September 14, 2016 |
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.
August 5, 2016 |
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.
July 3, 2016 |
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.
April 29, 2016 |
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.
March 15, 2016 |
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.
March 9, 2016 |
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.
February 25, 2016 |
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.
October 6, 2015 |
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.
October 2, 2015 |
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.
September 6, 2015 |
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.