A.D. Amorosi

Boxing in Philly – The Met, Parx Casino and beyond

For 45 years, HBO and boxing were synonymous with Atlantic City, a reign that ended at 2018’s end when the cable giant decided to pull its pugilistic broadcast run. Though this allows ESPN, Showtime and the livestreaming DAZN network entrée into the AC boxing market and fights at that town’s...

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 6:27 PM

Sinatra Meets The Sopranos at The Borgata

With HBO’s The Sopranos having reached its 20th birthday, and its creator David Chase currently filming its’ prequel with Michael Gandolfini (the late James Gandolfini’s son) playing a young Tony Soprano, no one would argue that the New Jersey-based gangster series is as popular now as it ever...

Friday, February 8, 2019, 4:12 PM

Local casinos go all in with poker

We can talk about the newness of sports betting and online gaming until the dice grow cold, but for some, the hand-to-hand combat and high stakes of poker, in all its names and glories — Stud, Hold'em, Omaha, Razz — reign supreme. Often obsessively so, when you consider the multi-...

Monday, January 7, 2019, 5:01 AM

Holidays at a Philly or Atlantic City casino near you

Maybe the idea of spending the year-end holidays — those days usually reserved for home, hearth, friends and family — in a den of inequity, gambling and drinking, seems weird or sad. Then again, maybe you should buck up, since casinos are where all the action, fun and frenzy occur. And...

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 5:01 AM

Philly now gets its turn at the sports book market

Philadelphia got its first dose of sports book betting Thursday when SugarHouse became the first area casino to launch its sports book and accept wagers during a 48-hour, soft opening supervised by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. By Saturday, SugarHouse was in business, officially, as the...

Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:07 PM

Quietly, Pennsylvania gets its first sports-betting casino

Penn National Gaming Inc. of Wyomissing has been a boss in the national casino gaming and horse racing field for nearly 50 years; 40 facilities in 18 jurisdictions across the U.S., making it the largest regional gaming operator in the country. Yet, and somehow, Penn National has not garnered as...

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 12:58 PM

Second Philadelphia casino in the home stretch?

Remember when gambling in Philadelphia seemed so quaint? The 1991 move from then-Mayor Ed Rendell to legalize riverboat gambling? The 2004 bid from then-Gov. Ed Rendell to bring slot machines into the state? The appeals from the gaming gods in 2006 that found Pennsylvania’s gaming board...

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2:38 PM

Pennsylvania gaming heats up with casinos expanding statewide

The next two weeks should prove interesting for Pennsylvania casino gaming watchers. First, there’s concrete news and movement with the long-awaited second Philly casino – Philly Live! Hotel & Casino at the former Holiday Inn at 900 Packer Avenue – now that Baltimore’s...

Monday, November 26, 2018, 2:37 PM

Bow-WOW! Take a look at the purebred dogs at this year's show

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP) is not new. Under that name, they have been organized for the sake of purebred pooches since 1879, held their first dog show in 1912, and were elected part of the American Kennel Club in 1913. That all changed in 2002 when NBC broadcast the KCP’s annual...

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 3:13 PM

November’s Atlantic City casino sweeps

While everything is happily a go for three newly approved Pennsylvania casinos to enter the sports-wagering operations game — including Philly’s SugarHouse Casino, which plans to begin taking bets on Dec. 1 — everything continues to be temporary, location-wise, in each of the...

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 7:51 PM

Savoring Savor, the Ultimate Food Experience, at the Borgata in Atlantic City

Before star chefs Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsay and Jose Garces brought their brand-name culinary wares to Atlantic City;  before top-tier restaurateurs Stephen Starr and the Cohen/Gutin team opened shop in AC; there was Borgata, partnering with big-name and locally up-and-coming chefs for its...

Sunday, November 4, 2018, 8:23 PM

Bart Blatstein is a Showboat, and that’s a good thing for Atlantic City

Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein is spending his Halloween in two ways. As the new president of the Friends of  Rittenhouse Square, he’s hosting the “Little Friends” Halloween Parade. As the developer who all-but-created Northern Liberties — in the past with his...

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 2:43 PM

Eagles fans and Brits are 'more alike than you think'

After the Philadelphia Eagles’ defeat on Sunday and a slow season’s start, NovaCare Complex's press day was decidedly quiet. All that changed with talk of going to London on Oct. 28 for the Eagles’ first appearance overseas and its Wembley Stadium match-up against the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:03 PM

Tom Arnold talks Mark Burnett fight and if Trump will resign

No conversation that begins like this can be healthy: “Sorry, I had to put you on hold a sec, buddy. I had to take a call from a detective.” Such is the life and strife of Tom Arnold – socio-political critic, comedian and lightning rod who will appear at Helium Comedy...

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:49 PM

$20 Chef and Barstool comedian Shaun Latham brings his stand-up to Philly

Everyone who knows Shaun Latham from the always controversial Barstool Sports site-blog and his ‘$20 Chef” segments knows he talks fast and carries a mean wallop with every criticism and witticism. Yet, when this writer chatted with Latham in anticipation of his Helium Comedy Club gig...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 10:35 AM

Everyone’s a winner when it comes to casinos

In the gaming world of big news and big features to go with them, some of the seemingly smaller stuff, (or information we now take for granted that’s certainly destined to be huge news), often slips through the casino floors’ cracks. Here are a few new stories we’re rolling...

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 8:02 PM

Philadelphia Theatre Company: Ready, set, 'Sweat'

“It’s getting real, very real, finally.” Philadelphia Theatre Company's recently-minted producing artistic director Paige Price is talking, on Monday, from the stage of the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on Broad Street, days before the opening of her first play. The regionally-...

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:49 AM

Will the real Gritty please stand up?

On home ice, during the first Wells Fargo Center game of the Flyers season against the San Jose Sharks, the newly-minted legend of Gritty — its wild-eyed orange beardo mascot — got blunted by the bludgeoning the Flyers took at the hands and sticks of the Sharks, 8-2....

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 4:01 PM

Fieri brings Flavortown to Chester casino

“Who doesn’t love going to a casino? Who balks when someone asks, ‘You want to hit Las Vegas?’ Or Atlantic City, for that matter. I love casinos, man. That’s where the action is.” That’s Guy Fieri talking, he being the So Cal-raised, Vegas-trained chef,...

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 7:06 PM

Philly Trans March walks on in remembrance of two unsolved murders

When Christian Lovehall –  a black trans man and activist from South Philadelphia – created the Philly Trans March in 2011, he did so in reaction to the (still) unsolved 2010 slaying of Stacey Blahnik, a transgender woman of color and a beloved member of that community. At that...

Sunday, October 7, 2018, 6:46 PM