With both gubernatorial candidates supporting slot machines at racetracks, a flurry of applications for new licenses were presented to the Pennsylvania State Racing Commission last week in anticipation of the expanded gaming revenue.
The former president of Pocono Downs has a plan to bring Standardbred racing back to the Delaware Valley, but some view his proposal as an attempt to cash in on slot machines should the Pennsylvania legislature approve such a measure.
Penn National Gaming announced Wednesday it will acquire three more casinos for $780 million.
Gaming machines at Charles Town Races and expansions at Mississippi casinos helped Penn National report record revenue and earnings for the second quarter ending June 30.
Racetrack and casino operator Penn National Gaming is reportedly in talks to buy one of its smaller casino rivals, Hollywood Casino Corp.
Penn National Gaming will proceed with a 2-for-1 split of the company's common stock on June 25.
Penn National Gaming reported record earnings and revenue for the first quarter ending March 31, but also had profits slip after a large write-off of debt.
Penn National Gaming will pay a $1 million settlement to a Las Vegas casino company that was suing over the casino rights to Charles Town Races.
Penn National Gaming stock has been down about $1 per share Tuesday on speculation it may be a potential buyer of a $400 million casino company.
Magna Entertainment announced Friday it plans to proceed with an offering of 20 million shares of Class A stock.
Penn National Gaming has received permission Thursday from the West Virginia Lottery Commission to expand its slot machines at Charles Town Races by 1,500.
Penn National Gaming (Nasdaq:PENN) received about $96.1 million in net proceeds from a common stock offering of 3.35 million shares.
Showboat Development has reportedly re-filed in Pennsylvania a lawsuit related to the operating rights of slot machines at Charles Town Races. A similar lawsuit filed in Nevada last year was dismissed Jan. 25 because of a lack of jurisdiction.
A Nevada court on Jan. 25 dismissed a lawsuit that attempted to label Charles Town Races as a casino and force racetrack owner Penn National Gaming to pay a management fee to a previous owner of the track. The suit, which was filed by Showboat Development, was dismissed on the grounds that case should be heard in West Virginia, where the track is located.
Penn National Gaming reported a 67.3% increase in revenue and a 52.5% increase in net income for the third quarter. In other news, the company is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Charles Town Races by Showboat Development over the rights to operate slot machines and video lottery terminals at the company's West Virginia racetrack. If the case is not dismissed, Penn National wants the case moved out of Nevada to a West Virginia court.
Churchill Downs' board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to 55,000 shares. The buy-back was authorized to help stablize the company's stock price and contribute to stablizing the market overall. Despite financial experts pleas to investors that they should not react to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C., the major stock markets sustained significant losses.
Penn National Gaming has agreed to purchase the assets of the Bullwhackers Casino operations from Colorado Gaming and Entertainment Co., a subsidiary of Hilton Group, for $6.5 million in cash. The Pennsylvania-based company already has gaming holdings in Louisiana and West Virginia.
- By Tom LaMarra
A new subsidiary of MTR Gaming Group, owner of Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort, has applied for a license to construct a Thoroughbred racetrack in Erie, Pa. Live racing hasn't been held in Erie since the late 1980s.
- By Tom Precious
Remember Tioga Park in New York's southern tier? If you don't, you're not alone. But the former Quarter Horse track is being shopped around as a potential investment in light of the fact the concept of video lottery terminals at racetracks is generating much discussion in the state legislature. Meanwhile, Gov. George Pataki said the VLT proposal would be considered.
- By Tom LaMarra
Bill Bork, the longtime racetrack executive who spent much of his time in Pennsylvania, where he even helped get old Pitt Park off the ground, will retire as president of Penn National Gaming in May. Richard Orbann, president of soon-to-close Garden State Park and a top official with Pennwood Racing, will take over for Bork.
Penn National Gaming has inked a deal with Playboy Enterprises to develop PlayboyRacingUSA.com, the company's online pari-mutuel wagering site. Operations could begin by the third quarter of 2001.
Penn National Gaming reported triple digit increases in revenue and earnings for the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31. Slot machines at Charles Town Races and two Mississippi casinos fueled the growth.
PlayandWin Inc. and Penn National Racecourse, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, Inc, have reached an agreement under which Penn National will act as a wagering hub for all hosting services for Racingo in the United States.
Although the biggest players in North American racing are among the bidders for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, the New York Racing Association reportedly has the inside track to purchase the company.
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