Rush Street Gaming – The Company Behind SugarHouse

January 20, 2021

CasinoTalk’s full focus is online gambling and primarily online casino. Behind every online casino, there is a real physical company and we were interested in finding out more about who those are. We figured you might be as well. 

First out in our series, “The Company behind the brands”, is Rush Street Gaming. This name was almost unknown to us before we started to dig into what company that runs SugarHouse Online Casino (also knowns as PlaySugarHouse) and BetRivers. 

Rush Street Gaming was formed in Chicago in the mid-1990s by Neil Bluhm and Greg Carlin. It’s a fairly new player in the casino world in relation to the big casinos based in Vegas. The name Rush Street originates from one of the roads and expressways in Chicago with the name Rush Street which is just around the corner from Rush Street Gamings Head Office. 

A fun fact about Rush Street is that is was named after Benjamin Rush. Who you might ask? Benjanmin Rush has played an important part in the USA’s history as he was one of the four physician signators of the Unibet States Declaration of Independence.

Rush Street operates 4 land-based casinos – Rivers Casino Des Plaines (IL), Rivers Casino Pittsburgh (PA), Rivers Casino Philadelphia (PA) and Rivers Casino Schenectady (NY). In November 2019 Rivers Casino Philadephia changed name change from SugarHouse Casino to Rivers Casino. If SugarHouse Online (PlaySugarHouse) will undergo a similar transition is yet unknown but would be a natural way forward considering the synergies of using the same name for both land-based and online casino for brand recognition. 

Alongside gambling, Rush Street operates in Hospitality (Casino Resorts Hotels), Cusine (Casino Resorts Restaurants), Interactive (Casino Games Development), Productions (Broadcasting) and Development ( Construction) sphere.  

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

The size of the Rivers Casino Philadelphia gaming area is about 45.000 sq ft. Which is if you compare it to a Las Vegas casino on the strip a quarter of the size. With limited surface comes a limited amount of casino games. This is why we love online casinos. The amount of space is literally unlimited for an online casino site which leads to a much larger number of casino games being offered. 

Naturally, there are plenty of upsides with gambling in physical casinos, the interaction with other gamblers are sometimes more fun than gambling itself. Rivers Casino Philadelphia is known for its positivism and friendliness which makes this casino well worth a visit. The Rivers Casinos haves received many Top Work Place awards and is probably one of many factors that have played a part in, Rush Street Gaming, being one of the fastest-growing casino companies in North America. 

The Rivers Casinos offers not only slot machines and table games (including poker rooms) but also sports betting (in Rivers Casino Philadelphia and Pittsburgh).  

Rush Street Gaming’s Online Brands


SugarHouse is offering two gambling verticals – online casino and sports betting while BetRivers is solely focused on online sports betting. The brands are both accepting customers in Pennsylvania while SugarHouse is also active in New Jersey and BetRivers in Indiana. 

In Pennsylvania, these two brands were the first movers and with their strong land-based presence with River Casinos in Philly and Pittsburgh, their online success was not unexpected. Their New Jersey launch has not been as successful but SugarHouse (PlaySugarHouse) has taken a fair piece of the market. 

Now that you know a little bit more about Rush Street Gaming we suggest you read our in-depth review to get the full picture of their online casino brand SugarHouse (PlaySugarHouse).