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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Sports Betting Brief for Thursday, July 18. In this column, we’ll set the stage for Keystone State sports bettors’ day ahead and spotlight some potentially advantageous betting opportunities.

Thus far, the advent of online sports betting in Pennsylvania bears just one blemish: the lack of iOS compatibility. That’s now partly a problem in the past, which we’ll elaborate on in detail. Then, with baseball on the matinee docket Thursday, we’ll give you a betting take on the final installment of a four-game set between the Phillies and Dodgers.

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Pennsylvania Sports Betting Industry News

SugarHouse and Rivers first PA sportsbooks to offer iOS compatibility

The term “Christmas in July” has been popular in retail circles for quite some time. Wednesday, amid an impending heatwave, Pennsylvania online gambling aficionados likely had visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads when SugarHouse Casino came down the proverbial chimney with an unexpected gift.

As part of its online casino’s two-day testing phase, the Rush Street Gaming-owned operator introduced a fix that addresses a significant part of the recent iOS compatibility issue for all of their and sister property Rivers’ online gaming offerings. Officially christened GeoGuard Location Validator, the app is the product of prominent gaming compliance company GeoComply.

GeoGuard enables both SugarHouse and Rivers online casino and/or sportsbook users to access the respective web-based versions of their platforms—Play SugarHouse and BetRivers—on iOS devices. That still leaves iOS users without access to a SugarHouse or Rivers online casino or sports betting app. However, it at least enables legitimate mobile access for the vast number of those using iOS devices. That’s a notable improvement over the conditions of just 24 hours prior.

As explained by PlayPennsylvania‘s Jessica Welman, GeoGuard confirms a prospective customer’s physical location as being within Pennsylvania to the SugarHouse or Rivers website. In turn, the customer gains access to the full web-based platform.

Further details on GeoGuard’s functionality and its customer interface can be found here. The operators should feel a positive impact on their numbers immediately. Even though the app has essentially been introduced mid-month, there should still be a notable increase in overall online handle for both SugarHouse and Rivers compared to the first 16 days of July.

Thursday’s Best Bets at PA Sportsbooks

Major League Baseball

Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies, 12:35 p.m. EDT

  • SugarHouse Casino Run Total Odds: Over 9 (-118)/ Under 9 (+102)
  • Parx Casino Run Total Odds: Over 9 (-120)/ Under 9 (+100)
  • Rivers Casino Run Total Odds: Over 9 (-118)/ Under 9 (+102)

Two likely sluggish teams get together Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up a four-game series. Teams often rest multiple players, prominent ones usually, on “getaway days” like Thursday. That may be even more probable on this occasion. The two teams were subject to an extended rain delay in Wednesday night’s contest that projected to see the game finish well past midnight local time. Therefore, even those who take the field Thursday will be doing so in less-than-ideal condition.

Then, the pitching matchup isn’t exactly conducive to an overabundance of runs. The Dodgers’ Ross Stripling and the Phillies’ Aaron Nola both sport ERAs under 4.00. Nola has been particularly effective at CBP. He owns a 2.74 ERA, .232 BAA. 285 wOBA and 86:29 K:BB across 72.1 home innings. Stripling has held his own on the road. He sports a respectable 3.90 ERA, 3.31 xFIP, and elite 11.9 K/9 over 32.1 road frames.

There’s also the matter of prior history that each pitcher has against opposing bats in this matchup. Nola has held current Dodgers hitters to a collective .190/.254/.207 line over 58 career at-bats. And once again, Los Angeles’ lineup may not be at full strength Thursday. Meanwhile, Stripling’s biggest tormentor among current Phillies—Andrew McCutchen (5-for-9 lifetime)—is out for the season. Then, the remainder of current Philadelphia hitters sports a middling .229 average against him over 48 career encounters.

While both squads post strong numbers against right-handed pitching, Thursday is a day to mostly throw out those numbers due to the various factors already cited. Ultimately, in a likely pitcher’s duel, I’m going with the Under.

The Pick: Under 9 runs

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