The Philadelphia area is set to see its second sportsbook open for business. Parx Casino in Bensalem confirmed today that it will be opening its new sportsbook to the public on Tuesday at 2 PM.
This will initiate a two-day soft launch phase during which the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will monitor the proceedings before giving its official seal of approval to Parx Casino Sportsbook. If all goes as expected, gamblers in the Philadelphia area will have one more sportsbook to choose from starting next week.
The Philly Inquirer reports Parx Casino Sportsbook will open in a temporary lounge area for now as a permanent sports betting area is constructed. In the meantime, the temporary location will feature seven teller windows for patrons to place wagers. An additional 45 self-service kiosks will also accept wagers throughout the casino.
Parx Casino Mobile Sportsbook Also Coming Soon
A new sportsbook page on the Parx Casino website hints at a mobile sportsbook that is “close to launch.” Details are limited at this point, but Parx Casino says the mobile betting app will offer a full range of traditional and in-play sports wagers for all the major sports leagues of the world.
That Parx Casino has an online sportsbook in the works is no surprise considering the casino’s sports betting services provider, GAN plc, announced last year that it would be assisting Parx Casino in managing in-person and online sports betting accounts in Pennsylvania.
The website also offers a preview of the types of wagers that will be offered at the Parx Casino Sportsbook. In addition to in-play betting, Parx Casino looks set to accept straight bets and props, point spreads, money lines, totals, props, parlays and teasers.
A sportsbook at the South Philadelphia Turf Club is also scheduled to launch soon, although no exact date has been set. This falls in line with a story from last year that revealed Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment (parent company of Parx Casino and the Turf Club) had applied for sports betting licenses at two locations.
Parx Casino Joins a Growing Number of Sportsbooks in PA
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course beat Parx Casino to the punch when Hollywood launched its own sportsbook on November 15th. The sportsbook at Hollywood Casino is run by William Hill and is now nearing its second month in operation.
In December, the sportsbooks at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia commenced operations. Both casinos made it through their test run phases and are now in full swing.
The addition of Parx Casino next week will make it four sportsbooks in total that are now live in Pennsylvania. All four are expected to launch online sportsbooks in 2019 and will eventually be joined by other PA casinos that have applied for online gaming licenses over the past year.
The Pennsylvania sports betting landscape is starting to take shape, and even at this early stage looks like it will be a big market. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released its first revenue figures on December 18th and the numbers were impressive.
Over just a two-week period spanning November 15th – 30th, Hollywood Casino took in $1.4 million in sports wagers to generate more than $508,000 in gross revenue and $183,000 in state and local taxes. Considering that was from just a single in-person sportsbook over a two-week period, it portends well for the future of sports betting in Pennsylvania.