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Inside The SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook: An Interview with SugarHouse VP Evan Davis

Kyle Scott - February 14, 2019

I walked into SugarHouse Casino on a weekday. The last time I was there I had a Geno’s and played Roulette with Allen Iverson (true story, as I found myself a part of his unlikely 10-man posse). This time I was there to interview Evan Davis, a VP and general counsel at SugarHouse, about their brand new sportsbook… and eat a Geno’s.

The temporary facility, located near the secondary entrance, is filled with large TVs, leather seats and tables and chairs, as one would expect. It’s thoroughly modern-looking, without all the vestiges of some of the old Race and Sports Books you see in other places where you feel compelled to wear a green visor and let it hover over your bet slip. But what matters is a super-large, configurable 14 x 7 LED screen, complemented by (my count) 13 other large screens, four of which display a wide-range betting action set by a combination of third-party data providers and SugarHouse itself. The latter puts its touches on the experience by offering props like a “Philly Special” Super Bowl bet if a quarterback catches a touchdown (one didn’t).

The sportsbook at SugarHouse casino has been open since December 16 and was one of the first to go live for Pennsylvania sports betting. The casino is owned by Rush Street Gaming, which also owns Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. The company, through its subsidiary Rush Street Interactive, already offers a sports betting app that has been live in New Jersey and is expected to launch soon in Pennsylvania, meaning the SugarHouse brand has been one of the unexpected leaders in the legal sports betting market here in the US. You can read our full review of the PlaySugarHouse app here.

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I sat down with Davis to talk about the new space, the challenges of launching a sportsbook, how he views online impacting the physical experience, and just how much action lands on the Eagles on game day. Continue Reading

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No, The Giants Are Not Four Times More Likely To Acquire Bryce Harper

Kyle Scott - February 11, 2019

Hello, web folk. It is me and I have a new pet peeve: sports media people citing offshore sportsbook odds on stupid props as some sort of bastion of space-time inevitability.

Corey Seidman is the latest victim, along with Ryan Lawrence:

I love Corey – top 3 online Phillies voice along with Jack Fritz and our own Bob Wankel – but these odds mean nothing. Sportsbook.ag, Bovada, BetDSI, Sportsbook.GTFO or, worse Odds Shark, are not “Vegas,” or even regulated sportsbooks— they are offshore books offering odds on trendy topics for the sole purpose of gaining publicity and links, baby. Odds Shark isn’t even a sportsbook— they’re just a website that follows the industry. These are not any of the legal, regulated sportsbooks operating right here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It’s not DraftKings or FanDuel or MGM or SugarHouse or Caesars or literally any regulated entity with careful risk assessment that offers well-considered odds, perhaps indicating a likelihood of a certain outcome. Why we, as a species, continue to cite these things is beyond me.

Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely value in citing odds to glean some understanding of probability, but rarely when it comes to the offshore sites. In fact, I’d wager that they released this line solely to entice dolts in Philly and San Fran to give them some #buzz.

In fact, we received this press release (from their PR consultant), and here’s what it ended with:

If you have any questions, inquiries, or would like unique odds created exclusively for your audience please email us directly.

Yeah, that’s for publicity.

So, no, the Giants are not 400% more likely to land Bryce Harper. These are low-limit props, nothing more. And I don’t suspect there is enough market action to actually sway the line in this direction. Just something to get attention.

THE SIXERS TRADED FOR TOBIAS HARRIS

Kyle Scott - February 6, 2019

It’s 4 am and my thing went off.

I woke up in a cold sweat and grabbed my phone with the feeling that the Phillies signed Bryce Harper.

Not yet.

But my blogging thing never misses, and the Twitter machine reports the Sixers have traded for TOBIAS HARRIS.

The deal:

GOOD F-ING MORNING.

Harris is 6-9 and averaging 20 and 8 and shooting 42% from three in a contract year. To say he fits the Sixers perfectly would be an understatement. This is an ALL-IN, GO-WIN-THE-CHAMPIONSHIP type move and I am HERE for it

Actually, I’m in bed 4 it. Elton working the hotline DEEP into the night. Your move, Mr. Middleton.

We’ll have much more when the gang wakes up. They don’t have my blogger intuition.

Oh, and here’s a fun bonus:

Fire up the t-shirt machine. HERE THEY COME!!!!!

Meek Mill Performing at the Patriots’ Afterparty Is a Blow to Your Soul

Kyle Scott - February 4, 2019

You know what? This is not OK. I know Meek Mill has his reform thing going on with Michael Rubin and Robert Kraft, and that the two billionaire owners are instrumental in turning Meek into a household name and all that, but come on– maybe politely decline the invite to play at the Pats party just a year after you were a literal symbol to your home city?

Like I don’t even think I’m being irrational with this. His song was a rallying cry for the entire city last year, literally with people of all colors and creeds dancing in the streets during the parade, singing his song and chanting #FreeMeek, never mind the overwhelming support he’s received from a community to whom an Eagles Super Bowl championship – and his song in particular – are seminal lifetime events. Never mind this:

If you think this isn’t about sports and fandom, remember that Meek helicopter-ed directly to a Sixers playoff game when he got out of jail.

And to all the people who are saying he got paid to be there, I doubt it– Meek was almost certainly there with Rubin and Kraft, like he was at the Fanatics party a day earlier, and my gut tells me he’s not charging them for his services. Just a Pats fan celebrating the big win. Maybe he can catch a Celtics game next week.

NJ Super Bowl Betting: Where to Bet on the Super Bowl in New Jersey

Kyle Scott - February 2, 2019

The Super Bowl is coming up, and if you’re in New Jersey, you might just be thinking about putting down your first legal sports bet, be it online or at one of the many physical sportsbooks. Either way, it will be a big day for NJ sports betting. Here’s our guide on where and how to bet on the Super Bowl in New Jersey.

 

Online Super Bowl betting

Most of you reading this are looking for the best online sportsbook or app to bet with, so we’ll skip the pleasantries and just get right to it. These are your best options– in order of desirable signup bonus:

Best online sportsbooks

Bonus

States

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$500 in free bets

NJ

$500 risk free bet

NJ

$250 deposit bonus

NJ

$500 in free bets

NJ

$10 free bet with no deposit

NJ

We have reviewed each of these extensively and have robust details on everything you need to know about betting in New Jersey right here. But for the Super Bowl specifically, here’s what you need to know about each of these apps. All of them are available on both iOS and Android and have desktop sites as well. Continue Reading

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DraftKings Sportsbook Super Bowl Odds and $600 Promo Offer

Kyle Scott - February 2, 2019

Like the rest of the legal New Jersey sports betting sites, DraftKings Sportsbook is offering an inventive Super Bowl signup bonus to new players, along with a free-to-play squares game and odds boosts.

Free bet up to $600

DraftKings has increased their initial signup bonus for the week by offering free bets up to $600.

Here’s how it works:

Deposit at least $5 and receive a $100 free bet, and then your first bet will be matched up to $500. Previously, they only had the $500 first bet match. You can claim the offer here.

Other sportsbooks, such as BetStars, do offer $500 bonuses, but this is the first total value we’ve seen hit $600.

 

Free squares game

More in line with what you’re expecting for the Super Bowl, DraftKings is offering up a free squares game. Pick a square, and then the columns will be randomly generated at the start of the game. Winners will share from a $53,000 cash prize pool, and for every 100k entrants, they’ll add additional cash prizes.

Here are the details on how to play from their website:

draftkings squares game

You can play the squares game here.

 

Super Bowl odds

DraftKings Sportsbook is powered by Kambi, so they feature the same current odds as SugarHouse Sportsbook and 888sport.

Patriots -2.5 (-117)

Rams +2.5(-105)

Over-Under 56 (-119 over, -112 under)

As with most Super Bowl spreads, the lines have been pretty well hammered into place, with a vast majority of the action and money falling on the Patriots, bringing them up from -1 at the start. The Patriots side of the line is inching upward slightly, however. The over-under has come down from 56.5, where it was for most of the week, with the under becoming more expensive at that price. It will be interesting to see if any late money pushes the Patriots over the all-important 3-point plateau.

 

Odds boosts

DraftKings Sportsbook is also running several unique odds boosts for the big game:

1/31 Thursday Big Game Countdown Specials*

The countdown to the Super Bowl is on and DK is premiering new boosts everyday up until Sunday. Be sure to check out our special Gatorade Shower Boost available only this Thursday + daily odds boosts on the best basketball action of the night including the 76ers – Warriors showdown!

2/1 Friday Big Game Countdown Specials*

Check out our Special ‘Doink’ Boost available only this Friday and our Parlay Friday boosts! DK is also unveiling a huge Gronk boost you will not want to miss!

2/2 Saturday Big Game Countdown Specials*

The big game is almost here, and the boosts are not stopping! We’re unveiling 3 of our biggest boosts yet featuring our Fat Man TD Special + daily boosts on the best college basketball of the day!

2/3 Big Game Sunday Specials*

The Big Game is finally here and DraftKings is celebrating by offering boosts all day long! We’ll have boosts on the biggest props that you want to bet on featuring Brady, Goff, Gurley, Gronk and so much more. The boosts won’t stop at kickoff either – check back throughout the game to see some of the live surprises we have in store!

2/4 Post Super Bowl Specials, including Kyler Murray to the Giants*

Invest all your winnings from the Big Game with special boosts on the biggest Monday Night NBA and College Basketball games, as well as taking a chance that Kyler Murray goes to the Giants!

2/5 Big NBA/College Stars night including Lebron/Zion and Dennis Smith Jr*

Tuesday features action from the NBA and NCAA’s biggest teams and stars, including teams like Kentucky, UNC, Michigan St. and the Sixers, as well as a special crossover Lebron and Zion boost and New York’s newest Knick, Dennis Smith Jr!

2/6 Wednesday Grab Bag*

Wednesday’s boosts feature the top teams from the NBA and NHL, including the Rangers, Maple Leafs, Rockets, and Warriors, along with stars like Steph, Klay, Kemba, and Doncic!

*Prices to be finalized each morning. Markets subject to change.

 

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888sport Super Bowl Odds and Double Winnings Promo

Kyle Scott - January 31, 2019

888sport is one of the unsung NJ sports betting apps. An Israeli company, 888 is a big brand in Europe, but relatively unknown here in the US. No matter. For the Super Bowl, they are running a double winnings promo on traditional Super Bowl odds.

888sport double winnings Super Bowl promo

888 will double your winnings on Patriots and Rams bets with odds better than -200. The minimum bet is $10.

The double winnings bonus will be paid commensurate with the odds you bet. For example, a $10 bet at +300 will pay out a $30 bonus.

The offer is good from February 1-3, and the bonus must be bet at least 6 times within 60 days of being credited before it can be withdrawn. That’s a bit restrictive, but still a compelling offer for new players.

You can claim the offer here.

 

888sport Super Bowl odds

888, like DraftKings and SugarHouse, uses Kambi to set its lines, so it features the same Super Bowl odds:

Patriots -2.5 (-115)

Rams +2.5 (-106)

Over-Under 56.5 (-110)

The line opened with the Patriots at -1 before sliding all the way up to 2.5. It will likely hold there lest it hits the all-important 3 indicating significant money landing on the Pats.

The over-under has come down from 58.5 to 56.5 and has held steady there all week.

 

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  • New and exciting
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  • $10 bet with no deposit
  • Super clean interface

 

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Sam Carchidi Strikes Again!

Kyle Scott - January 15, 2019

Do you have any idea what it takes to get me to write a post these days? I’m over here trying to grow the #empire and letting Kevin, Bob, Anthony, Russ and crew man the ship, but there are a few beats I’ll never rescind: RADIO WARS, hawking t-shirts, and raking Sam Carchidi – AN ORIGINAL CORE FOUR MEMBER – over the barbs of baffled interwebs observers everywhere.

Carchidi, who writes for The Inquirer, which last I checked still exists, was exposed to a clearly fake trade rumor involving Wayne Simmonds. Fake, because it appears to be a hybrid of a Twitter post in a Facebook timeline– or is it a Facebook post in a Twitter timeline? Who knows! Here it is:

Sam, being the intrepid reporter he is, breaking piping hot stories from the team game notes on the reg, did some digging, apparently set up shop outside the GM box to speak with Chuck Fletcher, and informed the masses that this TSN report was not true: Continue Reading

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