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(The Pennsylvania Gambling Control Board.  File photo by Tony Romeo)

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says it has received six applications for Philadelphia’s second casino license — including one that wasn’t on the radar screen until now.

“Prior to the closing of the application period, the board did receive six applications,” says Doug Harbach, the spokesman for the board, “and of course these are voluminous applications that fill up boxes.  And they need to be reviewed by the board so that we can then, in the near future, put out a great deal more public information.”

Five of the applications were anticipated.  They include a proposal from Wynn Resorts (related story) and one from developer Bart Blatstein (related story).

But there is also new proposal from an entity called PHL Local Gaming, headed by produce magnate Joseph Procacci, which would be located at 3333 South Front Street.

That applicant, however, did not submit an impact statement to the city on time.  The gambling board spokesman would not speculate on how that might affect the application.

Six applications had been originally anticipated. But one expected applicant whose project involved a casino near the Pennsylvania Convention Center dropped out.

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