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Foxwoods Casino denied in Pennsylvania

The quest for Pennsylvania’s second casino has taken a knock as it was revealed that the state denied Foxwoods permission to open a Casino in Harrisburg.

The city’s first gaming hall, SugarHouse casino opened in September in Fishtown and it looks as though the Foxwoods Casino project won’t be following suit.

This is the first time the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has revoked a licence. Warren Jacoby, a lawyer representing Foxwoods said he was “shocked” by the vote and doesn’t know if the boards’ decision would be appealed.

Foxwoods have repeatedly made mistakes in getting the casino up and running and after four years the Pennsylvania’s Gaming Control ran out of patience. The gaming board rejected the Foxwoods group’s latest attempt to salvage the project – this one involving a partnership with Harrah’s Entertainment Inc of Las Vegas, to finance and operate a gaming hall in South Philadelphia. “Pennsylvania’s gaming law does not spell out the next step, said Doug Sherman, the board’s chief counsel, an appeal would be handled by the Commonwealth Court. The sector of litigation with Foxwoods could freeze that licence.”

The biggest problem for Foxwoods was proposing a casino at a traffic clogged site. The big-box gaming hall did not fit in with the Mayor’s vision of the town’s waterfront. Given the issues with Foxwoods’ location and project’s years-long delays, taking time to rebid the licence is a viable option for Foxwoods.

Alice Barker
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