Congratulations Pennsylvania residents, the day has finally come. You can now place legal sports bets from the comfort of your home thanks to SugarHouse Sportsbook’s soft launch on Tuesday.
“It’s just an unbelievable day for us at SugarHouse and for sports bettors across the commonwealth,” said Evan Davis, general counsel for SugarHouse Casino, on Tuesday. “We see in New Jersey the appetite for wagering on sports online.”
SugarHouse was the first to cross the mobile sports betting finish line. Unfortunately for iOS users, the wait will continue. Android users can download the app and begin betting on their phones immediately. The iOS app is still pending approval in Pennsylvania, so iPhone users will have to bet on their computers for now.
Not The Last
Pennsylvania finally followed through on their promise of launching mobile sports betting by the end of May. A number of delayed launches over the past six months have made many Pennsylvania residents skeptical that mobile would be here by June. While SugarHouse is the first to launch, others are not far behind.
“Others are getting close, but we don’t have specific dates for them,” said Richard McGarvey, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Parx Sportsbook and River Sportsbook are expected to be the next two to launch online and should do so in early June.
Pennsylvania residents can now bet from the comfort of their homes instead of having to travel to one of the state’s eight legal betting locations. This is particularly good news for residents of northern Pennsylvania, as all eight sportsbooks are in the bottom half of the state.
The SugarHouse Sportsbook can be accessed by going to www.playsugarhouse.com. Pennsylvania residents will automatically be redirected to the Pennsylvania website. The site is expecting a full launch as soon as June 1, pending Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approval.
PlaySugarHouse is offering Pennsylvania residents a 100% deposit match up to $250. The sports betting site and app feature a number of other bonuses and frills. The “Jackpot Parlay” allows bettors to place a bet on a parlay ranging from three to eight picks. The more bets in the parlay, the higher the jackpot that can be won. The site picks the betting events for you, but you are given the option to remove and replace any that you like. For as little as $1, you can play for a chance to win $100,000.
iRush Rewards is the sportsbook’s rewards programs. Bettors can earn reward points and progress up the loyalty rankings. iRush Rewards range from things as small as SugarHouse Casino free play all the way to “Ultra Luxury VIP Gifts.”
Deposit/Withdrawal Methods Available
Credit/Debit Card: Fund your account directly with your Mastercard, Visa, or Discover card. ($10 Min)
SugarHouse Prepaid Card: Since some banks do not allow for online gambling transactions, the SugarHouse Prepaid Card is available. Simply fund your prepaid card with your debit/credit card, and within two weeks a card will be mailed to you. Players can withdraw funds onto their prepaid cards and use them anywhere Discover is accepted or at ATMs. ($10 Min; $10,000 Max)
Cash @ Casino Cage: For those located near the SugarHouse Casino, you can go straight to the cashier cage to fund your account or withdraw from it. ($10 Min)
Wire Transfer: For those who do not wish to share their bank information electronically with the casino. Direct wire transfer money from your account to theirs to fund your account. ($10 Min; Max $50,000)
Check By Mail: A check will be mailed to your address that you used to sign up. May take up to two weeks. ($10 Min)