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Competition For Philadelphia’s Remaining Casino License Reaches Home Stretch

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The state gaming board has concluded the second of three days of hearings on who should get Philadelphia’s remaining casino license.

KYW Newsradio’s Pat Loeb reports the board has heard four very different proposals, with a fifth scheduled for tomorrow.

Philadelphia could have a basic casino in South Philadelphia, or one with a hotel and concert hall. It could have one that would turn East Market into a destination or one in an entertainment complex on North Broad.

Those are the competing visions, so far, presented to the Gaming Board for scrutiny. Spokesman Doug Harbach says this is the home stretch for a process that started a year and a half ago.

“The Board’s going to collect more information. There’s some more filings that come from each of the applicants. And after that, take a look at an award in this licensing decision some time within the next 60 days,” Harbach said.

Still to come is a pitch from Live! Casino proposed for the stadium area and an argument from SugarHouse Casino that no new license should be awarded because the region is already saturated with gambling options.

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