Following a two-day testing period on Jan. 8-10, Parx Casino got a full PA sports betting license. The Bensalem property grand opening was the fourth PA sportsbook launch – and it had great timing, too.
The first day of Parx Sportsbook operations was packed with action, marking big games for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the 76ers, and keeping all first-day enthusiasts more than busy.
What’s Next For The Parx Sportsbook
The property that hosted the first Parx Casino sports wagers, the 360 Bar & Lounge, is operating as a temporary location. According to Matthew Cullen, the casino’s senior vice president of interactive gaming and sports, Parx has much bigger plans in the mix.
For starters, the official Parx Sportsbook, an impressive $10-million project, will be up and running, courtesy of the Kambi Group, in a few months time. Another more Parx sports betting location will follow, one at the South Philadelphia Turf Club and one at the Valley Forge Turf Club.
In the meantime, Parx Casino will also be accepting wagers at sports betting kiosks on the casino floor, as well as at the 360 Bar & Lounge until 1 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 12 a.m. on Mondays and Sundays.
It goes without saying that the Parx Sportsbook will rely heavily on NFL games and the Eagles to draw bettors in, much as the SugarHouse Sportsbook has. The casino will also feature bets on MLB, NHL, NBA, and NCAA games.
Hollywood Casino and SugarHouse Sportsbook No Longer Alone On The PA Market
Hollywood Casino was the first one to launch sports betting in the state and it was months before competitors showed up on the market. Now, it’s unlikely the pace will be slowing down any time soon.
SugarHouse Sportsbook and its sister property, Rivers Casino, were in their turn the first ones to open sportsbooks in metropolitan areas, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh respectively. SugarHouse Casino might have to step up its game in Philadelphia, though, once Greenwood Gaming launched a sportsbook at the South Philadelphia Turf Club.
And the competition will just keep on coming – Harrah’s Philadelphia has already received conditional approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. There’s a pressure for PA sportsbooks to earn bettors’ loyalty before PA online sports betting launches, which is likely to happen in the next few months.
New Jersey mobile sports betting has proven to be much more competitive than the retail market, and with much more revenue at stake. Until then, the Parx Sportsbook has a lot to prove if it wants to overshadow Hollywood Casino, SugarHouse Sportsbook and Rivers Casino.