I've never really thought about what it would be like to have a casino this close to my house. However, I will say that now that Sugarhouse is open Fishtown and the surrounding areas seem to be really hopping. I was able to get in as a VIP last Monday the 20th due to the fact that I knew someone that helped petition its opening. I was impressed. They weren't handing out free candy like I was hoping, but it was still fun. It looked small from the outside, but once inside seemed decent, and the machines were pretty nice compared to Atlantic City's. Each slot had a mini TV in it. So, while I was betting the pennies that I brought with me, I could also keep an eye on Monday Night Football. I could definitely see how some people would never want to leave. For the VIP test run, we got the hook up on free food which consisted of mini burgers, crab cakes, sesame chicken tenders, french fries and desserts. I gave the food a thumbs up, but I was also starving when I went. For those that haven't been yet, I would wait for a weekday. The place is now ridiculously flooded with folks. I'm sure you won't even be able to move around in it if you go on a weekend. Plus, you may have to wait a while for a machine.
To those that are a bit upset about its opening, I do completely understand your view point. I just look at it this way. If a person has a gambling issue they are probably going to lose money betting on something whether it's a casino or a card game at their buddy's house. Yes, it doesn't help having a casino so close, point taken, but what the hell ever happened to self control?! Should we begin setting up our society totally based on the fact that some people just can't say no? It's kinda like the people that sued McDonald's for making them fat isn't it? Anyways, those are just my thoughts. As for me, I'm more worried about money leaving my wallet because of the Chick-Fil-A that's a couple of streets over. And, who knows maybe in about 3 years I can file a suit on Chick-Fil-A for making me chubby. Why blame yourself when you can blame someone else right? Ok, now that I've pissed a bunch of people off, here are some links and video of the Sugar!
Philadelphia took the title Thursday of largest U.S. city with a casino when Pennsylvania's 10th gambling hall opened despite years of community protests and delays. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Philly-Becomes-Largest-US-City-With-Casino-103658804.html