The First Four: SugarHouse Lines Up For PA Sports Betting Approval

Written By Grant Lucas on September 28, 2018 - Last Updated on October 17, 2022
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UPDATE– 9/28 3:45 p.m. ET:

Turns out Rush Street didn’t just turn in an application for SugarHouse Casino. The company also applied for a $10 million license for its other PA casino property, Rivers Casino. The PGCB confirmed to PlayPennsylvania that both casinos submitted applications.

Located just block from Heinz Field, where the Pittsburgh Steelers play, Rivers is the only casino in the Pittsburgh area.

Like SugarHouse, Rivers will not get its turn in front of PGCB at the Oct. 3 meeting. Both companies will use products from Rush Street Interactive and its sports betting partner, Kambi.

That makes it five of 13 possible sports betting licenses accounted for and $50 million in PA coffers for the license fees.


Add a fourth Pennsylvania sports betting application to the small pile at the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. (PGCB).

As reported by The Philadelphia InquirerSugarHouse Casino submitted its request Wednesday to offer legalized sports betting in the Keystone State.

SugarHouse enters the fold

Located in Philadelphia, SugarHouse becomes the first non-racino to apply for a sports betting license, which runs $10 million. Along with Parx Casino and Harrah’s Casino, SugarHouse is also the third Philadelphia-area property to apply. Though it is the first from Philly proper.

The PGCB now has four applications to review. Penn National broke the mold by becoming the first to apply, in mid-August. The company submitted approval for its Hollywood Casino. A week later, Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment entered applications for Parx and its off-track betting parlor, South Philadelphia Turf Club.

Earlier this week, Harrah’s entered the mix. If approved, the casino would expand the reach of Caesars Entertainment to four states. Caesars also has sportsbooks in Nevada, Mississippi, and New Jersey.

Another market for SugarHouse

Caesars is not alone in padding its portfolio.

Using the license of Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, PlaySugarHouse launched its mobile NJ sportsbook last month. In eight days of operation, the SugarHouse sportsbook accumulated a modest $103,324 in August. It also had more in-game wagering than any other New Jersey betting app.

Now the platform powered by Rush Street Interactive takes aim at its home market. Kambi powers its sports betting offering and will be involved in Pennsylvania as well. The company is also working with Parx on its online betting option.

The next PGCB meeting is scheduled for Oct. 3. Board spokesman Doug Harbach said the applications of SugarHouse and Harrah’s will not be on the agenda.

On the agenda, however, is Greenwood’s applications for its two locations as well as Penn National’s submission for Hollywood.

The next PGCB meeting is scheduled for Oct. 31, which stands as the next opportunity for the board to review the two most-recent applications.

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Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.

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