gambling http://wesa.fm en Tavern Gaming Glitch May Have Cooled Expansion Efforts http://wesa.fm/post/tavern-gaming-glitch-may-have-cooled-expansion-efforts <p>State lawmakers may be skittish about bridging budget gaps with any more expansions of gambling, due to a so-far failed attempt to bring in big bucks from tavern gambling.<br /><br />Late last year, as state coffers were looking empty, lawmakers floated ideas of expanding gambling to fill shortfalls.<br /> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:02:09 +0000 Mary Wilson 27598 at http://wesa.fm Senator: Small Games Rollout 'Worse Than Obamacare' http://wesa.fm/post/senator-small-games-rollout-worse-obamacare <p>What if you threw a gambling party and nobody came? State lawmakers are nervous they’re about to find out.<br /><br />Small games of chance were legalized in Pennsylvania bars and taverns last fall, and the licensing process began in late January. But applications for licenses aren’t rolling in.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:35:40 +0000 Mary Wilson 24671 at http://wesa.fm Application Process Underway for Small Games in Bars http://wesa.fm/post/application-process-underway-small-games-bars <p>Applications are now being accepted for new the new Tavern Gaming License, made possible by <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/small-games-expand-bars-pa">Act 90</a>. The law allows certain liquor licensees, such as bars and taverns, to operate small games of chance</p><p>“The new law is very specific,” said PLCB spokeswoman Stacy Kriedman. “It allows pull-tab games, daily drawing and tavern raffles, games that must be, in part, for a charitable or public purpose.”</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23685 at http://wesa.fm PA Casinos Suffer Revenue Hit Despite Table Games http://wesa.fm/post/pa-casinos-suffer-revenue-hit-despite-table-games <p>Revenue from Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos dipped 1.4 percent in 2013 to $3.1 billion. That’s the first time the industry has experienced an overall decline in revenue since casino play began in 2006.</p><p>“We saw a little up, we saw a little down,” said Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “Table games continue to be a growing segment. We saw their revenue go up around 6 percent. A slight decrease in slot machines, but that’s not unexpected.”</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:52:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 22977 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers Call for Gambling Study http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-call-gambling-study <p>The state Senate is calling for a legislative study of gambling in Pennsylvania.<br /><br />The request is coming from Republican Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County.<br /><br />"The resolution came about as we continue to watch our gaming revenues go flat and in some instances decline month of over month from last year."<br /><br />Scarnati says he’s watched warily as neighboring states introduce and expand gambling, increasing the regional competition for dollars.<br /> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:10:23 +0000 Mary Wilson 20838 at http://wesa.fm Small Games to Expand to Bars in PA http://wesa.fm/post/small-games-expand-bars-pa <p>Supporters of compromise legislation that expands small games of chance in Pennsylvania believe everyone is a winner, including the state’s coffers.</p><p>Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday signed legislation that eases reporting requirements by private clubs — such as Elks and Moose Lodges, VFWs, American Legion Halls and fire departments — but now permits taverns to operate small games of chance including raffles and pull-tabs.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:02:07 +0000 Kevin Gavin 20518 at http://wesa.fm Proposal to Legalize Gambling in Bars Heads Back to Senate http://wesa.fm/post/proposal-legalize-gambling-bars-heads-back-senate <p>A proposal to legalize small-time gambling in bars has cleared the state House and will go back to the Senate for approval.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The measure would allow thousands of bars and taverns to offer small games of chance, like raffles and drawings.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The state would get 60 percent of revenue, and the hosting municipality would get a five percent cut. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:43:22 +0000 Mary Wilson 19810 at http://wesa.fm PA Casino Slot Machines Revenue Down For First Time http://wesa.fm/post/pa-casino-slot-machines-revenue-down-first-time <p>Pennsylvania casinos experienced their first drop in slot machine gross revenue this fiscal year since the lucky 7’s started spinning in 2006.</p><p>Despite the nearly 2 percent drop in gross revenue, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports gamblers spent more than $2.4 billion for the second straight fiscal year.</p><p>In the 2012-13 fiscal year ending June 30, slot machine revenue from the 11 Pennsylvania casinos totaled $2,428,840,653 — down from the $2,476,755,316 brought in last fiscal year.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 12612 at http://wesa.fm Slot Machine Revenue Smaller Last Month than February 2012 http://wesa.fm/post/slot-machine-revenue-smaller-last-month-february-2012 <p>Pennsylvanians and tourists pulled the slots levers fewer times last month than in February of 2012, according to a report from the state’s Gaming Control Board.</p><p>Of the ten Pennsylvania casinos operating in both months, revenue was 11.5% lower this year. Even counting a casino that opened last March, Valley Forge Casino Resort, the state’s income fell 9.2% to $196 million.</p><p>Gaming Control Board spokesman Richard McGarvey said the decrease probably resulted from a few contributing factors.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:03:33 +0000 Noah Brode 2042 at http://wesa.fm Slot Machine Revenue Smaller Last Month than February 2012