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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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Star Hunting: Kendall Jenner, Allen Iverson, Bob Kraft, and More

JoyOnBroad - February 11, 2019

Welcome to our brand-new running feature, “Star Hunting”, where we track all celebrities in attendance at Sixers home games.

Yes, this is a thing.

It’s a thing because the Philadelphia 76ers have put the Eastern Conference, nay, the entire NBA on notice.

Just think: there was a time when the most notable attendees at Sixers games were fringe players on other Philly teams. With a Big 5 and the organizational message of contending now, the stars have begun to flock to Wells Fargo Center. Who was in attendance Sunday afternoon against the Lakers?

Kendall Jenner

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The Sixers’ most important and recognizable fan was in attendance. The object of her affection, point guard Ben Simmons, even jacked his first intentional three point shot in his young career.

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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.

Wells Fargo Center To Get Massive New Kinetic 4K Scoreboard Next Season

BWanksCB - February 11, 2019

The Wells Fargo Center is getting a LARGE upgrade that is expected to be completed by the fall.

Comcast Spectacor announced this morning a partnership with ANC that will bring the 22-year-old building “the world’s first kinetic 4K center-hung scoreboard” in time for the 2019-2020 season.

According to Comcast Spectacor’s press release announcing the news, the anticipated 6,660 square foot 4mm LED screen means “65% more LED screen real estate than the Wells Fargo Center’s current center-hung model and features an unprecedented ability to transform and be configured in a variety of formats to best highlight the action below.”

That’s tech-speak for “this screen fucks.”

More from the release:

The new in-arena entertainment system is a headliner within the next phase of the Wells Fargo Center ‘s multi-year “Transformation 2020” initiative, a $250 million multi-year transformation of the arena that began in 2017. The next chapter of the advancements embody the largest investment in the arena to date and will provide significant upgrades to multiple levels of the venue. Details will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Recent History Shows Teams Struggle to Cover After Blockbuster Trades

BWanksCB - February 8, 2019

The new-look Sixers enter tonight’s game against the 37-17 Denver Nuggets as a fairly sizable 4.5-point favorite. If you plan to bet this one, you can grab a $50 free in-game bet when you make a $50 pregame bet at BetStarsNJ. So which side is the right side? Let’s take a look.

It figures to be an electric atmosphere at the Wells Fargo Center as Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott are expected to make their Philly debuts on Friday night, but Sixers fans apparently aren’t the only people excited. Bettors are overwhelmingly backing Philadelphia in this one with 68% of point-spread bets and an overwhelming 80% of point-spread money on the Sixers, and it’s easy to see why. Brett Brown’s team now arguably sports the Eastern Conference’s top starting five and is on the short list of conference powers favored to reach the NBA Finals, but a word of caution before throwing your money at Philadelphia tonight. There are often expectations from the betting public for blockbuster trades to pay immediate dividends, but that’s not always the case. In fact, recent history shows that teams struggle against the spread in the debuts of newly-acquired big names. Look no further than the Sixers themselves who struggled to a 111-106 loss to the Magic in Jimmy Butler’s first game with the Sixers a few months ago. They were a 5.5-point favorite in that one. There are also some other recent high-profile trade examples to also consider:

  • In Blake Griffin’s Pistons debut, Detroit squeaked by Memphis 104-102, but failed to cover the 8.5-point spread.
  • Back in February 2017, the Pelicans were demolished in DeMarcus Cousins’ New Orleans debut as a 3-point underdog in a 129-99 beatdown by the Rockets.
  • Goran Dragic’s first game with the Heat was a 105-91 loss as a 2-point favorite to the Pelicans.

Of course, none of this is to say the Sixers won’t win or cover tonight. As of late Friday afternoon, Denver shooting guard Gary Harris is out and Paul Millsap is questionable. That’s obviously significant. Plus, the Sixers are 11-5 ATS after a loss and 21-6 straight-up (14-13 ATS) at home this season, so there’s reasons to like the home team, but if you’re simply betting on them to cover because you think they will be riding an “emotional high” after a big deal, it’s just not a solid theory. The public often overestimates the immediate impact of a deal like this and seismic roster shifts often mean teams need time to gel.

Trust the process, but proceed with caution tonight.

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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.

 

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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:

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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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Is a Video Game About to Break Bryce Harper News, Or Just Playing Us?

BWanksCB - January 28, 2019

Could we be getting closer to finally learning where Bryce Harper will play baseball this season?

If you believe that a video game will break the news, then maybe:

Interesting. Harper is the cover athlete for this year’s edition of the game, and his free agency has been a core part of its promotional strategy throughout the winter.

Of course, whoever runs MLB The Show’s Twitter account knows that baseball fans are so starved for Harper news that they can easily use the desperation to drum up interest ahead of the game’s trailer release or for some other promotional purpose. That person also likely knows there exists people like me who come across this stuff, and then package it into stories like this one, all too glad to recycle and distribute this shit to the masses.

Here’s my play:

I’m going to dismiss this as complete nonsense and tell you that there’s absolutely no way that a video game’s Twitter account is breaking Harper’s destination tomorrow, and then I’m going to promptly refresh MLB The Show’s social media accounts for the next 24 hours while I simultaneously search for other conspiracy-driven crumbs of information until this latest mystery is solved.

Who says baseball’s offseason isn’t fun?

Crossing Broadcast: The Definitive Guide to Sources

JoyOnBroad - January 28, 2019

Kevin, Anthony, and Russ pull back the curtain on how writers and reporters use sourced information. With decades of combined experience on the beat for the Flyers, Sixers, and Union, Kevin and Anthony provide great insight into what makes a good source, how to cultivate relationships, and the push-and-pull of maintaining organizational contacts. The guys also discuss what leads to bad reports and how different news organizations uphold different standards.

Please subscribe to the show ([iTunes] [Google Play] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @Kevin_Kinkead @AntSanPhilly @JoyOnBroad

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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