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The Only PA Sportsbook To Offer an NFL Pick ‘Em Is Now Accepting Picks

Kyle Scott - September 3, 2019

Bettors in Pennsylvania can now begin making their picks for Week 1 in the only NFL Pick’em Contest available at a PA sportsbook for the 2019 season.

PlaySugarHouse is now allowing users who have signed up or who sign up using this link  to make five picks for Week 1 games as part of their $500,000 NFL Pick’em.

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How It Works

Users have until September 8 to enter the contest.

It is $150 to enter and each user can enter up to 25 times. SugarHouse has been promoting the contest hard through email and they even offered discounts during the month of August. This may be an indication that signups are not be what they expected and the overall player pool might be lower, meaning the chances of winning are greater.

First place prize will pay at $125,000, with the top 500 players receiving some sort of money. Each weekly winner receives $2,500, and the overall loser also receives $2,500. A fun twist that allows bottom dwellers a chance to intentionally lose heading into the end of the season.

Play our FREE Week 1 NFL Pick ‘Em and win a $500 ticket gift card. Enter here.

 

First Of Its Kind

SugarHouse Sportsbook is the first legal sportsbook outside of Nevada to offer one of these fan-favorite season-long supercontests, popularized by Westgate in Las Vegas. They are not present in New Jersey, but SugarHouse and its sister site, BetRivers, have been offering one in Pennsylvania since late July.

Users now have about four days to get signed up and registered. And those of you who already did sign up can begin to make your selections inside the SugarHouse app on Android or through the mobile web on iOS.

SugarHouse was the overwhelming leader in the PA betting market in the month of July, but with rival FanDuel Sportsbook live in PA for the entire month of August, it will be interesting to see who took a larger betting handle predominantly on baseball and a little bit of college football at the end of the month.

Regardless, the Pick ‘Em contest should prove popular among PA bettors.

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.

How to Bet on Eagles-Jaguars at PA Online Sportsbooks

Bob Wankel - August 15, 2019

Eagles. Jaguars. Wentz. Foles.

So much drama. Almost too much drama.

Okay, maybe not.

Neither Foles or Wentz is expected to play in tonight’s preseason game, so those of you thirsting for some meaningful football might be left feeling a bit unfulfilled once again this week. But I do have some good news. You can make what will otherwise probably be a pretty lackluster affair a little bit more interesting now that PA online sports betting is up and running.

We all know that betting on preseason football is difficult for a multitude of reasons. Namely, it’s virtually impossible to know what each coach is trying to accomplish. We also have no idea which starters will play or how long they will play, and yet, it is still football. And you can still bet on it.

Given this fundamental truth, let’s run through how to legally wager on Eagles-Jaguars as well as what each of Pennsylvania’s legal online sportsbooks have to offer.

Before placing your bets, you should read our piece on 10 things to watch for in tonight’s game.

SugarHouse Sportsbook

Here are the current Eagles-Jaguars odds at SugarHouse Sportsbook:

Spread Money Total
Eagles +3 (-110) +130 O 34.5 (-103)
Jaguars -3 (-110) -157 U 34.5 (-120)

SugarHouse Sportsbook is offering a $250 deposit match .

One other important thing to know: SugarHouse is also offering a massive NFL pick’em contest with over $500,000 in prizes, including $125,000 to the overall winner.

Players will pick the winners of all Sunday and Monday NFL games throughout the season. It’s $150 to sign up.

FanDuel Sportsbook

Here are the current Eagles-Jaguars odds at FanDuel Sportsbook PA:

Spread Money Total
Eagles +3 (-110) +130 O 34.5 (-103)
Jaguars -3 (-110) -157 U 34.5 (-120)

FanDuel Sportsbook is offering a $500 risk-free bet for new users.

Eagles-Jaguars Trends

If you believe in trends, then here are a few things to know ahead of this game:

Philadelphia is 8-14 ATS overall as a preseason underdog and 7-14 ATS as a road underdog dating back to 2005, while they are 3-4 ATS overall as an underdog and 2-4 ATS as a road dog under Pederson.

 

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
1st$125,000
2nd$40,000
3rd$20,000
4th$15,000
5th$10,000
6th-10th$5,000
11th-20th$3,000
21st-30th$2,000
31st-50th$1,000
51st-100th$500
101st-200th$250
201st-400th$200
401st-500th$175
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Most Incorrect Picks$2,500
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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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SugarHouse Sportsbook PA Betting Update August 6: Phillies Preview

Bob Wankel - August 6, 2019

Here’s your SugarHouse Sportsbook betting update for Tuesday, August 6th..

The Phillies will try to reach seven games over .500 for the seventh time since June 19 when they take on the Diamondbacks tonight. Amazingly, they’re 0-6 in such games during that span. Jake Arrieta, who enters with a 3.20 ERA since the All-Star Break, opposes starter Mike Leake (9-8, 4.27 ERA), who’s making his first start with the Diamondbacks.

Those of you in Pennsylvania that are only seeing green as we head into the dog days of August will be relieved to know that Eagles football returns in just two more days when the Birds host the the Titans on Thursday night at The Linc. Indeed, preseason football is not typically received as the most palatable betting option, but:

  1. It is football.
  2. You can bet on it with SugarHouse Sportsbook.

So there’s that, which is nice.

SugarHouse is also running a $500k NFL Pick ‘Em which you can enter by September 8.

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SugarHouse Sportsbook Is Running a Massive NFL Pick ‘Em Contest in Pennsylvania

Kyle Scott - August 5, 2019

SugarHouse Sportsbook is rolling out an unbelievable season-long NFL pick’em contest in Pennsylvania which will feature over $500k in prizes. They become the first PA betting site to offer a leaderboard-style contest.

Popular in Las Vegas, pick ’em contests are a way for sportsbooks to engage casual fans by creating a simple pick’em game and leaderboard. SugarHouse Sportsbook will partner with its PA sister site Bet Rivers Sportsbook on a contest open to all players in Pennsylvania.

“We are really excited about the upcoming NFL season and know our players are, too,” said Richard Schwartz, President of Rush Street Interactive.  “We wanted to make this season even more thrilling for football fans by creating a pick’em game where huge cash prizes will be won.”

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How SugarHouse Sportsbook’s Pick ‘Em Contest Works

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Users will pick winners for NFL games on Sunday and Monday and be ranked accordingly. At the end of the season, the overall winner will receive $125,000.

Players can enter now through September 8. The contest costs $150, but if those who enter by August 15 can get in for $125.

The best part is that there is no casino rake on the contest. 100% of entry fees will be paid out to winners. And if more than $500,000 in entries are collected, SugarHouse will raise the total payouts.

Players can enter up to 25 times.

 

Payout Structure

Here is the full prize table for the SugarHouse Sportsbook Pick ‘Em contest:

Under $500k in entries

PlacePer Place
1st$125,000
2nd$40,000
3rd$20,000
4th$15,000
5th$10,000
6th-10th$5,000
11th-20th$3,000
21st-30th$2,000
31st-50th$1,000
51st-100th$500
101st-200th$250
201st-400th$200
401st-500th$175
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Most Incorrect Picks$2,500
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Week 1-17 Payouts $2,500

Over $500k

PlacePer Place
1st25%
2nd8%
3rd4%
4th3%
5th2%
6th-10th1%
11th-20th0.6%
21st-30th0.4%
31st-50th0.2%
51st-100th0.1%
101st-200th0.05%
201st-400th0.04%
401st-500th0.04%
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Most Incorrect Picks0.5%
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Week 1-17 Payouts0.5%

“We think that players will be happy to see that 100% of all entry fees are going directly into the prize pool, as there is no house cut here,” Schwartz said. “This innovative contest gives our players a fun way to get in on all the exhilarating sports betting action.”

The top weekly score at SugarHouse will receive $2,500, while the person with the most incorrect picks for the season will receive the same amount.

 

Leaderboards sports betting contests

SugarHouse Sportsbook in PA has been out ahead of the market in many ways– first to launch, first to offer iOS betting, and now first to offer the popular pick ’em style contest which we have yet seen in New Jersey. The closest thing we’ve seen is DraftKings Sportsbook’s pools. And this is exactly the sort of customer-focused options online sportsbooks have to offer to customers to stay relevant. SugarHouse Sportsbook is fighting the likes DraftKings and FanDuel, and being the first to offer this sort of contest is a huge stop.

SugarHouse is currently our recommended PA online sportsbook (they are one of several PA sportsbooks we are partners with). They offer iOS betting, a pick ’em contest, and an online casino.

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SugarHouse Becomes First PA Online Casino To Offer Progressive Slot Game

Russ Joy - July 31, 2019

SugarHouse Online Casino in PA is once again out ahead of their competitors in the PA Online Casino market with Pennsylvania’s first-ever online progressive slot game “Divine Fortune”.

  • Excellent bonus
  • Best deposit options
  • iOS availability

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Divine Fortune

Divine Fortune is PA’s first online progressive slot game. Progressive slots – also known as Jackpot slots – are a communal slot game in which a portion of every bettor’s play fee going to a potentially-massive jackpot that every player is capable of winning.

The alluring part is that, with just one spin, a player could win a massive six- or seven-figure jackpot. Each slot is connected to a jackpot network of sorts, which gives every player a chance at the jackpot at a low cost.

In a press release, SugarHouse describes the game as:

Divine Fortune, the latest Jackpot game from NetEnt goes back in time to classical ancient Greece and a world of mythical creatures, golden coins, legendary riches and jackpots galore.

 

How it works

Divine Fortune is a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line (fixed) video slot featuring Wild substitutions, Falling Wilds Re-Spins, a Wild on Wild feature, Free Spins and a Jackpot Bonus game with three different jackpots including the progressive Mega Jackpot. The cost of play is just $0.20 to cover all play lines/actions, which makes it a relatively inexpensive game when compared to the other games featured on SugarHouse Online Casino.

This progressive slot game has paid out over $1,200,000 to players in New Jersey thus far, and it stands to reason that players in Pennsylvania could see similar numbers assuming the game catches on. The mega jackpot on SugarHouse Online Casino PA is just shy of $29,000!

 

King Cash Comes Bearing Gifts

Also from SugarHouse: “King Cash is inviting you to HAMMER DOWN for your share of $100,000!” The promo, which started on July 26, allows players to earn iRR loyalty level points by wagering real money on their favorite games. If you earn enough points to raise you through the different levels, you could get rewarded with wheel spins along the way!

Here’s how the prizes and places break down:

PlacePrize
1st$2,500
2nd$2,000
3rd$1,500
4th$1,000
5th - 7th$500
8th - 10th$250
11th+$125

It’s important to note that while you can’t win the entire $100,000, it’s still a great way to pick up some loyalty points for games you’d already play and have a shot at one of many prizes from $125-$2,500.

 

Sign up offer

SugarHouse’s online casino in PA offers a $250 deposit match and a shared wallet with the popular SugarHouse Sportsbook. Table games are expected in the near future.

  • Excellent bonus
  • Best deposit options
  • iOS availability

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A Comparison of PA’s Three Online Casinos So Far

Kyle Scott - July 23, 2019

PA online casinos launched last week with subdued fanfare, mostly because only three casinos launched, with limited offerings. It might be months until online poker launches in the state, meaning the rollout will be slow. But we figured it would be a good time to compare the three current offerings.

  • Excellent bonus
  • Best deposit options
  • iOS availability

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Which casino games are offered?

Currently, Sugarhouse Online Casino, Parx, and Hollywood Casino are all live in PA. They each offer a range of slot games (with some overlap — Jackhammer anyone?) and a limited selection of “table” type games. Many of these are powered by NetEnt, a casino vendor.

Each offers versions of Roulette. Parx and Hollywood offer video poker. And Parx offers a very primitive version of Blackjack.

Table games?

Not yet, save for one or two options from Parx.

The lack of Blackjack and poker stems from the fact that these games have not yet been approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which said it could takes months to do so for poker.

It’s important to note that online casino games take longer to vet and review than, say, PA online sportsbooks. The latter is effectively just a list of numbers and tables, whereas the former consists of dozens if not hundreds of slots, interactive games, and multiplayer experiences in the case of online poker. And then there’s live dealer, which is several added layers of complexity.

So for now, your options are mostly limited to slots, and SugarHouse has the most reliable set of games.

 

Bonuses

Each of the three takes a different approaches to bonuses and sign up offers, with SugarHouse’s being by far the best.

Parx offers what seems like a great bonus– $500 deposit match. But it comes with an extreme 20x play-through requirement on slots, 40x on roulette, and 100x on table games. This means you have to play with the bonus money 20-100 times before it is eligible for withdraw. Find out how much is left after all those wagers.

Hollywood offers a paltry $25 free.

SugarHouse Online Casino in PA, however, offers a $250 deposit match with only a 1x play-through requirement. You can also use this with SugarHouse Sportsbook. This continues to be the best sign up bonus in the business.

 

iOS?

Only SugarHouse is available on iPhones and iPads. So if those are your devices of choice, your decision is made.

Parx and Hollywood are both impacted by a recent Apple Store Policy update that requires real money gambling apps to be coded natively for iOS. SugarHouse still hasn’t done this for their app in PA, but they have found a workaround which allows you to play on mobile web, where the experience is more or less the same (though we have found some sizing issues on roulette games).

All are available on Android as a direct download and through the web, however.

  • Excellent bonus
  • Best deposit options
  • iOS availability

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Best option?

So far, we like SugarHouse. The iOS option is a big one. But there is also the matter of them having had their technology live for two years in New Jersey, so most of the bugs are ironed out. They also offer the best deposit bonus in the game.