It is a double dose of fun on Thursday. It turns out, both SugarHouse Casino and Rivers Casino will open up their sportsbooks on Dec. 13. The dual launch is not a surprise, given that both companies are owned by Rush Street Entertainment.
The Philadelphia casino is also going to begin with a two-day testing period. The casino sent out an email to customers letting them know the betting windows are open during that time.
Per the email, the sportsbook will be open from 2 p.m. – midnight Thursday and Friday.
Presumably, it is on the same timeline as Rivers, which means Saturday will be the first day of official action.
SugarHouse will compete with NJ betting apps
With Philadelphia’s proximity to the New Jersey state line, many residents in the city are already taking part in sports betting. All they have to do is drive across the state line.
In fact, they can already play on SugarHouse’s mobile app in New Jersey. Just today, the company announced record sports betting results for the month of November.
Rush Street Interactive President Richard Schwartz spoke about the casino’s New Jersey growth:
“We’re encouraged that month over month we continue to gain online and mobile sportsbook market share as word continues to spread about our innovative products and quality customer service. Players tell us they enjoy the ease of placing bets on mobile devices, our variety of live in-game bets and our quick payouts.”
Now it is time to see if SugarHouse’s long-standing presence on the NJ online gambling scene pays off in Pennsylvania customers. Granted, mobile betting is not part of tomorrow’s festivities. Don’t expect a PA version of the PlaySugarHouse app until the first part of next year.
SugarHouse open in time for last Eagles home game
With a 6-7 record, the Philadelphia Eagles hopes of making a playoff run like last year are slim. SugarHouse will at least open in time for one Eagles home game before the season ends.
The Eagles are away on the West Coast playing the LA Rams this Sunday, but on Dec. 23, they will host the Houston Texans.
So far, NJ betting does not seem to have a noticeable fondness for the home teams like Vegas did with the Vegas Golden Knights. Perhaps the chance to place a bet on the Eagles and then go to the game will be enticing to customers though.