Rush Street Interactive (RSI) has become the first licensed gaming firm to offer iPhone casino betting to Pennsylvania gamblers.
Apple recently announced that only applications built with the technology giant’s own coding platform would be featured in the App Store.
As most mobile casinos and sports betting apps are made with industry-standard HTML5 coding, iPhone and iPad users were left in the lurch.
Thanks to an innovative workaround, however, Rush Street’s PlaySugarHouse.com brand now offers online casino games and sports wagering on iOS mobile devices.
When signing up via iPhone or iPad, SugarPlayHouse customers are directed to download the GeoGuard Location Validator from the App Store.
Besides confirming that users are located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the GeoGuard app adds a buffer of Apple-approved code that allows uninterrupted access to SugarPlayHouse’s mobile gambling sites on Safari, Chrome and other popular web browsers.
“As we launch our casino site today, we are excited to offer Apple users a way to enjoy the innovative experiences we offer by betting from their mobile devices in Pennsylvania,” RSI president Richard Schwartz said in a statement last weekend.
“We’re pleased that players with Apple mobile devices will be able to use the mobile web to play with PlaySugarHouse.com.”
This development could be a game-changer for online casinos in the United States, as the iOS coding policy had previously eliminated a huge portion of the mobile gambling market.
Apple is yet to deliver an official response.