Philly casino expansion wins support from City Council committee

Plans to expand SugarHouse Casino have been approved by a Philadelphia City Council committee.

The expanded casino on the waterfront will include a parking garage, a dedicated poker room, a new high-limit room and an expanded gaming area.

Attorney Paul Boni was the only person to testify against the expansion.

“In my opinion, convenience casinos rely on gambling addicts and problem gamblers and the vast majority of revenue comes from gambling addicts and problem gamblers,” he said Wednesday.

Asked how the facility is doing with security, SugarHouse general manager Wendy Hamilton said crime is down in the area around the casino in general.

“There are anywhere from two to eight security officers in the outside parking lot and that varies from the daylight hours to night,” Hamilton said.

Construction is expected to begin next summer with a 2013 opening.

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