SugarHouse Sportsbook Review
SugarHouse Sportsbook, the sports betting arm of Rush Street Interactive’s popular PlaySugarHouse online casino, is now live in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. SugarHouse Sportsbook had been one of the more popular online sports betting options in New Jersey behind DraftKings and FanDuel. But it is the go-to option early on for PA online sports betting as it became the first PA sportsbook out of the gate. We explain further in our SugarHouse Sportsbook review.
Before we get to the review, SugarHouse Sportsbook is now available on iOS in PA! They become the first PA sportsbook to be available on iPhones. Users will have to download a geolocation app to bet through the mobile web. Sign up right here to get a $250 deposit bonus.
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SugarHouse Sportsbook PA launches
You can sign up for SugarHouse’s sports betting here.
On May 28, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approved SugarHouse Sportsbook PA to begin its live testing period.
Three days later, SugarHouse officially launched its mobile sports betting app in PA.
SugarHouse parent Company Rush Street, which will rebrand SugarHouse Sportsbook to Rivers Sportsbook this summer, is having trouble getting the PlaySugarHouse app approved in the Apple iOS App Store. We were first to report on this and explained the issue in detail here.
Users can still sign up to bet with SugarHouse and claim their $250 deposit bonus on desktop, iOS and Android, but bets can only be placed on a desktop or Android app. This is a somewhat confusing signup process SugarHouse is working to address.
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Only 12 legal sports betting apps will be available to the public in PA, with most operators choosing to brand their apps with their own name. SugarHouse, and Philly-based rival Parx Sportsbook, will get a leg up since both are already popular brand names in Eastern Pennsylvania. Lesser known Valley Forge Casino and Resort will rely on a partnership with FanDuel Sportsbook to bouy its efforts.
SugarHouse Sportsbook NJ
SugarHouse Sportsbook launched in New Jersey on August 23, 2018, adding a sports betting option to its PlaySugarHouse.com app. They became the second operator to offer online sports betting in New Jersey behind DraftKings. Upon its initial release, SugarHouse Sportsbook offereds players a wide-ranging variety of sports to bet on and an exhaustive list of wagering options within each of those sports. Particularly of note, the rollout includes an increasingly popular live-ticket system, or “cash out” option, similar to DraftKings Sportsbook, which allows bettors to hedge before the outcome of a bet is determined. Traditional pre-game wagers with a variety of alternate odds are available, as are parlays and futures bets. The SugarHouse Sportsbook also offers an astounding set of live betting options with in-play props, play outcomes, alternative game lines, and totals behind a simple and easy-to-navigate interface.
SugarHouse Casino Sportsbook
SugarHouse Casino opened its physical sportsbook in December. We sat down with VP and General Counsel Evan Davis to discuss how things are going:
SugarHouse Sportsbook promo code
Unlike other sportsbooks that offer daily and weekly incentives, SugarHouse decided to just offer a $250 deposit bonus. You may use promo code CROSSINGBROAD, however it is not necessary to get the bonus.
The best part is that it has relatively few restrictions: you simple have to wager it once before it’s eligible for withdraw.
SugarHouse Sportsbook Review
Getting started with SugarHouse Sportsbook
Like all other mobile sports betting apps, the PlaySugarHouse app uses geo-location technology to ensure bets are being placed only in the state of New Jersey. One thing that I like about the app is that you don’t have to sign up in order to see get a look at its functionality or different options. You can do a self-tour, peak around, and get a feel for what it’s about. Once doing so, my guess is that you will want to create an account. Upon signing up, be prepared to enter a valid driver’s license or state identification. To expedite the process, the app offers an optional fast-registration that snaps a picture of your license or state ID card.
As a bonus, your initial deposit (which requires a $10 minimum) will be matched up to $250.
PA users can use their PlaySugarHouse account from New Jersey, but will have to reconfirm their identity.
Funding your account
Getting money into your account is quick and easy. From the cashier menu, users can fund their accounts with the following methods. Note: Not all of these methods are available for SugarHouse Sportsbook in PA:
- checking account (not available in PA)
- credit or debit card
- Neteller (not available in PA)
- PayPal (not available in PA)
- Cash @ Casino Cage
- wire transfer
- in person at CVS, 7-11 or Family Dollar (not available in PA)
Getting money into your account is easy, and so is getting it out. I personally executed a haggle-free cash out straight to my checking account shortly after the app’s launch and received the money in a timely fashion. The PlaySugarHouse app has been around for a while and it shows– deposit and withdraw options are much better than New Jersey sports betting competitors for in the early going.
The app immediately draws users to a banner that showcases the day’s featured events, promotions, and ads for casino betting. There is also a list of that sporting events broken up by time, a sliding menu of live/upcoming and futures bets, and a search function that allows you to find action by sport, league, or team.
Once within a specific game, SugarHouse Sportsbook offers numerous betting options available for both novice and more experienced bettors. For example, a standard baseball betting options include: moneyline, run line, game totals, alternative game lines, single-game parlays, scoring props, inning props, and player props. You can get a feel for the menu design:
In terms of betting lines offered, I did a quick look at DraftKings Sportsbook and SugarHouse Sportsbook– both use the gaming technology company Kambi for its odds, so the lines and odds offered between the two apps should be identical. Upon my initial use of each app, it does appear that the SugarHouse app offers a few additional action by inning. I don’t know if that’s the case across the board, but I will say at the very least that I found the SugarHouse Sportsbook individual game menu easier to navigate.
One new wrinkle to the PA version of the SugarHouse sports betting website is a slider that allow you to drag to your desired odds.
If it’s a sport, then there’s pretty good chance the app has odds on it.
Types of bets
Once into your betting options, SugarHouse Sportsbook offers all of the action that you would expect:
The individual lines sit in white font in individual blue boxes making a selected wager clearly identifiable and easy to execute. Upon selecting your bet, a pop-up overly will appear which asks for a risk amount and has a large “place bet” button that locks in the wager.
Actually, it doesn’t lock in your wager at all, and that’s because there is also a live-ticket system that allows you cash out of a bet at a profit if a game shifts in your favor, or at a hedged loss if things aren’t going well. We explained more about this when DraftKings Sportsbook debuted the feature. This allows bettors the flexibility to read and react to an event as it unfolds. For instance, if the Phillies bullpen enters a tie game in the seventh inning and a bettor wants to get out before the inevitable crash, they can do so. The ability to minimize risk, ensure profits, and hedge bets will fundamentally change the way sports bettors approach betting. Placing a bet is no longer a send it in pray process. I do warn, however, to be careful with this feature. Bettors who overreact to the inevitable highs and lows of a sporting event have a chance to sell a potentially lucrative ticket at a fraction of its worth or needlessly hedge a stressful bet that eventually wins.
Other live betting options are available, too. Baseball offerings include the outcome of specific at-bats, if a run will be scored in an inning, and at-bat level bets. We will update our look at live betting options once the first weekend of college football and NFL seasons are completed.
Player limits and responsible gambling
It appears to at least some extent the New Jersey DGE is requiring all online sportsbooks to inform its users of potential gambling pitfalls and provide resources and tools available to those who need them.
The app allows bettors to set daily, weekly, and monthly deposit and spending limits. This ensures that a person won’t wildly throw money into the account or chase high loss totals once it is there. Moreover, bettors can set daily time limits that restricts overall usage, and they can also impose self-suspensions for “cool down” periods as well as a self-exclusion to prohibit future use altogether. The thing to remember here is to set rigid restrictions. Don’t spend what you can’t afford. Develop a budget and stick with it no matter what.
SugarHouse Sportsbook app
The PlaySugarHouse casino app updated on August 23rd to include the sportsbook, which became NJ’s third live online sportsbook, and was updated again in February with some bug fixes. SugarHouse Sportsbook launched in PA on May 28, 2019.
The app has 3.1 stores in the iOS App Store from 70 reviews. Most are either 5 or 1 star, with many complaints revolving around players having bugs opening the app and general UI, which we agree is not the best– however it is generally fast and responsive.
SugarHouse Sportsbook is available as a web-based interface and through iOS and Android apps.
I like the simplicity and functionality of this app. It’s wide variety of deposit and withdraw options makes transactions quick and easy. It doesn’t have the same brand strength as DraftKings, nor does it have as sleek an interface and design, but it’s functionality is smooth and easy to navigate sans a decent number of bugs. The amount of betting options is staggering, and the various types of bets provide users with a fun and entertaining way that will ultimately change how they watch sports. For players who all enjoy casino slot and table games, the seamless transition between those expansive options and the sportsbook will be an attractive feature.