Saturday, December 20, 2014

Parx dealt in on WPT action


It looks like Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is no longer the only regional casino holding a winning hand when it comes to the prestigious World Poker Tour.

Parx dealt in on WPT action


It looks like Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is no longer the only regional casino holding a winning hand when it comes to the prestigious World Poker Tour.

Parx in Bensalem has announced it will host its first-ever WPT tournament, the Parx Open Poker Classic, Aug. 1-15. The throw-down on the felt will feature 10 events, including the $3,500 buy-in Main Event (begins Aug. 10) and "satellite" contests that allow players to win their way into the Big Game.

The final table of the Main Event will be taped for TV broadcast; WPT announcers Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten and Kimberly Lansing will be on hand to provide hand-by-hand live coverage for fans in attendance.

For more information, including a complete tournament schedule, go to www.parxcasino.com.

Incidentally, this doesn’t mean the WPT has abandoned Borgata. The Big B gets its turn in the Hold ‘Em spotlight Sept. 16-21 (as part of the larger Borgata Poker Open). For more, go to www.worldpokertour.com.

Parx goes for the gold

And speaking of the Jewel The Jewel of the Street Road Strip, the 2012 Olympics must be around the corner. Why else would Parx bother bringing in three former American gold medalists for promotional events?

The trio of jewelry-bedecked champions is comprised of swimmer Greg Louganis (Friday), track-and-fielder (and reality TV overlord) Bruce Jenner (Saturday) and vault giant Kerri Strug (Sunday).

The Olympians will be on hand to meet and greet customers beginning at 5 p.m. on their respective days. Before glad-handing and taking cell-phone pictures with the public, they will present awards to the top three finishers of a daily slot tournament.

Italian models at Mount Airy

It’s not stunning young women we’re talking about, but equally gorgeous cars that will be on display Saturday as Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mt. Pocono Township hosts the Concorso d’ Eleganza.

What is billed as North America’s largest Italian motoring event will run from 9 to 5 p.m. “Marques” (as show parlance identifies them) include Alfa Romeo; Bizzarrini; DeTomaso; Ferrari; Fiat; Iso; Lamborghini; Lancia and Maserati. 

Judging is conducted by clubs representing each manufacturer and is divided into classes and evaluated under standards set by the individual clubs. The class winners are then judged against one another for the honor of "Best of Marque." The winners of the "Best of Marque" are then judged in the ultimate contest to determine the "Coppa d'Bella, or “Best of Show". 

There will also be a motorcycle judging event. Admission is free. For more information, go to www. mountairycasino.com.

Will they offer ‘Earl’-y bird specials?

The newest place to sate your appetite in a seaside casino is The Earl of Sandwich, which is scheduled to open Monday at Showboat Atlantic City.

Not just a clever name for a sandwich shop, the moniker refers to co-owner John Montagu, descendant and namesake of the fourth Earl of Sandwich, who gained lasting fame (and the gratitude of untold millions) after he first thought to put meat between two slices of bread in 1762. 

The current John Montagu is the 11th Earl of Sandwich. Coincidentally, his partner in the eateries (there’s one at Planet Hollywood casino in Las Vegas) is hospitality mogul Robert Earl.

The Earl of Sandwich, which is open 24 hours, seven days a week, boasts a menu that consists of 13 hot sandwiches with such names as “The Full Montagu” (angus beef, turkey, aged Swiss and sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and Earl’s mustard sauce), “Cannonball” (meatballs, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese & marinara sauce) and “Caribbean Jerk” (grilled chicken, roasted red and banana peppers and spicy jerk sauce). Prices range from $5.99 to $6.49.

A beachy-keen idea

What would Miami Beach be like if it had a view of Camden? We’ll find out starting Saturday as SugarHouse officially opens “SugarBeach” along its Delaware River frontage.

The 7,000-square-foot SugarBeach has been created with 110 tons of four-inch-deep sand and the installation of more than 30 live Florida palm trees. Amenities include tiki bars, Adirondack chairs, live music, beach games and food and drink service. It will be open for nine days only beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Chuck Darrow
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Philly native Chuck Darrow has literally covered Atlantic City’s casino scene since Day One: He was there on assignment the night in November 1976 when voters approved legalized casinos.

Since then, Chuck has covered the town and its gaming industry for several area newspapers -- which is why, in some circles, he’s known as “Boardwalk Charlie.”

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