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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
November 13, 2010 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are searching for two masked men who robbed three women at gunpoint in the parking lot of the SugarHouse Casino early Friday and pistol-whipped one woman before fleeing with cash and credit cards. Police say the stickup was the first robbery on SugarHouse's grounds since the casino opened in September. It was the second such crime linked to the casino, however. Last month, a man who had won about $2,000 was followed home to New Jersey by two men who later tried to rob him. Surveillance cameras outside the casino on the Delaware River waterfront captured the Friday-morning robbery, said Anthony DiLacqua, head of security for SugarHouse.
NEWS
April 8, 2008 | By CHRIS BRENNAN, brennac@phillynews.com 215-854-5973
A consultant to a proposed casino in Fishtown quit after he was told he would lose his contract unless he resigned from Larry Farnese's state Senate campaign or convinced Farnese to support the casino. Ken Snyder, a communications consultant, went to work last month for Farnese, who is seeking to replace retiring state Sen. Vince Fumo. Snyder has worked as a consultant for Fumo since 2000. Snyder told the Daily News that Dick Sprague, an investor in the proposed SugarHouse casino, issued the ultimatum 2 1/2 weeks ago: Snyder would lose his SugarHouse contract unless he quit Farnese's campaign or convinced Farnese to publicly support the casino project.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
As far as Jessica Dawley is concerned, a woman's place is at the poker table. Dawley, a 32-year-old military vet based in South Florida, is disappointed that, by most measures, only around 4 percent of people who play poker outside of "kitchen-table" games are women. She's doing something about that with her campaign to make the game more female-friendly. But, she explained during a recent stop at Philly's SugarHouse Casino, that will have to begin with a change in the mind-set of many women.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
THIRTEEN-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth Jr. headlined a high-stakes celebrity poker showdown at SugarHouse Casino (1001 N. Delaware Ave.) last night. The Fishtown casino hosted its first major cash poker tournament this past weekend, featuring the WSOP Hall of Famer and three local poker fanatics dubbed Philly's "Cheesesteak Kings"- Tony Luke Jr ., from Tony Luke's; Frank Olivieri, from Pat's Steaks; and Geno Vento, from Geno's Steaks. SugarHouse gave all three of them $5,000 to buy in. Hellmuth, who can also be seen on "Poker Night in America," which airs Monday nights on CBS Sports Network, will be available today at the casino for photos and autographs.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The journey of SugarHouse Casino from its selection for one of two Philadelphia slots licenses and its opening to gamblers was long, winding, and four years in duration - from December 2006 to September 2010. Barring another financial crisis such as the one that began in 2008, which hobbled SugarHouse's financing, prospects of opening more quickly are good for Live! Hotel & Casino, which the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board selected Tuesday to build Philadelphia's second casino.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
In rejecting SugarHouse Casino's "impassioned argument" that the Philadelphia area cannot bear another casino, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board relied partially on SugarHouse's own performance. The Gaming Board cited data showing that each of SugarHouse's 1,600 slot machines raked in an average of $299 per day in the year ended Sept. 30, or 25 percent more than the statewide average. Furthermore, in a 174-page document explaining its reasons for awarding Philadelphia's second casino license to Live!
NEWS
November 19, 2014
AFTER NEARLY two years of extensive analysis and review, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board appears set to announce the winning applicant for Philadelphia's second casino license. This is welcome news for those of us in the construction and broader business communities. Philadelphia needs and deserves a second casino. In just the past three years, our four regional casinos have returned more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue to the state and more than $141 million in tax revenue to their local and county governments.
NEWS
November 13, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
ANGERED BY rumors that the proposed "Live! Hotel & Casino" at the South Philly sports complex will be granted a license on Tuesday, more than 500 residents jammed Stella Maris Church school hall on 10th Street near Bigler last night to protest. "Your civic leaders have done everything possible to stop this train wreck," said Barbara Capozzi, the Packer Park community director in the Sports Complex Special Services District. "We don't want to be the next Atlantic City. " Capozzi said that if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board chooses the site at Packer Avenue near 10th Street over 8th and Market or North Broad Street near Callowhill, it would be disastrous for the neighborhood's 9,000 residents in 4,100 households.
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
July 24, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
SHOVELS ARE finally in the ground for the long-planned expansion of SugarHouse Casino. SugarHouse officials, politicians and other big shots were on hand yesterday morning for a groundbreaking ceremony as Philadelphia's first legal casino launched a $164 million construction project. When completed next year, the Fishtown waterfront complex will boast a multiuse event space with river views, new restaurants, a seven-story, 1,500-space parking garage and a poker room with 30 tables.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
SugarHouse Casino executives and owners, along with several politicians, officially broke ground Tuesday on a long-planned $164 million expansion of the Fishtown property. When SugarHouse opened in September 2010 - after delays caused by community opposition and financing struggles rooted in the 2007-08 economic collapse - it was considered an interim facility. The anticipated expansion was then delayed by a lawsuit to block the expansion by partners with a minority share of ownership, and by the slow process of obtaining permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and others.
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.
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