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After months of delays, Pennsylvania has opened its first location where residents can register to bet on their mobile devices making PA online sports betting a reality.
The SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia became the first venue to offer online wagering to bettors over the age of 21 who will make their bets inside the state boundaries.
After several days of testing, the SugarHouse launched on May 31st, becoming the only option for online betting in the state, although that will soon change as more casinos open online sportsbooks.
For bettors, the only way they can bet online is by accessing the SugarHouse sports betting site through their personal computer or via an Android mobile device.
Current rules by Apple are preventing the SugarHouse from offering an app for their iPhone and iPad devices.
There is no current timeline for when the issue will be corrected by the tech company.
Bettors that play online via the SugarHouse website can expect to see traditional bets involving point spreads, money line bets, and future proposition bets.
But what will be new to bettors in Pennsylvania is the large amounts of live bets that are available to the customer.
Live bets have become a popular method of betting because it allows the player to make a wager based on adjusted lines after seeing some portion of the game.
For example, say you love the NFL and want to make live bets during your favorite team’s current game, the SugarHouse app will allow you to make hundreds of bets based on the action you are seeing live.
As Cory Giger wrote recently in The Express, the reason these live bets are offered is “these casinos want you to keep betting, so they keep giving you more and more enticing options.”
What is great about live betting is how immediate it is for the gambler. Placing a live bet could have a quick result if you are betting on a single play or quarter of game action.
Live betting has the immediacy and thrills that full-game bets can’t replicate and for that reason, these types of bets will be hugely popular as online betting grows in Pennsylvania.
But for now, the SugarHouse has a monopoly on the online betting scene in the state and the casino is taking advantage by updating the facility with a new name.
Just days after becoming the first casino in Pennsylvania to offer online betting, SugarHouse Casino is undergoing a facelift.
Beginning in the fall, the SugarHouse will be renamed the Rivers Casino Philadelphia.
“Gaming in Pennsylvania has evolved tremendously,” said Greg Carlin, CEO of SugarHouse Casino and Rush Street Gaming.
“Keeping pace with the changing landscape has been paramount to our success. Creating a unified brand is another example of how we’re anticipating and responding to the competitive market for gaming.”
The SugarHouse Casino has already undergone a $164 million renovation in 2016, but the new name will bring even more updates to the nine-year-old facility.
With the new name and the new décor, the Rivers Casino Philadelphia will be one of the beacons for the origins of online betting in Pennsylvania.
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