Summary: Online casino PlaySugarHouse.com has launched online sports betting this week.
After the United States Supreme Court decided to rule that the Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act was unconstitutional in May, there has been a sports betting boom across the nation. States began to pass legislation left and right to be able to get in on the sports betting action. Delaware was the first to launch sports betting, followed closely by New Jersey. Now, an online casino in New Jersey has announced they are providing online sports betting via their online gaming site.
New Sports Betting Site on Offer
PlaySugarHouse.com has integrated online sports betting options with their online casino this week. The addition to the sports betting market is just one of many new additions taking place over the past few months. Known as the SugarHouse Online Sportsbook & Casino, the new book is the first online site dedicated to sports betting that is associated with the Golden Nugget licensing.
The Golden Nugget is the top provider of online gaming in the state, already having an established partnership with the SugarHouse casino brand. The casino is operated by Rush Street Interactive, a brand that operates a mobile and online sports book in Columbia.
Commenting on the new offering, Richard Schwarz, Rush Street Interactive president stated that being the first gaming operator based in the US to launch a regulated online sportbook outside the US was helpful during the establishing process of the sportsbook for SugarHouse. According to the company, player accounts will be unified so that money and bonus points can be switched up between the online casino and sports book.
Sports Betting in New Jersey
Once legislation and regulations were in place, operators in New Jersey who already had licensing for casino gaming could begin applying for sports betting licensing. However, there was a 30 day time frame in which online sports betting was not allowed. Thankfully, that time frame has past and now the PlaySugarHouse.com and the Borgata, who began offering online mobile sports betting yesterday, can provide services to customers.
The Borgata was actually the first casino in the state to offer sports betting, beginning their services in June. Since the summer, the Ocean Resort Casino, Golden Nugget, Bally’s Harrah’s and Resorts have all launched sports betting options. Additional operators are awaiting approval by regulators before they will be able to launch services.
Most are vying for an opportunity to offer sports betting before the new football season begins. The NFL are set to play their first games during the first week of September. Along with the casinos, there are two racetracks that currently offer sports betting, the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park.
The Garden State Park racetrack, a nonfunctioning facility in Cherry Hill, is currently fighting a battle in court to be able to see this venue offer sports betting as well. But it seems the fight will be quite drawn out and tedious.
Gambling facilities in the state were able to bring in $40.6m in sports bets in July, during the first full month of legal operation. This number is only expected to climb as new operators begin to offer services.
It will be interesting to watch over the coming weeks to see just how much the new industry brings in.
The state certainly needs the revenues and with plenty more operators in motion to get in on the action, we are sure to see the most recent figures double and even tripe in the future.