High-tech gaming in beautiful Bensalem

The holidays have a lot in common with casinos: you spend more than you'd planned, drink more than you should, and hang out with people named Gertrude. Here just in time to ditch the fam this holiday season: Parx Casino.

Just opened, this $250M, 260,000sqft entertainment mecca boasts 3,300 slot machines and 176 electronic gaming tables, along with a sports bar & lounge, a high-tech nightclub, and a 24-hour casual dining spot, providing the upscale second coming of Philadelphia Park Casino, which sits just a few hundred yards away, like the old family dog that's been replaced by a $250M, 260,000sqft casino-dog. The gaming floor covers roughly half of the complex's interior, and's packed with e-tables to try your digital luck at everything from blackjack and single zero roulette to a slew of poker variations, while one-armed bandits rep a laundry list of franchises from Wheel of Fortune and Star Wars, to Dam Lumberjack Beavers and Super Hot Blazing 7's -- the recurring theme of your college bragging. On the grub front (for now), round-the-clock Foodies offers everything from cheesesteaks and chili to burgers and Chickie's & Pete's crabfries; the booze flows hard both at Jax sports bar/lounge and poker parlor (w/ 30 digital machines at the bar) and 360, a bar-by-day that becomes a flashy nightclub after dusk, hosting bands/DJs pumpin' sounds through a 40,000 watt system rocking a pulsating LED-lava-lit floor, on which to do the Electric's variant, The Lava Slide.

Parx Grill, a high-end steakhouse, is scheduled to open up before New Years, and by spring, they'll have a Chickie's & Pete's, as well as the second installation of C&P's interactive video arcade, where you can play PS3/Xbox/Wii in semi-private booths as the elderly look on from the bar, sipping from their Gertrude steins.