NFL Week 2 Lines: Patriots Heavy Favorites Despite AB On Roster

Everyone is betting on the Patriots now that Antonio Brown is on the team. Check out the betting lines on New England and every other Week 2 match-up.

Maybe the biggest news from NFL Week 1 was off the field, not on, though it set off ripples on the odds for future weeks starting with Week 2.

We’re talking about the release of temperamental but talented receiver Antonio Brown from his short-term home with the Oakland Raiders and his addition to the defending the Super Bowl Champs, the New England Patriots.

And as if that wasn’t enough, there was the civil court accusation of rape against Brown and his lawyer’s threat to countersue her.

As a USA Today columnist put it: “Antonio Brown is going to spoil all those grand plans the NFL had for its 100th birthday.”

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Brown’s move to the Pats the odds for the season and Week 2

While drama seems to follow Brown, the book at PlaySugarHouse.com had already moved the Raiders from 40-1 to 100-1 to win the Super Bowl on the news and the Patriots odds improved from 6-1 to 4-1.

At FanDuel, Patriots odds had from +700 to +550 to win the Super Bowl.

This week, New England is currently favored by 18.5 points playing away against the Dolphins in Miami at FanDuel. SugarHouse has moved it to -18.5.

That looks to be the largest spread of Week 2 at Pennsylvania online sportsbooks. And it is the largest a team has been favored by on the road since 2007.

Here is a look at all the Week 2 lines (Last updated Sept. 14)

GAMEFanDuel spreadSugarHouse spreadFanDuel totalSugarHouse total
TB vs. CAR CAR -7CAR -7.549.5

49.5

ARI vs. BAL
BAL -12.5
BAL -12.546.546.5
BUF vs. NYG
BUF -2BUF -2.543.543.5
DAL vs. WASDAL -6 DAL -646.546.5
IND vs. TEN TEN -3.5TEN -3.543.543.5
JAX vs. HOU HOU -8.5HOU -8.54343
LAC vs. DETLAC -1.5LAC -1.546.547
MIN vs. GB GB -2.5GB -2.54343
NE vs. MIAMIA -18.5MIA -1948.548.5
SF vs. CINCIN -1CIN -14646
SEA vs. PITPIT -4PIT -3.547.547.5
KC vs. OAKKC -7.5 KC -753.553.5
CHI vs. DENCHI -2.5CHI -2.54040
NO vs. LAR LAR -1.5LAR -251.552
PHI vs. ATL PHI -2PHI -1.552.552.5
CLE vs. NYJ CL -6.5CL -6.54444.5

Boos and believers for the Eagles

Of interest to Pennsylvania gamblers, the Eagles drew boos from their Philly fans for their lackluster first half play in Week 1, before turning the game around.

They narrowly beat the Washington Redskins 32-27 even with a home-field advantage. Pregame odds with FanDuel had favored the Eagles by 10.5 points. In the end, though, the final score was enough for Washington to cover the spread.

The Eagles’ upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2 in Georgia is on the board at -1 with FanDuel and -2.5 at SugarHouse. Nearly 90% of bets with SugarHouse favor the Eagles to cover the spread.

And their fans remain believers for the long haul.

At the start of Week 2, the Eagles account for 17.2% of the total bets made on teams to win the Super Bowl and 26.6% of the total handle wagered to date, according to FanDuel. The Patriots, on the other hand, account for just 6.1% of the total bets and 8.1% of the handle for Super Bowl wagering.

Steelers stumbled and Week 2 looking weak

While the Pittsburgh Steelers hoped that with Brown gone from their roster they would put their losing behind, the Pats drubbed them, 33-3, when most sportsbooks had them listed as just 5.5-point underdogs.

This coming week, FanDuel puts the Steelers behind by 4 .5 points against the Seattle Seahawks despite playing at home and SugarHouse also has them at -4.5.

The Steelers do not factor into much Super Bowl wagering at this point.

No Luck for some Colts bettors

Andrew Luck‘s abrupt retirement changed odds last week in the Los Angeles Chargers game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Before the news, the Chargers were favored by 3.5 points. After the trade, the line closed at LAC -6.5 points according to SugarHouse. The Colts lost 30-24 and the Chargers covered.

Bettors who picked the Chargers before the Luck news won their bets in overtime, while wagers made after the news couldn’t quite hang on for a win.

For now, the lines at both books favor the visiting Colts over the Tennessee Titans in their upcoming game. FanDuel put the Titans behind by -3 and SugarHouse pegs them at -3.5 point favorites.

SugarHouse’s Divine Fortune Pays Out 3 Jackpots In 4 Days

The PlaySugarHouse online slot Divine Fortune lived up to its name, doling out three progressive jackpots in the span of four days.

Forty cents. Four dollars. Thirty bucks.

A few modest wagers brought big jackpots to Pennsylvania last week.

PlaySugarHouse.com’s Divine Fortune online slot returned three payouts worth over $250,000 to a trio of PA players in the span of four days.

Video slot transforms change into over $30k

The most noteworthy one arrived at 3:02 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5. A woman from Levittown, PA, placed a 40-cent bet on Divine Fortune that turned out to be a $30,270 win.

Two other huge Divine Fortune slot wins arrived earlier in the week

Four days earlier on Sept. 1, a woman from Selinsgrove, PA hit for $196,209 on a $4 bet. The woman had been playing for a mere 17 minutes before hitting it big.

Just 39 minutes later, Divine Fortune lived up to its name again. A man from Warrington, PA, who had been playing for an hour, won $57,349 on a $30 bet.

Online slot jackpots are nothing new in New Jersey

Divine Fortune is a five-reel, three-row, 20-line (fixed) video slot game with three different jackpots, including the progressive mega jackpot.

Although last week marked the first major jackpots for Divine Fortune players in Pennsylvania, the game has had a lucrative history in neighboring New Jersey.

Divine Fortune made its NJ online debut in 2017 and has been responsible for more mega-jackpot payouts than any other progressive slot in the state. In total, the slot game, which has an ancient Greece theme, has paid out more than $3 million to its players in New Jersey. Part of that total is due to Mega Jackpots, which have hit 12 times, bringing more than $1.5 million to its players.

Progressive slot promises future jackpots

Divine Fortune was the first slot to offer progressive jackpots in Pennsylvania’s online casinos. And as online gaming continues to grow in the Keystone State, you can expect Divine Fortune to follow suit.

There will be more players, more spins and certainly more jackpots in the future too.

And you don’t always have to play big to win big.

“Divine Fortune is a very hot game right now on PlaySugarHouse and it’s easy to see why,” said Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive, which oversees SugarHouse and Rivers Pittsburgh casinos and online operations.

“This also shows that jackpots can hit at any time and on any type of bet. Since the first and second progressive wins last week, we’ve seen an increase in activity with Divine Fortune…and we expect the excitement and interest continue to grow.”

Pick A Little, Play A Litte With These Casino Pick’em Promos

Seven of the 12 PA casinos are offering chances for customers to profit from their football picks somewhere besides the sportsbook with these promos.

You don’t need to have the arm strength of Ben Roethlisberger or the play-calling cojones of Doug Pederson to win big this NFL season.

All you have to do is tap into your preferred method of prediction to pick a winner.

Casinos across Pennsylvania are offering prizes in weekly and season-long contests for picking the winners of National Football League games.

The NFL is kicking off its 100th season on Sept. 5, when the Green Bay Packers visit the Chicago Bears.

On Sept. 8, the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins. During the Sunday Night Football showdown, the Pittsburgh Steelers face defending Super Bowl champs New England Patriots.

Here’s a playbook of all the assorted picking and prognosticating offers at PA casinos:

Hollywood Casino Choose the Champs giveaway

Weekly prizes of $1,000 cash and up to $1,000 in slot free play are available in Hollywood’s NFL prediction contest starting Sept. 3.

An entrant who correctly predicts the result of all of a week’s games wins $1,000 in cash (maximum of three such winners). The top 20 predictors for the week win slot free play.

The first player to reach 178 correct predictions for the season will receive $50,000 in cash.

Entrants make their weekly picks between 6 a.m. Tuesday and noon Sunday at a marketing kiosk.

Prizes can be claimed between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Friday at a marketing kiosk.

Lady Luck Nemacolin Choose the Champs

Whether you rely on lady luck when picking winners or your tried-and-true system, players can win up to $150 in slot free play each week this month.

Starting Sept. 3, players’ club members who earn 150 tier points between 7 a.m. Monday and 8 p.m. Thursday get a free entry into a contest predicting the winners of that week’s NFL games. The tiebreaker is a prediction of the total points scored in a Monday night game.

The 25 entrants with the best record for week win varying amounts of free play at Lady Luck Nemacolin.

Mohegan Sun Pocono Sideline Psychic

Sometimes the stars can be fickle. Whether Venus is in retrograde or Aaron Rodgers throws three interceptions in a game, this contest has you covered.

Football prognosticators get free play whether their pick wins or loses in the NFL’s Thursday night game.

Starting Sept. 12, Momentum Club members who earn one status point between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursdays get a chance to pick the winner of that night’s matchup. Players make their choice at any Mohegan Sun Pocono casino kiosk. Players are allowed only one entry per week.

Entrants are guaranteed $10 in slot free play just for playing; those who pick the winning team get $25 in free play. The free play is valid through the following Sunday.

Presque Isle Downs Pick ‘Em Pro Challenge

Players can win cash and slot free play every week in a football prediction contest starting Sept.3.

Presque Isle Downs Players Club members who earn 100 points between 10 a.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Sunday are eligible for a free entry in that week’s contest. Entrants must make their NFL game picks and tie-breaker score at a promotional kiosk in the casino. Prizes are:

  • Most correct picks: $500 cash
  • Second place and third place: $250 and $100 cash, respectively
  • Fourth through 119th place: Slot free play, ranging from $50 to $5
  • Last place: $100 cash
  • Entry most closely matching predictions by Presque Isle general manager Kevin O’Sullivan, including tie-breaker score: $125 cash

Rivers Perfect Pick Weekly Challenge

If you think your picks are perfect, roll into Rivers. A perfect prediction of a week’s NFL games wins a progressive jackpot that starts at $7,000 in cash and grows by $7,000 each week it isn’t won. The contest opens Sept. 3 and runs through the NFL regular season.

The weekly contest is open to Rush Rewards members who meet one of these requirements:

  • Earn 1,000 base slot points between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
  • Earn 750 base table game points (excluding poker) between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
  • Make a single bet wager of $250 or more against the spread at the sportsbook window from Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. Saturday. Sportsbook promotional kiosk bets and online bets do not count.

SugarHouse Choose the Champs Challenge

Starting Sept. 3, entrants predict the outcome of Sunday NFL games. Thursday and Saturday contests are not included. All SugarHouse Rush Rewards members are guaranteed one free entry per week in a football prediction contest offering a top prize of $1,000 in cash.

Players can get an additional entry by earning 50 points between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, with a maximum of two additional entries per person per week.

On Jan. 2, the five players with the most correct picks throughout the season will win a share of $10,000 in cash and free play.

Valley Forge Resort Casino $100,000 Gridiron Challenge

Someone could win $100,000 cash in a football pick-’em that starts this month thanks to Valley Forge Casino.

Valley Club members get one free entry each week of the NFL season. To play, swipe your Valley Club card at the Gridiron Challenge kiosk and make your predictions between 6 a.m. Tuesday and 30 minutes before games begin on Sunday.

The entrant with the most correct weekly picks wins $1,000 in cash. The $100,000 in cash goes to someone who correctly predicts the outcome of at least 194 of the 234 regular-season games. That’s an 82.9% success rate.

Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania

Casinos with retail sportsbooks don’t even require prospective predictors to set foot in the sportsbook to join in on the listed promotions.  If you prefer more traditional sports betting, here are the casinos that have a retail sportsbook:

  • Harrah’s Philadelphia
  • Hollywood Casino
  • Rivers
  • SugarHouse
  • Parx
  • FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Resort Casino

Don’t forget that online sports betting is live in Pennsylvania. There are currently five options:

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Check All The Week 1 NFL Betting Lines At PA’s Major Sportsbooks

Go line shopping at Pennsylvania’s best sportsbooks with this rundown of the lines for all 16 NFL Week 1 games kicking off the 2019 season.

And so it begins: Week 1 of the regular NFL season.

The 100th season for the league kicks off Thursday, Sept. 5 with Green Bay at Chicago. A full slate of games follows on Sunday, Sept. 8, then the week wraps with Monday Night Football on ESPN on Monday, Sept. 9.

Pennsylvania sportsbooks are ready. The lines are set at FanDuel and SugarHouse, which is essentially the same book as BetRivers since the two are sister properties and utilize the same Rush Street Interactive software and Kambi betting lines.

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Week 1 NFL betting lines at PA sportsbooks

We’ve broken out the spreads and totals for the opening week’s games in the table below to make it easier to compare and shop.

We’ll be updating the table daily right up to the kickoffs as odds adjust.

Last updated: Sept. 8

GAMEFanDuel spreadSugarHouse spreadFanDuel totalSugarHouse total
GB vs. CHICHI -3CHI -346.5

47

TEN vs. CLE
CLE -5.5

CLE -64544.5
BAL vs. MIA
BAL -7BAL -74040
ATL vs. MINMIN -3.5MIN -3.54747.5
BUF vs. NYJNYJ -2.5NYJ -2.540.540.5
WAS vs. PHI PHI -10.5PHI -10.544.544.5
LAR vs. CARLAR -2LAR -25049.5
KC vs. JAXKC -3.5KC -3.550.550
IND vs. LACLAC -6.5LAC -6.544.545
CIN vs. SEASEA -9.5SEA -9.544.544.5
NYG vs. DALDAL -7DAL -745.545
DET vs. ARIDET -2.5DET -2.54646
SF vs. TBTB -1TB -1.55150.5
PIT vs. NENE -5.5NE -64949.5
HOU vs. NONO -6.5NO -6.552.552.
DEN vs. OAKDEN -2.5DEN -2.542.542.5

Intro to key betting terms

Some betting basics,  first, then we’ll take a quick look at some of the more interesting contests.

The most common football bet is the spread. You can find the spread for each of the 16 games above.

In the simplest terms, the spread is the number of points one team is expected to win by in a given game.

The favored team has to win by the point spread offered by the sportsbook in order for bets on that team to cash.

The favorite in a game is listed as being minus (-) in the point spread. The underdog in a game is listed as being plus (+) the point spread.

The reason for the plus is that an underdog can still lose the game and have a bet on them cash. Take, for example, Green Bay. The team is +3 for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears, so if they lose by one or two points, they still “cover the spread” because they lost by fewer than three points.

The total is just what it sounds like: A wager on whether or not the combined score for a game is over or under what the oddsmaker sets.

Notable NFL games

Green Bay @ Chicago Bears

The opening game on Thursday, Sept. 5 is one to watch, and not just to quench a need for some football or listen to Meek Mill at the pre-game show. Or the fact that it is the most expensive opening day ticket.

The Bears are currently -3 favorites, which means these two teams are close to evenly matched, with Chicago benefitting from home-field advantage.

San Francisco @ Tampa

The San Francisco 49ers are playing away at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa is a single-point favorite, the closest game of the week.

A late injury report Friday by the San Francisco Chronicle to rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd could shift the spread when it becomes clearer if he’s good to play – or not.

Eagles, Steelers and Nick Foles

There are several opening week games of particular interest to Keystone State gamblers, beginning with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Redskins @ Eagles

There are several opening week games of particular interest to Keystone State gamblers, beginning with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Washington Redskins are visiting the Eagles with the Birds favored to win. FanDuel puts the spread at -8.5 while SugarHouse pegs the spread at -9. On the points total, FanDuel has posted 46 and SugarHouse 45.5.
Pregame news coverage in the Washington Post has focused on the broken finger of Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Pittsburgh Steelers @New England Patriots

The Steelers are on the road, playing against the Pats, last season’s Super Bowl champs.

FanDuel and SugarHouse both favor New England by 6 points.

The Steelers have no major injuries to contend with, according to Trib.Live, but star receiver Julian Edelman may have injured a thumb. Patriots nonetheless remain favored.

Kansas City @ Jacksonville

While not a PA contest, Keystone gamblers may have a strong interest in this contest with former Eagles’ QB Nick Foles now helming the Jaguars.

Visiting Kansas City is favored by 3.5 points at both books.

One PlaySugarHouse Slot Features A Divine Jackpot Of $168K And Counting

Want to be the first big online slot winner in PA? SugarHouse’s progressive slot Divine Fortune has a jackpot of $168K and counting.

Summer is coming to a close, but the Divine Fortune jackpot is heating up.

The Divine Fortune progressive slot jackpot at SugarHouse Online Casino is up to $168,000.

A first for progressive slots in PA

Online casinos started hitting the Pennsylvania market in mid-July. Initial game libraries are modest but slowly growing. However, the addition of a superstar like Divine Fortune made many players happy. It is the first online slots game with a progressive jackpot at PA online casinos.

Divine Fortune is known for big jackpots

Since its 2017 release in New Jersey, Divine Fortune gained the throne for big jackpots at NJ online casinos.

In its short time on the market, Divine Fortune has paid out more than $3 million in jackpots to  New Jersey players.

As of Monday afternoon, here were the Divine Fortune jackpot numbers at the two other PA online casinos:

Parx Online Casino: $37,698.0
Hollywood Online Casino: $23,000

What is Divine Fortune?

Divine Fortune is a game full of fantastical features with jackpots that can transform you into a Greek God.

Divine Fortune is an ancient Greek-themed game developed by NetEnt. It has five slot reels, 20 paylines, and three jackpots, including the progressive Mega Jackpot. It also includes these features:

  • Wild substitutions
  • Falling wilds re-spins
  • wild on wild feature
  • Free spins

How to win the Divine Fortune Jackpot

To hit the Divine Fortune jackpot, you’ll need to spin three bonus symbols (gold coins). After that, the bonus game starts and gold coins move into view on 15 special reels.

As the reels spin, you’ll win the minor jackpot for making an entire row of bonus symbols, the major for two rows, and the mega for all three rows.

Past winners of Divine Fortune Jackpot

In February, a Camden County woman hit the Mega Jackpot for $295,384 on a $4 bet on the New Jersey PlaySugarHouse.com. It stands as the largest  Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot on PlaySugarHouse.com ever. Ten days later, a Toms River man was playing in his workplace’s parking lot hit for $92,554 on a $3 bet.

On April 26, a cancer survivor received good “Fortune.” She hit for $139,852 on a $10 bet on PlaySugarHouse.com.

What are progressive jackpots?

New to the online casino game in PA? No worries. There are still ways to win big without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Progressive slots, aka jackpot slots, present a chance for huge payouts for players of all levels. A six- or seven-figure payout is a spin/touch of the screen way.

A single slot is connected to a jackpot network. Percentages differ from slot to slot, with a small portion of each bet adding to the pot.

As the pot grows, so does the jackpot. Once a player wins the top payout, the prize pool resets.

SugarHouse Dominating All Forms Of PA Online Gambling

The latest revenue numbers from the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) show that SugarHouse is both the most successful online sportsbook and online casino.

July was Earth’s hottest month on record.

For Pennsylvania’s online casinos and sportsbooks, things are just heating up. Just-released July data from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) shows record-breaking numbers and player’s fervor for new online offerings.

Bettors opt for online over retail

Bettors might not agree on many things, but one thing is already clear: The majority prefer to wager online. Pennsylvania online betting accounted for $38.9 million in bets, which translated to 65.7% of all bets in the state.

The numbers display online’s scorching start in Pennsylvania. In June, online staked its claim to 41.7% of the handle.

July a record month for PA betting handle

Mother Earth and her heat waves weren’t the only one breaking records in July. A total handle of $59.3 million broke the Pennsylvania record for the most amount wagered in a month.

Even though July is a traditionally slow sports month, it shouldn’t be a shock with the boost of the second full month of PA online betting. It’s a safe bet to assume that each month, especially during football season, will continue to rewrite the Pennsylvania sports betting record books.

Sports betting numbers for July 2019

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityRetail HandleLand-Based
Revenue
Online HandleOnline RevenueTotal HandleTotal Revenue
SugarHouse Casino$4,288,325$530,421$22,162,651$540,766$26,450,976$1,071,187
Parx Casino$3,550,511$414,730$3,648,995$242,244$7,199,507$656,974
Rivers Casino$4,416,292$384,576$9,927,161($250,941)$14,343,453$133,634
Valley Forge Casino Resort$1,788,266$168,146$3,259,840$133,730$5,048,106$301,876
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$1,864,245$151,55600$1,864,245$151,556
Harrah’s Philadelphia$1,700,923$186,57400$1,700,923$186,574
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$1,772,466$196,18800$1,772,466$196,188
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$789,502$110,55300$789,502$110,553
Presque Isle Downs$162,781$45,46900$162,781$45,469
Statewide Total$20,333,311$2,186,339$38,998,648$665,798$59,331,959$2,888,091

SugarHouse leads the way in PA

SugarHouse was the first to the betting app party and seemed to like the view from the top spot with $22.1 million online handle. It obliterated the competition, taking about 45% of all bets during the month of July.

SugarHouse’s sister-brand BetRivers finished a distant second with $9.9 million online handle. FanDuel, with only two weeks in the PA market, turned heads with $3.1 million online handle

Promo codes skew the numbers

SugarHouse didn’t just use the novelty of being of the first to the online sportsbook market as their only marketing tool. Perhaps the most powerful was being the first to solve that pesky iPhone accessibility issue and tap into huge market of mobile users. Also, the generous sign-up bonus set the bar for those to follow.

Sports betting revenue numbers may appear “meh.” However, it’s important to remember the huge amount of promotional credit sites are forking out to claim market share. Sister brands Rivers and SugarHouse went the heaviest with about a million dollars in promotional credit. So far, it dwarfs the amount FanDuel ($120,000) and Parx ($90,000) gave away last month.

Taking into account promotional credits, online revenue for July came in at $665,799.

Online casinos first month in PA

PGCB released its first set of online casino numbers as well, reporting $49.2 million was wagered across  Parx, Hollywood Casino, and SugarHouse. The number is deceiving since the sites didn’t go live until mid-July. Check back in August for a better view of a full month. Until then,  here is the first month of interactive gaming total gross revenue:

Online slots revenue: $517,712
Online table games revenue: $294,594

Online slots are taxed at a rate of 54%, yielding the state $279,564. The 16% tax rate for interactive table games fetched the state another $41,243.

SugarHouse clout spreads to online casino

Sugar is just as sweet at the online slots and table games. SugarHouse’s $261,869 online slot revenue and $160,927 in online table game revenue accounted for half of the state’s total.

Here’s how the other online casinos fared during their abbreviated availability in July.

Parx:

Slots: $139,903
Table games: $120,221

Hollywood:

Slots: $115,940
Table games: $13,446

Expect the numbers to continue to grow

It’s about to get a lot hotter and crowded in the online casino and sportsbook space in Pennsylvania.

  • Preseason football and NFL futures bets are live.
  • College football begins on Aug. 23.
  • The regular season kicks off on Sept. 5.
  • All four apps are finally iPhone accessible.
  • There are a few others who are launching soon as hinted by the PGCB.

Want Some Instant Sports Betting Action? Try Jackpot Parlays At SugarHouse And BetRivers

New PA sports bettors might not realize SugarHouse and BetRivers offer up Jackpot Parlay action for those who want a little money on a longshot big payout.

Learning sportsbook vernacular is something like picking up a foreign language on the fly. Except instead of asking “Parlez-vous français?” the question is more apt to be, “How do you place a parlay wager?”

Or, in the case of two PA online sports betting sites, “What’s a Jackpot Parlay?” 

So listen up, class, school’s in session with the sister Pennsylvania sites BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse as our virtual chalkboards.

What is parlay betting?

Let’s start with the simple definition of a parlay.

A parlay bet is a single sports wager made simultaneously on the outcome of two or more teams winning.

The appeal of parlay betting is a larger payout than choosing a single team to win.

Larger payouts for a parlay make sense since picking an individual winner is difficult. Picking more than one winner is harder. But then the reward for winning is larger.

How does the Jackpot option work?

That brings us to Jackpot Parlays, which offer a quick and inexpensive way to get into multiple sports games wagering.

A Jackpot Parlay is the equivalent of a quick-pick lottery, but a quick-pick chance that’s also a sports bet.

A traditional parlay wager is made by a bettor picking two or more outcomes, and not necessarily in the same sport. That usually means an investment of time and research to craft your bet.

A Jackpot Parlay lays out the options for you, minus the time studying up.

The betting option from PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers automatically puts together the bet for you. These bets can range from three to eight legs.

There is an amount of instant gratification to these bets too. The sites allow you to choose from a selection of events happening in the next four hours or events happening in the next 24 hours. There are no multi-day Jackpot Parlays though.

These bets, which can cost users as little as $.10 can yield some massive paydays if you are lucky enough to hit every leg. Be aware though that the odds on Jackpot Parlays, just like lottery quick picks, are very long by design.

How to place a Jackpot Parlay

BetRivers Jackpot ParlayA graphic icon labeled “Jackpot Parlay” is on the Sports Betting section of SugarHouse and BetRivers mirror sites.

Start by clicking the “Bet Now” button. 

By default, the Jackpot Parlay selects a combination of eight randomly selected bet options. 

At the top of the screen, you can see the potential payout if all of the bets are winners.

If the selections suit you, then you can click on “Place Bets.” You can choose an amount to wager with Place Bets, too. The potential payout shows at the bottom of the screen. 

What are the Jackpot Parlay options?

SugarHouse Jackpot ParlayThe sites and their apps allow bettors some options. A bit of strategy can even come into play.

Here are the options:

  • Choose the sports you want to bet on.
  • Pick the time period for settling the bet. You can only wager on live events taking place within a 24-hour time frame.
  • Choose the number of bets you want to have in the Jackpot Parlay. Three is the minimum.
  • Pick the amount you want to bet, beginning at 10 cents.

You also have the option to remove one or more bets from the list by clicking on the “X.”

Recreational bettors are the target audience for Jackpot Parlays. These bets feature long odds but give someone who just wants a little money on the action something to root for, namely, the hope of a big payday.

Online Sports Betting Already Responsible For 40% Of PA Action

June sports betting numbers for Pennsylvania broke the record on several fronts and signals online betting will be big in the Keystone State.

Hot town, summer at the sportsbook.

The temperatures aren’t the only thing that’s sizzling in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) reported a record-breaking month for sports betting. The fervor for online betting is real, as more than 40% of the money wagered in the state in June came via sportsbook apps and websites.

The numbers are coming in hot. Especially considering only one online operator was open for the full month.

Sports betting generated $46.3 million in bets in June, shattering the previous best month by more than $10 million. The bets were placed during one of the traditionally slowest sports months of the year, which probably means that the record won’t stand for too long.

Revenue numbers were a bit cooler at $2 million. But don’t take the number too seriously. It only included three days of online betting for Rivers Casino and Parx. It knocks the hold out of whack as unsettled and futures bets meant minimal monthly returns for the two new ventures.

“The amount of wagering we have seen being done is significant. Similar to [what] New Jersey has found right now, online sports wagering is going to be where a larger amount of the handle occurs,” said PGCB Director of Communications Doug Harbach

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Pennsylvania Sports betting revenue and Handle for June

Here’s a look at how every sportsbook performed in June.

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityRetail HandleLand-Based
Revenue
Online HandleOnline RevenueTotal HandleTotal Revenue
SugarHouse Casino$5,160,836$467,016$18,170,689$465,096$23,331,525$932,112
Parx Casino$5,175,829$367,206$307,011$18,432$5,482,841$385,638
Rivers Casino$6,203,733$247,309$848,520-$114,395$7,052,253$132,913
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$2,462,294$161,00100$2,462,294$161,001
Valley Forge Casino Resort$2,291,020$149,62100$2,291,020$149,621
Harrah’s Philadelphia$2,251,714$135,42100$2,251,714$135,421
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$2,410,357$83,52000$2,410,357$83,520
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$1,052,241$76,59400$1,052,241$76,594
Statewide Total$27,008,024$1,687,686$19,326,220$369,133$46,334,244$2,056,819

Inside the numbers

PlaySugarhouse.com was the only operator that was open all month. Rivers and Parx for just a couple of days All three were only available on desktop or Android due to the Apple problem.

On July 17, a solution appeared to arrive in the form of GeoGuard Location Validator, an app produced by GeoComply. SugarHouse launched its online casino and iOS users who download the third-part app GeoGuard, are able to play at the online casino, PlaySugarHouse.com, and BetRivers (its sister brand.)

With SugarHouse already leading the pack in terms of revenue, the addition of iOS users should only pad their lead.

Bear in mind that June is an especially quiet month for sports betting. The NBA Finals ended on June 13th. Other events that piqued bettors interest in June were the US Open and MLB action.

How To Install GeoGuard And Start Betting On Your iPhone In PA

We walk you through exactly how to download the GeoComply GeoGuard app, set it up on your iPhone, and start playing on PA online casinos and sportsbooks like SugarHouse.

On July 17, 2019 the PA’s third online casino launched with just 22 titles (they now have over 150). But the real story of the SugarHouse online casino debut was the launch of its Apple integration.

Back in June 2019, Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines. It required operators to develop a native iOS-based product. Affected apps would be removed from the Apple App Store if they did not come into compliance and new apps could not be added to the store.

On July 18, 2019, the solution for Apple users arrived in the form of the GeoGuard Location Validator, an app produced by GeoComply.

How do you like them apples?

Once verified by the super-quick process, iOS users have access to the browser-based version of the online casino or online sportsbook. Users must be physically located in Pennsylvania to play, which is exactly what GeoGuard verifies.

How GeoGuard and SugarHouse work together

SugarHouse finished third in the race to online gaming in Pennsylvania behind Hollywood Casino and Parx. But they were the first to offer iOS users access to their online casino and sportsbook. Sister property BetRivers started offering the technology just hours later. Other Pennsylvania online casinos and sportsbooks have followed their lead.

SugarHouse is tapping into a huge market. Apple ranks as the second-most popular mobile operating system with a 47% market share.

There is no iOS app for online casinos or sports betting in Pennsylvania yet. But the third-party app, GeoGuard Location Validator, is a solid solution.  Before heading to PA, all the sportsbooks in New Jersey already used the GeoComply technology. This should alleviate any “third-party” download jitters.

How to install GeoGuard Location Validator

First, go into the App Store. Then type “GeoGuard Location Validator” or “GeoComply” in the search bar.

Click on the “Get” button followed by the “Open” button.

You will see this welcome screen that says, “Just 2 fast steps and you’re ready to go.” I was skeptical. Usually, I need to come up with a username, password with symbols and three security questions. Not the case here.

Finally, click “Let’s start!”

If you agree and allow, you can be set up in less than 15 seconds.

Two quick steps to get verified on GeoGuard app

Step 1

The app asks that you to enable location services on your device to use the GeoGuard app supported websites. Then it says to click “Always Allow” on the pop-up message.

Click on the “OK, I understand” white-shaded box, which prompts this pop-up.

Click “Always Allow.”

Step 2

In order to securely verify your location, the GeoGuard Location Validator needs to send you notifications. You must click “Allow” on the pop-up message to proceed.

Click on the “OK, I understand” white-shaded box which prompts this pop-up.

Click “Allow”

That’s it.

That really is it.

Return to your browser to continue.

How to adjust settings for GeoGuard

You must click “Always Allow.” If you click “Only When Using This App,” it’s not going to work.

If you click “Only when using this app” (which I always do), you need to go settings. There you can change location from “while using” to “always.”

When asked GeoGuard would like to send you notifications, you must say yes. If not, you have to go into settings and move the toggle on “allow notifications.”

What if I don’t download GeoComply and try to play on iOS?

Once logged into PA.PlaySugarHouse.com, there will be a prompt for the GeoGuard.

After it is downloaded, you’ll return to the SugarHouse website. If you’re located inside Pennsylvania’s borders, you’re all set. If you’re not, you’ll get a “geolocation failed” message. And it’s a bit scary.

Who is GeoComply?

GeoComply provides geolocation compliance technology.  The Vancouver-based company started in 2011, and now serves nearly all of the iGaming market. GeoComply’s client list includes Rush Street Interactive, which owns SugarHouse and Rivers Casino.

Some other GeoComply clients include:

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and this new launch is a very good example of that,” said GeoComply CEO David Briggs when asked about the new product.

“Since Apple hardened their policy on refusing any iGaming Apps with wrapped HTML 5 code in, our team has been working extremely hard over the last few months, along with Rush Street Interactive, in order to find a way to service iOS users while meeting the high regulatory standards demanded in States such as Pennsylvania. Although there is more to come from us in terms of further features and innovations in order to make the product easier to use from a UX perspective, we are glad to get something out there for patrons on iOS devices.”

SugarHouse Is Third PA Online Casino To Launch, But The Only One On iPhone

Now it’s a three-horse race with a powerful new entrant joining the market for online casino in Pennsylvania, with SugarHouse Casino getting into the fray.

Now it’s a three-horse race with a powerful new entrant joining the market for online casino in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse online casino jumped in two days after the legal starting day of July 15, the day when Hollywood and Parx each launched online casinos.

While all three allow betting via Android devices, PC and Mac, none of them had an iOS app ready for the many Apple users.

That means they are all missing at least half of the mobile market. Apple is not allowing online gambling apps that are not built specifically for iOS.

But SugarHouse is offering a significant advantage: its users can sign up via a browser on an iPhone/iPad. This is not possible at Parx and Hollywood.

SugarHouse, Hollywood and Parx all bring strengths and experience

Parx, Pennsylvania’s top revenue casino, competed head-to-head with Hollywood, during the opening day match-up. Hollywood has an experienced interactive partner, IGT, as its interactive partner.

Hollywood Casino, with a brick-and-mortar location in the lightly populated area north of Harrisburg, immediately expanded its reach to customers.

And Parx Casino asserted itself once again as a market leader by its early entry into online casino wagering in Pennsylvania.

SugarHouse, with an online sportsbook already launched, should make for interesting competition among the three, with more than half a dozen additional online casino options eventually joining in.

SugarHouse online casino joins sportsbook and other strengths

SugarHouse comes with several strengths, even beyond its new app.

SugarHouse Sportsbook PA was the first online sportsbook in Pennsylvania, and it experienced strong opening days. The book and the online casinos are all operated by Rush Street Gaming, which also has the BetRivers brand under its umbrella.

SugarHouse also already ready has an online casino in nearby New Jersey. And the new online casino will bear a strongly resembles its sister site, PlaySugarHouse NJ.

Rush Street owns Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, SugarHouse’s sister property. There are plans to rebrand all the elements under the name Rivers. Rush Street also operates Rivers-branded casinos in Illinois and upstate New York

To use the casino and sportsbook app, players must be within the state of Pennsylvania and be at least 21 years old. They will need to provide personal info verifying their identity. Geolocation technology will determine a player’s location.

SugarHouse online casino offerings

SugarHouse online casino will eventually feature a number of popular slots and table games, though only 22 slot games are available. In New Jersey, it offers more than 500 slots.

SugarHouse is offering a generous welcome bonus to new players of a 100% match on their first deposit, worth up to $250.

The bonus has a one-time wagering requirement. This feature is a huge win for players, as most online casinos have wagering requirements of 10 to 20 times.

This is the same offer the PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook is offering, but they cannot be combined.

Rewards and banking options for SugarHouse online casino players

Players at SugarHouse are eligible for the iRush Rewards program. Players earn loyalty points based on their play online and at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia. They can use those points in the bonus store and access exclusive promotions and benefits.

SugarHouse’s online casino offers its players an extensive library of games from top providers. Slots are easy to navigate via a search barallowing players to filter by game type, game provider, popular games and featured games.

While SugarHouse has a license to offer online peer-to-peer poker products, there are no immediate plans to begin those games, which are less lucrative than slot offerings. But video poker should be available.

SugarHouse Casino offers a wide variety of banking options, making it easy to deposit and withdraw.

Players can use the following options:

  • ACH or e-check
  • SugarHouse Prepaid Card
  • Visa or Mastercard
  • PayNearMe (7-Eleven convenience stores)
  • Cash at the SugarHouse Casino cage in Philadelphia.

A check in the mail is a withdrawal option.