Rivers Casino turned 10 years old in September 2020! Over the last decade, the company has expanded across the country and now faces the challenges that come with a global pandemic. What have the last 10 years looked like for Rivers Casino?
Rivers Casino has just recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary as Philadelphia's very first casino.
In 2010, Rivers Casino opened its doors to the public on Delaware Avenue. Most people might remember it as SugarHouse Casino, as it was rebranded to Rivers only recently.
The casino is owned by Rush Street Gaming, which operates three other casinos across the country, including another Rivers venue in Pittsburgh.
SugarHouse is one of the top online casinos in the state, and also available in New Jersey. BetRivers is not far behind in terms of popularity and even offers an online sportsbook.
Since opening 10 years ago, Rivers has brought in over $1.1 Billion in revenue for the city oh Philadelphia and state of Pennsylvania.
SugarHouse was named after the previous building built on Delaware Avenue, the Jack Frost Refinery.
The project to build the first casino in Philadelphia cost millions of dollars and resulted in thousands of employment opportunities for the small town of Fishtown. This was thanks to Rush Street Gaming.
The casino featured over 1,500 slot machines and a variety of dining options when it first opened.
As the casino expanded over the decade, a new poker room was built consisting of 28 tables. Rush Street also added more restaurants, bars, and even a concert venue to hold major events in.
In 2018, SugarHouse launched the first retail sportsbook in the city. Again, the company was making history in Philadelphia!
It was later rebranded to BetRivers after SugarHouse became Rivers Casino in 2019.
Rivers Casino Philadelphia has earned a reputation as being one of the hottest tourist destinations in the city, drawing in millions of people every year.
2020 has certainly been a different year as the world continues to deal with a pandemic, with tourism coming to a halt across the nation.
The CEO of Rush Street Gaming, Greg Carlin, commented:
"There’s no doubt that 2020 has tested the gaming industry, with historic nationwide shutdowns and ever-changing COVID-19 operational protocols.
'Our Team Members have shown remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. I’m grateful for their continued support and for the support of the Philadelphia community — as we learn together how to return safely to work and play. Overall, our first decade was great, and our next will be even greater.”
After being forced to close its doors in March, Rivers was able to reopen again in July by following strict safety precautions.
Peter Longi, interim general manager at Rivers Casino Philadelphia, said:
“Rivers Casino Philadelphia has gone above and beyond industry standards for implementing COVID-19 protocols.
'We’re very proud of our track record for preserving the continued good health of Team Members, Guests, and the community.”
Recently, Rivers Casino just appointed a new general manager, Eric Fitzgerald.
This is pending as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board still needs to give approval.