I think sugarhouse is probably your best bet. It's nice, and it's close, and it's pretty fun. Parx is a good shop, but it's out of the way and there's nothing that makes it a better option. Same with Valley Forge. Nice casino. Fun place to play. But it's not worth the extra 20 mile drive past Sugarhouse to get there. If you do go to Sugarhouse, pay attention to the music. It's all PA/NJ artists.
Thanks that's the kind of heads up I was looking for. Glad to see someone reads before posting.
I love when I say in my original post. That I'm aware Chester is a dump and I'm not going there. Then people tell me not to go there. No sh*t sherlock.
It was a sat. night and Philly was hoppin..tons of people on the street the casino was packed. It looked like AC ten years ago, on fourth of July weekend, or Vegas on NYE. I wanted to play just a little BJ so I could say I did and get a chip for my collection. There were no tables below $25 that I saw. Mostly full. All seemed to have CSM's (booo). I didn't even go in high limit so don't know about in there. Anyway, I bought in with only a few hundred. Won six out of eight hands including a double and a split and walked out of there a couple of hundy richer. So between us we played for maybe 10 minutes. I really wasn't there long enough to give a review. Except that it was really crowded, and it's been a long time since I saw that many people smoking indoors. I don't smoke, but it doesn't usually bother me when people do. This time though it was making my eyes water and nose run. I noticed they were selling cigarettes out of a vending machine just inside the doors for some ridiculously low price like $2 I think. So maybe that explains it.
I'd go back, I guess, It's nicer than Chester for sure, if I'm in Philly again (which I will be, my wife has people there). But I'd avoid Sat. night, it was oppressively crowded. I didn't feel unsafe or anything, it just was a really wound up atmosphere. Not relaxing or fun, at least not to me.