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Welcome to the Casino-Free Philadelphia press room. Casino-Free Philadelphia's mission is to stop casinos from coming to Philadelphia and close any that open. The social and economic costs of predatory gambling are plainly apparent from an industry reliant on addiction to survive.
Casino-Free Philadelphia operates on a simple media strategy: Tell the truth. As a result of that and our creative actions, we have received local, state, national, and international media in hundreds of news stories. Our message has been carried by CNN, National Public Radio, USA Today and numerous Philadelphia newspapers.
Press Inquiries: Please contact us using our online form; you can also contact spokesperson dan [at] casinofreephilly [dot] org (Dan Hajdo by email) or at (267) 971-0937.
Recent Press Releases
October 24, 2012
As Bart Blatstein throws his “lavish launch party,” others, especially those who have to live next to the proposed casino, have been talking about how to stop it. So, on November 12th, Casino-Free Philadelphia will host a meeting, along with the national organization Stop Predatory Gambling, to discuss casino development in Philadelphia.
July 11, 2012
Earlier today, July 11th, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced a call for applications for a second casino license in Philadelphia.
September 20, 2011
Nearly one year after SugarHouse casino opened, a briefing released by Casino-Free Philadelphia shows the costs to city residents in financial loss, personal indebtedness, and crime outweigh the benefits by 10 to 1.
"The numbers show a clear loss for Philadelphia and its residents," said Kaytee Riek, director of Casino-Free Philadelphia. "SugarHouse has done nothing more than siphon money out of the city to send to Chicago investors, and left Philly residents and the city to clean up the mess," Riek said.
Recent Press Coverage
- February 13, 2013 Six would-be Philadelphia casino operators make their pitches - Philadelphia Inquirer
- February 12, 2013 Six groups make pitch for second casino license in Philadelphia - CBS 3 Philly
- February 12, 2013 PGCB hearing on second license - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Blatstein promises Callowhill a well-off clientele at proposed casino complex - Plan Philly
- 10/24/12 - Blatstein unveils plan for casino on North Broad - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Casinos are widely opposed by both average residents of Philadelphia and experts knowledgeable about the issue. Browse our collected testimonies and interviews with those who hold a vision of a casino-free Philadelphia!