Will there ever be a casino built in the Toronto area?

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM EDT

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Will there ever be a casino built in the Toronto area?

May 24, 2013 Updated May 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM EDT

The future of gambling in Toronto is extremely hazy after this week’s decisions by city lawmakers.

The Toronto City Council voted against a downtown casino, as expected, but also rejected a new gambling facility at Woodbine Racetrack, which was a bit of a surprise, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Supporters of a Toronto area casino must now look to Vaughan or Markham as leading possibilities.

MGM Resorts, a leading bidder for the downtown site, remains in the running.

“As we have always said, we only want to operate in a city where we can partner with the local community,” said Alan Feldman, MGM vice president of public affairs. “For this reason, we are excited to continue the process and remain committed to sharing our vision with a willing host in the greater Toronto area.”

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