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May 26, 2010
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has unanimously approved table games for the SugarHouse Casino, set to open in September on Delaware Avenue in Fishtown. The seven-man board gave SugarHouse the green light on Tuesday to add 40 games, including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, and three types of poker. It also will have 1,602 slot machines. - Jennifer Lin
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino $48,000 for allowing individuals on exclusion lists to gamble in the Fishtown property. Three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list for problem gamblers were allowed to gamble - one for nearly five hours at table games - before they were caught and removed. Those incidents resulted in a $33,000 fine. Separately, two individuals banned from casinos by state regulators for being professional offenders or cheats were allowed to play poker at SugarHouse for two and a half hours.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia has gone to court in a bid to recoup more than $520,000 from 63 gamblers who have failed to repay markers - casino loans - issued in the last four years. The action offers a peek into the opaque world of casino credit, an unusual form of commerce in that the money that is lent usually goes right back to the lender in the form of gambling losses. That makes it a transaction fundamentally different than a retailer selling a sofa on credit. "There's an incentive for liberal lending because the odds are that the money is not leaving the building," said Paul Boni, a lawyer in Philadelphia and a board member of Stop Predatory Gambling, a national advocacy group.
NEWS
April 13, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino has submitted a revised expansion plan to the state Gaming Control Board calling for a shorter parking garage, more food and beverage outlets facing the riverfront, an expanded promenade, and a new bike trail. The city's only casino said in a filing last week that the expansion would cost more than $540 million. The investors behind the project are seeking $410 million in financing to fund construction and refinance part of their existing debt. The gaming board plans to hold a hearing on the revised plan in May, said Doug Harbach, a spokesman.
NEWS
January 11, 2009 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Web site for SugarHouse Casino has a video feed from its 22-acre site on North Delaware Avenue, showing crews removing rubble and driving piles. The scene looks busy. But, the project's investors complain, they are no closer to breaking ground for a foundation than they were exactly a year ago, when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued the casino's license. As of today, the partners have missed a state deadline to have 1,500 slot machines up and running. They are asking the board for a one-year extension, with no guarantee they will get one over mounting objections.
NEWS
November 26, 2008
AS A Philadelphian, I strongly urge that we do whatever we can to make SugarHouse Casino a reality. We need jobs. SugarHouse will hire 1,100 permanent employees. We need wage tax relief. Revenues from the casino will lower our wage tax. The schools need funding. SugarHouse will help there, too. I look forward to a world-class entertainment facility giving the public plenty of access to the riverfront. We deserve the world-class facility, the jobs it will create, the hundreds of millions of dollars it will pump into the city budget, and the positive impact that it will have on the development and revitalization of North Delaware Avenue and the waterfront.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been a busy month for the folks at SugarHouse Casino. On New Year's Eve, the company brought 2014 in with a bang - literally - by bankrolling the fireworks on the Delaware River. The casino also sponsored the Mummers Parade. Then, actual business interfered. On the downside for Gregory Carlin, 47, chief executive of the casino, were hurdles erected by Pennsylvania gaming regulators to the casino's plan to build a temporary poker facility in advance of its $155 million expansion slated for 2015.
NEWS
July 20, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A study by two Philadelphia researchers has found that crime in the immediate area of SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia's Fishtown section has not increased since the casino opened 2010. The study, by Lallen T. Johnson, assistant professor of criminal justice at Drexel University, and Jerry H. Ratcliffe, chair of Temple University's department of criminal justice, says crime rates in Fishtown were largely unaffected by the arrival of SugarHouse in the 1000 block of North Delaware Avenue in September 2010.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
For nearly five years, SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood has been operating in what general manager Wendy Hamilton called an "interim facility. " "They've been working with a short deck," Greg Carlin, chief executive of SugarHouse majority owner Rush Street Gaming L.L.C., said at an event Thursday to mark the topping-off of a $164 million addition. "With this expansion, Wendy and the team will finally have a property that's worthy of their talents," Carlin said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For The Inquirer
It's fitting that comedian Bill Engvall is gigging this weekend at a gaming hall. After all, by his own admission, he's playing with house money. "In this business, it's real easy to get caught up in what you're not doing. And you tend to forget about the things you have accomplished," said the 59-year-old Galveston, Texas, native, who will headline Friday at SugarHouse Casino . "I've pretty much done everything I set out to do. I say that not egotistically, but if I quit tomorrow, no one's going to look at me and go, 'Ooh, you almost made it.' " Not that anyone could conceivably think that was the case.
NEWS
August 5, 2016 | By Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
Nationally, VegFests are on the rise, those one- or two-day get-togethers of meat-free eaters over meat-free food, often with speakers and entertainment. And one way Philly is proving its "Vegandelphia" cred is by upping our own vegan-events game. As August kicks off and our usual crop of late-summer convocations is readied for harvest (see below), one new plant-based event especially stands out: S.E.E.D: Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at SugarHouse Casino.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
An avid scuba diver, Wendy Hamilton, 45, general manager at the newly expanded SugarHouse Casino, majored in marine biology. She imagined that one day she'd be teaching - in college, or somewhere like the all-girls' Catholic high school she attended in Bryn Mawr. So how did Hamilton end up running a major casino, one of the few women to hold that job in the nation? "My dad teases me and says it was all that exposure to Catholic bingo that put me into this," Hamilton said. Very funny.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino $48,000 for allowing individuals on exclusion lists to gamble in the Fishtown property. Three individuals on the state's self-exclusion list for problem gamblers were allowed to gamble - one for nearly five hours at table games - before they were caught and removed. Those incidents resulted in a $33,000 fine. Separately, two individuals banned from casinos by state regulators for being professional offenders or cheats were allowed to play poker at SugarHouse for two and a half hours.
BUSINESS
March 15, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
What does it take to be a sweetie? Believe me, I wouldn't know. (Just ask my husband.) But I wanted to find out - which is why, when I learned that SugarHouse Casino was looking for Sweeties (yes, that's an actual job title), I had to apply. To staff its forthcoming expansion, SugarHouse is hiring 500 people - chefs, security officers, dealers, valets, and Sweeties. (That's SugarHouse speak for cocktail waitress.) At SugarHouse, you first submit your resume. If you pass muster, you join a group interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Country's yodeling homewrecker, LeAnn Rimes, christened Philadelphia's newest live-performance venue Sunday in the glittering slots palace of the still-expanding SugarHouse Casino's Event Center. Along with opening its 600-person concert hall, SugarHouse introduced its cosponsorship of country gigs with 92.5XTU and LiveNation at Camden's BB&T Pavilion featuring Dierks Bentley (May 14), Keith Urban (Aug. 26), Jason Aldean (Sept. 17), and more. The low-ceilinged center, which has a wall of windows fronting the Philly/Camden waterfront, looked and sounded good.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
For a restaurant, it may have been a little odd - a morning meeting in the Palm's private dining room, held without pastries or coffee. Instead, what was served was hope, just in the nick of time for Palm's entire staff, all slated to lose their jobs Feb. 29, when Philadelphia's power eatery at the Bellevue closes for a year for renovations. Wendy Hamilton, general manager at the SugarHouse Casino, and a few of her human resource people asked for the meeting Tuesday so they could offer all of Palm's people jobs.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News
We already have the Electric Factory. And the Tower Theater. And the Academy of Music. And Union Transfer. And, even occasionally, the Kimmel Center. So, does Brotherly Loveville need another live-music venue in the 2,000- to 3,000-capacity range? Well, the folks at concert-industry behemoth Live Nation think so. Which is why they put up the lion's share of a $32 million investment for Fillmore Philadelphia, the seventh such facility in a national chain of music halls named for the iconic auditoriums run in San Francisco and New York in the 1960s and early '70s by the late, legendary impresario Bill Graham.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino announced three job fairs this month to help fill the 500 jobs it expects to add after it completes its $164 million expansion around the end of the year. The fairs are scheduled on the following dates: Saturday in the Macy's Court at Cherry Hill Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 13 in Room 118 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Oct. 27 in the Winnet Student Life Building at the Community College of Philadelphia from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. SugarHouse, which recently celebrated its five-year anniversary, employed 1,224 at the end of June, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board fined SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia $50,000 for giving cash advances to 11 individuals who asked to be banned from casinos in Pennsylvania. Two other local casinos were also fined this week. Parx Casino, in Bensalem, was fined $15,000 for sending marketing materials to 146 individuals on the gaming board's self-exclusion list. The board fined Harrah's Philadelphia $7,500 for paying a slot machine jackpot to a person who was not sitting at the slot machine when the winnings registered.
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