Parx Casino to Launch Live Dealer Table Games by Evolution Gaming in PA and NJ

Parx Online Casino is set to launch live dealer table games in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in partnership with Evolution Gaming.

Greenwood Racing Inc., parent company of Parx Casino, announced on Friday it has selected Evolution Gaming to power its planned live dealer games in both states. Evolution Gaming will stream the games from its live dealer studio in New Jersey and from a planned live dealer studio in Pennsylvania.

Here’s Matthew Cullen, Parx Senior VP of iGaming & Sports, on the selection of Evolution Gaming:

Parx was the first Pennsylvania casino to offer RNG Blackjack games online, so extending our online offering to include world-leading Live Casino from Evolution is a natural next step. Our online Blackjack player base in particular will love Evolution’s Live Blackjack offering, which includes Infinite Blackjack, with no limit on the number of seats available at the table, as well several other Blackjack variants. Overall, we are very confident that all player types will be very excited by the rollout of Parx Live Casino in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

A press release from Evolution Gaming does not provide a full list of live dealer games it will provide for Parx Casino customers but does offer this hint at things to come:

Players on desktop, tablet and smartphone in both states will be able to play live traditional casino favourites such as Roulette, Blackjack and poker variants, as well as exclusive titles and innovative, award-winning games from the full Evolution live games portfolio.

The Evolution Gaming live dealer portfolio is indeed extensive. In addition to traditional favorites typically found at brick-and-mortar casinos, Evolution Gaming hosts unique games such as Dream Catcher featuring a large prize wheel, MONOPOLY Live, Deal or No Deal Live and more.

Live Dealer Games Coming Just in Time for Parx Casino

Parx Casino launched online sports betting and casino games last summer for Pennsylvania residents and followed that with the launch of online gambling for New Jersey residents in October.

Parx Casino has carved out a healthy piece of the market in Pennsylvania with interactive table games regularly taking in more than $30 million in wagers per month. That put Parx Casino top among all PA gambling sites for online table gaming revenue since the industry launched last July.

However, SugarHouse Casino PA and Stars Mount Airy both knocked Parx Casino off the interactive table gaming throne in November, the last month for which PA online gambling data is available.

In November, SugarHouse Casino (which is due to rebrand as Rivers Online) interactive table game wagers soared to more than $84 million. Stars Mount Airy Casino also had a good November for online table games as it took in more than $37 million worth of wagers. Meanwhile, Parx Casino booked a little over $32 million at its online table games.

No PA online casinos offer live dealer table games as of today. The launch of live dealer games at Parx Casino could come at just the right time for Parx Casino to reclaim its status as the number one gambling site in Pennsylvania for table games, provided no one else gets there first.

The issue of tax rates makes online table games especially attractive for casino operators in Pennsylvania. Under state law, operators pay significantly less on interactive table game revenue than they do for slots:

  • Interactive slots: 54%
  • Interactive table games and poker: 16%
  • Sports betting: 36%

In New Jersey, Parx Casino is partnered with Ocean Resort Casino for online gambling. Parx Casino launched in New Jersey in October and is still getting its footing there. Ocean Resort Casino also runs an online casino under its own name in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement does not break out online gaming revenue by brand, but rather by host casino. Altogether, Ocean Resort Casino logged just shy of $550,000 in online gambling revenue in November between its two online brands. Whatever Parx Casino’s share of that revenue was, it was just a sliver of New Jersey’s nearly $50 million in November online gaming revenue.

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