Game on! Parx casino to open its doors

BENSALEM, Pa. - December 17, 2009

They painted ceilings and polished floors at the expansive casino built on the grounds of the Philadelphia park race track.

"Even though Christmas is next week, this is our day for our Christmas here. We're getting ready, making last minute changes and tweaks, making something that's already amazing, beautiful, gorgeous just a little bit better," Carrie Nork Minelli of Parx Casino said.

The $250-million casino contains digital outdoor screens and intricate million dollar blown glass chandeliers inside. Today, crews put the shine on Parx Casino from the glitzy bar with giant LED screens and Vegas style counter top poker machines, to its high end steakhouse, and the Three Sixty night club.

Parx Casino brings more than excitement to Bensalem. It has bolstered the region's economy with nearly $800 construction jobs and hundreds of permanent posts.

"Opening our doors, we have employed over 450 people on this property," Minelli said.

They are preparing nearly 3,500 penny to $100 slot machines and electronic tables for play.

Parx is poised to install live tables if pending legislation passes that would allow live table gambling in Pennsylvania.

"Adding the table games is just going to give another little element of gaming. It's time to have them here in Pennsylvania. They have them in Las Vegas; they have them in New Jersey," Minelli said.

The casino opens at 6:00 a.m. Friday and Parx is expected to attract tens of thousands of people every day.

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