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Steve Wynn: Runaway bride?

Will Steve Wynn's decision three years ago to leave the Foxwoods Casino investors at the altar come back to haunt him? We ask the gaming board's new chairman, William H. Ryan Jr., what he thinks.

Steve Wynn: Runaway bride?

Steve Wynn of Las Vegas is winning over folks with his plan for a casino resort on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown. But anyone with a memory that goes back three years will recall when Wynn flew into town to save the troubled Foxwoods Casino project ­– and a week later, dropped out of the deal.

This time around, a big question is whether the state’s gaming board will consider his history as a runaway bride when they decide who gets the city’s second casino license.

William H. Ryan Jr., the new chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, doesn’t think it will be a factor for him. Taking a break from the recent meeting here of the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress, Ryan gave his take on Wynn and Foxwoods.

“When I see a guy like Steve Wynn, my thought is he came in and figured, `I don’t like this situation as much close up as I did far away,’ “ Ryan said. “That’s why he came back a second time.”

Wynn, Ryan said, may have felt “he couldn’t have control of everything he wanted and said, `Hey, this isn’t for me.’ “

For more on Ryan’s interview and the competition for the second license, see The Inquirer this coming Sunday..

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Reporter Jennifer Lin follows the competition among the six contenders for Philadelphia’s second gaming license.

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