Sugarhouse Casino Celebrates Completion of Its $164 Million Expansion

Sugarhouse Casino’s massive $164 million expansion was finally completed this week, and was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday. The renovated facility offers a new poker room, event center, new restaurants, and adds more gaming tables and slots to the property.

“We are excited to wrap up our much anticipated expansion and welcome guests to the bigger, better SugarHouse,” said General Manager Wendy Hamilton in a press release. “From world-class entertainment and dining to expanded gaming, SugarHouse is one of Philly’s premiere destinations for a night on the town or to hold a group event.”

Construction on the expansion began in 2014, and enlarged the facility from 108,000 ft.² to 260,000 ft.². The property now boasts a new seven-story parking garage, 44 additional table games and 289 new slots.

The event center, located on the second floor of the casino, features 30,000 ft.² of space and is tailor-made for company events, wedding receptions, concerts and more.

State-of-the-Art Poker Room

SugarHouse’s new Poker Night in America Poker room is state-of-the-art and features 28 tables and 252 seats. The room takes its name from the popular Poker Night In America TV program, which spotlights the industry’s most intriguing players as they play in cash games and tournaments across the US.

Poker Night in America recently made a stop at the new poker room and recorded an episode featuring WSOP champ Joe McKeehen and other well-known pros.

In January, poker pro Matt Glantz inked a deal with Rush Street Gaming, SugarHouse’s parent company, to serve as ambassador to the room and producer on the Poker Night series. He hopes to capture the attention of the region’s poker players, who already have their choice of several venues, all within a 60 mile radius. He says that the poker room has several surprises and promotions in store for players which will be announced soon.

Patrons also have their choice of several new restaurants, including Gino’s Steaks, Revolution Grill and Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chophouse. After a long session at the tables, players can get their caffeine fix at Saxby’s Coffee, a Philadelphia-based coffee company which focuses on specialty drinks.

The Competition

Pennsylvania casinos face stiff competition from neighboring states, and are working diligently to keep pace with new trends in the industry. Nearby New Jersey, one of the three US states that has legalized online gambling, poses a threat to the Commonwealth’s gambling interests. “So many people think: ‘We ate Atlantic City’s lunch, it’s all over,'” Representative John Payne told the Reading Eagle. “Well trust me, Atlantic City’s not going to just take this.”

During a hearing of the state House Gaming Oversight Committee at Valley Forge casino yesterday, operators reiterated their desire to offer online gaming.

Payne has introduced an iGaming bill which would legalize online poker and table games in the state, and which might be adopted as part of a budget package. But while casinos are eager to offer Internet gambling, they are staunchly against the proliferation of gaming machines in bars. They believe that allowing such venues to operate slot machines would cripple their business, as players might instead stop taking trips to the casino.