The newly launched Pennsylvania online gambling market saw its third online casino go live in the Keystone State, thanks to SugarHouse Casino adding its online casino operations to on Wednesday, July 17.

SugarHouse Casino was among the ten casinos in the state to apply for an online gambling license. It was approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) in September 2018 to offer a full suite of online real-money gambling including slots, table games, as well as online poker within the state of Pennsylvania.

The casino is owned and operated by US-based Rush Street Gaming company, who is also the owner of Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. SugarHouse is soon to be renamed Rivers Casino Philadelphia to bring it in line with its parent company’s other Rivers-branded casinos in other US states—New York and Illinois.

SugarHouse Casino also operates an online casino in neighboring New Jersey, making it the only casino to operate both in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In May, SugarHouse became the first operator in Pennsylvania to launch an online sports betting platform. Both its online casino and online sportsbook are powered by its parent company, Rush Street Interactive, the online division of Rush Street Gaming.

SugarHouse Casino went live in Pennsylvania two days after the state’s online gambling market opened. The casino joins Hollywood Casino and Parx Casino, both of which opened for testing on July 15.

Penn National-owned Hollywood Casino became the first casino to soft-launch on Monday with limited game offerings through its association with its software provider, IGT. A few hours later, Parx also jumped in and rolled out its online gambling platform with its igaming software provider GAN.

However, SugarHouse has a huge advantage over both Hollywood and Parx as SugarHouse’s online gaming app is available on both Android and iOS devices.

Recently, Apple issued new Apple Store guidelines, forcing real-money gambling operators to build their apps in Apple’s native iOS code rather than as HTML container apps.

SugarHouse Online Casino Welcome Bonus

All new players are being welcomed with a generous bonus of up to $250. For players signing up using the promo code 250MATCH, SugarHouse Casino will match 100% their first deposit up to $250. A minimum of $10 deposit must be made.

Unlike other casinos where the playthrough requirements are typically 10x or more, players at SugarHouse will only need to wager 1x.

For example, if a player deposits $100, he or she will receive a $100 bonus and they will need to wager just $100 at eligible games to clear and convert the bonus to cash.

The bonus code must be activated within 30 days of signing and players will have only 14 days to clear the bonus.

SugarHouse Online Casino Welcome Bonus

First Deposit Bonus Code 250Match
Minimum Deposit $10
100% Match Up To $250
Wagering Requirements 1x Playthrough
Wagering Requirements Period 14 Days
Last Updated July 18

However, it must be noted that players who already took advantage of this bonus when the sports betting app was launched will not be able to redeem this promo again.

Rewards Program

SugarHouse online casino in PA comes with an excellent loyalty program called iRush Rewards. Players earn loyalty level points and bonus store points based on their play.

There are 11 tiers within the program, with the highest level being the invite-only Elite level. Players need to earn 40 points to reach the first level and 20,000 for the tenth level. The higher the level, the more rewarding prizes and bonuses. Some of the rewards include special gaming invitations, dining offers, free bingo games and various other VIP treatments.

Players can even link their iRush Rewards program with their rewards land-based play at SugarHouse Casino and its sister property Rivers Pittsburgh.

The same VIP program is also in place at SugarHouse’s New Jersey online casino and sports betting platform.

Software Provider

SugarHouse Online casino platform is powered by its in-house software platform Rush Street Interactive. RSI also operates a New Jersey casino site along with sports betting partner Kambi.

As far as online games are concerned, features games from software developers including some of the top names in the industry such as IGT, NetEnt, NextGen, Konami, NYX, ShuffleMaster.

SugarHouse’s online casino games are accessible through web-based browsers and mobile apps.

Mobile Apps

SugarHouse is available to both Android and iOS users. It is the only casino in the state to make its product available on iOS/iPad as well as Mac, PC, and Android. Its competitors Hollywood and Parx support only Android and Desktop users at this time.

Apple recently changed its policy for its App Store affecting several online gambling operators.

As per the new guidelines, all real-money gaming apps must be built in native code instead of relying on embedded HTML5 code. Most online casino apps are built using these HTML5 wrappers as they support multiple operating systems and are often cheaper to build, faster to deploy, and easier to maintain.

However, it appears that SugarHouse may have found a workaround through a third-party app called GeoGuard Location Validator, developed by GeoComply. The app works in support with PlaySugarHouse and verifies the player’s location. Once the location is verified, iOS users get access to the browser-based version of SugarHouse’s online casino.

SugarHouse PA Online Casino Games

At the time of the launch, PlaySugarHouse offered just 22 types of slot games. Most of these titles are from software provider NetEnt. In addition to slots, SugarHouse is also offering three type of Roulette (American, European and French Roulette) available under table and card games.

In New Jersey, there are over 500 variants of slot games available from various gaming developers such as Rush, IGT, Konami, NYX, Spin, and ShuffleMaster to name a few.

More games can be expected to launch once SugarHouse goes fully live.

Banking Options

SugarHouse is offering a wide variety of deposit and withdrawal options.

Deposit Options:

  • Online Banking (ACH)
  • Visa/MasterCard
  • Wire Transfer
  • Prepaid Card
  • Electronic Check
  • SugarHouse Play+
  • Cash at the Casino Cage
  • PayNearMe
  • Check by Mail

A minimum of $10 deposit must be made.

Withdrawal Options:

  • Online Banking (ACH)
  • SugarHouse Prepaid Card
  • Cash at the Casino Cage
  • Check by Mail
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, call the Virginia Council on Problem Gambling (VACPG) helpline at 1-888-532-3500