But there is still no sign of an iOS app.
UPDATE: SugarHouse Sportsbook is now available on iOS. Users are required to download a geolocation app when they sign up here . The app will confirm their location and they can then bet through the mobile web.
As we detailed yesterday, an Apple App Store policy is impacting a number of online casinos and sportsbooks, SugarHouse included, from launching on the platform.
For details on what sportsbooks will soon be live in PA and how to play with SugarHouse Sportsbook if you’re not on an iPhone or iPad, check out our PA sports betting page.
SugarHouse not on iOS in PA
The reason is due to a new App Store policy that requires online casino games and sportsbooks to be coded natively for iOS.
PlaySugarHouse , the online gaming brand of SugarHouse available in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, uses a wrap of its online website, and this is now in violation of App Store polices.
The difference is that hard-coded apps can be reviewed by Apple for bugs and security, whereas as HTML code can not be adequately vetted. Make no mistake, SugarHouse Sportsbook is safe and a quality site, but Apple wants to be able to verify those traits itself for online gaming apps.
You can still sign up with SugarHouse on iOS and claim a $250 deposit match here , but users will have to use their desktop or laptop to bet.
Can I bet with SugarHouse?
Users can still bet with SugarHouse Sportsbook but only on Android and desktop.
In New Jersey, you can download the PlaySugarHouse app on your iPhone, because the app was submitted to the App Store prior to Apple’s new developer rules.
If SugarHouse doesn’t comply with the policy by September 3, however, PlaySugarHouse runs the risk of being removed from the App Store or at least won’t be able to be updated until they’re in compliance.
For a list of the best New Jersey sportsbooks, SugarHouse included, visited our NJ sports betting page.
What else is coming to PA?
It’s unclear which of SugarHouse’s competitors will also be impacted by the new policy, but apps expected to come to the state include:
This will likely eventually prove to be a small bump in the road when it comes to online sports betting, but SugarHouse not being live on iPhone or iPad during its launch period is a serious problem for the operator and player alike as it rules out effectively half of all mobile bettors.