A hostile crowd greeted developers of two Philadelphia casinos when they testified before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board yesterday in Harrisburg. One of those developers, Neil Bluhm, also leads the investors group in the Pittsburgh casino.
Anti-casino hecklers booed and hissed throughout SugarHouse Casino investor Neil Bluhm's testimony, and chanted "shame" as he and other developers left the hearing room.
Philadelphia native Lai Har Chaung says she came to protest the projects because her parents both suffered through gambling addictions.
"There are many stories like mine, but not everyone is telling them. So I want to make sure that they hear my story. And that they know that families are going to be impacted, and that children's lives are at stake."
Leaving the hearing, Bluhm said the protesters don't represent the majority of Philadelphia residents, insisting the community and political leaders are behind the project.
"People have the right to express themselves. I think they should do it in an orderly and courteous manner."
Bluhm and other SugarHouse executives told the Gaming Board they expect the casino to bring in 240 million dollars a year once it's up and running.