Bucks County Awarded $3.9 Million In Grants Thanks To Parx Casino Bensalem

Written By Corey Sharp on January 5, 2024
Photo of a Parx Casino table game for a story about Bucks County municipalities receiving $3.9 million in grant money from revenue earned by Parx Casino Bensalem.

Parx Casino Bensalem is the top-grossing facility in Pennsylvania. The revenue that Parx Casino generates benefits the county and state through tax money. Because of Parx’s success, The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks awarded the townships surrounding Parx Casino Bensalem $3.9 million in funds.

While Parx offers one of 21 PA online casinos helping set records in the market, it’s clear the location is earning plenty of retail revenue, too.

The money will go to a variety of causes to help improve the community. Parx’s success in Bensalem led to plans of building a hotel on its property and the opening of another location in Shippensburg last year.

Bucks County benefits from Parx Casino Bensalem revenue

Parx Casino Bensalem delivers tons of tax money to the state as the top casino in the market. Through November, the facility generated $537.7 million in slots and table games revenue. It’s projected to produce $586.6 million in 2023 revenue, a slight decrease from last year’s total of $598.7 million.

The success of the Bensalem facility triggered The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks to award eligible municipalities $3.9 million.

Ralph DiGuiseppe, chairman of the Authority Board, said at a Dec. 15 township meeting:

“The Municipal Grant Program continues to play a pivotal role in supporting various projects aimed at offsetting gaming impacts. These projects will address quality-of-life issues as well as invest in infrastructure improvements, health and public safety initiatives in municipalities impacted by gaming. The Municipal Grant Program stands as a notable success for Bucks County, and I want to commend the communities for their careful project selection process when submitting proposals to the Authority.”

Grants receiving part of the $3.9 million

A total of 40 grants, of nearly $4 million, will benefit the following causes:

  • Law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders
  • Infrastructure and facility improvements
  • Additional health and human service projects

Parx Casino Bensalem provides The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks 1% of total gross revenue.

What makes Parx Pennsylvania Casino so successful?

Despite the competitive nature of casinos within the Greater Philadelphia area, Parx Casino Bensalem has distinguished itself as the top gaming location. The casino is up against the following establishments:

Since slots are the state’s bread and butter, Parx offers nearly 3,000, the most in the Keystone State. Wind Creek Bethlehem is a distant second, providing 600 fewer slots than Parx.

While Parx has the most games and keeps its options fresh, it’s also one of two smoke-free locations in the state. All Pennsylvania casinos banned smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the state lifted masking restrictions, many facilities reinstated smoking, except for Parx.

The other location to remain voluntarily smoke-free is Parx’s Shippensburg venue, which opened last February. During the grand opening, Parx’s Chief Marketing Officer, Marc Oppenheimer, told PlayPennsylvania:

“We’ve seen two things from it. No. 1, it has not hurt us business and revenue wise at all and No. 2, our employees are very, very happy to not be working in an environment with secondhand smoke all the time.”

He added: “Our smoking guests have actually said things like ‘I never realized how smoky and annoying it was. I really don’t mind walking 50 feet to the smoking patio.’”

With plans of adding a hotel in the near future, Parx offers one of the best gaming experiences in the state. Being a non-smoking facility appears to have greatly contributed to its success.

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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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