HARRISBURG, PA-In exercising its exclusive jurisdiction to consider appeals of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s selection of applicants for gaming licenses, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld PGCB in all four appeals. In addition to the court’s previously reported ruling in favor of the Foxwoods and SugarHouse development proposals for Philadelphia, it has also struck down challenges to awards in Pittsburgh and the Poconos.

Court appeals were submitted by IOC Pittsburgh Inc., which represents a proposal by St. Louis-based Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.; and Station Square Gaming LP, a partnership of Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises and Harrah’s Entertainment, both of which were denied the one license available for a standalone slots parlor in Pittsburgh. The selection of PITG Gaming LLC, which is led by Detroit-developer Dan Barden for a Majestic Star Casino, prevailed.

“The board had a very difficult task of choosing only one licensee from the three excellent applicants in Pittsburgh,” says Tad Decker, PGCB chairman, in a statement following the ruling. “But, as the court affirmed, our process and decision to award a license to Mr. Barden and PITG Gaming was correct.”

The court also struck down an appeal by Matzel Development’s unsuccessful bid for a license at Pocono Manor, which challenged the selection of Mount Airy #1 LLC, a proposal submitted by Louis DeNaples’ Mount Airy Resort & Casino for a $400-million facility that will also include a 400-room hotel.

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