Who’s playing in game for second city casino?

Competition coming?

Thursday marked the deadline for groups to apply for Philadelphia’s second casino license.

At least six entities were expected to submit their applications to the state Gaming Control Board. Gaming officials would not disclose the number of applicants or who those applicants were Thursday afternoon.

Congressman Bob Brady, D-Philadelphia, is proposing a city-owned casino, although the plans would not be ready until next year. Yet, gaming officials said they did not plan to extend the deadline.
The gaming board is expected to take nine to 12 months before making a final decision.
Here is a rundown of the six groups expected to apply, based on information submitted to the city:

Developer Bart Blatstein of Tower Investments is pitching a $700 million resort and casino complex on North Broad Street at the site of the former Inquirer/Daily News building. Hard Rock International would serve as operator.
 
Stadium Casino, a partnership between the owner of Parx Casino and The Cordish Co., has plans for a casino and boutique hotel at the site of the Holiday Inn on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.
 
Steve Wynn, head of Wynn Resorts, has proposed a casino and hotel complex on a large riverfront site on North Beach Street in Fishtown. The hotel would reportedly resemble Wynn’s Encore hotel in the Chinese town of Macau.
 
A group called Market East Associates wants to build a casino at Eighth and Market streets on Market East. No further details have been made public about the project.
 
A group called North Broad Street Partners has proposed a site near the Vine Street Expressway at 15th and Race streets.
 
Penn National Gaming, which owns several gaming and racing venues across the country, including one just north of Harrisburg, wants to build a facility on Packer Avenue in South Philadelphia.



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