A second mobile sports betting app has launched in Pennsylvania and a third has confirmed it will be following suit on Tuesday.
Parx Casino Sportsbook began a three-day testing period this afternoon and Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will be joining the party on Tuesday.
Parx Casino confirmed earlier today the beginning of a three-day testing phase during which the mobile betting app will be open for business on limited hours. Parx Online Sportsbook runs from 4PM to midnight today, 2PM to midnight Tuesday and noon to midnight Wednesday.
If all goes well during the testing phase, Parx Online will receive the greenlight to commence 24-hour operations beginning Thursday.
Meanwhile, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will begin a two-day test of its own mobile sportsbook on Tuesday. The PGCB only needs two days with Rivers Casino Pittsburgh since it runs on the same platform as sister casino SugarHouse PA, which launched online betting last month. Rivers Casino and SugarHouse are both operated by Rush Street Gaming.
Parx Casino launched its in-person sportsbook back in January and reaffirmed its plans to launch mobile betting at the time. That day has now come with Parx Casino Sportsbook in Philadelphia taking care of in-person wagers and Parx Online granting statewide access to customers 21 and older.
First Look at Parx Online Sportsbook
Parx Casino Sportsbook has launched a desktop-friendly interface at pa.parxcasino.com accessible by PCs, Macs and Android devices. Android users can also visit that same website to download a native app to bet on the go.
No iPhone Support, Yet
iPhone users will be waiting on the sidelines a bit longer as there is no support for iPhones whatsoever: no app and no website access. Even visiting the Parx desktop website from an iPhone results in a message stating iOS devices are not yet supported.
The issue with iPhones and iPads likely stems from a recent policy update courtesy of Apple in which only gambling-oriented apps built specifically for iOS are approved for distribution through the app store.
As iGaming Business explains, most Apple gambling apps today are designed in HTML5 and effectively just wrap the website experience into an app. This is far easier and cheaper for gaming companies but seems to run afoul of new Apple guidelines requiring gaming apps to be native to iOS.
As to when Parx mobile betting will come to the iPhone, nobody knows at this point. Parx Casino and all the other PA betting sites are dealing with this issue right now. Apple is not making things easy for anyone.
Betting Online at PA.ParxCasino.com
The full desktop website at PA.ParxCasino.com is reminiscent of an app itself with simple styling that keeps the focus purely on betting. From day one, we see a wide range of sports covered along with more than 10,000 separate wagers and a menu of in-play betting.
Sports covered as of today include baseball, soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, hockey, boxing, motorsports and mixed martial arts – this includes a variety of professional and college leagues. Overall, Parx Sportsbook emerges as a complete betting site right out of the gate.
Parx Casino is partnered with international operator Kambi to manage its lines. Kambi is also used by SugarHouse and Rivers in PA, but individual betting sites are able to set their own lines. This means that although you’ll be bound to see some similarities between all three betting apps, each site will be able to adjust its own odds independently.
In-Play Betting at Parx Online
The in-play betting menu at Parx Online looks promising already with a range of live events ready to go on the very first day. As of this writing, Parx Online had four in-play baseball games in progress and one international soccer game.
The menu for each live event features about 60 in-play betting markets offered for each game. For instance, tonight’s MLB game between the Mets and Phillies offers an in-play money line, run line and point total along with player props, inning-specific wagers and instant wagers such as the outcome of the next at-bat.
Parx Sportsbook Bonuses
Parx Sportsbook launched with two welcome bonuses on opening day. First, new customers can sign up for an account to get a $10 no-deposit bonus. If you’re located in Pennsylvania and register, you’ll get $10 to try the sportsbook with no deposit necessary.
Customers who decide to deposit can claim a risk-free wager worth up to $250. If you deposit $10 or more and place your first wager, Parx Sportsbook will refund it with up to $250 if it loses. The most important things to know about this offer are it only applies to your first bet and if you receive a refund, that money may only be used to place one more bet. Any unused bonus funds will be forfeited… so make the second bet count if you get a refund.