Online Sports Book Review
SugarHouse online was founded in May 2019 after sports betting was legalized in Pennsylvania. The site has a brick-and-mortar casino in Philadelphia, so its name brand recognition helped it to become very successful almost immediately. SugarHouse also has a brick-and-mortar partnership with the Golden Nugget Atlantic City, New Jersey. The online site offers players the chance to place wagers in both their sportsbook and their casino.
- Easy to use website and mobile app
- Live betting and “cash out” options
- Access to casino games as well as sports bets (in New Jersey)
- Unappealing website aesthetic
- Fewer betting options than their competitors
- No app for Pennsylvania users
All Pennsylvania online casino winnings must be reported to the IRS when you complete your annual federal tax return. This is done on Form 1044. You will tally up your total winnings and report them under the “other income” section. The winnings must also be added to your state tax return and are taxed according to your tax bracket.
To get started on the site, new users must create an account for SugarHouse. The account requires the user’s full name, gender, email, street address, and the last four digits of their social security number. The site will also run a geolocation search to ensure the user is in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.
Users can deposit with an ACH/eCheck, cash cage at their brick-and-mortar (in Pennsylvania), Golden Nugget AC (in New Jersey), or PayNearMe ($500 max per day, $10,000 max per 30 days), SugarHouse prepaid card, and debit/credit card. There is a $5 minimum on all deposits.
First time users can use the promo code 250MATCH for a 100% deposit match up to $250.
What SugarHouse lacks in aesthetic appeal, the desktop and mobile interface makes up for in ease of use. The site has a very simple layout with all of the sports and betting options listed out in an easy-to-read format on the left-hand side of the screen. The betslip is especially easy to, and it is straightforward even for inexperienced gamblers. SugarHouse currently offers users the chance to place bets on 9 different sports with 10 different betting options. Having 10 different options sets SugarHouse apart from some of its competitors that have closer to 5 or 6 different betting options. The site has comparable betting odds to most other New Jersey sites, and they offer weekly set parlays that can have very high payouts. SugarHouse also has live betting and cash out (listed as “buy out” on the site) options. The numerous deposit and withdrawal options on the SugarHouse website and app will be a big draw for all of their users. Unlike its counterpart in Pennsylvania, SugarHouse NJ has an iOS version of their app available to all users. This is a major upgrade for SugarHouse NJ and makes it a lot easier for players to access their site. The ability to place wagers on casino games as well as sports betting through the app is a major positive for a lot of people.
One of the most glaring cons for SugarHouse is that it does not currently have an iOS app in Pennsylvania. This can be very frustrating for iPhone users that will have to use the mobile browser on their phones to access the site. Of course, they can also use the desktop versions, but an iOS app would go a long way towards making SugarHouse an even better option for Pennsylvania users. The website could also use some aesthetic work. While the site is very straightforward and easy to use, it is far less visually appealing than its competitors and does not draw people’s eyes into the site. It also does not offer as much of a variety of sports to bet on as its competitors. A lot of users will be disappointed to not have access to boxing and rugby wagers.
How To Place A Bet
In order to place a bet, the bettor must determine what they want to gamble on. If the bettor decides to place a bet on the Philadelphia Eagles moneyline against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they simply have to click the moneyline option for that game. Once clicked, the bet will appear on the betslip on the right side of the page. The betslip can hold multiple bets, so a player can choose up to 10 different betting options and place money on them individually or in a parlay, round robin, or teaser bet. Once the bets are placed, the betslip is cleared and the player can place more wagers if they choose to.
How To Deposit
The first step for new users will be to sign up for an account. New users will have to create username (typically their email) and password to get started. It is recommended to input the promo code “250MATCH” at sign up in order to receive a 100% deposit match up to $250 from SugarHouse. The next step will be for users to enter in their full name, zip code, street address, date of birth, gender, phone number, security questions, and the last four digits of their social security number.
Once this is all completed, it will now be time for new users to make their first deposit. To deposit, players can use ACH/eCheck, cash cage at their brick-and-mortar, PayNearMe ($500 max per day, $10,000 max per 30 days), SugarHouse prepaid card, and debit/credit card. There are four different options for withdrawal. SugarHouse prepaid cards and cash cage at their brick-and-mortar pay immediately while ACH/eCheck takes 2-5 business days and a check in the mail takes 10-14 business days.
SugarHouse is definitely lacking in some areas like its website design and limited number of sports to bet on, but it definitely excels in others. The website’s number of betting options is one of the top on the market, and its easy-to-use platform will be appreciated by many. It is one of the fastest growing sports betting options, and the added bonus of being able to bet on casino games as well is a huge positive for a lot of people.
- Reputation and Licensing: 5/5
- Game Variety: 4.5/5
- Game Quality: 4.5/5
- Bonuses and Promotions: 4/5
- Deposits and Withdrawals: 4.5/5
- User Experience: 4/5