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FanDuel Sportsbook PA Betting Update August 21: Phillies-Red Sox, Eagles, College Football Action

Bob Wankel - August 21, 2019

Here’s your FanDuel Sportsbook PA betting update for Wednesday, August 21.

The sports calendar is providing bettors with tons of great action to get in on at PA online sportsbooks. The Phillies look to finish off a two-game sweep of the defending World Series champion Red Sox tonight with Drew Smyly on the hill.

As for the Eagles, they will line up against the Baltimore Ravens in their final home preseason game tomorrow night before a final tune-up at MetLife Stadium against the Jets next week.

In years past, the third preseason game typically served as the primary dress rehearsal for Week 1, but Eagles head coach Doug Pederson seems content to play it safe by resting most of his starters. Expect to see plenty of Clayton Thorson in this one.

And finally, college football’s regular season action kicks off on Saturday night in Orlando with an in-state rivalry game between Miami and Florida. We’ll fill you in on all of the action in today’s update.

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FanDuel Sportsbook PA Betting Update August 19: Phillies Futures, Eagles-Ravens Odds, College Football is Coming

Bob Wankel - August 19, 2019

Here’s your FanDuel Sportsbook PA betting update for Monday, August 19.

Things are heating up on the sports calendar and at PA online sportsbooks. The Phillies head to Boston Tuesday for an important two-game set against the defending World Series champs as they look to rebound from a disappointing series loss to the Padres. With the team idle Monday, we’ll take a look at some Phillies futures markets .

As for the Eagles, they return home to Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday night where they’ll host the Ravens in their third preseason game.

I’d like to tell you this one will be the traditional dress rehearsal, but it remains to be seen if Doug Pederson will get his starters meaningful reps in this one. At the very least, we should get our first look at Eagles new backup quarterback Josh McCown. So that’s fun.

Speaking of meaningful, college football’s regular season action kicks off on Saturday night in Orlando with an in-state rivalry game between Miami and Florida. We’ll fill you in on all of the action in today’s update.

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Premier League Betting Value Plays at PA Online Sportsbooks

Philip Keidel - August 17, 2019

PA online sports betting is giving us some enticing Premier League betting options to cash in on this week. Let’s run through the action and see if we can spot some quality value plays.

Early returns in the Premier League were mixed last week. Manchester City and Liverpool, the top two teams in the league last season, both won easily. Things weren’t so rosy for Chelsea, who find themselves 19th in the table after losing 4-0 at Old Trafford to Manchester United. Liverpool and Chelsea then flew to Istanbul to face off in the UEFA Super Cup, where Liverpool prevailed on penalties. Both of those sides figure to be exhausted after their travels and having played extra time. The book knows this.. .the uninformed betting public, maybe not so much.

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Odds this week are from FanDuel Sportsbook PA. Before we get to the plays, be sure to take advantage of FanDuel Sportsbook’s $500 risk-free bet for new users.

Meanwhile, for those of you in New Jersey, be sure to check out our newly updated NJ online sports betting page that’s loaded with great promos, bonuses, and free bet options.

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Kyle Scott - August 16, 2019

You may not have heard much about them yet, but FOX Bet will be coming to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey sports betting markets this fall.

The Stars Group, the international company behind the PokerStars brand, has taken on an investment from FOX Sports to power the FOX Bet brand, and they’re looking for local help in Cherry Hill, New Jersey:


We aren’t being paid to post this. It’s not a sponsored post. However, if you take that “performance marketing manager” role, you’ll likely have me emailing you three times per week. Not sure if that’s a selling point or occupational hazard.*

Anyway, you can view all of their available jobs here. I believe all of the Cherry Hill jobs will be working on the FOX Bet brand.

*Jimmy Buffett once wrote the occupational hazard is the occupation’s just not around. He was talking about pirates.

SugarHouse Absolutely Dominates PA Betting Market in July

Kyle Scott - August 16, 2019

SugarHouse Sportsbook absolutely dominated the PA online sports betting market in July. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released their monthly sports wagering report today and the numbers put up by SugarHouse’s online sportsbook are staggering.

SugarHouse took in over $22 million in bets (handle) in July, absolutely crushing all competition.

The next closest, in fact, was their sister site Bet Rivers, which took in almost $10 million in bets online. Compare that to the other competition that was live for the entire month, Parx– they only took in $3.6 million in bets. SugarHouse beat Parx by almost 7x in handle.

Massive handle

Here’s the total of online bets:

  • SugarHouse: $22,162,651
  • Rivers: $9,927,161
  • Parx: $3,648,995
  • Valley Forge (FanDuel): $3,259,840

This is not all revenue, of course.

Handle is the amount of money taken in and also includes bets on futures, which might not be paid out for some time.

Revenue is the sportsbook’s take after bets are settled.

SugarHouse still led there by a wide margin. They took in $1,526,823 in revenue for July, followed by Rivers at $773k, and then Parx at $333k.

What about FanDuel?

Well, they are tough to measure because they were only live for about a week at the end of July. But their numbers are quite impressive. FanDuel Sportsbook PA took in $3.2 million in bets, good for $254k in revenue. That run rate doesn’t quite get them up to SugarHouse, which was taking in about $700k per day on average, but still impressive given that it was a very soft launch for a few days. Again, at the end of July.

FanDuel will likely begin to pace, if not beat SugarHouse, for the month of August, just anecdotally based on some of the traffic and interest we’ve seen regarding FanDuel.

But SugarHouse’s handle is pretty staggering here and speaks to just the absolute potential for the PA betting market.

Market size

While things have launched in fits and starts and with some mobile app issues, many pundits have downplayed PA’s potential because of the tax environment, regulatory structure, and some operators’ unwillingness to work here.

But all along we’ve felt that with two major sports cities and a major college football town, PA could be one of the top five biggest betting markets in the country.

It’s worth noting that SugarHouse had an infrastructure in place from New Jersey and was likely able to parlay this into effectively marketing and registering players in Pennsylvania. And though they don’t yet have an iOS app, they were the first to be available on iOS, which happened in mid-July. SugarHouse also launched their online casino, which helps bring people in for sports betting.

Regardless, big win for SugarHouse.

FanDuel Sportsbook PA Betting Update August 15: Phillies, Eagles Betting Previews

Bob Wankel - August 15, 2019

Here’s your FanDuel Sportsbook PA betting update for Thursday, August 15.

It’s Hittin’ Season?

In baseball action, the Phillies exploded for 11 runs, and all nine starters had at least one hit in their blowout win over the Cubs last night.

Welcome back, Charlie Manuel.

Tonight, the Phillies will look to make it a clean three-game sweep of the Cubs, which would give the team its first three-game winning streak since July 21-24.

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It will be Drew Smyly (2-6, 6.96 ERA) making his fifth start for the Phillies against Chicago’s Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43 ERA).

FanDuel Sportsbook Partners with MLB

Speaking on baseball, FanDuel has officially partnered with Major League Baseball in a deal that will allow the sportsbook to access MLB’s official game data, marks, and logos.

What does that mean for you?

Well, it means a better and more thorough baseball betting experience is probably coming your way soon. With FanDuel having access to analytical and next-gen stats and information, bettors will be able to bet on more precise outcomes, which includes things such as exit velocity and home run distance.

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Today Is The Last Day To Enter The SugarHouse Sportsbook Pick ‘Em at a Discount

Kyle Scott - August 14, 2019

We told you two weeks ago about SugarHouse Sportsbook offering the first-of-its-kind-outside-Nevada pro football pick ’em contest. It will allow users in Pennsylvania only to pick winners of Sunday and Monday games during the NFL season for a chance to win from at least $500k in prizes.

Well, today is not the last day to enter. But it is the last day to get in for $125. After tomorrow, the entry fee will jump $25 to – does math – $150. Users can sign up here — and if you are new to SugarHouse Sportsbook, you can also claim a $250 deposit match .

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Hugely popular

While we don’t have visibility into SugarHouse’s betting handle in PA until monthly betting reports come out, I can tell you anecdotally that our first post on the contest, which is being run in conjunction with their sister site BetRivers, looks to be wildly popular.

The SuperContest in Las Vegas is a smash hit each year, and it was only a matter of time until a similar contest was rolled out for PA sports betting. We haven’t seen one yet in New Jersey, but SugarHouse and Bet Rivers were quick to bring it to PA.


How the pick’em works

Users can enter SugarHouse’s pick ’em contest up to 25 times at either $125 (until tomorrow) or $150 (after tomorrow) until September 8. Each week, they’ll pick winners of NFL games on Sundays and Mondays and be ranked against other players. The prize breakdown is as follows:

PlacePer Place
Most Incorrect Picks$2,500
Week 1-17 Payouts $2,500

Additionally, the person who finishes last will receive $2,500 (fun!), and each weekly winner will receive the same amount.

If there are more than $500,000 in entry fees, SugarHouse Sportsbook will increase the total prize pool accordingly.

SugarHouse also won’t take a rake on the event, meaning 100% of all entry fees will be paid out to players– an obvious attempt to grab more customers before DraftKings Sportsbook PA enters the market.


Rivers, too

Users can also sign up for SugarHouse’s sister site, BetRivers, and play there. The sites are virtually identical and both offer iOS, Android, and web capabilities.

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Phillies Betting Preview: Nola and Hamels Square Off

Bob Wankel - August 14, 2019

It will be 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels squaring off against Aaron Nola tonight at Citizens Bank Park as the Phillies try to win back-to-back games for the first time this month. Charlie Manuel will also be back in the Phillies’ dugout in his first game as the team’s new hitting coach. It will be just like old times, and it will also be one of the first big-time Phillies games to bet on since PA online sports betting went live last month.

Can the Phillies secure what’s been a recently elusive series victory? Let’s get into it. But first:

FanDuel Sportsbook PA is live just in time for the start of football season, but why wait for Week 1 kickoff when you can bet on baseball?

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Also in PA, you now can bet on iOS with SugarHouse Sportsbook PA. You are required to download a geolocation app when you sign up right here.

Those of you in New Jersey, hit our NJ online sports betting page for all of the best promos and deals in the Garden State.

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