Situated along the Delaware River in the city's Fishtown/Northern Liberties are, SugarHouse Casino is Philadelphia's first of its kind. Open 24 hours a day, SugarHouse features several slot machines, plus live table games including blackjack, poker, craps and roulette.
In 2004, Pennsylvania legalized slots gaming as a way to raise tax revenue in the state. Two slots casinos were awarded licenses for Philadelphia. Construction on the first of the two, SugarHouse, began in October 2009. This was despite vocal protest from community groups such as Casino Free Philadelphia, which cited worries including increased crime and traffic around the casino. In the summer of 2010, the Pennsylvania Legislature voted to legalize table games at state casinos in addition to slots. Thus, when SugarHouse opened in September of 2010, it featured both slots and table games.
The casino features more than 1,600 slots and over 50 table games on the floor. Popular slots include Quick Hits, Mustang Money II, Money Wheel, 5 Dragon Legends, Iron Man, and a few Wizard of Oz games. You can also hit the tables with your choice craps, poker, roulette, blackjack, Spanish 21, Baccarat, and Texas Hold 'Em among others.
The casino's dining options include The Refinery, a sit-down burger-and-beer joint with a seasonal outdoor patio and special Asian far menu; Jacks Sandwiches & Sweets, which offers quick-serve options like sandwiches and coffee; and Lucky Red, which promises big-screen TVs for watching sports.
1001 North Delaware Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
By car: The casino is easy accessible from 676 and 95, and parking is free.
By public transportation: SugarHouse is a short walk from the Girard stop on the Market-Frankford line. After exiting the train, walk east on Girard, then take a right on Frankford. You'll see SugarHouse in front of you. For directions using SEPTA, visit septa.org
The Sugar Express: This free bus runs in afternoons and evenings seven days a week, picking up and dropping off casino patrons around Northeast, Center City, and South Philly.