It was New Jersey that took the federal government to court, claiming autonomy over its own sports gambling laws.
Now it’s the Garden State’s neighbor, Pennsylvania, taking advantage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision regarding sports betting.
The latest player to jump into the fray is SugarHouse Casino. Its brand-new sportsbook at its physical location in Philadelphia fully launched on Dec. 15.
As a complement to the first-class facility in Philly, there will be a fully operational online sportsbook open to everyone in the state of PA. It is set to go live in 2019.
Extra incentives for new SugarHouse players
A new sportsbook needs new customers, and SugarHouse offers one of the most generous bonus programs to draw in new registrations.
For an idea of what to expect from SugarHouse in Pennsylvania, you need look no further than SugarHouse’s PlaySugarHouse app in New Jersey. As a new player, you will receive a 100 percent, dollar-for-dollar match on your initial deposit up to $250. All you need to do is use the code “250MATCH” when making your initial deposit.
The promotion is good on deposits of less than $250 as well, as long as it is at least $10.
To make the bonus money eligible for withdrawal, it must be wagered within the first 30 days of the deposit. After 30 days, all bonus money not wagered at least once will forfeit back to SugarHouse.
SugarHouse’s promotions, rewards, and incentives
In the competitive world of sports wagering, one of the chief challenges for a sportsbook operator is to find ways to keep its customers engaged. That means creating promotions that are new and interesting, but also potentially profitable.
Once again, the best way to gauge what SugarHouse will offer in Pennsylvania is to take a peek at what is going on in New Jersey.
For PlaySugarHouse in New Jersey, the biggest and best of promotions is the SugarHouse Jackpot Parlay, which involves the pick of eight possible parlay options, either generated randomly or chosen by you.
If you hit on all eight games, the potential winnings can reach more than $100,000.
If hitting on an eight-game parlay feels too challenging, or if you are looking for quick and easy money, they also offer a refer-a-friend bonus program. For every friend that registers with SugarHouse, you will earn $50 in bonus money, up to a total of 10 friends and $500.
You can also earn bonus money by following SugarHouse’s social media accounts.
SugarHouse loyalty has its privileges
SugarHouse offers free membership into its loyalty rewards program and the 11 tiers of benefits it offers.
The iRush loyalty program is a points-based program, with points earned through a combination of real money wagered and the possible winning combinations of those bets.
All points stay in your account for 30 days from when they were earned. Your tier is determined by the number of points you earned over a 60-day rolling period.
You can take your new membership up to the second tier with as few as 40 points. The 10th tier, on the other hand, requires 20,000 reward points.
Tier 11, the top of the iRush rewards’ mountain, is by invite only.
Even at the lowest tier, you are able to access the iRush bonus store, which allows you to exchange points for bonus wagers.
As you move up the rewards ladder, you become eligible to get:
- Customized deposit assistance
- Birthday presents
- Free plays
- Exclusive invite-only dinners
- Multipliers on wagers
Registering for a SugarHouse account is easy
Registering as a new user for the SugarHouse Sportsbook will likely be easy and user-friendly. The site will probably require your name, address, phone number, and email address.
For PlaySugarHouse in New Jersey,to confirm your identity and that you are at least 21, you can submit a photo of your state ID or driver’s license online or through the app.
Once that is verified, you will pick a unique username and password.
The final step of the process is submitting the answers to a pair of security questions. Customers also have the option to enable two-factor authentication for an added layer of account protection.
The PlaySugarHouse app
Mobile access is clearly the direction the industry is heading.
In the reported earnings for SugarHouse in NJ, nearly 80 percent of all sports wagers came via their app. It stands to reason the PA app will see more than its fair share of attention from SugarHouse customers.
The SugarHouse NJ app combines both an online casino and sportsbook. One could assume the PA app will do the same.
Since the SugarHouse brand was built on its casino, many of its new sportsbook customers will also be casino gamblers.
To get to the app’s sportsbook offerings, select “sportsbook” from the menu in the upper-left corner of the home screen. From there, you’ll see the day’s biggest events, as well as the current, most popular sports offerings.
There is also a scrolling banner that highlights all of the promotions available.
If the sport or event you want to play doesn’t have a provided quick link, there is a “more sports” link that will take you to a complete list of sports. Sports offered include:
If it’s happening anywhere in the world of sports, you can find it on the PlaySugarHouse app.
SugarHouse’s playable wagers
Gone are the days when sports gamblers simply picked winners based on point spreads. Those kinds of wagers are still around and are still popular, but when it comes to what a sportsbook must offer, variety is key.
At SugarHouse, you can also place teaser bets. A teaser is a wager that moves the point spread in a specific direction based on the bet.
Prop bets are wagers on individual outcomes inside a selected event. Over/unders consist of betting on the combination of points scored by both teams in a contest. The app also offers any number of parlay options. Those are bets combining two or more other wagers into a single bet.
Future bets allow you to wager on the winner of events well into the future, e.g., the 2019 World Series or the 2019 Cricket World Cup. PlaySugarHouse in NJ offers all sorts of futures wagers.
In-play wagers are placing bets on an event after it is already underway. It is relatively new and gaining in popularity. As such, any new sportsbook worth the money that is wagered must offer it to its customers.
SugarHouse offers multiple ways to enjoy in-play wagering, with halftime totals, moving point spreads, and second-chance multipliers.
If you can create a wager that works within the confines of an in-progress contest, SugarHouse offers it to its in-play customers.
Transferring funds in, out of your SugarHouse account
Credit and debit cards are an easy and immediate way to make a deposit into a new SugarHouse sportsbook account.
PayPal is also a frequently used method of moving money electronically and works similar to an online bank transfer.
Bank transfers are also encouraged as a means of making a deposit.
Pennsylvania has hundreds of PayNearMe locations throughout the state. Customers can use these locations to fund their SugarHouse account. Unlike the other electronic methods of deposit, PayNearMe cannot be used for withdrawals.
In that case, withdrawing funds mean you must arrange for an electronic check.
Writing a check to SugarHouse might be another deposit option, or players could use cash directly at the casino cage. When it comes time to make a withdrawal from your account, a bank transfer or check must be arranged, and players should expect a delay in processing.
Withdrawals for large amounts may also incur a delay while SugarHouse security verifies your identity.