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Steve Wynn, citing New York vote, drops bid for casino in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Las Vegas entrepreneur Steve Wynn will no longer seek a casino license in Philadelphia, now that gambling is on its way to New York.

Wynn made an elaborate pitch this year to build a casino along the Philadelphia waterfront.

Wynn Resorts said Monday it will drop its bid because of the looming competition in New York, where voters last week approved a measure to license seven casinos.  

Wynn also cited concerns about recent industry results in Philadelphia. The city has one casino up and running.

A second license is up for grabs after a Foxwoods project fell through. Wynn had been one of six applicants for that license.

The Wynn company said it will focus on other business opportunities.

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