Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control Board tells Foxwoods to take a hike

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In a 6 – 1 vote, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control  yanked the Category 2 slot machine license for the long-proposed Foxwoods casino in Philadelphia.

Over about a four-year period, Foxwood’s developers – Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners, LP – have repeatedly failed to make deadlines.

The most recent deal with Las Vegas-based Harrah’s, which recently changed its name to Caesar’s, was the third attempt by the Foxwoods consort to kick off a casino in South Philadelphia.

Representatives from citizens opposed to the casino applauded and cheered the board’s vote to kill the project.

Sources have said that the board’s decision is likely to be headed to state court for an appeal.

Board member James B. Ginty, in casting his lone “nay” vote, said he was concerned about the loss of 1800 jobs and tax revenues.

(Want to get a taste of what Pennsylvania is losing out on, Rock The Capital will guide you to Foxwoods in Connecticut.)


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