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PA Sports Betting Is Now Live: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Kyle Scott - November 1, 2018

As you may have noticed, we’ve been writing quite a bit about sports betting around here. Part of the reason is because Philly, specifically, will serve as almost ground zero for the new legal sports betting wave that will eventually change sports consumption as you know it. With the opening of the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA sports betting has arrived.

With New Jersey, Delaware, and now Pennsylvania being among the first three states to offer legal wagering – with New Jersey and Pennsylvania now being among the only states to have online sports betting – Philly is essentially the test market for how this all goes down, how it impacts the viewing experience, and what it means for team and in-stadium partnerships.

Now we have some dates for PA sports betting.

in October, the PA Gaming Control Board approved three more licenses for SugarHouse Casino, Harrah’s Chester and River Casino in Pittsburgh. They’ll join Parx Casino in Bensalmen and Hollywood Casino in Grantville as the five licensed operators, so far, that can offer sports betting.

 

Current PA sportsbooks

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

777 Hollywood Blvd.

Grantville, PA 17028

In November, Penn National Gaming launched the first legal sportsbook in Pennsylvania. The physical location is managed by William Hill, which is the largest sportsbook operator in the US, running several joints in Vegas and New Jersey.

SugarHouse Casino

1001 N Delaware Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19125

On December 16, SugarHouse Casino, which operates under the same brand for owner Rush Street as SugarHouse Sportsbook, which is expected to launch for PA online sports betting early in 2019, opened its temporary facility as part of a soft launch. They’ve outlined their plans in a proposal to the state for a permanent space that is expected to open in the spring. Here’s the mockup:

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Rivers Casino

777 Casino Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Rivers Casino opened their space for testing on the same day as SugarHouse.

 

Coming soon

Harrah’s

Parx

State officials plan to test these four facilities, in some order, over the first few weeks of December. Their launch should come any time now.

 

PA sports betting updates

 

Where and when for PA sports betting?

Parx has said that it plans to open its sportsbook soon. I actually toured the temporary space and, while not large, it’s fairly impressive, but will pale it comparison to the 10,000 square foot behemoth they plan to open in the spring. I can tell you there is a lot of construction going on at Parx, and they seem poised to capitalize on PA sports betting– their location and brand recognition in the Philly area will help that get out of the gate early.

Harrah’s says it will build a 4,322 square foot facility where there is now a concert venue:

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The physical sportsbooks are great and all, but the growth area for PA sports betting is, by far, online betting.

 

Online sports betting in PA

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Everything You Need To Know About The Sixers’ New Uniforms

Kyle Scott - October 30, 2018

Yesterday, product shots leaked from a retail location that appeared to show the Sixers’ new “City” edition uniforms.

I spoke with Sixers President Chris Heck earlier today and he confirmed to me that these are in fact one of the Sixers’ new uniforms for 2018-2019. Zack Lowe appears to have had an exclusive to break the news and the story behind them earlier. The Sixers have since unveiled the look themselves, up a few days from when they intended to do so.

So why grey? Why the sweatsuit look?

It’s an homage to Rocky. And with Creed II debuting in November, yet another movie in the series shot in Philly, the Sixers actually worked with MGM to time the launch of the jerseys around the movie’s debut.

“When Hollywood shows up in Philly, that’s a cool thing and we should celebrate that as well,” Heck said.

The grey look, which actually comes in a different material than the current uniforms – breathable cotton, Nike style – evokes the Rocky thing without going overboard. Heck told Lowe that Nike wanted to do a series of three Rocky-inspired uniforms, but the Sixers felt anything other than imagery associated with the man himself would be disingenuous. So, we get these grey kits, which will also come in a white version for the Sixers “Earned Edition” uniforms that are granted to all teams that made the playoffs the previous season. They’ll debut those on Christmas.

The decision to use the Sixers’ secondary mark on the jerseys was intentional, as Heck noted that they wanted to own the authentic grey sweats category with something a little less overt while still immediately recognizable as Philly.

The waist-band is a nod to old-style boxing belts.

Last year, Nike debuted a set of four uniforms for each team – Association, Icon, Statement and City edition  – the former are the Sixers’ White, Blue and Red uniforms, respectively, while the City editions will be replaced each year, which means the popular parchment style jerseys the Sixers wore late last season and into their playoff run(?) won’t be coming back.

For now.

The NBA has weird rules around changing uniforms that really aren’t worth diving deep into, but the Sixers will have to wait two seasons until they can reintroduce that popular getup by replacing either the white, blue or red ones.

So, jersey total: This year the Sixers will wear their white, blue and red uniforms along with the grey and white versions of this new Rocky theme.

Next year, they will introduce a throwback uniform.

I like the look of these Rocky-style ones much better actually on a player than just in a product shot. What do you think?

Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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The Best New Jersey Online Sports Betting Offers This Weekend

Christmas is just a little more than a week away, so if you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now seems like the right time give yourself the gift of great promos and generous signup bonuses being offered by the best betting apps.  And who knows, maybe you’ll make a little extra spending money to finish up your holiday shopping, or, you know, pay for a round at the bar. Either

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DraftKings Sportsbook Promo Code: DraftKings Is Offering a $500 Free Bet

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over three full months now and a lot has changed since launch, including promos and bonuses. Here is the current best DraftKings Sportsbook promo code and full review. The season of giving is upon us and our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook are spreading the holiday cheer between now and the end of the month by increasing their $200 free bet offer, which they’ve been running pretty

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JOB OPENINGS: Betting Content, Video Editor

Kyle Scott - October 26, 2018

Hello, we’re hiring.

Two positions, for now.

 

Betting and sports content

Looking for someone who can write well, speak coherently, and appear on video to generate content targeted at a national audience about betting and at a local audience about sports.

 

Skills required:

Must have experience as a quality, self-sufficient writer who can turn in clean copy and knows the basic tenants to Journalism, which is what we do here.

Must have a deep understanding of sports betting, lines, odds, and the ability to conduct superior research and analysis well beyond being just a jackass who knows sports. But if you’re also a jackass who knows sports, fine.

Must know Philly sports, as well.

Self-styled NBA expert.

Someone who can speak in clear English sentences for the purpose of appearing on podcasts.

Must be comfortable and embrace appearing in video distributed to tens or hundreds of thousands of people who will look to you for wisdom, intellect, and then most likely shred you to pieces in the comment section.

Must have thick skin (see previous requirement).

Technical proficiency with basic web tools and recording and editing programs.

Knowledge of SEO or other online marketing tactics, and a history of building an audience, is a bonus.

Availability to occasional work nights and weekends and be willing to step up when the situation arises.

Your experience must be something other than “I like sports” — you must have prior samples to show for all or most of the above.

 

Unspokens:

Self-starter

Comfort in a startup-small business environment

Ability to work from home or make daily commute to an office (still deciding)

Engaging personality

Excellent work ethic

Position: Full-time

Compensation: Entry to intermediate level

 

Video editor and producer

Looking for someone to shoot and edit in-house video for the purpose of generating multiple pieces of daily content on every social media platform.

 

Skills required:

Ability to shoot video with professional camera and lighting equipment, because we’re mostly ugly and will need help in that regard.

Prior experience editing videos, bonus if for a social setting. Though we get many of you have shot weddings, please don’t send us wedding videos unless they were edited for the ‘Gram.

Graphics, audio and formatting knowledge.

General knowledge of sports and their basic concepts, terms and framing.

Willingness to appear on-camera a bonus.

Also a bonus if you have other digital marketing skills.

Availability to occasionally work nights and weekends, sometimes up to one day per week.

Must have prior samples to show.

 

Unspokens:

Comfort in a startup-small business environment

Ability to work from home or make daily commute to an office (still deciding)

Excellent work ethic

 

Position: Contract or full-time

Compensation: Commensurate with level of work

 

How to apply

OK, this is your first test. If you can’t figure out how to send me an email, you are unqualified for the position.

Send an email, including a little bit about yourself – a resume if you have it is fine – but please include links to your publicly available social profiles and any prior relevant work and content.

I may not be able to get back to everyone, so if I don’t, we are genuinely appreciative of your interest.

 

CB Sports LLC is an equal opportunity employer, so we welcome applicants of all backgrounds. Unless you’re a Mets fan.

Eagles Fans Are Doing Chants in the Middle of Abbey Road

Kyle Scott - October 26, 2018

Our unwashed masses are invading London en masse this weekend, and I’m sure will assimilate into proper British form and not at all stick out like a sore thumb. Oh… wait:

Honestly I’m surprised this wasn’t a rendition of the classic Beatles ditty, No One Likes Us, Meter Maid. Or at least I think that was it.

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DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook: Which Sports Betting App Is Better?

Kyle Scott - October 25, 2018

After two months of legal sports betting in New Jersey, it’s clear that DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are the two runaway leaders in online betting. We felt it would be worth putting them in a head-to-head showdown to determine which is the better option for you.

We have done lengthy reviews of each, so the goal of this post will be to compare them in different areas in order to help you determine which to use.

The way I see it, there are six categories in which it makes sense to judge a sportsbook: interface, odds, bonuses, deposit methods, stability, and the variety of action offered.

Both DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook are available on iOS and Android and through web-based interfaces in New Jersey. So App Store availability isn’t a factor.

Before we get started, full disclosure: we are an affiliate of both sites, which means we may get a small referral fee if you click our links and eventually sign up for either site. So we have no horse in this race. Both are great options which we’d recommend, but there are differences. Continue Reading

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Which Local Sports Talk Radio Host Sent Me This Unsolicited Text Message Over a Post I Didn’t Write?

Kyle Scott - October 25, 2018

Best part? I didn’t write this article. I was too busy sampling fine wines and cheeses, bro.

Allen Iverson Is a Spokesman for New Sports Betting Entrant PointsBet

Kyle Scott - October 24, 2018

We told you about PointsBet a few months ago. The Australian sports betting company that offers a unique Points Betting concept has focused heavily on the NBA down under, and with partnerships in place in New Jersey and New York, they are coming out of the gate strong before their anticipated November launch, signing Allen Iverson to an endorsement deal complete with a contest worth $1 million.

From the press release:

Iverson will be featured prominently as a brand ambassador at launch across all marketing channels, starting with a series of ad spots where “The Answer” answers all of the marketing questions for PointsBet.

He will also help introduce a free-to-enter $1 Million NBA Sweepstakes competition starting Monday, October 8, that truly tests fans’ knowledge of the game that Iverson once dominated. Simply pick the top 8 seeds in each conference in the correct order and the prize money is yours. The sweepstakes will run through October 16th and is open to Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents.

“We’re over-the-moon to work with an athlete of Allen’s caliber – when people think of AI, they think of a renegade and cultural phenomenon that was known for his flash and style on and off the court. For those reasons, we saw the partnership with Al as a perfect fit to represent the PointsBet brand,” said PointsBet US CEO Johnny Aitken. “Our forthcoming commercials show that Allen is ‘The Answer’ for more than just basketball.”

“If you’re looking for an emerging, high-tech brand that knows what it’s doing and is cool, don’t sleep on PointsBet” said Iverson, “these guys just get it”

Allen’s right– we actually have something in common. I’ve spoken with the PointsBet folks – one of them a Philly native and CB fan – and they will bring their own propriety markets and technology to the NJ sports betting scene next month.

The $1 million sweepstakes has actually been extended and is still running. It will end on October 31. You can sign up here. It’s completely free. You have to select the top 8 teams in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, in order, and you’ll win from a share of $1 million.

What makes them different? Their Points Betting concept is fully unique. It allows you to win a multiple of your bet on, say, select props. So if you wager $10 on Joel Embiid to score at least 20 points, you’ll win a multiple of your initial wager for every point he goes over. Of Course, you can also lose a multiple if he goes under, but you get the idea.

So far, DraftKings and FanDuel have led the way in New Jersey by a fairly wide margin. What’s become immediately clear is that many of the traditional casino apps – like PlayMGM and Caesars – stand no chance against online-first incumbents. A few others, like SugarHouse and BetStars, offer compelling apps that we like, but thus far none have approached DraftKings and FanDuel in terms of revenue.

PointsBet, to my eye, seems uniquely positioned to compete with the big brands.

They will focus heavily on NBA betting, and signing Allen Iverson as a spokesperson is a great first step. From what we can see from afar, their app and technology will be second-to-none, and they’ll offer a unique, almost daily fantasy-esque style of betting with their Points Betting concept which ups the risk-reward ever so slightly, actually making smaller wagers more worth your while since they can have outsized returns.

Anyway, AI hawking a betting app makes just as much sense as Charles Barkley doing the same. In our effort to cover every development in sports betting, we’ll keep you updated when PointsBet goes live next month.

BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2018

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus.

Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus.

betstars sports betting

Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

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Interface
8
Odds
8
Bonuses
8
Deposit methods
9
Stability
7
Variety of action
9
Review

BetStars NJ is a very good sports betting app. It is clean and easy to use. Odds and action are laid out in an obvious way, and unique odds boosts and promos are clearly called out and add an element of fun to the app. The deposit methods and aggressive promo make it worth trying for anyone looking for an alternative to the big US brands.

8.17
Very good

BetStars NJ promo

BetStars is offering new customers up to $500 in free bets. Click on the link to get the offer and to download the app. Here’s all the details:

Place your first sport bet and get a matched Free Bet up to $50

Moreover, for every $150 you wager after that, you’ll get another $50 Free Bet up to $450 (bet a total of $1,350 to redeem the full value of your bonus)

If you already have a Stars Account, you can get started straight away! Use your existing Stars ID to start playing at BetStars and make the most of your Welcome Bonus!

BetStars is only available via the BetStars and PokerStars apps. Download now and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Minimum odds of +100 apply to all qualifying bets.

Not bad.

Currently, they are also running a series of boosts and promos.

Bet $25 and get a free $5 bet– pretty straightforward, available every week

NFL 2 Minute Drill– if you place any NFL moneyline bet and your team is leading with two minutes to go and loses, you’ll get a refund up to $20

Super Boost— get a boost on football 3-bet parlays

Stars Stack— better odds on multiple players scoring touchdowns

Lock in Your Profits— similar to DraftKings, you have the option to cash out of live bets, which has been popular and adds a whole new dimension to betting

Spin and Bet— spin the wheel to get up to a 10x odds boost

Overall, these are just really fun options. While I wouldn’t recommend basing your entire strategy on any promo offer, they can add a casual element to the betting experience, while also occasionally being a good strategic play.

Sports offered

As expect, BetStars, which uses its own proprietary technology platform, offers action on just about every sport you can imagine, including:

Baseball

Basketball

Boxing and UFC

Cricket

Cycling

Darts

Football

Golf

Hockey

Motor Sports

Rugby

Soccer

Tennis

Deposit methods

Being familiar to the online gambling space, BetStars predictably offers a range of deposit options: Visa, MasterCard, eChecks, PayNearMe, PokerStars Play+, Neteller, Resorts Casino, Instant Online Banking, Skrill and PayPal. This is probably second only to SugarHouse Sportsbook and the wide range of options they offer.

BetStars NJ initial thoughts

I’ve spent a good chunk of the summer chronicling this stuff, and from the beginning it was clear that BetStars would be one of the top companies to challenge DraftKings and FanDuel. They are mobile-focused and have experience in New Jersey with their popular poker app. All of this means that, unlike the casino apps, they have more of a focus on technology to compete with the daily fantasy brands while also understanding the sports betting market.

The most important thing is initial customer acquisition. While DraftKings and FanDuel have largely (and rightfully) relied on their well-established brand names, the casino sportsbooks and international companies will have to get inventive to lure new customers. So far, PlayMGM and Caesars haven’t done anything to stand out – no deposit bonus, lack of iOS app, poor interface – while several others have done well to differentiate themselves.

PointsBet, an Australian sportsbook which isn’t even live yet in New Jersey, will offer spread betting that allows users to win (or lose) multiples on over-under bets. Really interesting. Meanwhile, BetStars comes out swinging with an attention-grabbing bonus that almost guarantees new sign ups.

App availability

BetStars’ NJ sports betting app is available on Android and iOS and, soon, through a web-based interface. Their iOS app originally lived inside PokerStars until a standalone version was released on October 21, 2018.

BetStars’ app has been live in Europe for some time and it will carry over the same general look and feel, with US-based promos and call to actions. Here are some BetStars NJ screenshots:

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Things we like

BetStars NJ offers odds boost on popular stacks. For instance, for Thursday Night Football tonight, you can get Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon and AJ Green to all score at +350– all from the click of a banner at the top of the app.

BetStars NJ also offers the popular cashout option which allows users to minimize their losses or ensure a profit before the end of an event.

And while BetStars’ mobile interface isn’t maybe the most fancy or modern – that one goes to FanDuel – it’s super clean and easy to read. Almost like Google, it just makes sense. All the information is laid out in a clean and easy to read way. It’s no frills, but highly functional, which is exactly what you want when your own money is on the line.

Meanwhile, players will also enjoy the Super Boost feature which offers pumped up odds and better payouts on predetermined parlays.

The app’s cleanliness and entertaining offers makes for an easy to use and fun wagering experience.

History

BetStars, which is owned by Canadian company The Stars Group and has had a lot of success in Europe, is a mobile-first product built on the PokerStars platform. They launched their sports betting app in the US in late September in New Jersey under the Resorts Digital license, which is also used by DraftKings.

According to Google Trends data, BetStars has lagged behind DraftKings and FanDuel in terms of interest, for the obvious reason of not having anywhere near the same level of brand recognition. At least not yet. They had held off on their marketing push until the iOS app arrived, so now you can expect to see more of their branding.

A modern betting app

BetStars is the best of the international brands competing in the US betting space. First and foremost, they offer a user-friendly app. It lacks the slick interface of FanDuel and the familiarly of DraftKings, but it’s clean and simple and just works. The learning curve is very low.

So while BetStars has been slow on the uptick, they are worth checking out, both for the user-friendly interface and the range of fun promos and options they offer for casual and experienced bettors. You can download both the Android and iOS apps by clicking bet now.

Full disclosure: We are an affiliate of legal New Jersey sports betting sites, so we may receive a commission if you use our links.

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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

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