Board to scrutinize Philadelphia casino applications

Apr 15, 2013 10:14 AM

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is set to further scrutinize the six applications for Philadelphia’s second casino license now that a marathon public hearing is over.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the gaming board heard testimony from 94 people during the two-day hearing last week. Now, the members of the board are shifting their attention to the fine print of each proposal as they attempt to determine the “suitability” of each applicant.

Board officials say that process could take anywhere from nine months to a year.

Six groups are vying for the second casino license slotted for the city under the state’s gaming law. The first, Sugarhouse Casino, has been up and running since September 2010.

The state’s first casino opened in 2006 and it now has 11 casinos statewide.

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