On May 31, the state of Pennsylvania launched its first official sportsbook online and via mobile devices.
At Rush Street’s SugarHouse Casino, the sportsbook (in the state since December 2018) went live online via desktop and mobile options for gamblers coming after a three-day operational test period. Then, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board gave its final approval for PlaySugarHouse.com to go live and accept legal bets on mobile and online devices, the first of its kind in state.
“Since opening, our SugarHouse Sportsbook has been buzzing with sports fans 24/7,” SugarHouse Casino general manager Rob Long said in a press release via Business Wire. “Whether they’re watching Philly teams on the big screen or following a soccer game or tennis matches live streamed directly from the French Open to PlaySugarHouse.com, the action is round-the-clock, and now with online and mobile sports betting, you can take it with you.”
PlaySugarHouse.com is offering no-vig bets on NBA Finals games from this point forward in Pennsylvania. This same offer is available in New Jersey.
The Business Wire press release pointed this out about the no-vig bets:
“For the entire series, from 10 a.m. ET until tipoff, the main line spread will be priced at +100 on each side, ensuring bettors receive unbeatable value as they try out the site during this busy time in the sports season.”
Creating an account with the sportsbook requires new bettors to go to PlaySugarHouse.com where they will receive a match bonus of up to $250 with their first deposit. The accounts can be made from laptops, desktops or via mobile device, either Android or Apple. Bets can be made on Android devices via the Pennsylvania app but not Apple devices, which have yet to launch a mobile app.
PlaySugarHouse.com is a top digital sportsbook in the country. The Rush Street Interactive (RSI) that operates the Play SugarHouse plans to use the same customer service and user experience in Pennsylvania as It does in New Jersey, according to the press release.
Due to distinct regulations in the two adjacent jurisdictions, New Jersey players already registered with PlaySugarHouse.com in the Garden State will have to create a new Pennsylvania account to wager in the Commonwealth. But players with New Jersey accounts can leverage the personal information already supplied to PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey to accelerate their Keystone State account registration.
“Thanks to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s leadership, we are excited to make history in bringing the first online sportsbook to sports fans in the state of Pennsylvania,” RSI president Richard Schwartz said via the press release. Pennsylvania saw record sports betting revenue in March.
“Rush Street Interactive has grown market share since entering the New Jersey market in 2016, in large part due to the quality of PlaySugarHouse.com user experience and a laser focus on delivering what our players want – a massive range of sports betting options, responsive customer service and fast payouts. We have now brought the same quality, award-winning PlaySugarHouse.com site to players in the state of Pennsylvania.”
Originally opened in 2010, the SugarHouse Casino has 1,755 slots, 105 table games, 62 hybrid gaming seats, a 28-table poker room and a designated sportsbook area for live betting.
The in-casino sportsbook online and on mobile devices will give gamblers popular betting options like football, basketball, hockey, baseball, tennis and more. In-play and prop bets will be available.
Pennsylvania has been one of the most sccessful states in sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on the industry in 2018. That success should only grow with mobile betting taking off.