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Noted Promoter Hired To Help Program Entertainment For Proposed ‘Provence’ Casino

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Even though a decision on which of the five applicants for Philadelphia’s second and final casino license has yet to be made (see related story), one of competitors is partnering with a well-known entertainment promoter to support the non-gambling attractions of the proposed project.

“It’s not just the same slots in a box,” Bart Blatstein, principal of the proposed Provence Resort and Casino, on North Broad Street, said today.  Blatstein says his project has plans for multiple entertainment venues.

“We are going to have a concert hall, a jazz club, a night club, a comedy club, a private pool club,” he noted.

Blatstein says if the gambling license in granted to the Provence, it will have top-notch entertainment, and he has brought in well-known Philadelphia concert and event promoter Larry Magid (at right in photo) as a consultant.

“We are  obviously going to go for the biggest names,” Magid said.

If the Provence is selected as Philadelphia’s second casino, it’s expected to take two years to build.

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