The countdown to Parx Casino sports betting is down to its final hours.

The Bensalem-based property announced that sports betting will officially launch on Thursday. The launch is pending two days of testing and approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). The two-day testing period is taking place from 2 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. The trial period is open to the public.

Details on the Parx Sportsbook

Parx Casino’s temporary sportsbook is near the former 360 Bar & Lounge. Players can bet on NFL playoff games, along with MLB, NHL, NBA, NCAA action and other popular American sports. There are also betting kiosks throughout the casino floor.

Matthew Cullen, senior vice president of interactive gaming and sports, spoke about how Parx Casino is “thrilled to launch legalized sports betting” in a press release:

“Parx is expanding our portfolio of offerings and giving patrons the absolute best types of legalized gaming. Sports betting will first go live at our main property, and then roll out in the South Philadelphia Turf Club and then later at the Valley Forge Turf Club.”

Parx Sportsbook operating hours

Beginning Jan. 10, sports enthusiasts will be able to bet on all their favorite games. Sports available for wagering will include:

  • College basketball
  • College football
  • NBA
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • MLB

The temporary sportsbook will be open seven days a week. Hours are as follows:

  • Mondays: 1 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Tuesdays-Fridays: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sundays: 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The space will feature 20 high-definition televisions screens of various sizes. There are also two 16′-by-9′ screens can be split into four screens. In total, the temporary sportsbook can broadcast up to 28 games at the same time.

The temporary sportsbook will also feature seven live teller windows, a full-service bar and comfortable seating to watch the games. There will be 45 self-service sports betting kiosks in the temporary sportsbook as well as throughout the casino floor and the Parx Poker Room.

Coming soon, pending PGCB approval, is a brand-new sports betting app called Betslip Builder.

The online sports betting app can be utilized by retail players to fill out a bet slip before walking up to a kiosk or cashier to place their bets. It will help reduce the wait time at a kiosk or cashier because players will need to simply scan the QR code and fund their bets, rather than having to pick their bets with a cashier/kiosk. The app will improve and streamline the process during fast-moving games.

Parx planning sports betting expansion

The opening of the temporary sportsbook at Parx is the first phase of much bigger plans to come. The sports betting plans include building a permanent $10 million Parx Sportsbook slated for a summer opening.

In the short term, once sports betting is up and running at the main casino property, Greenwood will launch sports betting at the South Philadelphia Turf Club and Valley Forge Turf Club. Opening dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.