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An In-Depth Review Of SugarHouse Casino

The SugarHouse Casino, which opened in 2010, is the only casino located within Philadelphia city limits. The casino features over 2,000 slot games, 50 table games and a 28 table poker room on a 45,000 square foot gaming floor.

In addition to gaming, the casino features a large selection of dining options and an Event Center that attracts an impressive list of national acts. The casino is owned by Rush Street Interactive, which also owns and operates the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.

A SugarHouse online casino is also on the way, with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approving the casino in September of 2018. The casino is now authorized to offer table games, slots as well as an online poker room. SugarHouse has also applied for a sports betting license in PA. If all goes well, Pennsylvanians could be playing on a SugarHouse online casino and sportsbook in late 2018 or early 2019.

SugarHouse General Information
OwnerRush Street Interactive
Established2010
Location1001 N. Delaware Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone1-877-477-3715
How to get thereDirections
Online CasinoSugarHouse Casino Approved in mid-September, launch TBA
Online Casino StatusOnline gambling application approved - online poker, online table games, online slots

Quick facts about the SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino and Games

Although Parx Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia and Valley Forge are located around Philadelphia, The SugarHouse Casino is the only casino that can claim to actually be in Philadelphia. Here are some quick facts about the Rush Street Interactive-owned casino.

SugarHouse Casino Highlights
Slot Machines (est)2000 Machines
Poker Room (est)28 Tables
Table Games (est)50
Restaurants8
Rewards ProgramRush Rewards
EntertainmentEvent Center, Fishtown Hops, Hugo’s Piano Bar
SportsbettingApplication submitted for license
Other Highlights

A glance at the SugarHouse Casino

Among the 2,000 plus slot machines at the SugarHouse Casino is an impressive variety in game types, denominations and titles. Games on offer include Wonder 4, BAM, Extra Rewards and Thunder Cash, among many others. On the video poker front, SugarHouse offers Ultimate X Poker, Hot Roll Poker and Spin Poker Progressive. The casino is always introducing new games, so stop by and check out the SugarHouse website for the latest information on games.

Table game players at SugarHouse enjoy a large selection of game choices that include blackjack, craps, roulette and three card poker. In total there are 16 unique types of table games with some surprises (The Big Six, Sic Bo to name a couple). Stadium Gaming is also available at the SugarHouse Casino. Dubbed “The Future Gaming” there are two stadium areas to choose from with games available for blackjack, roulette and baccarat. Stadium Gaming combines live dealers with electronic betting with minimum bets start at just $5.

The 28-poker table poker room is home to the first ever Poker Night in America card room, a poker facility which occasionally broadcasts the popular online show. Players can enjoy a standard Texas Hold’em game, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud and many more. Play for huge pots and/or a Bad Beat Jackpot, which reaches into the tens of thousands of dollars. Tournaments are held on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with some tournaments including impressive prize pools.

Entertainment

Despite the fact that there is plenty of competition on the entertainment front in the Philly area, the SugarHouse Casino does an impressive job in the entertainment department as well. The SugarHouse Event Center attracts a variety of music, comedian and performers to its venue. The Hugo Piano Bar provides a more intimate live entertainment experience..

Also nearby is the Fishtown Hops, a waterfront experience with craft beers, excellent food, games and live entertainment of their own.

Restaurants

The SugarHouse Casino has no shortage of dining options, ranging from fast-casual dining to fine dining at the Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House.

  • Hug0’s Frog Bar and Chop House – Classic steakhouse combining upscale with casual
  • Fishtown Hops – Waterfront experience with craft beers, casual food and live entertainment
  • Tacconelli’s Pizzeria – Brick oven pizza joint
  • Geno’s Steaks – The taste of Philadelphia — steaks, hoagies and other sandwiches
  • Saxby’s Coffee – Coffee, teas and smoothies
  • Revolution Grill – Casual dining includes salads, sandwiches and pasta
  • Mian – Authentic quick serve Asian food
  • Lucky Red – Enjoy the game while enjoying your favorite alcholic beverage

Rush Rewards Card

Rush Rewards Players Club Card

SugarHouse Casino players can sign-up and take advantage of the Rush Rewards Player’s Club, where players earn points for their play in the casino that can be used for increasingly lucrative perks the more you play.

There are three levels to the Rush Rewards VIP program with status levels based on the number of points earned within a 6 month period. You will need to generate $5 in coin while playing slots to receive 1 point. SugarHouse does not specify the number of points required for each status level.

Perks range from free play offers to exclusive promotions to complimentary rooms. See the chart below for more comprehensive information on the perks that are available to you.

Rush Rewards
Status LevelPerks
RushFree play and food offers, exclusive promo access
PreferredAll lower status rewards plus, monthly play and dining comps, priority gift pickup, multiplier entries for select promos, complimentary cruise per year, complimentary rooms
SignatureLower status benefits plus complimentary suites, priority valet parking.

Although SugarHouse does not give specific information to how points are earned, players can check their Rush Creek Reward status level online.

The SugarHouse PA online casino is coming soon

The SugarHouse Casino is among the handful of PA casinos that have been approved to offer online gambling, receiving the go-ahead in September by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The casino spent $10 million for the authorization to offer a full suite online products — online poker, online table games and online slots. SugarHouse is also one of a handful of casinos that have applied for sports betting in PA.

Rush Street Interactive, the parent company of SugarHouse and Rivers Casino, is focusing on the SugarHouse brand for online gambling, having withdrawn the online gambling application for Rivers Casino in September.

SugarHouse is currently operational in New Jersey and we expect that the online casino in PA will be similar to the one in New Jersey. This is something that Pennsylvania players can get excited about as the company has created its own in-house software, receiving rave reviews for its huge selection of games.

When will we see a launch?

Given the time frame of SugarHouse’s approval, it would not be a surprise to see the PGCB give the go-ahead on an online gambling launch in late 2018 but it also could happen in early 2019. It might come down to whether the SugarHouse Casino is ready for online gambling. Rush Street’s focus on SugarHouse is probably a good sign in their efforts to be ready for online gambling sooner rather than later.

SugarHouse applied for sports betting in late September. Unlike online gambling, Rush Street has chosen to have Rivers Casino apply for a sports betting license. Should each of the casinos be approved, it would cost the company $20 million. An online sportsbook is part of the license package but is likely to be offered at a later date. Expect sports betting to be available either very late into 2018 or early 2019 for SugarHouse.

While you wait for PA online gambling

Online gambling is not yet available at the SugarHouse PA casino, but while you wait you can play real money games online today. The PA online lottery launched in May 2018 and now has two dozen “instant” games that can be played from a computer or mobile device.

New players to the PA lottery can even take advantage of a $5 free no deposit bonus to try out the games. Simply register to the iLottery and use bonus code WINNER when signing up. Players choosing to deposit onto the iLottery can also receive a 50% up to $50 first deposit bonus, which is in addition to the PA ilottery free bonus.

Make sure to stay tuned to this site for all the latest information on the launch of the SugarHouse online casino as well as any no deposit bonuses offered to Pennsylvanins.