SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia recently held its topping off ceremony, as the final beam was put in place (and lit up) signaling the end of the casinos Phase 2 expansion. […]
SugarHouse Puts Finishing Touches on Phase 2 Expansion Project
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia recently held its topping off ceremony, as the final beam was put in place (and lit up) signaling the end of the casinos Phase 2 expansion. The project began in 2013 and cost approximately $164 million. The expansion doubles the size of the casino, with hundreds of slots and table games added to the casinos offerings, including a state of the art poker room the first legal poker room in Philadelphia. Still, the expansions primary focus was amenities and convenience over gaming options. Among the new amenities visitors will find at SugarHouse are
A new parking garage.
An expansion of the propertys public river walk
A new events center
Art galleries throughout the property
Several new eateries. Amenities account for 75% of the project, with gaming making up just 25% of the Phase 2 expansion. As SugarHouse CEO Wendy Hamilton said of the expansion, Its a whole bunch of restaurants, its the event space, it brings the poker room inside from the temporary structure thats detached today so it does a lot of things that really frankly will help us compete in whats about to become an even more competitive region for casinos. History of SugarHouse SugarHouse Casino, along with Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, is owned by Rush Street Gaming, one of the biggest players in the U.S. casino industry. Construction on SugarHouse Casino began in 2008 and it opened its doors on September 23, 2010. The casino was an instant money maker in the Pennsylvania market, and is now locked in a virtual tie with nearby Harrahs for 4th place (out of the states 12 casinos), trailing only Rivers, Parx and Sands Bethlehem. Read our complete SugarHouse profile here. Phase 3 on the horizon SugarHouse wont be resting on its laurels, as the casino will now set its sights on a Phase 3 expansion project. Phase 3 could bring the addition of a hotel and ballroom to the property based on early proposals. This should bolster the propertys standing in what is a very crowded Philadelphia casino market, perhaps bumping SugarHouse into the Parx/Sands category. The poker room The most important addition on the gaming front is the new SugarHouse poker room. The room will boast 24 poker tables and includes all the bells and whistles of a modern poker room, and then some:
Charging stations at each seat at every table
Tableside eating and a dedicated eatery in the poker room
Neon underglow on all the tables
Mobile app reservation system The new poker room replaces the temporary poker room SugarHouse opened late last year. The temporary poker room was located outside the casino proper in a makeshift building, making it somewhat difficult to locate, and somewhat limiting clientele to serious poker players. On the other hand, the new room inside the casino should attract more casual players and everyday casino patrons. Because of the casinos location in downtown Philadelphia the room could become one of the more popular poker destinations on the east coast.