by CNBNews Staff
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 18, 2017(CNBNewsnet)--We know that it’s always sunny in Philadelphia, but it’s even brighter in Gloucester City, New Jersey. It’s said to have been the original birthplace of rock and roll as it’s where Bill Haley and the Comets perfected their playing style as the resident house band of the famous Twin Bar. Betsy Ross, the lady said to have designed and made the first US flag, was married to John Ross in Huggs Tavern in 1773 on a site that is now in Proprietor’s Park?
So next time anyone tells you that nothing exciting ever happens round here you’ll be able to set them straight. Plus, if they ever try to tell you that the best place to visit a New Jersey casino is in Atlantic City you’ll also be able to put them right on this too. That’s because there are at least five great places to go and try your luck all within easy reach of Gloucester – and here’s a quick guide to them all.
Sugar House Casino
Head on down to North Delaware Avenue in Philly and you’ll find the Sugar House casino in a superb waterfront location. It proudly proclaims itself as the city’s only casino so it’s undoubtedly the best. It’s also a major employer for the city with over 1,600 staff making sure that every visit is as perfect as it could possibly be.
Not so long ago it underwent a $164 million expansion and renovation which created six new restaurants, a new event space and a seven-story garage. In the casino itself you’ll find no less than 1,891 slots machines as well as 103 games tables are waiting to give you the time of your life. Or, if you’re more of a poker ace, then the 28 table Poker Night In America could be the place to put your poker skills and strategy to the test in its No Limit Hold’em and Omaha games.
Just 15 minutes out of Philadelphia in Bensalem, just off the I-95, Park Casino is another pleasure palace that’s well worth checking out. The casino’s owned by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment Inc. and is open 24/7, all year round. Whether you go for blackjack, roulette, craps or baccarat you’ll find there’s plenty of choice on its 180 live games tables, plus there are 3,330 slots to enjoy while you’re there, all on its 26,000 sq ft gaming floor.
There’s also a sports bar where you’ll find an array of video poker machines which you can play for as little as 25 cents. The décor and layout is superb throughout with teak panelling, marble floors and hand-blown glass ornaments adorning the ceiling. Make sure you also join the X Club if you want to also enjoy plenty of exclusive benefits.
Harrah’s in Chester is a ‘racino’ that opened in 2007. It boasts that it offers the largest single selection of table games throughout Philadelphia and Delaware and, as part of the legendary Caesars Entertainment Corporation, it’s easy to see why.
There are all the table games that you’d expect including blackjack, craps and roulette and there’s also a great choice for poker fans, especially if you feel like playing something a little different like Asia Poker. This is basically a combination of Pai Gow Poker and the standard game so beloved in America. In it you’re dealt three hands, one with a single card, one with two card and one with three. If any of these individual cards beat the dealer’s, you win.
For players of Standard Texas Hold’em there are both Trips and Progressive Bonuses to boost your winnings. For example, a Royal Flush pays out at 50-1 and even three of a kind pays out at 3-1.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
If you want to turn your trip to the casino into more of an all-day event then Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia is definitely the place to head for. It’s the only full amenity gaming resort in the area and boasts 485 guest rooms and suites in its two towers, called Radisson and Casino respectively.
On the 40,000 sq ft gaming floor you’ll find 600 slots and 50 gaming tables. The former include PIN-controlled accounts for security and another speciality of the casino are the blackjack tournaments that take place weekly with a $3,000 top prize as well as frequent Texas Hold’em tournaments too.
To enjoy the full benefits of going there, make sure to join the Valley Club which offers members free plays, birthday offers and even the chance to qualify for free accommodation.
They say that “fun is always in play” at Delaware Park and this is a claim that’s amply backed up by the wide range of daily cash and tournament poker games you can play there including Texas Hold ’em, Three and Four Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, and Mississippi Stud.
There’s a large 78,250 sq ft gaming area with 2,300 slots which also feature “Wild Wheel Wednesdays” where players can pick up surprise mystery prizes. There are also $2 blackjack tables and you can even get the chance to play a variation of the game with Spanish 21. Add a Player Rewards Club which offers many benefits and it’s easy to see just why it was named as Casino Player’s “Best of Racinos” in its 2016 awards.
So there you have them, five great casinos to visit all within easy reach of Gloucester. Now it’s time to put on your smart clothes, gather your bankroll together and get out there to prove that all of New Jersey’s best gambling action doesn’t just go on in Atlantic City.