Rivers Casino Philadelphia formerly SugarHouse Casino

Phone:
(215) 717-3883
Minimum Age:
21
Poker Tables:
28 Tables
Hours:
24/7
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia

I stopped by twice during a recent visit and played in a Sunday evening 1-2NL cash game. The poker room is temporarily located in a domed room to the south of the main casino, sorta like the Parx poker room when it originally opened. There is a small snack bar in the back corner of the room, but if you need a bathroom break you'll have to make the trip outside to the main casino.

90% NL games with an occasional O/E game. Asked about limit games and was told they occassionally happened on weekend days, but I checked Bravo on Saturday afternoon and there were no games and no waiting list. Mostly low-limit games. Tournaments are mostly limited to daily 11AM NL events with an occassional evening NL or PLO offering. I was slightly surprised to find 2 1-2 and 1 2-5 NL games playing full table at 8AM Saturday morning.

Dealers were friendly and the staff were helpful, although they seeemed to be in a constant state of balancing tables and handling seat requests. 1 beverage server who offered water and soda from a tray and probably had to go to the main casino for drinks/beer.

Nothing really notable about the players except that several Asian males joined our table and soon disappeared and reappeared randomly over the course of the next hour. They spent almost all their time at the table on their smartphones, which they were allowed to use even when in a hand, except they could not be making a call. It's hard to know why they were even there as they were not really in the game.

The casino offers two shuttles into Center City and South Philly for guests/visitors but watch out. They run every 90 minutes from 3PM-11PM and the schedule card you get at the customer service desk is really misleading. I spent an extra 45 minutes on my shuttle back downtown when I failed to hear the driver call my stop.

I did not ask about comps.

You can also get there on the Market-Frankford subway line, getting off at the Girard Ave stop and walking about 5 blocks on Frankford St.

They are building a permanent room on the Northwestern side of the casino which will be open later this year, I think. It will be interesting to see what effect the new space has on their game and tournament offerings.

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