delaware deal stinks even more than that one. Let’s go through the reasons why.