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A little less than a month ago the six bidders for a second Philadelphia casino license put on a show at the convention center. Those of us who were there have already shared a few opinions on those presentations in general. But it may help to look at each proposal separately, and in a little more detail. We’ve got some ideas on how they can improve.



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Casino-Free Philly direct action training manualGuess who's honoring the work of Casino-Free Philadelphia?

Earlier this year, a network of national organizations developed an ambitious training project to teach people about nonviolent direct action, called 99% Spring.

Loosely connected with the Occupy movement, they trained more than 45,000 people. So when they decided to send out a single pre-training article about direct action to all the participants, they sent an abridged version of Casino-Free Philly's direct action training manual.

Download the complete Casino-Free Philadelphia direct action training manual! (PDF, 1.2MB)


Our Current Campaign

Danger: Quicksand Credit!SugarHouse casino, as well as most other casinos in the country, offer their customers unlimited lines of credit, which can only be used to gamble at the casino. There is no interest on the line of credit, and it must be paid back in 30 days.

The casinos call this a "convenience" so you don't have to carry large amounts of cash to the casino — but they'll happily give you more cash than you have. Having access to a line of credit makes a person more likely to keep playing — making SugarHouse's billionaire investors richer.

Billionaire investors tried payday loans to make money, but people saw through that scam. Then they tried sub-prime mortgages, and brought down the global economy. Now they're pushing quicksand credit.

In its first year of existence, SugarHouse has had numerous negative effects on Philadelphia and its residents — and quicksand credit is one of the worst causes.


Recent Press Releases

October 24, 2012

As Bart Blatstein throws his “lavish launch party,” others, especially those who have to live next to the proposed casino, have been talking about how to stop it.  So, on November 12th, Casino-Free Philadelphia will host a meeting, along with the national organization Stop Predatory Gambling, to discuss casino development in Philadelphia.

July 11, 2012


Earlier today, July 11th, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced a call for applications for a second casino license in Philadelphia.

September 20, 2011

Nearly one year after SugarHouse casino opened, a briefing released by Casino-Free Philadelphia shows the costs to city residents in financial loss, personal indebtedness, and crime outweigh the benefits by 10 to 1.

"The numbers show a clear loss for Philadelphia and its residents," said Kaytee Riek, director of Casino-Free Philadelphia. "SugarHouse has done nothing more than siphon money out of the city to send to Chicago investors, and left Philly residents and the city to clean up the mess," Riek said.

View Casino-Free Philadelphia's report on SugarHouse.

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