Rivers praises teamwork & community impacts as Philly facility turns ten

Rivers Casino Philadelphia is marking the tenth anniversary of becoming the Pennsylvanian city’s first such gaming establishment, by praising the teamwork and positive community impacts felt during its time on Delaware Avenue.

Celebrating the landmark today (Wednesday 23 September), the rebranded SugarHouse Casino is said to have started life with an aim of “ushering in a new gaming and entertainment era to the city”.

Owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates, the group also boasts three other Rivers branded facilities as part of its growing stable, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Des Plaines, Illinois; and Schenectady, New York.

Like the other Rush Street properties in every market and community, Rivers Casino Philadelphia says that it stands on the three pillars of being a great place to work, a strong economic engine and a proud community partner.

“There’s no doubt that 2020 has tested the gaming industry, with historic nationwide shutdowns and ever-changing COVID-19 operational protocols,” said Rush Street CEO Greg Carlin

“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.”

The property boasts approximately 1,550 employees and aims to stand by a commitment to hire locally. More than 60 per cent of its workforce is from Philadelphia and surrounding areas. 

Furthermore, approximately 43 per cent of Rivers’ total workforce are women, many in executive and management positions, with 60 per cent African American, Hispanic or Asian, which it says is “proudly reflecting the city’s diversity”.

Approximately 176 team members have been with the casino since day one, and the property has announced more than 1,300 internal staff promotions since opening.

Following its debut in September 2010, Rivers Casino has generated more than $1.2bn in total tax revenue for the city of Philadelphia and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rivers also spends approximately $11.5m annually with local businesses and approximately $5.7m with minority and women’s business enterprises.