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August 23, 2018

Three’s Company: SugarHouse Online Sportsbook Debuts In New Jersey

Bart Shirley August 23, 2018

A day after MGM Resorts released its own online sportsbook, SugarHouse has entered the online sports betting market. In fact, SugarHouse just became the first New Jersey gambling site to integrate its sportsbook into its online casino.

The announcement came as a bit of a surprise, to be sure. However, the flood of activity in the nascent New Jersey market means that companies are pumping out their sports betting products as quickly as possible.

The most striking thing about the new sportsbook is how seamlessly it appeared on the playsugarhouse.com site. A casual visitor might not even see the navigation option at the top of the site.

However, sports betting on SugarHouse is underway, and the new sportsbook features a wide variety of wagers for players to choose. Some of the types include:

In-game cashouts

SugarHouse is also implementing an in-game cashout system for players to use on open bets. This system seems to be similar to the live ticket system at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Essentially, players can cash out their tickets at any point throughout the game. The site will automatically calculate a running cashout total and display it prominently on the screen for each bet.

Obviously, players pay a premium if they pull the trigger on the cashout. In other words, the amount of the cashout will be a percentage of what the bet would actually pay upon completion.

SugarHouse integration leads to more opportunities for players

Because SugarHouse integrated the sports betting feature with its online casino, it is considerably easier for players to switch back and forth to their favorite games. SugarHouse is a well-developed site, with over 450 slots and table games on the casino side.

The integration also extends to bonuses and the player’s wallet. Adding sports betting means that SugarHouse can offer more targeted combination promotions to players, leading to happier customers and more loyal play. Players can also receive rewards points for any type of bet onsite.

SugarHouse operates in New Jersey by virtue of a partnership with Golden Nugget Atlantic City. Like its land-based host, playsugarhouse.com features live dealer gaming along with its purely online gaming.

Gaming operator Rush Street Interactive owns both the online casino and sportsbook. The Pennsylvania company also owns four land-based casinos. Obviously, players can earn rewards online that are redeemable at these locations:

  • Rivers Casino – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • SugarHouse – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Rivers Casino – Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Rivers Casino – Schenectady, New York

New Jersey sports betting market changes and grows almost daily

The SugarHouse debut makes it the second online sportsbook to go live in New Jersey this week. The releases ended DraftKings Sportsbook’s de facto monopoly on online sports betting, which lasted three full weeks.

That said, the release is part of an almost feverish amount of flux in both New Jersey and the entire United States. Partnerships have formed at breakneck speed during the last two months.

As one might imagine, the US Supreme Court‘s dismissal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, or PASPA, generated a great deal of excitement in the country. Suddenly, legal sports betting seemed to be coming somewhere near everyone.

Now, two months later, there are seven states with legalized sports betting. Four of them are already accepting wagers.

Many more states are expected to legalize in the next five years. One swing of a gavel can sometimes change the whole world – at least in the world of gambling.

Bets And Birdies: Three Memorable Phil Mickelson Wagers On The Golf Course

Sean Chaffin August 23, 2018
Phil Mickelson

The golf season may be winding down, but fans will be eager to check out at least one more event on the horizon in 2018. Golf legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are now confirmed to play a winner-take-all heads-up match on Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

The winner will take home $9 million. Woods and Mickelson are the top money earners in tour history and Mickelson would close the gap by a lot if he were to win this one as the underdog. Woods opened as a -130 favorite (Mickelson +110) at the Westgate SuperBook in Vegas when the match was first announced. The line moved to Woods -180 (Mickelson +150) at Westgate as of Wednesday evening.

Every shot can be viewed live, in pay-per-view, on the B/R Live app. Bettors will have no shortage of options to wager on the match; props and in-play betting will be a huge draw, especially in legal betting markets like New Jersey and Nevada where mobile betting will be available.

Mickelson said during a practice round for the Northern Trust Open this week that details are being worked out to allow various challenges during the match with Woods, including the longest drive, longest putt, and closest shot to the pin.

No stranger to throwing down a few bucks on a bet (OK, thousands usually), Mickelson is an old pro in the wagering game. We thought it would be fun to look at four interesting bets he made over the years, including three that happened right on the golf course.

Two million bucks? No problem

That’s no small football bet, but during the 2017 federal securities fraud trial of Las Vegas businessman and gambler Billy Walters, court documents revealed Mickelson had transferred $1.95 million to the gambler in 2012, according to ESPN.

The documents revealed: “Records show that in July 2012 Mickelson owed a debt to William T. Walters, the defendant, related to sports gambling.” Not one to welch on a bet, Mickelson transferred the money to Williams that September. No details on what Mickelson bet on, but his golf bets seem to have turned out better.

Not quite two million bucks

In a 2014 Masters practice round, Mickelson left a shot just off the green on the par-3 sixth hole. A fan said it was too tough a shot and Mickelson wouldn’t get up and down. A $1 bet was made – and the fan won.

Once again, Mickelson paid the bet, but had to borrow a five-dollar bill from a caddie, noting that he doesn’t carry small bills. The fan also took home a keepsake – a Mickelson golf ball. At least this loss didn’t require a bank transfer.

Putt it, bitch

On the course, apparently, Phil is money when bigger cash is on the line. Paul Azinger told PGA Tour Radio about a Mickelson shot many years back that netted Lefty a few thousand bucks against some golf legends.

On the 18th hole, all four golfers in the group had birdie putts, with Mickelson’s ball closest at 15 feet. The three others missed, and each had $1,600 on the line. If Mickelson made the putt, they owed him that amount.

“If he makes it, we lose $1,600,” Azinger said. “If we beg out, we forfeit $800. But if he misses it, we only lose $400. So Payne (Stewart) says, ‘I’m out.’ I said it was downhill, right-to-left. He’s not making it.”

Ben Crenshaw also begged out, locking up $800 for Mickelson. Azinger decided to stay at the full amount and said to Mickelson, “Putt it, bitch.” Lefty holed it, of course.

“Payne starts smiling and high-fiving Mickelson because I just lost $1,600 and he only lost $400,” Azinger said. “I was so mad. That’s when I knew Mickelson was going to be a really good player.”

Tin cup cash

One crazy Mickelson bet came during the filming of the movie “Tin Cup.” Cheech Marin played a caddie in the film and spoke to Golf Digest about an amazing shot he witnessed.

“We were between scenes, standing around, and someone came up with a bet,” Marin said. “There was this really tall pine tree, and someone said to Phil Mickelson, ‘I bet you can’t put your shoulder against the tree, drop a ball and hit it over the tree.’ The shot basically had to go straight up. Everybody threw in a hundred bucks. I think there was $1,200 in the pot. And he did it! When the ball was still in the air, Mickelson bent over, picked up the money, and put it in his pocket.”

Tough putts, pine trees – no problem.

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