Parx Online Sportsbook
Greenwood Gaming, the owner and operator of Parx Casino, was the second casino operator in Pennsylvania to apply for a sports betting permit. The operator applied to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) on Aug. 24.
Interestingly, Greenwood’s application served a dual purpose for the company. Greenwood wants to offer sports betting, not only at the Bensalem-area casino, but also at its off-track betting venue in south Philadelphia, the South Philadephia Turf Club. Later on, it announced plans to offer bets at Valley Forge Turf Club as well.
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Greenwood received conditional approval from the PGCB on Oct. 3. Shortly after that, the company announced it was partnering with European sportsbook operator Kambi. PGCB granted Kambi its operator license at its Nov. 28 meeting.
The casino launched Parx retail sportsbook on Jan. 10. South Philadelphia Turf Club is required by PGCB to delay launch until Parx is on its feet. It will only have to wait a week though. The turf club’s start is set for Jan. 17.
Parx PA online sports betting
There were concerns that Pennsylvania’s $10 million application fee and 34 percent tax rate on profits would slow the rollout of sportsbooks across the Keystone State. However, these hurdles didn’t deter Parx, the state’s largest-grossing casino.
New player incentives for Parx players
Partnering with Parx to operate the new sportsbook is Kambi, a European company that operates sports betting operations around the world. Kambi recently partnered with the new DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey. Its offerings will give us an idea of what Pennsylvanians can expect when they sign up as new customers with Parx.
In New Jersey, Kambi matches the very first bet you make, up to $200. The only requirement is that you place that bet within 30 days of opening a new account.
Kambi imposes time limits on many of its promotions and regularly rotates new incentives into the mix. We expect similar promotions and rotations from the upcoming sportsbook at Parx.
Parx’s online betting loyalty programs
The Kambi-run DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey doesn’t currently run a loyalty program, although the DraftKings’ daily fantasy sports mobile app offers incentives to frequent customers.
On the other hand, the Parx Casino runs a loyalty program called Xclub. It does stand to reason that a version of it will be available to its sportsbook customers.
The current program for casino players offers a free $10 slot play for new enrollees. Like most loyalty programs, the more you bet, the higher the tier you obtain.
You start at Players’ level and accrue points over six months to become either Premium or Elite. Next, you remain on that level for another six months, earning rewards like free plays, complimentary top-shelf beverage service, and priority window service.
Parx’s mobile betting access
What makes the marriage between Parx Casino and the operators at Kambi such an attractive pairing is the long-term viability that Kambi brings to the table through its experience in the mobile gaming world.
A mobile app connecting everyone in Pennsylvania to the sportsbook at Parx is coming. If it’s anything like the app Kambi created for DraftKings in New Jersey, it’s going to be easy to navigate and filled with betting options.
On the home screen of the NJ sports betting app, you see options to place wagers on the day’s biggest events. Several quick links connect you to all the sports that are currently in season. There is also a banner across the top of the screen that displays the latest promotions, offers and bet boosters.
Along the bottom of the screen are tabs labeled:
- “In-game Wagering”
- “My Bets”
There is also a search function, so you can wager on any sport in the world that you can find.
In line with industry standards, the Parx Casino’s app is set to utilize geolocation technology to ensure that you are within the borders of Pennsylvania when playing. On the homepage, you will likely be able to check your location, troubleshoot if the ping is incorrect and connect directly to customer support, if necessary.
Registering for a Parx’s sports betting account
Assuming Kambi doesn’t look to reinvent the wheel with its new app for the Parx Sportsbook, registering should be a snap. The current DraftKings’ app only requires your:
- Date of birth
- Physical address
- Phone number
- Email address
- Last four digits of your Social Security number
You are then asked to select a username and password. Players can also opt into what is called “strong authentication,” which is another layer of security that sends a pin to a player’s mobile number for each login attempt.
You can also adjust account settings to limit your deposit and bet amounts. You can also self-impose cooling-off periods to ensure your betting remains within healthy limits. We expect Parx Casino’s sportsbook to offer the same options.
You need to be at least 21 to legally register for an account in Pennsylvania.
Depositing on Parx’s betting app
Based on what Kambi has done in the past and what Pennsylvania currently has to offer, depositing money into a new sports betting account should be simple. It should also come with multiple options.
Along with credit and debit cards, Parx will probably roll out prepaid cards. Players will likely also be able to use PayPal, direct online bank transfer, and any of the hundreds of PayNearMe locations in the state.
For players who like to be more old-fashioned with their finances, a handwritten personal check is an option, as can cash directly deposited at the Parx casino cage.
Withdrawing on Parx’s sports betting app
If a deposit method — like PayPal or bank transfer — is also used for withdrawals, then these transactions are typically instantaneous and completed with the click of a button on the mobile app. Prepaid cards should work this way as well.
If you use a deposit method that cannot be used to make a withdrawal, then bank transfers or electronic checks will likely be arranged through your account.
Based on the industry standard, it’s possible that larger withdrawal amounts will incur delays in processing. For security purposes, you may also be asked to confirm your identity before large withdrawal amounts are sent to you.
Most people are familiar with a straight win/loss bet on a moneyline or point spread, which should be the new Parx Sportsbook’s bread and butter. However, in the world of sports wagers (and what Parx is set to offer), those bets are just the beginning.
Players can expect:
- Parlays (bets combining two or more other wagers)
- Proposition bets (individual or team outcomes within a selected event)
- Teasers (wagers that shift the point spread in one direction or another)
- Over/unders (betting on the combined points scored by both teams in a contest regardless of the winner)
The popularity of futures bets means that Pennsylvania players are likely to see a full menu of these options as well. Expect everything from the Super Bowl and the World Series, to the Cricket World Cup and Australian rules football.
In-play wagering, or bets that take place after an event has started, have become a player favorite around the world. As a result, they are a standard offering at all new sportsbooks. Kambi’s setup with its operations in New Jersey and worldwide makes in-play wagering at Parx all but a sure bet. Expect it at both at the physical sportsbooks and, more importantly, through the upcoming mobile app.
Parx Casino retail sportsbook details
According to management’s statements to the PGCB, the casino will host the temporary sportsbook in its 360 Lounge on the gaming floor. The permanent sportsbook is already under construction and should be ready in 2019’s second quarter.
The temporary sportsbook will feature:
- Roughly 3,000 square feet of gaming space
- Seven betting windows for over-the-counter bets
- 12 kiosks for self-service betting
- Two 16′ x 9′ HD televisions
- 20 75″ HD televisions
There will also be 30 self-service kiosks distributed throughout the casino floor. As a result, bettors will not necessarily have to trek all the way to the 360 Lounge to place a wager.
Parx established a relationship with technology company GAN in July 2018. GAN will provide the aforementioned platforms for both Parx’s online casino and Parx’s online sports betting.
Parx’s application also revealed where the casino plans to get its sports data. The application detailed a partnership with Sports Information Services Limited.
Interestingly, Sports Information Services Limited is a subsidiary of sports betting technology provider Kambi. Somewhat surprisingly, Parx did not choose to go with Kambi to power its mobile platform.
That decision is a bit curious since Kambi is doing that very thing for multiple sites in New Jersey. However, Parx likely already had its partnership with GAN in place when it approached Sports Information Services Limited.