By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court appears to have dealt the final blow to efforts by Foxwoods’ investors to hold on to their Philadelphia casino license.

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Frustrated by delays, the Gaming Control Board revoked Foxwoods license in December 2010. Last year, Commonwealth Court upheld the license revocation and now the state Supreme Court has denied a petition by Foxwoods investors to hear an appeal of that ruling.

But it is not clear whether the city of Philadelphia will ever have a second casino.

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At legislative budget hearings earlier this year, the chairman of the gaming board said that if the state high court rejected the appeal, the board would move forward with awarding a new license but probably not right away, because state lawmakers are considering legislation that would open up the license to statewide competition.

And the chairman issued a statement Friday evening saying that while current law designates the license for Philadelphia, it would be “prudent and responsible” for the board to allow a bit more time to allow the legislative process to unfold before starting a new license proceeding.

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