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Chester casino seeks gains in crowded Pa. market

May 27, 2012 • Business


Ron Baumann, right, senior vice president and general manager, assists a patron at Harrah’s Casino Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Chester, Pa. When Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack opened its doors in this struggling city in January 2007, it was the state’s third casino, a novelty that pulled in Philadelphia-area gamblers thrilled not to have to drive to Atlantic City. Five years later, Pennsylvania has 11 casinos, four in the Philadelphia area. Harrah’s casino in Chester, a long-downtrodden city in the southern suburbs, also is closer to competition in Delaware and Maryland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — When Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack opened its doors in this struggling city in January 2007, it was the state’s third casino, a novelty that pulled in Philadelphia-area gamblers thrilled not to have to drive to Atlantic City.

Five years later, Pennsylvania has 11 casinos, four in the Philadelphia area. Harrah’s casino in Chester, a long-downtrodden city in the southern suburbs, also is closer to competition in Delaware and Maryland.

“We’ve certainly felt the pressures,” said Ron Baumann, the Chester casino’s general manager and a veteran of Atlantic City, where casinos have seen their revenues plummet amid heightened competition from Pennsylvania. “The Atlantic City lesson is certainly one that Login to read more

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