How To Get Started With Pennsylvania Online Sports Betting

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Online sports betting is now available in Pennsylvania. SugarHouse Casino group has launched the PlaySugarHouse.com online sports betting and casino app. More apps are expected to roll out in June and July.

Casino games are not yet live, but here’s all you need to know to get started on legal sports betting in Pennsylvania.

Where can I download Android/iOS apps?

The Android app is available for download on the SugarHouse website, but Apple’s App Store is a different story. Not only are Apple’s new gaming app rules quite rigid overall, but it has definitely put a damper on SugarHouse’s launch in Pennsylvania.

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I have an online New Jersey account with SugarHouse. Does that matter?

Even if you have an account with PlaySugarHouse NJ, you must open a new account if you want to bet in Pennsylvania.

However, it’s important to note that there is a quick start facility to help you do this where the PA site automatically imports your details from your New Jersey account.

I have a Rush Rewards and/or SugarHouse Casino4Fun account. Do I have to create a new account?

You will still need to create a new account, but SugarHouse offers a quick and easy way to do it.

After you have entered your chosen screen name, password and email address, select “I would like to register using my Rush Rewards Card” or “I would like to register using my Casino4Fun account” at the bottom of the first page.

You can then login to that account and automatically create a real money online account using the information from your existing account.

What are the methods for deposits and withdrawals?

Deposits:

  • Visit the Cashier’s Cage in Philadelphia
  • Credit cards
  • Online bank transfer
  • SugarHouse prepaid card
  • ACH eCheck
  • Cash deposits at 7-Eleven convenience stores

Withdrawals:

  • Visit the Cashier’s Cage located in Philadelphia
  • Check sent by mail
  • SugarHouse prepaid card
  • ACH eCheck

Check out our Account, Banking & Deposit FAQs post for all related questions.

Is cash out betting allowed on SugarHouse Sportsbook Pennsylvania?

Cashout bets are offered by SugarHouse in PA. These bets allow you to cash out your bet before the result is known. Just click on “Buy Out Now.”

The amount you can cash out depends on how the odds have changed since you placed your original bet. If your team is doing well and it looks almost certain that you will win your bet, you can lock in most of your winnings by cashing out early.

On the other hand, if your team is doing badly, you will only be offered a fraction of your original bet. This reflects the possibility that your team may stage a comeback no matter how unlikely it seems.

Do I have to download a separate SugarHouse app for PA?

Yes. The New Jersey apps don’t work in Pennsylvania.

The apps themselves offer the same user experience but they are regulated differently in PA and NJ. Separate apps are necessary to meet the different technical regulatory standards of each jurisdiction.

What sports are/aren’t offered in PA compared to NJ?

The same sports are offered in each jurisdiction.

Can I bet on NJ teams in PA?

Yes.

Are the odds the same in NJ and PA?

The odds quoted appear to be the same at the moment. Higher state gambling taxes in PA may mean that the odds diverge from NJ over time.

SugarHouse and the other sports betting apps due soon need to remain competitive with each other, not with NJ. However, they also need to be competitive with the offshore unlicensed sites in order to attract players back to the legal regulated market.

The operators will need to find a balance between keeping odds attractive to players and making a profit in a tight market.

Can you be in New Jersey and use your Bet Rivers account?

No, you cannot bet on your Pennsylvania sports betting account unless you are actually in PA.

What are Pennsylvania min/max betting limits, and are they different from PlaySugarHouse NJ?

Limits and minimum bets appear to be the same in the apps for both states.

Will there be unique prop bets at Pennsylvania apps as they do in New Jersey?

Probably. Both apps are produced by the same company, Rush Street Gaming. That doesn’t mean that the marketing strategy is the same for each state. Pennsylvanian sports bettors will have different characteristics to NJ bettors. SugarHouse in PA will tailor its own offers to its market in the same way that the NJ business does.

Are these apps linked to Rush Rewards accounts?

If you have a Rush Rewards account, not only can you set up your online account quickly, you can also link your Rush Rewards account to benefit from your online betting.

The main player rewards from online play come from the iRush Rewards program, but there are a couple of ways to get land based rewards from your online play. To link your account:

  • Select “My Account” and then the “My Account” tab.
  • Find “Rush Rewards” in the “My Information” Section and Click “Connect.”
  • Enter Your Rush Rewards # and Pin # and Click “Confirm.

What is the iRush Rewards program?

The iRush Rewards program is the same in PA as it is in NJ. This is a double bonus. Many sportsbooks don’t offer any loyalty rewards at all, and secondly, PA’s high state gambling taxes were expected to reduce the generosity of PA sportsbook marketing offers.

SugarHouse has gone for a scheme where sports bets come with two types of points;

  • iRR Loyalty Level Points: These are the points that determine your iRush Rewards Loyalty Status.
  • iRR Bonus Store Points: These are the points used to purchase rewards in the new Bonus Store.

You earn the same amount of each type of points for your bets. The difference is that your VIP level is determined by the number of Loyalty Level Points earned over the previous 60 days. Bonus Store points don’t expire for a year and can be used to buy merchandise in the Bonus Store.

Points are earned at the rate of one point for every $10 wagered on a single bet. The rate is different for parlay bets and works on a sliding scale.

Joss Wood

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Joss Wood writes for a number of publications in the online gambling sphere. With a special focus on international markets, he writes for LegalSportsReport.com, OnlinePokerReport.com, and others. He also centers on sports betting, esports betting, and the emergent regulated US online gambling industry.

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