6 Philly casino applicants make pitch to state gaming board

    The Pennsylvania Convention Center will play host to a beauty contest of sorts, as six groups of wealthy businessmen and casino company representatives pursue a casino license in Philadelphia.

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s daylong hearing Tuesday at the convention center will give each applicant about 45 minutes to showcase their casino plans.

     

    The 9 a.m. meeting will be streamed live on the gaming board’s website. A licensing decision will take months.The applicants include casino developers from London, Pennsylvania and Las Vegas, as well as Philadelphia-area developers and a man who founded one of the country’s largest wholesale fruit and vegetable distributors.

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    The 2004 state gambling law calls for two casinos in Philadelphia, one of which, Sugarhouse Casino, is up and running. The gambling board revoked the second license for a long-stalled Foxwoods project in 2010.

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