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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