Casinos: History of Gambling in Philadelphia

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It may seem like it is taking a while for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to issue Philadelphia’s second gaming license, but the wait is nothing that the city has not been through before. The process for legalized gambling in Pennsylvania goes all the way back to the late seventies when Atlantic City opened up their first hotel casino.
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Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines


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Given the size of most gaming operations, it’s often difficult to put a “face” to any particular organization (besides Donald Trump, and he’s largely famous for his other endeavors). Despite this, there’s still a fair number of important people – some within the industry, some who would like to destroy the industry and some who feel the industry helped destroy them. Here’s five people and organizations  to know.

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Casinos: Five Places You Need to Know

Story and images by Kayla Cropper and Eric O’Hara

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SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown may soon have some company, as five groups are vying for the coveted second Philadelphia casino license currently on offer by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The suitability hearings have just been held, and we are inching closer to knowing who the winner will be. With that in mind, these are the five places that are in contention.

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More to Come


Man, first I want to apologize to myself for not keeping up with this like I planned. I didn’t anticipate how busy this semester would be for me.

I am keeping up with reading, more for school than for myself, but I haven’t found the time to sit down and write about the readings the past week or so.

I’m currently enrolled in an 18 credit semester, which is basically as many credits as they’ll let you take in one semester. I needed to do this so that I could graduate on time this May. Most of my classes are fine and I can handle their course load, however I’m also enrolled in my capstone journalism class this semester. It’s been a lot to handle and I’ve been so busy and behind on so many things.

I’m writing this mostly for myself, to remind myself that this is something that I need to take the time to do. I promise that within the next week I will be up to date on everything and have new posts about what I’ve been reading.

This is my resolution, so I need to take the time and get it done.

In other news, the first story that I wrote for my capstone, Philadelphia Neighborhoods, was actually on the front page of their website the other day. That was a pretty cool moment for me.

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My story was the one about Casinos. It’s a very difficult beat to cover, but also very rewarding when something gets accomplished.