SugarHouse Casino is one of two properties owned by Rush Street Gaming in Pennsylvania; the other is Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
Based in Philadelphia, SugarHouse Casino features more than 1,600 slot games, 50 table games, and a 28–table poker room that are on site.
SugarHouse is also the only casino to have an online casino product in New Jersey, giving SugarHouse Casino an undeniable advantage in the PA online casino market.
SugarHouse Casino launched its online product, PlaySugarHouse, for New Jersey in 2016, which has proven to be an innovative operator with a robust loyalty program as well as game selection. We expect that the Pennsylvania version will mirror this existing site.
SugarHouse is licensed for the full suite of online real-money gaming in Pennsylvania. This includes slots, table games, poker, and sports betting.
The SugarHouse Casino platform
The PlaySugarHouse platform operates on in-house software from Rush Interactive. The existing New Jersey site is a robust platform that is notably interactive and social. With success in New Jersey, we can expect that Pennsylvania’s version will be very similar.
SugarHouse Casino’s bonuses and promos
The New Jersey version of PlaySugarHouse features hearty promotions and a loyalty program.
SugarHouse awards gameplay with promotions including prize draws, deposit matches, and playbacks. The site offers free, daily bingo games for the chance to win bonus play too.
Players also can enjoy the benefits of the iRush rewards program where players earn bonuses and loyalty points based on their play.
New players reap the rewards of a free spin upon successful registration. This is where they can win $10, $15, or $20 bonus money with a simple 1x wagering requirement. Additionally, new players receive a 100 percent, first-deposit match, which is worth up to $100.
This, of course, is speculation. SugarHouse could run a different bonus plan. Especially, when considering the difference in slot-tax rates between Pennsylvania (54 percent) and New Jersey (17.5 percent).
SugarHouse Casino’s banking
Banking for online casinos seems to be getting easier as credit card companies and payment processors relax their position on legal US online gambling sites. This allows sites to offer a variety of convenient payment methods with high success rates.
SugarHouse Casino may include:
- ACH (e-check)
- Cash at the SugarHouse Casino cage in Philadelphia
- Online banking transfers
- PayNearMe at area 7-Eleven convenience stores
- Prepaid SugarHouse-branded cards
- Wire transfer
Currently, PlaySugarHouse does not offer PayPal or Skrill. However, PayPal is becoming a more acceptable payment method in the industry and may be an option on the SugarHouse sites in the future.
SugarHouse Casino’s game offerings
Despite the aforementioned online slot tax, SugarHouse will likely host hundreds of slot games. The New Jersey site offers more than 300 games from top studios such as NYX, IGT, NetEnt, and Konami.
PlaySugarHouse hosts a ton of great games, which we will likely see in the Pennsylvania market as well. Some of these include:
- 88 Fortunes
- DaVinci Diamonds
- Divine Fortune (progressive jackpot)
- Foxin’ Wins
SugarHouse is bound to host a wide variety of blackjack styles from single-deck, multi-hand, micro-stakes, and more.
Rush Street should also deliver its exclusive games including single-deck blackjack, and also a unique multi-deck game, where 25 percent of the shoe is dealt before shuffling.
PlaySugarHouse offers a live dealer blackjack game in New Jersey. With the popularity of live dealer, we could see this game in Pennsylvania as well.
Currently, PlaySugarHouse in New Jersey has a limited offering for roulette. Its only option is American-style roulette.
With the competition and potential push toward table games, it would be likely that a Pennsylvania product would feature more variety. Most sites feature at least American- and European-style roulette games.
American roulette is like the tables you would find traditionally at brick-and-mortar casinos in the US. This style roulette has a single zero and a double zero.
While this roulette still offers favorable odds, European style offers better. European roulette only features a single zero, essentially cutting the house’s edge in half.
There is another popular version, French roulette which offers even better odds to the players. French roulette also features a single zero, and players receive a 50 percent refund on their even money if “0” hits. The house edge in French roulette on outside bets is only 1.35 percent.
It’s possible we will see all three versions on SugarHouse. There may also be a few alternative styles like three-wheel roulette and double bonus spin.
PlaySugarHouse in New Jersey has a partnership with Inspired Games and is one of the first operators to offer virtual sports including horse racing, motorcycle racing, dog racing and soccer. We can expect to see more of this in Pennsylvania.
Other games players can expect:
- Let It Ride
- Three-card poker
- Video bingo
PlaySugarHouse also features live dealer for several games. With the popularity of live dealer in New Jersey, we can expect to see this in Pennsylvania as well.
SugarHouse Casino’s online poker options
Using PlaySugarHouse as a template, we can expect video poker games including:
- Bonus Poker
- Deuces Wild
- Double Bonus Poker
- Double Double Bonus Poker
- Jacks or Better
- Multi-hand video poker
SugarHouse’s online sports betting
Much like the casino, SugarHouse has a head start in online sportsbook as well. SugarHouse was one of the first online sportsbooks to open in New Jersey, and they opened a retail sportsbook earlier this year in Philadelphia.
When it launches online, the PA version of SugarHouse Sportsbook should mirror its New Jersey neighbor, which gives players a great preview of what to expect.
Kambi is partnered with SugarHouse for New Jersey and provides services for Pennsylvania as well. We can expect a Pennsylvania SugarHouse product as soon as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approves launch. Keep an eye out for launch in summer 2019.
SugarHouse Casino’s loyalty program
As mentioned above, PlaySugarhouse rewards its players with the iRush rewards program. While it’s no guarantee the Pennsylvania site will be the same, it is a good indicator for what to expect.
The iRush rewards program is a tiered system based on play. This program gives players access to a bonus store, which allows players to use loyalty points to get prizes. It also gives players access to exclusive rewards including on-property perks and other special offers.