Pennsylvania’s Fourth Sportsbook Opens Doors at Parx Casino on Jan. 8

Parx Casino to go live with in-person sports betting on January 8, mobile betting coming this spring

Sports betting is arriving to another location after three Pennsylvania casinos launched physical sportsbooks late last year. News emerged this past Friday that Parx Casino in Bensalem will soft-launch its sports betting facility on Tuesday, January 8.

The property will undergo a 48-hour testing period, starting Tuesday at 2 pm local time, as required under state gambling regulations. Pending approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, Parx will officially begin taking sports bets at 1 pm local time on January 10.

The Bensalem-based casino is Pennsylvania’s fourth gambling venue to go live with sports betting. Legal wagering has become possible in the United States after the US Supreme Court struck down last spring a long-standing federal ban, a landmark ruling that made it possible for individual states to legalize the practice.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was Pennsylvania’s first casino to launch in-person sports betting in mid-November, making the state the seventh US jurisdiction to go live with the activity in the post-SCOTUS ruling era. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia were the other two properties to open sportsbooks at their premises. That happened in mid-December.

According to information from the state Gaming Control Board, Hollywood Casino’s sportsbook generated revenue of $500,000 on betting handle of $1.4 million in the period between November 14-30. The gambling regulator is yet to publish its December report that will contain information about the facility’s first full month of operation as well as about the other sports betting venues to have opened doors. In addition, the December financial report will provide better insight into the potential of Pennsylvania’s sports betting market.

Temporary Sportsbook

Parx Casino will operate its sportsbook at a temporary location while the main facility is under construction. The temporary sports betting venue occupies the casino’s former 360 Bar and Lounge. It features 20 HD television screens, seven live-teller windows, and a full-service bar. Bettors will also be able to wager on NFL, NBA, and NHL games – as well as on other professional and collegiate sports – at 45 self-service kiosks located throughout the casino floor.

Parx Casino is planning to roll out the Betslip Builder mobile betting app soon. The casino needs approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in order to be able to go live with digital betting.

While mobile wagering was approved by Pennsylvania legislators in the fall of 2017 as part of an omni-bus gambling expansion bill, the state’s gambling regulator has said that it would take it easy when it came to waivering mobile betting and would first review and process in-person betting applications. Anyways, digital betting is expected to go live in Pennsylvania this spring.

Parx has also revealed plans to go live with sports betting at its South Philadelphia Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club properties.

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