SugarHouse Casino Opens Philadelphia’s First Poker Room

On November 1, SugarHouse Casino opened its highly anticipated interim poker room, giving Philadelphians the opportunity to play legal poker for the first time in the city.

The card room consists of 24 tables which boast a number of modern features like built-in wiring for charging smart phones. Players may also download a free mobile app which allows them reserve their seat in advance, check their position on waiting lists, and alerts them when an opening is available.

Other additions include snack bar, tableside food and beverage service, and a masseuse service for players.

Expansion underway

The interim room is only a temporary solution and will stay in operation until the casino’s 28 table card room debuts next year. The new permanent poker room is part of a $164 million expansion and is set to cost $2.9 million. Casino executives believe that the new card room will generate around $1.8 million in taxes for the city.

Officials say that the expansion will allow the casino to branch out from purely gaming and offer other amenities like an event space and dining options.

While the SugarHouse poker room is the only one technically available to card players in the city of Philadelphia, there are, however, three other options close by, including Harrah’s Philadelphia, Delaware Park, and Parx casino.