Not much really, except for a viable option for betting on sports if you ever find yourself in Pennsylvania.
SugarHouse Sportsbook officially launched in PA on May 31 as Pennsylvania’s first licensed online sportsbook. In fact, for now, it is the only licensed online sportsbook in the state.
Anyone 21 or older and currently in Pennsylvania can use the SugarHouse PA sports betting app to place a bet.
Of course, even the most active regulars on PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey will have to register for a new account on the PA side if they ever plan on making bets in PA.
So, for those who want to cross the border anytime soon, here are a few answers to some common questions:
Two separate sites, two separate apps
First of all, for all intents and purposes, these two are completely separate sites.
That means SugarHouse requires players planning to use both to have separate accounts and make separate deposits. Plus, if you’re planning to make bets on a mobile device in PA and NJ, you’ll need to download two separate apps as well.
So, the basic rules of thumb you should take note of include the fact you cannot log in to the PA SugarHouse sports betting app using your NJ account info.
Plus, your NJ SugarHouse account cannot be linked to a PA account in any way.
Is the PlaySugarHouse PA app available for Apple download?
Unfortunately, no. You can access the online sportsbook via your desktop browser, and there’s a mobile app available for download. However, the mobile app is Android only for now.
An iOS version is not yet available in the App Store (and there’s a big reason for that). PlaySugarHouse NJ currently has both an Android and iOS app.
Can I use the PA SugarHouse app in New Jersey?
To be fair, the PA SugarHouse app won’t even work in NJ. You can fire it up and view the current game and event odds; however, you can’t place bets here.
The same goes for using the SugarHouse NJ app in Pennsylvania. Since the sites are completely separate, neither will work when outside the state they were built for.
OK, but are the odds at least the same on both SugarHouse apps?
You’ll quickly see that the odds are the same as they are on the NJ SugarHouse app. Kambi powers both apps, although there is one difference.
The PlaySugarHouse Pennsylvania app accepts bets on NJ college teams and college games played in NJ. That’s against regulations in the Garden State.
However, you’ll be able to view New Jersey college sports odds in NJ using the PA app. Plus, if you’re willing to travel, the PA SugarHouse app provides an instant workaround for those pesky NJ sports betting regulations.
A few NJ operators have gotten in trouble for posting odds on NJ college teams.
Double the bonus, double the fun
There is one other positive regarding the two acting as completely separate entities. It is that you can get the SugarHouse deposit bonus twice.
I got an NJ bonus at PlaySugarHouse. Am I eligible for a PA one?
The short answer is yes. When you use the code PLAY250 in New Jersey, you get a $250 match bonus at PlaySugarHouse Sportsbook. While the same code won’t work on the PA site, you can get a similar $250 match bonus in that state as well. Just go here to claim.
Yes, that means you get a double deposit bonus. But since the two sites are completely separate, you won’t be able to use the $250 PA bonus in NJ and vice-versa.
Can I use the same deposit methods on SugarHouse PA as I do in NJ?
The two apps are different, and so are the deposit options.
The catch here is that the deposit options are a little limited on the PA SugarHouse app right now. The only deposit options SugarHouse has made available in PA are:
- SugarHouse prepaid cards
- Cash at the SugarHouse casino cage in Philadelphia
- Online banking
The plan is to eventually have all of the same options that are available to sports bettors in NJ. But for now, SugarHouse has made only the options listed above available in PA.
The best advice we can give is to note that credit cards are more likely to decline gambling transactions, a fact NJ players are probably well aware of. Until PayPal is licensed to operate in Pennsylvania, the best solution may be a prepaid card or ACH.
However, you can’t deposit to an NJ account at a PA casino. Nor can you make a deposit to a PA account at an Atlantic City casino or affiliated racetrack. In this case, SugarHouse in NJ has two partners: Golden Nugget in AC (casino) and Monmouth Park (sports).
Two separate apps, two separate states and two separate sets of deposit rules to follow.
PlaySugarHouse now available in PA and NJ
Regardless of all this, the SugarHouse PA sports betting app does represent a viable option for anyone in NJ that lives close to the state line or frequently travels to PA.
Plus, it’s important to remember the SugarHouse PA launch has no effect at all on existing PlaySugarHouse.com sports betting customers in New Jersey who may not want to double up on the apps.