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South Philly's Live Casino Faces Legal Challenges Everyone Expected It to Face

Appeals have been filed in the wake of the Gaming Control Board's decision to grant a license to the proposed property at the Sports Complex.

Last month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board finally made a decision regarding Philadelphia's second gaming license, granting it to the Live Hotel and Casino proposed for the Sports Complex in South Philly. As soon as the decision was announced, it was anticipated that appeals would be filed by the losing bidders.

Sure enough, at least two of the losing bidders have officially filed a Pennsylvania Supreme Court appeal of the decision, according to a report from They confirm that both Tower Entertainment — Bart Blatstein's development company, which had major restaurateurs Tom Colicchio and Andrew Carmellini attached to their proposal, the Provence — and the corporation behind the Market8 proposal for Center City. They are contesting the decision on the basis that "the ownership structure of the South Philadelphia joint venture between the Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming LLC violated state law."

The major point of contention is that Greenwood Gaming already owns and operates Bensalem's Parx Casino, which the losing bidders claim violates restrictions against multiple ownership. also notes (but could not yet confirm) that additional appeals may have been filed by the Casino Revolution team (proposed at Front and Pattison) and Philly's only currently operating casino, SugarHouse.

The Live Hotel and Casino proposal included plans for six unspecified restaurants, though if its sibling properties are anything to go by, they will likely prove to be fairly generic options.

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