New Online Casino Games In PA: Updated Weekly

We’re keeping track of what each new Pennsylvania online casino site is adding to its game library each day, both slots and table games.

Good news for online casino enthusiasts in Pennsylvania. There are several new casinos and new game titles to explore.

With brick-and-mortar games shut down on orders of the state of Pennsylvania, gaming online continues.

When online wagering launched in Pennsylvania, the game offerings were a bit thin. Not so now!

Like New Jersey online casinos, PA online sites are adding new games every day. We understand that you don’t want to constantly be looking at the sites to see what’s new, so we’re doing the work for you.

Check back in weekly as we update what is new at all your favorite PA online casinos.

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March 30: Another Divine Fortune jackpot hits

Again.

Divine Fortune has hit again, the 14th jackpot since last summer when the title debuted at PlaySugarHouse.

A West Chester, PA commercial painter won $159,052.43 on Sunday night playing from home.

This is the third time the Divine Fortune jackpot was hit at PlaySugarHouse since the closure of all land-based casinos in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

“It’s exciting to be able to provide a chance for our players to win life-changing jackpots on an outlet that doesn’t require them to leave home,” said Mattias Stetz, COO of Rush Street Interactive, the game’s operator.

PlaySugarHouse has seen an increase in online casino play since retail casinos were ordered closed.

March 23: Divine Fortune hits, lots of new titles

Lots to report here, including a big Divine Fortune hit.

BetRivers has added the following slots: Sparkling Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Atomic Meltdown, Double Stacks, Solstice Celebration, Egg-o-Matic, Star Magic, and Jumanji.

Parx has added: Finn and Swirly Spin, Jumanji, DaVinci Diamonds, Wild Bazaar, Lucky Angler, and DaVinci Diamonds Masterworks.

SugarHouse added: Sparkling Roses, Solstice Celebration, Egg-o-Matic, Star Magic, and Jumanji.

PokerStars added slots Double Stacks and Mercy of the Gods, a title also added by Hollywood.

Parx took down two titles, Blackjack Classic Touch and Blood Sucker.

Another Divine win in PA

A Lititz, PA man hit the Divine Fortune jackpot while playing online at PlaySugarHouse. He hit the jackpot with a $1 bet, winning $278,430.23.

This is his second time hitting the jackpot in less than a month, and the second time this week that a Divine Fortune jackpot was hit at PlaySugarHouse. The first was in neighboring New Jersey for $278,802.58.

March 16: New titles added, none went away

Coronavirus has all PA land-based casinos closed for the time being. As we settle into this new normal, online gaming remains an option for those in PA.

March 2 was a big day for new titles.

Parx added safari-themed The Wild Life and Double Wolf, a forest filled with howling.

SugarHouse and sister site BetRivers each added Pride of Egypt, Dragon’s Law Twin Fever, Chili Chili Fire and Lion Festival, a Chinese New Year celebration.

BetRivers and SugarHouse each added Wild Bazaar on March 6. And Parx activated a favorite, Butterfly Staxx 2 on March 7. On March 9, BetRivers put Rawhide into its lineup. SugarHouse added it a day later.

And finally, Hollywood added Jumanji on March 10.

Feb. 27: Small number of slot titles find homes in February

Roulette Advanced joined Parx’s online table games. The NetEnt game is based on the standard European roulette game and plays by the same rules. It offers a wide range of betting options for players.

Parx slot library welcomed newcomers:

  • Cash O Matic
  • Sphinx Wild
  • The Big Easy
  • Double Ruby
  • King of Atlantis
  • Butterly Staxx
  • She’s a Rich Girl

SugarHouse sweetened its slots with Finn and the Swirly Spin, Turn Your Fortune, and Triple Threat.

PokerStars added slots Finn and the Swirly Spin and Cash O Matic. Plus, Gonzo’s Quest is now available at Unibet.

Feb. 14: Divine Fortune Jackpot for two Pennsylvanians

How sweet it is! Two lucky Pennsylvanians won the Divine Fortune jackpot this week.

A man, a puppy and his last spin. No, it’s not the premise of a new rom-com, but it’s the set-up to a Divine Fortune jackpot. While in his living room with his pup, a Glenside, PA man bet $2 on his last spin and won $148,172 at PlaySugarHouse.com.  It’s the twelfth online progressive Divine Fortune Jackpot since PlaySugarHouse.com launched last year.

After registering a new account on Hollywood’s online casino, a woman hit the Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot for $76,598.13 three hours hours later. Sometimes “15 minutes” of fame in “Hollywood” is a good thing when it comes with a big prize.

Feb. 10: Three online casinos mix EggOMatic into game libraries

Hollywood, Parx and PokerStars added EggOMatic, a 20-payline video slot by NetEnt.

Two new titles also appeared in Parx’s online library; Star Magic, a five-reel slot, and Atomic Meltdown .

Feb. 1: PokerStars, Parx and Hollywood each add the same slot title

PokerStars, Hollywood and Parx added two five-reel NetEnt slots: Jungle Spirit: Call of the Wild and Turn Your Fortune.

SugarHouse also added Jungle Spirit.

Jan. 24: FanDuel launches online casino, but with just five table games and 12 slots

Table games on FanDuel’s launch Friday are:

  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack classic
  • American Roulette
  • French Roulette
  • European Roulette

Just 12 slot titles were on FanDuel’s site on launch.

Among them are:

  • Starburst Touch
  • Divine Fortune
  • Blood Suckers
  • DaVinci Diamonds
  • Gonzo’s Quest Touch
  • Dead or Alive
  • Butterfly Staxx
  • Crown of Egypt
  • Cleopatra

Jan. 15: Parx adds four table games, PokerStars adds two slot titles, Divine Fortune hits

A Northampton County firefighter and former Marine won the 11th Divine Fortune jackpot at PlaySugarHouse since its launch last summer, winning $129,389 on a $100 bet.

The 10-year military vet who wants to stay anonymous won the second jackpot of the year at SugarHouse.

Parx continues to add titles as the year progresses. New as of Jan. 10 were:

  • Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway
  • Baywatch
  • Baccarat
  • Blackjack

PokerStars added two new slots on Jan. 8, including:

  • Lion Storm
  • Imperial Kitchen

Jan. 8: Parx mixes it up by adding and taking down titles

On the second day of 2020, SugarHouse added Double Ruby, which has the feel of a mechanical slot from 40 years ago.

The title is Enri’s modern take on a classic three-reel mechanical slot, complete with old-school bells and beeps with nine paylines.

On Jan. 3, Parx took down Blood Sucker and Black Jack Classic Touch and Unibet removed two versions of blackjack.

Parx removed the slot Treasure Voyage on Jan.5, but then added five new titles on the same day. They are Crown of Egypt, Pixies of the Forest, Treasures of Troy, Triple Diamond, and White Ruby.

Dec. 27: Parx gifts players video poker and more slots

A few days before Christmas, Parx made a notable addition to its online library with IGT’s Game King Video Poker. Also, Parx added four new slot titles:

  • Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin
  • Golden Goddess
  • Da Vinci Diamonds
  • Cleopatra

Just in time for the holidays, Jingle Spin debuted at Hollywood Casino and SugarHouse.

Dec. 10: Parx adds six slot titles

In early December Parx added six slot titles:

  • Vortex
  • Tiger 7s
  • Double Jackpot
  • Double Jackpot Smokin 777
  • Meltdown

Pyramid: Quest for Immortality, Flowers, and Flowers Christmas Edition were pulled from Hollywood Online Casino.

Nov. 21: Two titles disappear at Parx

Blackjack Classic Touch, a NetEnt title, was pulled from Parx, as was Blood Suckers, another NetEnt title with a vampire theme.

Nov. 15: One new slot title at Parx

Fairytale Legends: Red Riding Hood, a NetEnt slot with 20 pay-lines and seven bonus features, has come to Parx.

Nov. 7: Multi-hand blackjack is back at two casinos and added to SugarHouse

It appears the issues which caused Parx and Sugarhouse to pull Net Ent’s multi-hand blackjack just a week ago are fixed. The game is now back on those sites.

Now it is also available on Hollywood’s online casino site.

Oct. 31: Multi-hand blackjack pulled from Parx and SugarHouse

It appears we spoke too soon about multi-hand blackjack by NetEnt. Shortly after debuting, both Parx and SugarHouse pulled the game. During an online chat with customer service, they said that blackjack was down for maintenance by the game provider and would be back up as soon as possible.

Of course, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is aware when games get taken down from PA online casinos. They say it’s done due to technical issues or glitches in the software that causes the game not to work the way it’s supposed to. The game is removed until the error fixed. Then, it is retested in the PGCB lab before being returned to the site.

Oct 25: Parx adds multi-hand blackjack

Players at Parx online casino might notice a new blackjack. This differs from the other option, Pro BlackJack. The new blackjack game is by a different provider, NetEnt. It allows players to play up to three hands at once instead of just a single hand.

Parx also added a pair of slots, Motörhead and Blood Suckers 2.

Hollywood Casino added two new slots, Spiñata Grande and Motörhead. 

Oct. 23: SugarHouse adds blackjack

Of the three online casinos in PA, SugarHouse was the only one not to offer blackjack. It’s not the case anymore. SugarHouse has added blackjack to its list of offerings.

Motörhead, a slot game inspired by the English rock band, also recently made its debut at SugarHouse.

Oct. 12: SugarHouse and Parx add more online slots

SugarHouse has been quiet since the end of July. They sweetened their online slot offerings with the addition of:

  • Smokin 777
  • Double Jackpot
  • Meltdown
  • Tiger 7s
  • Vortex

Parx added five new slot games as well:

  • Enchanting Pixie
  • Grand Dragon
  • Sheer Magic
  • Treasure Voyage
  • Winning Wolf

Oct. 11: Divine Fortunes strikes one Parx customer

According to an email Parx Online Casino sent to customers, the site finally had a Divine jackpot hit. The winner banked a $106,323 prize.

Both Hollywood Casino and PlaySugarHouse had reported Divine Fortune progressive jackpot winners in recent weeks. In fact, the SugarHouse jackpot hit five times in September alone, twice to the same person.

Meanwhile, the PlaySugarHouse Divine Fortune jackpot is getting big and fast. The major jackpot on the game sits at over $261,000.

Oct. 4: Parx Casino has a couple of new options

After a long stretch with no new games to try out, Parx Casino added two new titles at the top of the month.

Now Parx online casino players can also play both Twin Spin Deluxe and Jack Hammer 2 slot games.

Sept. 18: Two more titles at Parx Casino

Parx Casino made room for two new games in the library this week. One is a new slot, while the other is (yet) another version of roulette.

French roulette from NetEnt is now an option for Parx Online Casino. On the slot front, players now have access to  Mirror Mirror.

Sept. 17: Double the inventory, double the fun on Hollywood iPhone app

For a while, we were giving Hollywood Online Casino a certain amount of credit for getting listed in the Apple App Store. However, with five games, there wasn’t a ton to get excited about. (Though, to be fair, IGT Game King video poker is really nine game variants in one).

However, Hollywood is now offering more than double that number of games for iPhone users. Most notably, it brings the first option for PA casino players to access blackjack on their iPhone device in PA.

Here’s a rundown of the full list of titles:

  • IGT Blackjack
  • Game King
  • Cleopatra
  • Wheel of Fortune Extreme
  • Davinci Diamonds
  • Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway
  • Triple Diamond
  • Cats
  • Wolf Run
  • Siberian Storm
  • Golden Goddess
  • Pixies of the Forest

Aug. 21: Hit Me! Hollywood adds classic blackjack

It has been about a week since a new game hit the PA online casino scene, but the latest is a good one. The era of Parx’s online blackjack monopoly is over. HollywoodCasino.com added a classic version of the popular table game to its titles.

The blackjack game is available on desktop and on the Android app. Unfortunately, the limited number of titles on the iPhone app has not changed, so no blackjack for iOS users just yet.

Aug. 12: Parx adds Divine Fortune, Big Prize Bubble Gum

As of today, all three Pennsylvania online casinos are in the divine progressive slot business. Divine Fortune is one of two new additions to the Parx Casino library. It is the site’s first progressive slot.

To give you an idea of how quickly these progressive slot jackpots are growing, the SugarHouse version of the game currently boasts a nearly $80,000 jackpot.

The other new title is Big Prize Bubble Gum, which is a new one for the PA online casino market. Its big claim to fame is 1,024 pay combos, which gives players more than a thousand ways to win.

Aug. 6: Missing slots return to Parx lineup

False alarm, folks! Just one day after disappearing from the lineup, China Shores and African Diamond are back in the library at Parx Online Casino.

Aug. 5: More games disappear from Parx library

First, it was Deuces Wild; now, some online slot titles are gone from your Parx Online Casino options.

The good news for Parx customers is that there is progress on the online sportsbook front. As of Monday, the Parx Online Sportsbook is available for download in the Apple app store. It is the first new sports betting app to get listed in the store for PA users.

Perhaps in tandem with squaring things up for sportsbook launch, some of the games had to go? Two titles that are missing are African Diamond and China Shores.

What is important to note is there is still no iOS app for Parx Online Casino, though, that any connection between the new app and the missing games are purely conjecture.

Aug. 1: Hollywood gets its own progressive Divine Fortune

After several days with no major updates, there is finally a new title in an online casino’s library. It’s a good one too.

Like SugarHouse, HollywoodCasino.com can now boast a progressive jackpot slot, as it too has added Divine Fortune to the library.

According to the info on Hollywood, the game offers a 96.6% return to player (RTP). The 20-payline game has a minimum bet of $.20 and a max bet of $100.

July 26: Divine Fortune brings PA’s first progressive jackpot

There are four new titles in the SugarHouse library, but the one that stands out above the rest is Divine Fortune.

The introduction of the title is more than just a new game. It is the state’s first progressive jackpot slot to hit the market.

If you’re unfamiliar with progressive jackpots, these are slot titles where the top jackpot grows, and the more users play without anyone hitting it. They are already very popular in New Jersey, with some jackpots growing to be over $2 million.

If you’re a music fan, the three other new titles might pique your interest. They are all focused around popular musical acts:

  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Motorhead

July 24: Deuces Wild disappears from Parx

Rather than any new game announcements, we have our first disappearance from a title list.

Parx Casino launched with two types of video poker, Jacks or Better and Deuces Wild. Now though, there is only one. Deuces Wild is no longer on the list of games, leaving video poker fans with the one option.

If you are looking for video poker elsewhere in Pennsylvania, your only other option is Hollywood Casino. The good news is that the site offers the IGT Game King video poker suite, which features nine different variants of the game.

July 22: Busy week for sports betting, a slow start for casino

The weekend came and went with no new game options for PA players seeking more slots and table games options. None of the three casinos added any new titles on Monday.

However, today something new is coming to market eventually. FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino should be rolling out testing on its online betting app at any moment.

July 19: The week ends with NetEnt near-monopoly

Friday was a slow day for the three PA online casinos headed into their first weekend on the market. Here is a look at the latest game counts:

SugarHouse:

  • Slots: 37
  • Table games: 3

Parx:

  • Slots: 41
  • Table games: 6

Hollywood:

  • Slots: 66
  • Table games: 14

July 18: SugarHouse adds roulette

After opening Wednesday with only 22 slot titles, PlaySugarHouse is now offering table games. Effective Thursday, SugarHouse is officially offering online table games in the form of three types of online roulette.

Those are:

  • American roulette
  • European roulette
  • French roulette

A quick lesson in roulette odds for those new to the game. You always want to find versions of roulette with just a single zero on the wheel. Those offer the best odds for casino players.

The good news for SugarHouse players is that both European and French roulette offer just that. Plus, if you are seeking more volatile odds, American roulette, with its 0 and 00, is still in the mix.

New Jersey Now Has A Parx Online Casino With More Games Than The PA One

Parx Casino is already a juggernaut in Pennsylvania gaming. Now it has crossed the Delaware River.

You can now play on Parx Online Casino in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The site launched in New Jersey last week. It is operating under Ocean Casino’s online gambling license.

That’s a major boon to its cross-border customer base. New Jersey patrons of the casino can now choose between spending time on property in Philadelphia or playing games at home.

NJ online casino features a much larger library of games

The biggest problem in the Pennsylvania online casino business is the lack of games for players to choose from. Currently, Parx PA has 57 titles. It launched with less than 30 games.

Most of them are slots, with a limited number of table games. For the first couple of months, Parx was the only online casino in the state with blackjack.

By comparison, the NJ Parx site launched with 94 titles, including multiple blackjack formats and a much larger choice of table game titles.

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Leading supplier GAN is Parx’s partner

Parx partnered in the move to NJ with GAN, a leading European-based supplier of internet gambling software. The companies have worked together in PA since 2014.

GAN has expanded rapidly. The growing company recently announced its third-quarter gross revenue had risen 203% year-over-year.

Extending to NJ via online came quickly. Parx had only entered the PA online sports betting market in June. Parx then launched an online casino in Pennsylvania in July.

NJ is a logical expansion for Parx online casino

Parx formally launched Monday in NJ following a three-day soft opening period last week.

Dermot Smurfit, the CEO of GAN, explained the move:

Launching the largest casino in Pennsylvania online has now logically extended across the border into New Jersey, extending its reach into New Jersey’s fast-growing and established internet gambling market.

This represents an incremental revenue opportunity for GAN and is a logical extension of our technology infrastructure to serve Parx Casino patrons who routinely cross the invisible border between these two populous states.

The leader of GAN said growth was better than “better than expected.”

One major factor he pointed to is the fact that NJ sports fans who attended games across the river in Philadelphia are already accustomed to betting online.

John Dixon, the chief operating officer of Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Parx’s parent company, added GAN can serve “our business needs in multiple states which aligns with the cross-border nature of our existing retail gaming customer base.”

Parx card can be linked in both states

The expansion means Parx patrons can now “gamble online in either Pennsylvania or New Jersey, as they wish,” added Dixon.

Additionally, because GAN has a patented integration system, the Xclub reward card for Parx can be linked so it works in both states.

According to GAN, Parx’s land-based casino in PA accounts for about 18% of the total market in the bricks-and-mortar segment. That makes Parx the top land-based casino among the 12 retail properties in the state.

You Can Win When The 76ers Win At Parx Online Casino, Thanks To New Partnership

Parx online casino is now the Philadelphia 76er’s official winning partner, which means when the team wins, online casino players in Philly do as well.

Take it to the net.

The Philadelphia 76ers recently announced a partnership with Parx Casino. To emphasize, Parx now bears the title of the first “Official Winning Partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.”

For the purpose of commemorating this partnership, Parx’s online casino will offer a “Win For All” promotion.

About the ‘Win For All’ promotion

On July 15, Parx made history by being one of the first two casinos to launch online casinos in Pennsylvania. In addition, it also has its own Pennsylvania online sportsbook launched earlier this year.

The “Win For All” promotion activates anytime the 76ers win. In order to participate, you must be at least 21 years old, and within a 150-mile radius of the city. With this in mind, now look for a custom promo code from Parx either through social media or radio. Lastly, redeem the bonus free-play offer through the online casino with the promo code.

This bonus offer starts at $25 per 76ers win until the team reaches its 26th win. After that, each bonus offer matches the 76ers’ win streak. For example, a 30th victory results in a $30 bonus offer.

76ers president Chris Heck stated in a press release:

The “Win for All” promotion provides a creative avenue for fans to interact with our first-ever “Official Winning Partner” and plays upon the competitive spirit of Philadelphia fans.

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More bonus offers and fun

Look out for when the 76ers take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day. Notably, it’s the first time since 1988 that a Christmas home game takes place in Philadelphia. Parx will be offering a special bonus code for this game, as well as other potential special games.

But, that’s not all. Parx plans to celebrate 76ers night at the Beer Garden every month with an impressive 24 rotating taps of craft beer and two 16-foot televisions. In addition, don’t forget the actual Parx Sportsbook (that opened earlier this year) for additional ways to participate in the 76ers season.

Parx sees the benefits of partnerships

Through this partnership, Parx presents the 76ers postgame show on 97.5 FM The Fanatic. More importantly, the casino will enjoy an appreciable amount of in-game signage at the Wells Fargo Center through courtside and 360 LED boards.

Additionally, Parx partnered up with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer earlier this year. The casino is the presenting partner of the halftime show on local channels of Union games. Also, Parx street teams can engage with fans at the Talen Energy Stadium to promote the casino.

Portrait Of A Sports Bettor: Snapshots From Stadium Park

A few clouds dot an otherwise brilliant blue sky. A cool breeze blows that makes you understand why Sinatra sang about the summer wind.

It’s a perfect June evening for a baseball game.

But the Phillies are in the midst of an early summer swoon. It’s an ugly one, filled with poor base running and erratic starting pitching. Tonight, it doesn’t matter. They are honoring fan-favorite Chase Utley in a retirement ceremony. There should be a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Citizens Bank Park.

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South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook

A few hours before the first pitch, it’s hard to gauge how busy it is at the South Philadelphia Turf Club. It’s a weirdly designed 27,000 square feet, broken into sections. For reference, the largest Cheesecake Factory is 21,000 square feet.

It’s actually not called the South Philadelphia Turf Club anymore. In January, it got rebranded as the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook. Still, in a city known for shortening names of venues (the Vet, the Linc), it’s still widely known as the Turf Club. According to parent casino Parx, the property underwent a $1 million renovation. The remodel included fully refurbishing the location and adding new amenities.

Located on the second floor, upon entrance to the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, guests are greeted with a flight of stairs and an escalator. Tonight, the escalator is out of order. With no signs for an elevator, I scaled the steps. I made a quick visit to the ladies room and choose the stall without toilet paper. With my jeans around my ankles (there were no other women there) I waddled to two other stalls before I found a square.

South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook is located adjacent to the sports complex in South Philadelphia. It’s the only place to legally bet on horse racing in the city of Philadelphia.

 

A combination of young and old bettors

Like its sister property in Oaks, PA,  a steady stream of customers file in and head directly to the sports betting kiosks. They place their bets, and most do not even offer a cursory glance at any of the races.

A pile of newspapers and racing forms cover the table where John and his two friends gather. John looks like he could have played linebacker for Dick Vermeil’s early 1980s teams. His friends sit, but John hardly ever does. He makes his rounds saying hello to other regulars and placing a bet at the kiosk before almost every race.

“I need four and eight this race,” he says to his friends.

“Four and eight!” he says to the TV screen.

Eight is edged at the wire by the seven-horse.

“By a nose. By a f—— nose,” his friend says, slapping his hand on his back.

“That’s how you can tell who’s winning and who’s losing. The losers are always making this sign.” John holds his thumb and forefinger an inch apart.

Within a minute, he’s already flipping through a pocket-sized notebook planning for the next race. He looks at the screen and bangs his notebook against the end of the table.

“I wanted the two-horse in the next one, but that shit got scratched.”

For about two hours, John and his friends from South Philadelphia are glued to the races. But they won’t place a bet on any of the other action.

They already did before they arrived at the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook. The men visited their bookie before coming to bet on a few baseball games this weekend. It’s what they do before each of their bi-weekly trips.

The local bookie is here to stay

Sports betting in Pennsylvania moved out of the shadows and into the light of legality. To say it’s new to South Philly would be more comical than suggesting a switch to a kombucha and kale tailgate menu.

The bookie “has gotten busier” according to Peter, one of John’s friends, since the legalization of sports betting. Peter thinks there is “no way” the local bookie will go out of business. He has bet with a bookie for decades because, “he’s easy to get in touch with, my wife and the government don’t know about it, and they give better odds.”

“Bookies give credit, too,” John adds. “They ain’t going anywhere.”

A customer since its inception, John’s noticed a definite uptick in business since the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook started taking sports betting action. A younger crowd who, he says, bet on sports and horse racing.

South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook seems to be divided into horse racing bettors who sit down and stay and the in-and-out sports bettors. The in-and-out bettors skew younger — males in their 30s and 40s. Only a handful are wearing any Phillies red.

Start ’em young

At 7-years-old, John started playing craps in basements and back alleys. In his teens, he started betting football pool. After a trip to the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook with his uncle, he added horse racing to the list.

“Some kids get an abacus to learn to count. I got a pair of dice,” he said. “The horses, I was hooked, you know. I watched my uncle…he taught me. Every couple of minutes a race would start and there was action again.”

John talks at length about the smaller number of entries in races. He remembers fields of 10 to 12 horses. The races today consist of about seven or eight horses. It cuts down on research time and makes it “hard to resist if you got a good feeling on a few horses.” Still, John worries about the future of the sport due to its dwindling fields and aging fan base.

“These young guys are spending most of their money at the kiosk or on their phone,” he says referring to mobile betting. “That’s where their big spends are going.”

He pauses when another race hits the homestretch despite not betting on it.

“It’s a great sport. But my favorite thing to bet on is two women going at it in a mud ring.”

What wives don’t know

Jerry peaks from under the brim of his Vietnam veterans cap at the sound of two handclaps.

“My brother!” he says, shaking his head. Ron flashes a Cheshire smile. He picked a winner and won “a few hundred in a scratch-off.”

“My wife hit big at Parx on the slots last week. She don’t know I’m here losing it,” he says.

“Yeah, they always get it back,” Ron says. “Ain’t nobody’s wife know they are here as much they are.”

“I hit the number with my bookie this week. More than I hit here on anything in a long time,” said Jerry.

Both men say they bet on horse racing, football, and basketball for over three decades with a neighborhood bookie.

“No, it won’t put the bookies out of business,” says Ron of the legalization of sports betting in PA. “They give you credit. And you can push through the phone. When it’s cold out, you don’t have to leave. You just have to call ’em up.”

You don’t come to the Turf Club for the food

For them, the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook is a place close to home bet on the races and talk horse racing. It possesses a no-frills, social hall vibe where there is no cover, no dress code, and no overpriced drinks.

Jerry says that some people complain about the food.

“I don’t come here for the food,” said Jerry. “I haven’t seen the food business pick up since sports betting started. If you’re coming to South Philly, you ain’t eating at this place anyway.”

Jerry and Ron do a quick count of friends who are on vacation this week. They say it’s been less crowded recently since regulars are at the Jersey Shore or the Poconos.

“March Madness was nuts here. So busy,” Ron says. “When the Eagles play. It’s bananas in here.”

“It’s crazy everywhere when the Eagles play,” adds Jerry.

A young sports bettor’s story

Nate Uber’d from his Center City office to meet his father at South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook. They are headed to the Phillies game and wanted to grab a few drinks before.

“I usually go to Xfinity before Phillies games. But that’s not my dad’s scene,” he says. In the former site of the Spectrum, Xfinity Live is a busy pre- and post-game spot for booze, food and the occasional live music.

Nate, in a red Bryce Harper shirt, nurses a bottle of Miller Lite. His father is engrossed in the races.

During the early 2000s while in college and a year after graduation, sports betting served as Nate’s main source of income.

With an offshore sportsbook, he bet “a little bit of everything” but mostly college and professional football and basketball.

Nate explains that once he settled at his finance job, he stopped betting. A few of his friends who bet gravitated toward the local bookie instead of offshore sports betting. But he decided against it.

His “system” required a time commitment, where he would pore over stats and scour the Internet. Then there was “hassle” of withdraw and deposit from offshore betting.

Can PA sportsbooks replace offshore sites?

Today, Nate is married with two young children. Most of his close friends still bet with a bookie, but they have been making frequent trips to the Valley Forge Casino sportsbook since it opened.

He joined them at the sportsbook on a Saturday night in for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Nate said he made two bets that night and won “over a couple grand.”

“I wanted to put money on Game 7. But I didn’t have time to really do the research then go to the sportsbook. Am I going to lie to my wife and be late to my kid’s recital because I had to place a bet?”

As of June, PlaySugarHouse was the only mobile betting option in Pennsylvania option, and it wasn’t yet available on iOS.

“I can see myself doing online sports betting. It’s going to be so easy and convenient,” said Nate.

The new neighbor is coming a-Live!

Something monstrous is happening across the street from the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook.

It’s hard to miss if your its neighbor or passing on I-76.

Live! Casino is coming to life. On the site of the former Holiday Inn, cranes erect precast and steel. At $700 million, Live! representatives are touting it as “the first comprehensive gaming, resort, entertainment and sports destination in the United States.”

On a return trip to South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook, there is no Phillies game since it’s the All-Star break. The elevator is still cordoned off with caution tape. However, there are pieces of paper with arrows guiding customers.

I follow each one down a hallway to a narrow elevator, knowing that this is a scene reminiscent of a cartoon where an anvil falls at the end.

When I get off the elevator, a staff member sitting at the front desk greets me. He seems surprised to see me but keeps eating his KFC Fill-Up Bowl.

Half of the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook is closed. At the bar, a man in his early fifties finishes off a plate of buffalo wings. He’s a regular at OTBs from Delaware Park to Monmouth. Ray took an early retirement package “from a place you use all the time” and still works part-time. His wife works full-time, and he tries to “have fun and keep busy.”

“This is the best OTB I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to all of ‘em. There’s a lot of horse guys in Philly, and this is where they come.”

Ray says he’s noticed a bigger crowd at South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook since it started offering sports betting. Obviously, customers bet on sports since the installation of the kiosks, but he says “a fair number” stay and bet on horse races.

‘People like to bet’

“People like to bet. Now it’s legal. I don’t know anyone that’s stopped using their bookie though,” he says.

Ray loves “the action.” Each place offers a different atmosphere, and he decides where to go based on his mood. If he wants a communal experience, he heads to the OTB. Or, if he wants to “drop a couple hundred” at the table, he’ll go to Harrah’s Philadelphia. If he wants convenience without leaving the house, he’ll call his bookie.

Ray isn’t interested in mobile wagering. He bets over the phone with his bookie. He also won’t be frequenting Live!

“That,” he says, pointing out the window in the direction of Live!, “isn’t going to be a place for a guy like me. They are going for a younger crowd. They aren’t even going to show horse racing there.”

Portrait Of A Sports Bettor: The OTB Old-Timers

With sports betting rapidly expanding in PA, where does that leave the longtime OTB horse bettors? We talk with some to answer just that.

(Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.)

Welcome to the new Wild West. Except, it isn’t limited to a specific geographic location west of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

In May 2018, when the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of New Jersey, they delivered a fatal blow to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The federal law limited single-game sports betting to Nevada. Now, the decision to legalize sports betting — and strike tax revenue gold — lies in the hands of each state.

A new type of gold rush ensued after the Supreme Court struck down PAPSA. Seven states had legal sports betting markets by the end of 2018. As of the end of August 2019, it grew to a total of 12.

Pennsylvania was an early adopter, including a provision for sports betting in its 2017 gambling expansion package.

With rules and regulations varying from state-to-state, it only adds to the Wild West mentality.

If we are living in the Wild West, then the best place to start to tell the story is at the modern-day watering holes and O.K. Corrals. Our first stop was off-track betting (OTB) parlors, where we found people who love horse racing and a cast of characters more colorful than a Western black-and-white.

Welcome to the wild west of legalized Pennsylvania sports wagering.

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Off-track betting

The Parx-operated Oaks Race & Sportsbook (formerly Valley Forge Turf Club) and the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook are off-track betting (OTB) facilities. Both opened in the mid-90s and serve as havens for horse betting. Customers equipped with the daily racing form, newspapers, and notebooks spend hours in the hunter green chairs watching races on the numerous televisions everywhere you turn.

Perhaps feeling like a moody pop star, Oaks Race & Sportsbook went through a few name changes before settling on one. When they started offering sports betting, it was rebranded to Valley Forge Race & Sportsbook.

However, with nearby Valley Forge Casino also in the sports betting game, it was a bit confusing. The name was changed again to its current iteration. Still, most people from the area simply refer to it as “the turf club.”

Would long-time regulars have to jockey for position at their usual table? Do sports bettors, whose regular action stays within major sports, have any interest in the No. 4 race at Gulfstream? Is there an impending turf war on the horizon?

Oaks Race & Sportsbook

Two electronic billboards before the Oaks exit on US 422 tout John Fogerty performing at Parx. A new strip mall with a Buffalo Wild Wings and Pizzeria Uno greet commuters off the of exit.

Welcome to suburban sprawl.

The area’s experienced substantial growth since Oaks Race & Sportsbook opened in 1996 as an OTB facility. A hotel opened next door in 2012. Across the street, The Marketplace at Oaks, a 513,000-square-foot upscale, suburban community center, serves as a major hub of retail.

On March 12, Oaks Race & Sports Book became the eighth location to accept wagers on sporting events in Pennsylvania. A $1 million renovation to refurbish the property added new amenities, betting kiosks, and a modernized kitchen.

Meet Rick and Mike

A few days before the Preakness Stakes, Rick and Mike sit outside smoking cigars.

It’s a perfect day to relax outside on Oaks Race & Sportsbook’s patio or your own. The pair would prefer to be inside watching the races. But the book doesn’t permit cigar smoking and limits cigarette smoking to one room.

“That’s the way it’s been for a few years, now. It was half smoking and half nonsmoking, but not anymore. A lot of people were upset about it at first. Now,” he said, throwing up his hands, “what are you going to do? You can’t smoke anywhere.”

Collegeville-area residents Rick and Mike have been betting on horses since the 1970s. They used to own a few horses in the mid-80s but have since “got out of that business.” Both are retired and spend a few days a week at OTBs, usually Oaks Race & Sportsbook. They go to Arby’s for lunch because they say the food got too expensive at Oaks.

“I don’t see anyone ordering food anymore,” said Mike. “I think it’s the prices. And there are too many other places that are closer where you can get better food cheaper.”

Occasionally, they go to the OTBs at Penn National Race Course at Hollywood Casino in Lancaster, the live races at Parx, and sometimes Delaware Park Race Track.

“We don’t golf, so this is what we do,” said Mike. “This is our entertainment.”

For them, the Oaks Race & Sportsbook is more of a social club. A place to see friends, other horse guys, and have a few cigars.

Rick takes a puff on a cigar and eyes a small group of men through the cloud of smoke. Clad in business casual, they enter and leave within five minutes.

The invasion of betting kiosks

In and out at the speed of touchscreen sports betting.

“We don’t like it,” said Rick of the new offering. “It’s gotten a lot more crowded. Most people that come here now are just betting on sports.”

“These new people, they ain’t betting on horses. Right now, they are coming here and betting on basketball, baseball,” said Mike.

“They are even betting on golf and tennis,” he said, followed by an eye roll. “How much do they even know about that?”

Inside, there are a decent amount of patrons throughout the club. There are tellers taking bets, along with 14 self-serve betting kiosks.

A few people, mostly gray-haired, and a few with oxygen tanks set up camp at the small cubbies with the races on personal televisions. Others are spread out at tables with racing forms, newspapers, and soft drinks.

There are signs of a summer Friday in progress. A group of office workers stroll in wearing company-issued polos and sit at a deep-corner table out of plain view. Another trio in button-downs and loosened ties laments going back to the office.

Meet Gary

At the bar, Gary’s eyes narrow on the screen. The Norristown resident’s once-pale complexion turns a bright-red hue. He clenches his fists and pounds them once on the bar.

The room comes to life when horses head for the homestretch.

“Get it!”

“Come on.”

“You got it, Seven.”

Gary expresses his disappointment in silence, scribbles some notes in the racing form, and takes a swallow of Miller Lite.

“I have to go to work tonight, or I’d have another one,” he said.

Since Oaks Race & Sportsbook starting accepting sports bets, Gary’s noticed more traffic coming in and out of the location.

“You got one of the last seats at the bar,” he pointed out.

“The horse guys, they come in, sit down with the racing forms, and are here for hours. The guys that bet sports, as soon as you walk in, there are kiosks,” said Gary.

An overwhelmingly under-40 crowd go directly to the sports betting kiosk, place their bets, and leave. A magnetic force pulls them in, and after a few pecks on the touchscreen, they were out the door without even a glance at the races on the television screens.

He’s a horse betting guy. His friends bet everything on their phone. He isn’t interested. He prefers taking time to pick horses and spending time watching the races.

“That’s too easy,” Gary said of betting over the phone. “When you come here, you’re putting more thought into it. It’s part of the process.”

As a longtime customer, Gary doesn’t mind the increased foot traffic. He knew legalized sports betting was coming.

It couldn’t have been clearer if it was one of those electronic billboards.

During Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season, he took a day trip to Atlantic City to check out Borgata’s sportsbook. It was his first trip to New Jersey in over five years.

“I’m not a beach person. Why would I want to go all the way to Jersey to go to a casino when Valley Forge, Parx and SugarHouse [are] closer?”

“All that money was going out of state, with Jersey, then Delaware … the state wasn’t going to keep letting that happen.”

Barstool equine economics

Pennsylvania casinos should seriously consider hiring Gary as a spokesperson.

“I love the horses and horse racing. My father and grandfather loved it, too,” he said. “Casinos support it. And they gotta do what they gotta do. So, you knew sports betting was coming.”

Gary takes the next few minutes to talk about horse racing. He is a regular here and at other OTBs. He says some people he knows have major issues with horse race funding in the state.

It’s not barstool bullshit.

In the mid-90s, the Pennsylvania Legislature introduced bills allowing slot machine gaming with the intention to support the horse racing industry. In 2004, the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act passed.

According to a 2017 report in The Inquirer:

“The horse-racing industry was handed a little more than 10 percent of that for the Race Horse Development Fund (RHDF). The $239 million given to the horse industry last year was larger than the entire budgets of several state departments.”

The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition, in a July 2017 letter to state legislators said:

“Virtually every piece of information about the state’s horse racing industry that the Commonwealth Foundation shares is inaccurate. The RHDF is funded by an assessment that casino operators agreed to pay on their slot machine revenues — an “obligation” they voluntarily undertook to offset the negative impact that the legalization of slot machines would have on live racing and the state’s agricultural industry.”

Gary finishes his beer and decides to stay for one more race.

“Hey, you gotta place a bet before you go,” he called after me. “It makes it fun.”

“On horses or a game?”

“Whatever you want.”

Parx Joins FanDuel Sportsbook In The Apple App Store

With the addition of Parx Sportsbook to the Apple app store, Pennsylvanians now have an iPhone option for all four PA online sportsbooks.

Apple’s app store has been a formidable foe for many PA sportsbooks and casinos. But that is slowly starting to change.

This week, Parx Sportsbook app launched in Pennsylvania for Apple iOS users. Gamblers can download the app in the app store and access all the same betting lines, odds, and features as Parx’s retail and online versions.

The Parx app is powered by GAN and Kambi. Kambi provides betting lines and support for most of Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks.

Parx should get a bump from the new app

Parx’s sportsbook typically performs well in PA’s monthly sports wagering revenue reports. It will likely gain a boost from the introduction of their iOS app. In New Jersey, nearly 80% of the state’s handle arrives via online bets. Pennsylvania seems headed in that direction, too.

Parx and FanDuel only iOS apps

BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse, who are typically the leaders in Pennsylvania’s sports wagering, have yet to introduce a full-scale app for sports betting. Those entities, which are both owned by parent company Rush Street Interactive, rely on the GeoGuard app to adapt their online sites for play on the iPhone.

The Parx app interface looks nearly identical to the Parx online sportsbook that you can access via a web browser.

FanDuel struck first last month by bringing its NJ app to PA

Last month, FanDuel became the first online sportsbook in Pennsylvania to offer an iOS app in Pennsylvania. FanDuel, which already has a sportsbook app established in New Jersey, revamped that app to work in Pennsylvania as well

FanDuel is often the leader in online sports betting in New Jersey and figures to be a prominent player in Pennsylvania as well.

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Parx Casino still app-less

Although Parx Sportsbook is now live on the Apple App Store, Parx’s online casino is still working on getting there.

In June, Apple made changes to its app store policies and required that apps involved with real money gaming be written in native iOS code. According to PlayPennsylvania, Apple also wants its apps to be more developed than just wrapped versions of existing web sites.

Those policies have delayed Parx Casino and the numerous other PA gambling entities that have yet to make it to the app store. Recoding online casino games, like slots, is a time-consuming process.

Parx’s app arrived before football season, but will others?

Parx managed to finish and release its app before football season, which is one of the busiest times of the year for sports betting.

Will other sportsbook apps follow suit? You can bet that they are trying.

DraftKings, which recently got access to Pennsylvania via a partnership with the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, would love to be a bigger player in the fall sports betting scene.

Although DraftKings already has a sports betting app in New Jersey, both DraftKings and the Meadows will need to be approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming and Control Board (PGCB) before it can launch.

Preseason football gets in full swing Thursday

Parx’s app is ready in time for a big slate of NFL preseason games tomorrow. College football begins on Aug. 24. Then the NFL regular season opens on Sept. 5.

With a few more apps in play and a whole bunch of football just weeks away, PA’s sports betting business is about to pick up.

Parx Online Casino And Sportsbook Are One App: What Does That Mean For Parx Customers?

Now that Parx Online Casino and Parx Sportsbook are one in the same, what does that mean for Parx players and the promotions available for each site?

Whether you are playing slots at its just-launched online casino or sports betting, Parx is aiming to make the experience as seamless as possible.

Parx Online Casino and Parx Online Sportsbook are integrated into one website as well as a single Android app. Sportsbook users can use their login credentials for Parx Online Casino.

While the sites are integrated, there are two separate sign-up offers, one for each vertical.

According to Parx customer service, yes, users are eligible to receive both initial promotions for the online casino and the sportsbook.

Testing for Parx’s online casino concludes on Tuesday. If the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) gives its approval, it’s ready for 24/7 action.

Parx and HollywoodCasino.com were the first to launch online gaming in Pennsylvania on July 15. As a heatwave threatens to roast the state, it couldn’t come at a better time. There’s no need to leave the comforts of an air-conditioned home to play. Parx Online Casino and Parx Online Sportsbook are available on desktop and Android app. If you already downloaded the app for sports betting, you’re all set.

There is still no Apple app option yet. Here’s why.

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Parx Online Casino promotion

Parx Online Casino is matching first deposits up to $500 with promo code PARX 500. You can use the bonus funds for online games only. Even if you have already deposited in the sportsbook, the promo code for the casino bonus is still available for one-time use.

Five Benjamins is a hefty match, so be sure to read the fine print. There are big things to know in the tiny print:

  • The bonus comes with a 20x playthrough requirement. A playthrough requirement is a stipulated amount of play a player has to log before any bonus funds are available for withdrawal from their account. It varies from game to game. For slots, it’s a 20x requirement. For roulette, it’s 40x. And for video poker and other table games, the rate is 200x.
  • Bonus rounds on slot games don’t count toward wagering requirements.
  • Promotion expires 30 days from the date of deposit.
  • Restricted bonus funds are only usable for online casino wagering. You cannot use it for sports betting or retail casino play.

Parx Sportsbook promotion

Parx Sportsbook continues to offer $250 risk-free bet with first deposit. Players don’t need a promo code. Players need to deposit at least $10 and place a bet. If that bet loses, Parx refunds it up to $250 with bonus bet money.

Some terms and conditions you should know for Parx Sportsbook:

  • Bonus bet money is only usable on sports bet. You must wager it all at least once before you can withdraw.
  • You must use free bets in full and cannot be divided into multiple bets.
  • Free bet must be used in 10 days from the date it was awarded.

How to link your Xclub account for online play

If you are going to play on-site or at Parx Online Casino, earn points through its Xclub loyalty program. Members receive free slot play, sweepstakes entries, points and other perks.

The Xclub tiers are:

  • Players: 999 credits or less
  • Premium: 1,000 credits
  • Elite: 7,500 credits

To link your Xclub account for online play:

Go to the sign-up page, then click “Link your Xclub account.”

This image will pop up. Fill in the boxes, and you’re good to go.

 

What does online gaming mean for casinos?

Online gambling for Pennsylvania is finally here. A 2017 Pennsylvania law allowed a massive gambling expansion. For a license fee of $10 million, the state’s casino could operate online gambling websites and apps.

PGCB Director of Communication Doug Harbach gave his thoughts on the new age of online gaming for casinos in the Commonwealth.

“Brick-and-mortar casinos are the owners for the online license for sports wagering and casino games. It gives them the opportunity not to lose revenue, but to gain overall revenue. I think it will be a positive.”

Parx Promises At Least One Online Casino Launches July 15

Parx Casino is the first property to confirm it will be live and ready to go on the July 15 lauch date with Parx online casino.

Parx is ready to kick its online casino into gear.

At Parx’s online casino, users will be able to play online slots and casino table games for real money.  Pennsylvania’s highest grossing casino is readying for the launch with a countdown clock ticking down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to Monday, July 15 at 2 p.m. ET.

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Consider the countdown them revving their engine in anticipation and joy. July 15 has been a long time coming for Pennsylvania online casinos. At least a couple sites are projected to finally launch more than a year and a half after a law authorizing them passed in the fall of 2017.

Games offered at Parx online Casino

  • Slots – Parx promises hundreds of online slots. An array of classic slots, video slots,  progressive jackpots, bonus rounds, and free spins.
  • Blackjack – A brick-and-mortar favorite from the comfort of your home. Parx says it will offer a variety of online blackjack games.
  • Roulette – All styles of roulette games will be available, but we recommend you stick to single-zero.
  • Video poker – A wide variety of video poker games to try your hand.
  • Live dealer – Players will be able to interact with real dealers in a variety of games that stream directly to your screen in real-time.
  • Craps  – All of craps action, none of the fighting for space at the table.
  • Baccarat – James Bond’s game of choice, now available to everyone

Apple still a potential problem

At Parx’s online casino, players will be able to make wagers from desktop or mobile devices anywhere in Pennsylvania. There was no mention on Parx’s online gaming landing page about whether it would be available on iOS devices. A June policy change on the Apple Store will now affect online gambling as well as sports betting apps.

Apple’s App Store’s recently announced policy states:

“HTML5 games distributed in apps may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce. This functionality is only appropriate for code that’s embedded in the binary and can be reviewed by Apple.”

Hey Siri, what does that mean for PA casino customers hoping to play? Can I play for real money on my iPhone?

She might not give a direct answer, as we don’t know if any casino will be ready for iOS come Monday. She did list an Android app to download. But I will since I’ve bitten by Apple and am poisoned by brand loyalty.

Don’t expect to be gambling on your iPhone next week.

Parx sports betting

Parx  online sportsbook launched at the end of June, four weeks after SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia launched PlaySugarHouse.com Pennsylvania the first legal online/mobile sports betting platform in the state.

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Plenty Of Ways To Play Responsibly At Parx Online Sportsbook

Part of Parx Casino’s new online sportsbook is a robust list of responsible gambling limits and options for PA sports bettors.

On Monday, Parx Casino launched its much anticipated online sportsbook.

With the launch, Parx Casino continues to demonstrate its commitment to responsible gaming by unveiling a vast array of options for customers. These options allow customers to balance limiting online betting while still being able to fully enjoy the benefits of the app.

The self-exclusion option is available as well. However, if you still want to bet, but do so with limits, you have plenty of options.

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Setting your own self-imposed limits

With the purpose of responsible gaming in mind, you can set your own deposit, spending, and time limits.

Remember, these limits are effective immediately once set.

Increases to limits will not become effective until after time period of the previous limit has expired or 24 hours passed since the request (whatever is longer).

Deposit limits

For now, a player chooses to set their own daily, weekly, or monthly deposit limits. Once you submit the request, the deposit limit is immediately applied to the account as long as it is valid.

On the other hand, any decrease in limits will also be applied immediately.

For increases or limit removals, this occurs after the time period of the previous limit expires or 24 hours after the request (whatever is longer). In addition, you need to return to the limits page to confirm the increase request.

Wager limits

Again, a player chooses the limit: daily, weekly, or monthly. These limits prevent you from wagering more than the specified amount in the set time period.

In order to do so, enter the maximum amount, the time limit, and submit the request. The wager limit is effective immediately if valid.

This process is the same as setting deposit limits. Decreases are also immediately effective. For increases or limit removals, this occurs after the time period of the previous limit expires or 24 hours after the request (whatever is longer). In addition, you need to return to the limits page to confirm the increase request.

Maximum bet limits

Similarly, a player sets their maximum bet limits. This prevention stops you from wagering more than the specified amount in an individual wager during a game. In order to do so, enter the maximum amount for an individual wager during a game and submit the request.

The wager limit is instantly applicable as long as it is valid. Likewise, any decrease in limits is also applied immediately.

For increases or limit removals, this occurs after the time period of the previous limit expires or 24 hours after the request (whatever is longer). In addition, you need to return to the limits page to confirm the increase request.

Time limits

Also, you can set your own limit on the number of hours per day that you play on the site. In order to do so, enter the maximum number of hours per day that you want to play and submit the request.

The time limit is immediately effective as long as it is valid.

Likewise, any decrease in limits is also applied immediately.

For increases or limit removals, this occurs after the time period of the previous limit expires or 24 hours after the request (whatever is longer). In addition, you need to return to the limits page to confirm the increase request.

Self-exclusion

Self-exclusion ensures that your account closes for a minimum of 12 months. Therefore, the account cannot be reopened or reactivated for any reason during the self-exclusion period. Perhaps, consider first a less restrictive alternative like the standard account closure or timeout below.

Timeout

Need a cooling off period? Choose the self-suspension option of a minimum of 72 hours. Please note that once the self-suspension is effective, you cannot login. After the timeout, the account automatically reopens.

Want your funds returned during the timeout? Contact customer service.

Closing your account

Contact customer service for closing your account.

Additional help and support

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.

For additional help and support, check out these organizations:

Parx Launches Its PA Online Sports Betting Product

On Monday, June 24, Parx Casino began testing on its Parx Sportsbook online product at pa.parxcasino.com. It is the second betting app to launch in PA.

Pennsylvania’s highest grossing casino is ready to get into the game of PA online sports betting.

Parx Casino is conducting a soft launch of their online sportsbook. 

Hours for the soft launch for Parx online sports betting are:

  • June 24  – 4:00 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • June 25 – 2:00 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • June 26 – 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

When Parx finishes the testing period, if there are no major issues, the online product will be available 24/7.

PlaySugarHouse.com was the first to offer online sports betting in Pennsylvania when they soft-launched at the end of May. Parx becomes the second. However, soon three will be a crowd. Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh is scheduled to join in on the online sports betting action on Tuesday with the launch of BetRivers testing.

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What to expect from Parx Sportsbook

The birth of an online sportsbook, especially one run by a big daddy like Parx, carries a lot of anticipation. Parx’s website says:

“Your Sports Betting experience is about to get better! The Parx Casino online Sports Betting app is coming soon to PA.”

Users can expect an online experience similar to Parx’s Betslip Builder. As a part of Parx’s retail sportsbook, it allows users to build their betting slip in advance.

When they get to the kiosks or betting counter, they simply scan a QR code to submit and print the ticket. The app is user-friendly, easy to navigate, and is the betting equivalent of placing a mobile order at Starbucks.

Parx sports betting platform is only available on Android devices, Macs, and PCs. They claim it will be available on iOS devices in the near future.

First impressions of Parx Sportsbook

Monday got a jolt of juice. At 4 p.m. Parx soft-launched its online sports betting product.

For some, registration was a bit of a hassle. A customer trying to register and link their account to their XClub card reported difficulty signing up. Live chat online was responsive to questions.

Once “in” the online sportsbook, it immediately calls to mind Parx’s Betslip. The live betting interface, which resembles a game cast interface, is the MVP of this app.

Anyone who is counting down the days to kickoff will love the app. There is an extensive list of futures bets for the upcoming NFL season. Fans of every team can get in on the action by betting “yes” or “no” on if they will make the playoffs. Over/under win totals for each team is also listed.

Responsible gaming

Parx online sportsbook goes way beyond “Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.” They take real action, an almost parental control-like, approach.

There is a clock on top of the screen which shows the current duration of the session. The app includes a list of options to allow you to keep betting with major controls in place such as:

  • Deposit limits
  • Wager limits
  • Time limits
  • Max bet limits
  • Reality check tool, which notifies you based on how long you are on the app

How to get started with Parx online sportsbook

You must be physically located in Pennsylvania to use the Parx online sportsbook. You can access Parx online sportsbook via your browser or app without setting up an account. You don’t even have to be in the Keystone State to view it, so long as you don’t want to deposit or bet.

If you do want to deposit or bet, you will need to set up an account (which can also be done outside of PA).

There is also the option to link to your XClub account. Here is the personal info required:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Last four of your Social Security number
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Address

To download to desktop go to pa.parxcasino.com.

The Android download is an easy process when you go to pa.parxcasino.com on your phone’s browser. The option to download on Android will immediately pop up. Once you click that, the app will begin to download on your phone.

Current promotions for Parx Sportsbook customers

All new Parx customers can get $10 free just for signing up. There is no deposit required.

If you are depositing, be sure to take advantage of the deposit bonus promo. Parx is offering a risk-free bet of up to $250 commiserate with your first deposit.

Both of these are available without a promo code.

Some small print to note on both of the promos:

  • It must be used in full and cannot be divided into multiple bets
  • It’s only valid on events with minimum odds greater than -200
  • It must be used in 10 calendar days from the date it was awarded
  • Any unused or remaining free bet amount will be forfeited
  • To be eligible for the $250 risk free offer the player must deposit a minimum of $10

    Parx Sportsbook deposit and withdraw

    Customers have a number of ways to get money online.

    The current deposit options are:

  • Play+ prepaid card
  • ACH/ e-check
  • Bank wire
  • Cash at the Parx cage
  • Check
  • PayNearMe

Withdrawal options:

  • VIP Preferred (ACH/eCheck)
  • Check by mail
  • Cash at the cage
  • Play+

Parx establishes dominance

Parx’s physical location in Bensalem began taking bets in January. A few weeks later, the South Philadelphia Turf Club, located a Carson Wentz Hail Mary from the sports complex, added sports betting to their offerings. Oaks Race & Sportsbook (the turf club formerly known as Valley Forge), received a $500,000 renovation for its March sports betting launch.

Currently, Parx operates three of Pennsylvania’s eight retail sportsbooks.

Chasing a sugar high

At the end of May, SugarHouse launched the Commonwealth’s first online sports betting platform, PlaySugarHouse.com.  Across four days, most of it a testing period, it took $573,163 in bets. If SugarHouse were to keep that same level of action across a month, it would have generated more than $4.4 million in online bets.

In New Jersey, there are 14 online sportsbooks. In May, online operators accounted for more than 80% of the overall handle. At 82.6% of the total handle, May featured the highest percentage of bets made with NJ online sportsbooks.