SugarHouse group loses bid to halt second Philly casino

Minority investors in Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino have lost their bid to stop Pennsylvania gambling regulators from licensing a second casino in the city.The minority partnership group, led by Philadelphia lawyer Richard Sprague and auto dealer Robert Potamkin, argued that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board does not have the authority to award a license that it previously revoked from the failed Foxwoods casino project in Philadelphia in 2010.

Commonwealth Court on Monday sided with the gaming board and dismissed the suit.

SugarHouse’s majority partners did not join the suit.

Five applicants are vying for Philadelphia’s second license. Regulators are expected to make a decision this year.

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