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(Developer Bart Blatstein, left, with entertainment promoter Larry Magid, right.  Photo by John McDevitt)

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

Magid was hired by developer Bart Blatstein (left). “We are obviously going to go for the biggest names,” Magid (right) said.

03/19/2014

A team from SugarHouse testifies about "extreme and unintended consequences" from a second casino license award. (credit: Pat Loeb/KYW)

Applicants For Philadelphia’s Second Casino License Make Final Pitches

The hearings have been focused on financing and revenue, traffic congestion and parking, even as each applicant tried to convince the Gaming Board they had the “wow factor” that would create new gamblers, not simply cannibalize the clientele in existing casinos.

01/30/2014

(Larry Spector, an attorney representing a synagogue and two schools, testifies before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in Harrisburg.  Photo by Tony Romeo)

Sugarhouse Gets OK To Testify About 2nd Proposed Casino License for Philadelphia

John Donnelly, a lawyer representing the casino on Delaware Avenue, argued for standing on the grounds that competition has increased greatly since the state’s gambling law was passed.

01/08/2014

(The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, in 2012 file photo.  Credit: KYW's Tony Romeo)

Pa. Casino Officials Hope To Make Decision on 2nd License For Phila. in Spring

The public comment period on the bids closes at 5pm on December 31st.

12/30/2013

(African-American community leaders show their support for Ken Goldenberg, center, and his "Market 8" casino project.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Local Black Leaders Throw Support Behind ‘Market 8′ Casino Applicant

Supporters of the “Market 8″ casino project say it has aggressive but attainable goals of hiring African-Americans at all levels.

11/19/2013

(PHL Local Gaming spokesman A. Bruce Crawley speaks to reporters.  Credit: Justin Udo)

One Casino Applicant Says Its South Philly Site Is Getting Short Shrift

“We don’t want any special consideration, but we do want to be fairly covered,” Crawley said today.

11/14/2013

(Bart Blatstein speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new shopping center at 9th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia.  Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Rival Casino Developer Not Surprised By Steve Wynn’s Bow-Out

Developer Bart Blatstein, one of the remaining applicants for Philadelphia’s second casino license, says this week’s withdrawal of Wynn’s application removes what Blatstein calls a “distraction.”

11/13/2013

(A page from the consultant's report.)

Consultant’s Report Handicaps Economic Impact of New Philly Casinos

The report shows that the “Provence” and “Market 8″ projects proposed for center city and the “Wynn Philadelphia,” proposed for Fishtown, are generally among the top three in several of the categories in the economic impact study.

10/29/2013

(PGCB commissioner Annemarie Kaiser looks at the graphs prepared by AKRF consultants for the city as commerce director Alan Greenberger goes over their findings.   Credit: Pat Loeb)

Philadelphia Official Says City Prefers Center City For 2nd Casino

“The three proposals in South Philadelphia are less likely to induce further development and less likely to generate a new audience than the other three proposals,” city commerce director Alan Greenberger told a state oversight panel.

09/24/2013

(Joe Procacci says one of his tomato processing warehouses in South Philadelphia can be coverted quickly for use as a casino.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Hopeful South Phila. Casino Developer Says He Can Get Going Quickly

The principals of PHL Local Gaming say they have a head start on their five competitors because CEO and chairman Joe Procacci would use one of his warehouses to house the casino.

08/06/2013

(Sugarhouse Casino.  File photo)

Pa. Casino Regulators Okay SugarHouse Expansion, Including Smaller Garage Tower

Sugarhouse casino officials say construction should take about two years now that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has approved a revised plan to expand their waterfront casino.

05/15/2013

(Kiki Bolender of the Design Advocacy Group testifies before the Pa. Gaming Control Board.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Design Group Says Wynn’s Casino Proposal Is Worst Among Philadelphia Applicants

“Only the green roof parking garage saves it from an F” in their report card on the applications, the group’s spokeswoman said.

04/11/2013

(Dr. Walter Lomax at lectern.  Joe Procacci listens with Joe Canfora, president of Procacci's PHL Local Gaming LLC, applicant for a casino license.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

South Philadelphia Physician Takes Stake As Partner For A Philadelphia Casino

Dr. Walter Lomax began with a small private practice in South Philadelphia and now controls a business empire that includes real estate, venture capital, and media.

01/29/2013

(The presentations and hearings will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  File photo)

Public Presentations, Hearings Set For New Philadelphia Casino Proposals

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has scheduled three days of events: an information-only presentation in February to be followed by two days of public hearings in April.

12/18/2012

(Slot machines in the Sugarhouse casino, on North Delaware Avenue in Fishtown.  Credit: Michelle Durham)

Pa. Lawmaker Presses For Public Input In Selection of 2nd Phila. Casino Site

“We are in a different position than we were back in 2006,” says Pennsylvania state senator Larry Farnese.

11/20/2012

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