Get Ready To Shift Into Gear: Parx Online Sportsbook Soft Launches Today

Written By Jessica Welman on June 24, 2019 - Last Updated on March 26, 2021

Almost a month after the first PA online sportsbook began testing, a second one is about to get underway.

Three days of betting app testing start Monday

The Parx sports betting app begins its first of three days of testing today. The Monday session will run from 4 p.m. EST until midnight. Here is a full look at the testing schedule, which is overseen by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB):

  • Monday, June 24: 4 p.m.-midnight
  • Tuesday, June 25: 2 p.m.-midnight
  • Wednesday, June 26: Noon-midnight

Once Parx clears this testing period without issue, it will be clear to run around the clock with its new offering. As a reminder, if you want to bet on Parx’s new app, you need to be at least 21 years old and be located inside Pennsylvania state lines when you wager.

What to expect from Parx online sports betting

While the app is still not available to the public for a couple of hours, there are a few things we can already tell you about the Parx app.

Like Pennsylvania, Parx is powered by European sports betting company Kambi. So, expect a similar feeling and navigation as you would on the SugarHouse app.

One thing that will give you a great sense of how the app will work is the Parx Betslip Builder page. The ticket builder launched as part of Parx’s PA retail sportsbook offering. It allows users to build their betting slip in advance, then head to the book’s kiosks or betting counter and scan a QR code to submit and print it.

Promotions include $10 sign up bet, $250 risk-free bet

If you want to take advantage of the offers from Parx, the best way to do that is to access the site via your browser or download the app onto your Android phone.

The Android download is an easy process where you go to and a button to download on Android will immediately pop up. Once you click that, the app will begin to download on your phone.

In order to set up an account with Parx, be prepared with personal info including your:

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

The current promotions on offer are twofold:

The first is $10 free bet for all new sign-ups. There is no deposit required.

The second is a risk-free bet of up to $250 commiserate with your first deposit. Both of these are available without a promo code.

Parx Sportsbook deposit options

So far, it looks like Parx customers have several ways they can choose to get money online. The current list of deposit options is:

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

The sight is not forthcoming about withdrawal options, but that might just be a side effect of the testing period. Additionally, not all elements of the support functionality were up and running at the time of launch.

New features to enjoy from Parx

What immediately stands out about the Parx online sportsbook is a deep commitment to responsible gambling.

Sure, anyone can get themselves on the PGCB self-exclusion list. However, what Parx offers are a list of options to allow you to keep betting with major controls in place to ensure you are keeping things fun and not problematic:

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

What is also a big draw for the app is the live betting interface. The current setup for in-game betting on Women’s World Cup includes a representation of the field as well as what action is taking place, kind of like a game cast interface. At the bottom of the screen, the odds automatically update on in-game wagers as the game progresses. Users can then approve those odds changes before placing a bet.

Rivers en route to sportsbook launch, too

The word on the street is the number of apps in PA won’t sit at two for long. Rivers Pittsburgh, sister casino to SugarHouse, plans to start testing its BetRivers sports betting app, in the very near future as well. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the app will test this week as well, but only for two days instead of the standard three.

There are no exact dates on when Rivers will start its three-day testing phase, but the casino has been expecting to launch at some point in June for several weeks now.

Rivers Pittsburgh did not obtain an interactive gaming license, so it will not offer PA online casino, but the BetRivers app is on the way and should be a near-exact replica of the PlaySugarHouse app the other Rush Street casino in PA is already offering.

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Jessica Welman has been a key voice in the legal betting industry since the repeal of PASPA in 2018. She contributed to and formerly managed several Catena Play-branded sites including PlayPennsylvania, PlayTenn and PlayIndiana. A longtime poker media presence, Jess has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for

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