Sports Betting Continues to Grow
For the first time, sports betting fans can now legally place a bet online using their mobile phones in the state of Pennsylvania. SugarHouse Casino, which launched Philadephia’s first land-based sportsbook in December 2018, went live with PlaySugarHouse.com, the Commonwealth’s first licensed online and mobile sportsbook, on Friday, May 31.
This may not sound that impressive to some, but considering the US Supreme Court struck down the federal sports betting ban in May of 2018 – which is just a little over a year ago, things have really fast-tracked. As of now, seven states including Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Mississippi, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island have legal, state-regulated sports betting industries.
The launch follows the casino’s successful three-day operational test period and approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to officially accept digital wagers. The Sportsbetting industry will obviously be curious about the success of mobile sports betting, as up until this point the biggest question has been how many people use daily fantasy apps opposed to websites. There is more to the industry that just sports betting legislation, as once a state becomes legal the competition to attract its users is vital to the success of any online sportsbook or casino existing or startup.
SugarHouse going after creating a mobile sports betting site is a very pro-active move. It allows fans to be able to place a bet on the go and even on the way to a game. This adds a convenience factor that is unprecedented in the sports betting industry that many will surely copy.
On laptops and desktops, players must visit PlaySugarHouse.com to start placing bets. Android users must go to the same PlaySugarHouse.com website to download the new Pennsylvania app to wager on their mobile devices. Apple users can register using their mobile devices but will need to wager from a desktop or laptop until betting from iPhones and iPads becomes available in the near future. The PlaySugarHouse.com iOS app for Pennsylvania has not been approved yet by the Apple store due to changes in how it enforces policies, but RSI is working diligently to obtain approval.
“Thanks to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s leadership, we are excited to make history in bringing the first online sportsbook to sports fans in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Richard Schwartz, president of Rush Street Interactive. “Rush Street Interactive has grown market share since entering the New Jersey market in 2016, in large part due to the quality of PlaySugarHouse.com user experience and a laser focus on delivering what our players want, a massive range of sports betting options, responsive customer service and fast payouts. We have now brought the same quality, award-winning PlaySugarHouse.com site to players in the state of Pennsylvania.”
SugarHouse press release features multimedia. View the full release here