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An In-Depth Review Of Harrah’s Philadelphia

Located in the far southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino began offering slot games in 2006 and today is one of the more prominent casinos in PA. The casino also offers a racetrack in its Chester location, giving the casino its “racino” status.

With Harrah’s Philadelphia position as a top casino Pennsylvania, the casino is also quickly setting itself up to dominate in online gambling with an online casino and poker room in the works. The Caesars Entertainment brand already has a significant presence in three other states that have regulated and will likely help the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino be a top online casino when they go live.

In mid-August, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved a Harrah’s Philadelphia application to offer online poker, online slots and online table games. Assuming they are ready to launch, a final PGCB go-ahead may be the only thing standing in its way to offer online gambling in PA.

Parx Casino General Information
OwnerCaesars Entertainment
Established2006
LocationChester, PA 19013
Phone1(800) 480-8020
How to get thereDirections
Online CasinoHarrah's Online Casino Coming Soon
Online Casino StatusApplication Approved in mid-August for online poker and casino (table games, slots)

What you need to know about the Harrah’s Philadelphia

Playing at the Harrahs Phily Casino

Originally Harrah’s Chester, the casino changed to its current name in 2012. The casino offers a huge gaming floor with a large selection of games as well as ample food and entertainment options.

Harrahs Philadelphia Casino Hightlights
Slot Machines (est)2000 Machines
Poker Room (est)28 Tables
Table Games (est)100 Tables
Online CasinoApproved in mid-August, expected to launch under Caesars Casino brand
Restaurants8
Rewards ProgramTotal Rewards
EntertainmentThe Block Entertainment Center, The Copper Mug, C-Bar
Other HighlightsRacetrack

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino

The Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino is home to over 2,000 dozen slots and a few dozen table games, which include a couple dozen poker tables.

A wide selection of table games is offered at the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino. Of course, you’ll be able to find all the usual suspects like blackjack, craps, roulette and three card poker, but you can also find some less common games as well. Asia Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Four Card Poker, Let It Ride are just a few of the available games. A progressive jackpot prize that starts at $50,000 is tied to four different Harrah’s Philadelphia table games – Four Card Poker, Let It Ride, Mississippi Stud and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.

Over 2,000 slots are available on 100,000 square feet of gaming space. Place games ranging from Wheel of Fortune to Monopoly to Jackpot Party. Play for pennies up to slot games where you can bet up to $100 a line in a High Limit area, which includes 90 games. A video poker area offers a wide selection of games including “multi-denomination” games. Don’t forget to try out the new Asia slot area featuring 50 Dragons and 50 Dragons Deluxe.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino Racetrack

In addition to the casino, The Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack offers a horse racing facility with a “state of the art indoor wagering area” with plentiful simulcast video and seating options. A full-card simulcasting thoroughbred and standard-bred races are offered seven days out of the week from racetracks across the country.

In season, the racino houses one of the fastest 5/8 mile tracks in the entire country, offering live races most weeks on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from mid-April through mid-December.

Entertainment

Entertainment options abound at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Catch a concert at The Block Entertainment Center, participate in karaoke, view an intimate show or just get a quick drink or two or three.

Block Entertainment Center – A 1,000-seat venue attracting live concerts and other acts.
C-Bar – Located in the center of the Harrah’s Casino, go to the C-Bar to lounge with friends, ply the table-top video poker or watch the top sports action of the day.
The Copper Mug – The other bar from Harrah’s Philadelphia offers a large selection of beers for patrons to try out while watching your favorite sporting events.

Restaurants

Harrah’s Philadelphia offers patrons a mix of seven unique dining options when visiting the Chester, PA casino. Whether it’s the Cove Steakhouse, Guy Fieri’s Philly Kitch and Bar or The Market, you will be to find everything from a quick meal to something more casual or even upscale.

  • Cove Steakhouse & Raw Bar – Upscale
  • Guy Fieri’s Philly Kitchen + Bar – Casual
  • The Market – Quick Bites
  • Mien Noodles At Harrah’s Philadelphia – Casual
  • Harrah’s Philly Steak Shack – Quick Bites
  • Krispy Kreme – Quick Bites
  • Starbucks – Quick Bites

Total Rewards VIP Program

Harrah's Total Rewards

The Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino VIP program, Toward Rewards is a comprehensive rewards program that awards players with free play and a variety of comps. The card also integrates into more broad spending with points awarded on hotel, dining, shopping and “amenity experiences,” providing cardholders with a wide selection of perks. The Total Rewards program is also a card that can be used at one of the many Caesars Entertainment properties across the United States.

Consisting of four main tiers, Total Rewards status levels are based on Rewards Credits earned during a 12 month period. Points are earned in a variety of ways including when you play real money games at the Harrah’s Casino. Tier credits are earned at a rate of 1 per $5 in play at slot machines and one 1 per $10 at video poker. Table games reward points based on the time played and the amount of your average bet. Credits earned for entertainment at participating partners will award 1 for every $1 spend.

All Harrah’s Philadelphia players that sign up for a card begin at the Gold Status Level. Although the perks can be quite lucrative through the program, it is very difficult to get to the highest level of the program.

Below is a summary of some of the perks of Towards Rewards, although the number of benefits detailed here just scratch the surface. There are also benefits using your Total Rewards cards at Harrah’s partners. You can also earn additional Rewards Credits when spending money at certain partners.

Harrah's Philadelphia Casino Total Rewards Status Levels
StatusCredits over 6 monthsOffersPerks
Gold0-4,999Special offers for gaming, Earn Total Reward Credits for Freeplay
Premium5,000-14,999Special offers for gaming, Earn Total Reward Credits for Freeplay15% discount on gift shops, complimentary valet,
Diamond15,000-149,999Special offers for gaming, Earn Total Reward Credits for Freeplay15% off hotel rooms, no resort fees, 20% discount on gift shops, priority lines, $100 Celebration dinner
Seven Stars150,000 or moreSpecial offers for gaming, Earn Total Reward Credits for Freeplayhotel upgrades, 25% discount on gift shops, $500 celebration dinner, retreat to Total Rewards destination up to $1200. Invite to signature events

Toward Rewards perks are expected to be extended into the Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino when games are launched.

Harrah’s Philadelphia online casino launch soon

In mid-August Harrah’s became one of three casinos to be approved for a $10 million license that will allow the casino to offer online poker, online table games and online slots.

Given parent company Caesars Entertainment’s online gambling presence in other states, the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino is shaping up to be a force to be reckoned with in the online gambling world. Caesars currently operates Harrahs Online Casino, Caesars Online Casino and WSOP.com in New Jersey. The brand also has an online poker presence in Nevada with WSOP.com.

Caesars Entertainment will likely partner with 888 for online poker software. For their online casino, Harrah’s seems like they will partner with either Scientific Games or 888, with the later being a brand that has a storied history since online gambling’s infancy. It’s so a brand which has worked with Caesars in regulated markets since the early 2010s.

Caesars Entertainment is in the enviable position of having a few successful brands to work within

Despite the Harrahs name attached to the casino in PA, it is expected that WSOP.com and Caesars Casino will be among the brands offered when games go live.

WSOP.com

The World Series of Poker brand may be one of the most recognizable names in all of poker. Even casual fans of poker have heard of the WSOP from its frequent streams on ESPN during the summer. In addition to its recognition as poker largest tournament events, the brand is also making a name for itself online.

Not only is WSOP.com a popular poker room to play online poker for play money through PlayWSOP.com, but it’s also the number one online poker room in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. Add this to the fact that, the three states all share a player pool via WSOP.com and it makes it a no-brainer.

All of this makes WSOP.com a likely candidate to be the top online poker site to go from Harrah’s Philadelphia. Bottom line: As recognizable as Harrah’s may be in Pennsylvania, it doesn’t hold a candle to WSOP.com

Caesars Casino

For an online casino, it would be hard to imagine Caesars would abandon its Harrah’s Casino brand for Pennsylvania, but its possible they may favor the brand of its parent company. In New Jersey, the casino operates both Caesars Casino and Harrah’s Casino, which is another reason it would be surprising to see Caesars favored.

You can be sure that whatever brand Caesars chooses that when the state of Pennsylvania gives the final go-ahead that they will one of the first online casinos or poker rooms to market. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board must authorize licenses by a deadline in October and November for two other license applications.

That puts a possible launch as early as the last three months of 2018 or into early 2019.