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    A Pennsylvania casino has been ordered to pay up to $160,000 in fines for allowing underage gambling, officials announced. The agreement between the owners of the Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was approved Wednesday, Sept. 21. The agency detailed three instances in which people under the age of 21 were given access to the casino floor and gambled.  These occasions are listed below: An 18-year-old male who gambled at two different slot machines; An 11-year-old female who gambled at 10 different slot machines while both parents were present with her and cashed two vouchers;  Two 13-year-old females who gambled at slot machines with their mother. Mount Airy #1 LLC also received a second fine of $100,825 for failing to timely file a total of 32 corporate or individual renewal applications, officials said. The failure to gain re-licensing of one individual led to the failure to meet a mandated condition company's slot machine license. Lianne Asbury, Mount Airy’s executive director of security, told the agency that difficulties with COVID-19 mask requirements made it hard...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Casinos and other operators in Pennsylvania set a new annual record for gambling revenue, state regulators said Tuesday, rising above $5 billion for the first time amid surging betting on online casino games and a post-pandemic return to the casinos’ slot machines and table games. Operators in one of the nation’s largest commercial casino states won more than $5 billion from gamblers in the 12 months through June 30, according to the figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board READ MORE: Sesame Place Apologizes After Viral Video Appears To Show Mascot Refusing To High-Five 2 Young Black GirlsThat was about 30% higher than the $3.9 billion recorded in the previous fiscal year, and slightly above the previous calendar year high of $4.7 billion reported in January. The rebound continues after pandemic-related shutdowns sapped casino revenue in 2020. The casino winnings came from 16 casinos, including four new mini-casinos authorized under a 2017 law, as well as fantasy sports operators and truck stops. READ MORE: Brotherly Love: Nonprofit Provides Welcoming Space For African, Caribbean Immigrants And Refugees...
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    By: Mike Darnay/KDKA-TV PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania reached an all-time monthly high last month. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported on Monday that nearly $463 million in gaming revenue was generated in March. This total surpasses the previous monthly all-time high by more than $30 million. The revenue was generated from all forms of gambling in Pennsylvania, including slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagers, fantasy contests, and more. Locally in Western Pennsylvania, area casinos were responsible for the following amounts of revenue: Rivers Casino Pittsburgh — $35,539,640 Live! Casino Pittsburgh — $10,030,575 Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin — $2,083,522 The Gaming Control Board says retail table games exceeded $90 million in monthly revenue for the first time and that internet casino gaming exceeded $110 million in monthly revenue for the first time.
    A self-proclaimed "Artist. Magician, Creator. Illusionist." and his partner are accused of using the so-called art of distraction to defraud a casino in Pennsylvania, according to multiple media outlets citing an affidavit filed by the state police. Shaun Benward, 35— a magician, according to his social media— and his partner Denille Derohan, 42, paired up to distract dealers while they played roulette at Pittsburgh's River Casino, outlets report citing the Pennsylvania state police's affidavit of probable cause. While the wheel was spinning, Derohan would signal to Benward who would distract the dealer so they would not see where the ball landed, outlets report citing a criminal complaint. Then Benward would give the dealer his bet ensuring he was betting on the winning number, the complaint states. The pair attempted this five times— succeeding three times in 24 hours on Feb. 18— for a total winnings of $10,500, the complaint says. Benward was placed on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board's exclusion list for similar allegations at multiple casinos throughout the state in 2015, according to a copy of the list obtained...
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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania set another annual record for gambling revenue in the era of online gambling and sports betting, state regulators said, reporting that casinos and other operators won more than $4.7 billion from gamblers in calendar year 2021 in one of the nation’s largest commercial casino states. The rebound continues after pandemic-related shutdowns sapped casino revenue in 2020. READ MORE: Snapchat Photo Of Student With BB Gun Led To Academy Park High School Lockdown, Delaware County DA SaysThe more than $4.7 billion came from 16 operating casinos, including three new mini-casinos in 2021, as well as fantasy sports operators and truck stops, according to figures released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. That beat the $3.9 billion recorded in fiscal year 2021, as well as the previous calendar year high of $3.4 billion, two years ago. Revenue in casinos from slot machines continued to slide, dipping below $2.3 billion in 2021. But revenue from table games hit a new calendar-year high of $925 million. READ MORE: Family, Friends Gather To Remember Lisa Jennings At Foster Memorial...
    Authorities have released additional details in the harrowing killing of a New Jersey man followed home from a Pennsylvania casino last month. Sree Ranga Aravapalli, 54, was followed nearly 50 miles to his Plainsboro home from Parx Casino, and shot dead in what law enforcement is calling a "robbery gone wrong" on Briardale Court Oct. 26. Aravapalli -- the CEO of pharmaceutical company Aurex Labs -- died of multiple gunshot wounds over nearly $10,000 in gambling winnings, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Jekai-Reid John, 27, of Norristown, PA, was arrested in connection with the incident late last month. Then, Devon Melchor, 26, of Upper Darby, PA, was arrested by officials while trying to board an international flight in Florida. "Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this incredibly difficult time.” A BMW with temporary Delaware plates, a black spoiler and aftermarket wheel followed Aravapalli as he got onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike, EZ Pass records show, the Bucks Courier Times reports. The vehicle followed the victim off the highway and 18 minutes later, 911 calls came in,...
    Authorities have released additional details in the harrowing killing of a New Jersey man followed home from a Pennsylvania casino last month. Sree Ranga Aravapalli, 54, was followed nearly 50 miles to his Plainsboro home from Parx Casino, and shot dead in what law enforcement is calling a "robbery gone wrong" on Briardale Court Oct. 26. Aravapalli -- the CEO of pharmaceutical company Aurex Labs -- died of multiple gunshot wounds over nearly $10,000 in gambling winnings, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said. Jekai-Reid John, 27, of Norristown, PA, was arrested in connection with the incident late last month. Then, Devon Melchor, 26, of Upper Darby, PA, was arrested by officials while trying to board an international flight in Florida. "Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim at this incredibly difficult time.” A BMW with temporary Delaware plates, a black spoiler and aftermarket wheel followed Aravapalli as he got onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike, EZ Pass records show, the Bucks Courier Times reports. The vehicle followed the victim off the highway and 18 minutes later, 911 calls came in,...
    A second Pennsylvania man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Central Jersey man, authorities said. Devon Melchor, 26, of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was charged with first-degree armed robbery and second-degree conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Plainsboro Police Chief Fred Tavener. Melchor was taken into police custody by authorities in Florida where he was attempting to board an international flight, Ciccone and Tavener said. Melchor’s apprehension was made possible by collaborative efforts by members of the Plainsboro Police Department, New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit, the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Newcastle (Delaware) County Police Department, the Norristown (PA) Police Department, the Upper Merion (PA) Police Department, the Montgomery County (PA) District Attorneys Office, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. On Oct. 26, at 3:38 a.m. authorities responded to a residence on Briardale Court on a report of shots fired. Patrol officers found Sree Aravapalli, 54, of Plainsboro who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, Ciccone and Taverner said.  Aravapalli was transported from the scene to a nearby...
    A pharmaceutical executive’s lucky night at a Pennsylvania casino ended in utter tragedy when he was shot and killed inside his New Jersey home by a stranger who’d trailed him home from the gambling hall, authorities said. Jekai Reid-John has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of Sree Aravapalli, 54, who was killed on Tuesday after a night of big wins reportedly topping $10,000 at the Parx Casino outside of Philadelphia. In a news release announcing the charge, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said this week that 27-year-old Reid-John “targeted Aravapalli in Pennsylvania and followed him home to his Plainsboro residence,” killing him during an attempted robbery. When Aravapalli climbed into his car to head home from the casino with his winnings, Reid hopped into his car and began his deadly pursuit, following him for roughly 50 miles to Aravapalli’s home, authorities said. Detectives said that surveillance footage from a farmstand shows the suspect’s car trailing closely behind Aravapalli’s vehicle early Tuesday. According to the footage, reported by WNBC, just one of the cars can...
    PLAINSBORO, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A New Jersey man was killed shortly after arriving home by a gunman who authorities said followed him for 30 miles from Pennsylvania. “It’s crazy, I mean unbelievable. How can somebody follow him all the way and come here and kill him in the night? It’s so shocking,” said neighbor Sheeza Khan. READ MORE: Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo Charged With Misdemeanor Forcible TouchingAuthorities said around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sree Ranga Aravapalli, 54, was followed from a casino outside Philadelphia to his home in Plainsboro, New Jersey, where he was shot and killed in an attempted robbery. In a statement, Parx Casino CEO Eric Hausler said: We are deeply saddened by the report that earlier this week a customer of Parx Casino was the victim of a homicide at his home after returning from a visit to the casino. We have learned that law enforcement officials have arrested a suspect who followed the victim home from the casino that night. Parx Casino has been cooperating fully with local and state law enforcement agencies in both Pennsylvania...
    A Massachusetts man was found defecating in a flower bed outside Hollywood Casino in York County, Pennsylvania, according to authorities. The 49-year-old from Fitchburg in Worcester County was spotted by a Pennsylvania State Trooper squatting in a flowerbed outside the casino located at 2899 Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township on Tuesday, around 1 a.m., as first reported by York Dispatch. The state trooper was responding to a fight inside the casino at the time. Details on that incident have not been released. The man’s genitals and butt was full exposed, according to police. He was also heavily intoxicated. The unnamed man was charged with indecent exposure and a summary offense of public drunkenness. He was arraigned and released from York County Prison on $5,000 bail.
    A Massachusetts man was found defecating in a flower bed outside Hollywood Casino in York County, according to Pennsylvania State Police. A 49-year-old from Fitchburg, was spotted by a Pennsylvania State Trooper squatting in a flowerbed outside the casino located at 2899 Whiteford Road in Springettsbury Township on Tuesday, around 1 a.m., as first reported by York Dispatch. The state trooper was responding to a fight inside the casino at the time. Details on that incident have not been released. The man’s genitals and butt was full exposed, according to police. He was also heavily intoxicated. The unnamed man was charged with indecent exposure and a summary offense of public drunkenness. He was arraigned and released from York County Prison on $5,000 bail.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Gamblers in Pennsylvania are losing more money at casinos than ever before. READ MORE: Upper St. Clair School Board Votes To Require Masks Regardless Of Vaccination Status Pennsylvania casinos took in a record $423 million in July. READ MORE: Fall 2021 Back To School Mask Guide The top five casinos by revenue are in the eastern side of the commonwealth, but western Pennsylvania casinos are also seeing better numbers. The Rivers Casino brought in 20% more revenue in July than in June. MORE NEWS: Row House Cinema In Lawrenceville Requiring Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test The Meadows brought in about 2% more and Live! Casino was up 18%.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP/KDKA) — Pennsylvania smashed its record for gambling revenue, state regulators said Monday, reporting nearly $3.9 billion in the last fiscal year as every category of wagering showed growth in one of the nation’s largest casino and gambling states. The rebound comes after pandemic-related shutdowns helped knock casino revenue down significantly. The nearly $3.9 billion from 14 operating casinos, fantasy sports operators and truck stops for the fiscal year ending June 30 beat the previous high, two years ago, by about 17% and last year’s take by more than 40%, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Revenue in casinos from slot machines, at just under $1.9 billion, and from table games, at $721 million, remains lower than record highs in previous years. But other, newer categories leaped to new record highs. READ MORE: Pa. Gambling Revenues Hit Record High In April Online casino gambling grew to nearly $900 million in just its second year, while sports betting grew to $309 million in just its third year. Pennsylvania legalized both as part of an aggressive gambling...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — Pennsylvania casinos took more money from gamblers last month than ever before. Players lost more than $400 million in Pennsylvania for the first time ever. About half of that revenue came from slot machines. The largest casinos in this area all saw revenue increases last month. The Rivers Casino Pittsburgh was up more than 37% compared to February, the Meadows increased more than 46% and the new Live Casino Pittsburgh was up more than 33%.
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Companies that are well-known for conducting online sports betting are branching out into the online casino business. The latest such deal was announced Monday when FanDuel and Boyd Gaming Corp. said they would launch online casino operations using an iconic gambling brand from years gone by. The companies will operate Stardust-themed online casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania later this year, pending regulatory approval in both states. FanDuel plans to rebrand its existing Betfair Casino in New Jersey under Boyd’s Stardust brand, and will launch a Stardust online casino in Pennsylvania. A single Stardust Casino app will be available in both states. “For nearly 50 years, the Stardust was one of the most famous casinos on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Keith Smith, president of Boyd Gaming. “And while the resort has been gone for more than a decade, the Stardust brand is still as well-known and popular as ever.” All the games that were available under Betfair will continue to be available under the new brand. The move was the latest among prominent online...
    Despite COVID-19 restrictions and layoffs, online internet gambling in Pennsylvania returned record monthly revenues for December 2020 totaling nearly $170 million, analysts said. Bucks, Montgomery and Northampton counties are a few of the 10 areas recognized for their iGaming high totals, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. These highs came during a month in which retail operations at casinos and video gaming terminal (VGT) establishments "went dark" on Dec. 12, 2020, and remained closed through December because of new state COVID-19 restrictions, analysts said. Board reports show that the combined total revenue generated from all forms of gambling along with fantasy contests during December 2020 was $168,739,237 which represents a 42 percent drop compared to revenue generated in December 2019.Additionally, the sports wagering handle in December 2020 was the highest to date, eclipsing the prior monthly record wagered in October 2020.Here are the locations with the highest revenue by county: Hollywood Casino at Penn National, Grantville, Dauphin County ($42,430,679 up from $20,678,625 in December 2019) Parx Casino, Bensalem, Bucks County ($23,328,562 down from $54,281,856 in December 2019) Valley...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new casino is up and running in Philadelphia. The Live! Casino and Hotel officially opened for business Tuesday afternoon. The casino is located in the stadium district in South Philadelphia. For right now, the only people being allowed in are rewards members with reservations. The official grand opening to the general public will take place on Feb. 11. MORE FROM CBSPHILLY.COM Authorities Arrest Riley Williams, Pennsylvania Woman Accused Of Stealing Nancy Pelosi’s Laptop During Capitol Attack Joe Biden Picks Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine To Be Assistant Health Secretary Ocean City Police Searching To Identify Man Wanted In Assault, Attempted Luring Of Juvenile Girl
    BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to more than four decades in prison in the murder of his parents in their home in New Jersey a year ago, prosecutors said. Todd Warner, 51, was sentenced last week to concurrent 36-year terms on two counts of first-degree murder and to a consecutive five-year term on a conviction of fraudulent use of a credit card, the Warren County prosecutor’s office said Prosecutors said Warner pleaded guilty in September to the charges in the deaths of his 73-year-old parents, Frank and Joyanne Warner, who had invited him to live with them. Authorities said a 911 call from a relative in October 2019 sent them to the Washington Township home of the victims. Authorities said the two were killed with baseball bats and a knife two months before they were to retire from their salon business. Warner was captured Oct. 28 at a Pennsylvania casino, one day after police found the bodies of Frank and Joyanne Warner, both 73. Officers had gone to their Washington Township home after getting a 911...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has again found a taker for a mini-casino, auctioning a license for $10 million to a Philadelphia-area private equity investor who could build it near Penn State University’s flagship campus. Ira Lubert beat one other bidder, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said after Wednesday’s auction. Lubert helped open Valley Forge Casino Resort before selling it and is a partner in Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. He doesn’t have to name an exact location until he submits formal paperwork, required within six months. But, the State College area is in the 15-mile radius area in which he said he’ll locate it. A possible candidate is the Nittany Mall, just outside State College. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    In footage of two instances that went viral on Thursday and Friday, Christians gathered in the government-approved venues of a Pennsylvania Wal-Mart and a Las Vegas casino to engage in the worship that authorities have deemed non-essential. In a Thursday tweet that was retweeted by Vice President Mike Pence, Faith and Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed posted footage of a worship service in a Vegas casino, writing, “Packed house at #EvangelicalsForTrump prayer & praise event in Las Vegas. NV Governor banned church services but casinos can operate at 50% capacity. So we are praying in a casino.” Packed house at #EvangelicalsForTrump prayer & praise event in Las Vegas. NV Governor banned church services but casinos can operate at 50% capacity. So we are praying in a casino. pic.twitter.com/fP4xE3lPAb — Ralph Reed (@ralphreed) August 7, 2020 Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley was at the center of a controversial Supreme Court case last month when the Nevada church pleaded for relief from the state’s strict attendance cap for worship services. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal majority to deny the...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Pandemic-related shutdowns in Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 commercial gambling state, helped knock casino revenue down by 18%, state regulators reported Thursday, and it would have been much worse without the advent of online gambling and sports betting. Revenue from regulated gambling in Pennsylvania shrank to $2.7 billion in the just-finished fiscal year, down from a new record high above $3.3 billion a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Revenue from slot-machine gambling was down by $680 million and table games were down by about $240 million, both nearly 30%. But online gambling contributed $240 million and sports betting brought in $114 million in the first full year for both in casinos’ portfolios in Pennsylvania. The state’s 12 operating casinos spent much of the spring shut down, while online gambling went on. Online sports betting also continued but was hobbled by the cancellation of sporting events during the pandemic. Pennsylvania legalized both as part of an aggressive gambling expansion in 2017. Pennsylvania was the nation’s No. 2 state for commercial casino revenue in 2019,...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pandemic-related shutdowns in Pennsylvania, the nation’s No. 2 commercial gambling state, helped knock casino revenue down by 18%, state regulators reported Thursday, and it would have been much worse without the advent of online gambling and sports betting. Revenue from regulated gambling in Pennsylvania shrank to $2.7 billion in the just-finished fiscal year, down from a new record high above $3.3 billion a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Revenue from slot-machine gambling was down by $680 million and table games were down by about $240 million, both nearly 30%. But online gambling contributed $240 million and sports betting brought in $114 million in the first full year for both in casinos’ portfolios in Pennsylvania. The state’s 12 operating casinos spent much of the spring shut down, while online gambling went on. Online sports betting also continued, but was hobbled by the cancellation of sporting events during the pandemic. Pennsylvania legalized both as part of an aggressive gambling expansion in 2017. Pennsylvania was the nation’s No. 2 state for commercial casino revenue in...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will again seek to auction a mini-casino license on Sept. 2, under orders from state lawmakers in search of cash for a treasury starved of tax collections from shutdowns to contain the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday scheduled the auction. Owners of the state’s licensed casinos are eligible to bid under a 2017 state law expanding gambling authorized 10 mini-casino licenses that allow up to 750 slot machines and up to 40 table games. Bidders must submit a prospective site for the casino that cannot come within 40 miles of another casino location. Minimum bids are set at $7.5 million. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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