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Pennsylvania Revokes License For Foxwoods Casino

SugarHouse Remains the Only Casino in South Philadelphia


The Gaming Control Board is done with Foxwoods' plans in Philadelphia. Credit: FoxwoodsPA.comPlans for the development of another Philadelphia casino will have to wait, as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted Dec. 16 to revoke the $50 million gaming license of the proposed Foxwoods Casino project in South Philadelphia.

The state voted 6-1 to revoke the license after casino plans were repeatedly changed and delayed since it was awarded a license in December 2006. Last month the plans were were revised to be a 57,463-square-foot structure with 1,500 slots and 70 table games. It was also announced that Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., of Las Vegas, would help finance and run the casino. But the board had seen enough of the unorganized project.

Another gaming license awarded in 2006 went to SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010. The Foxwoods facility would have been within five miles of SugarHouse, but for now it appears SugarHouse will remain the only casino along the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Foxwoods investors have 30 days to appeal the decision to the Commonwealth Court.