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There Ain't No Sugar in the SugarHouse Without Phil Hellmuth

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In late April the WSOP gold bracelet winningest player in the world, Phil Hellmuth, Jr., will add some sweetener to the pot when he arrives at the SugarHouse in Philadelphia.

Although Hellmuth is known as the "Poker Brat" — and he's earned the title — he will be adding his Hellmuth banter and particular style of savoir faire when he appears on Poker Night in America. His appearance will help spotlight the SugarHouse's first-ever major poker tournament, the $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown on the weekly hit television show.

"We're extremely excited to have our first multi-day tournament at SugarHouse," said Rose Cook, vice president of gaming at SugarHouse Casino. "And to have Phil Hellmuth here takes it to another level. We look forward to him putting the 'Phil' in Philadelphia."

The excitement is building for the Poker Showdown which will run from April 23rd to 27th and feature six Day 1s with a $280 buy-in. Needless to say the turnout is expected to be HUGE and the possibility is strong that Hellmuth could play in the tournament and then move over to the Poker Night in America cash games. Look for those games to be live streamed from April 26th-28th while being recorded for TV.

"I'm looking forward to spending time at SugarHouse in Philadelphia," said Hellmuth, who will be making his third appearance on Poker Night in America. "It will be great to play alongside the local players, as well as mixing it up in the cash games."

Even though Hellmuth may believe his appearance is the highlight of all events, there's more going on that appeals to the public. The TV show will include Ladies Night II, which is a ladies-only televised cash game. This highly popular event which is an invite-only cash session has the following list of confirmed women: Philadelphia natives Jennifer Shahade and Beth Shak, and New Jersey poker pro Jamie Kerstetter.

The SugarHouse Casino is Philadelphia's first and only casino and hosting the $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown sent on a quest to talk to Rose Cook. Here's the conversation:

What does it mean for SugarHouse to host the $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown?

Cook: It's a first for us and we're very excited. This is not only our first multi-day tournament, but the first one in Philadelphia. We want to introduce the poker room to those who haven't visited yet and keep those who have been here coming back. Hosting Poker Night in America and Phil Hellmuth is a great way to do it. Our inaugural event will be one to remember.

What can Philadelphia poker players expect to see with Phil Hellmuth in town?

It's great that Phil could potentially play in the $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown. He'll be side-by-side with our local players and it will be a thrill for them. If he plays, the tournament will be meaningful for him, as we saw in Pittsburgh when he won the event at our sister property, Rivers Casino. But when he's in the televised cash game, Phil will be more relaxed. I've been with him in a previous televised event and he's very gregarious. I even assisted him with a baby costume he had to put on when he lost a friendly bet against fellow poker pros. He has a great sense of humor.

What will Poker Night in America bring to SugarHouse casino?

Poker Night in America is bringing a full television crew, and we're excited to show them not only our poker room and casino, but the city of Philadelphia. The show will be taping in our poker room, so our live cash games and tournament tables will be next to the set. We don't know the full list of pros that will be part of Poker Night yet, so stay tuned for who will show up for the cash game. The pros will be taking breaks and get to mix and mingle with our everyday players.

As for the city, we're in the process of getting some representatives of recognizable cheesesteak establishments to be part of the show. We expect the TV crew to follow the pros to Geno's, Pat's, and Tony Luke's, and those guys will have a chance to play against the pros in the cash games.

How will the $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown be setup?

We're going to have six Day 1s, two each on April 23, 24, and 25. We expect April 25 to be the busiest day. We'll have limited seating, so we encourage players to sign-up for the 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. flights on the other two days.

SugarHouse poker has only been available for less than one year, how has it been going?

The $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown will give us an opportunity and gain more exposure to grow the room. We're able to spread any game that players want and our philosophy is to win people over, one player at a time, one table at a time. We have guaranteed daily tournaments and recently added a bad beat jackpot with quad sixes as our qualifying hand.

What's the future of SugarHouse poker?

We're really excited about our permanent poker room, which will be part of the casino expansion, scheduled to open by yearend. We'll continue to have a street-level entrance with surface parking, which players love. We'll have 28 tables, just steps from the casino floor, but with the privacy you expect in a poker room. The room is being designed with the players' feedback, which we know is important, because the room is all about the players. All of the current amenities in the temporary room — plush chairs, individual phone charging stations, and text-to-order food — will all be in the new room. We'll build on that with expanded dining options and fulfilling as many other player requests as we can.

SugarHouse Casino Event Details

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Poker Showdown, April 23-27, 2015:
  • $280 buy-in: 25,000-chip starting stacks, 30-minute levels

Visit the SugarHouse website for more information.

Philadelphia has stepped up to compete with other major poker markets in the Northeast by hosting Poker Night in America shows. Baltimore (Maryland Live!), Pittsburgh (Rivers Casino), and Central New York (Turning Stone) are among the other regional locations visited by the television production.

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