Pennsylvania’s Iconic Parx Casino and Racetrack Lets You Bet Online
After opening their live sportsbook in 2018, Parx introduced an app that lets you bet while at their casino. This will be followed as soon as April 2019 with an online sportsbook that allows real money bets from anywhere within Pennsylvania.
We already know that Parx will partner with technology platform GAN for this. By looking at other states’ legal online sportsbooks, many of the key features that Parx will have can be seen.
Until the site goes live, this Parx online sportsbook review takes the form of a preview. Make sure you come back soon to find updates on the live version of the site.
Parx Sportsbook Bonus – Welcome Bonuses and Promo Codes
Parx reward their live patrons with their ‘XClub’ reward system. This generous scheme has 3 tiers, and offers comps, money back on losses and benefits from community partners.
I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with as an incentive to get new sign-ups for the Parx online sportsbook. There are three basic formats for sports betting site signup bonuses used elsewhere:
Free Bets: A small free bet is very common among betting sites in NJ, and I expect the PA online sportsbooks to follow suit. A typical bonus here would be $10 or $20 as a stake. Expect some restrictions to prevent abuse – for example, no bets on huge (-200 or bigger) favorites.
Matched Deposit Bonus: Most online sportsbooks will match your first deposit with bonus cash. This is usually a 100% bonus. It will come with a wagering requirement to move it from your bonus account to your real money account.
No-Lose Bet: An alternative welcome bonus used by some international online sportsbooks is to offer a refund if your first bet loses. This takes the risk off of the table, giving you a second shot to win.
The Parx sports betting site promo / bonus codes will be announced here along with the details of the welcome offer just as soon as this information is published.
Most online sportsbooks and casinos reward regular players. Some have simple flat-rate rewards – while others have multiple tiers and complex reward systems. How quickly you accumulate points will also vary, with some online sportsbooks giving you more points for higher risk bets.
Parx have a tiered loyalty scheme for their live sportsbook and casino. This is called the ‘Xclub’. As you move through the levels you get increasingly valuable benefits. Here are the tiers:
Players: 999 Credits or less
Premium: 1000+ Credits
Elite: 7,500+ Credits
Benefits from this scheme include free slots play, entry into sweepstakes, birthday offers, invitation only events and community discounts with local partners.
Promotions and Ongoing Special Offers at Parx Online
This section will be updated when the Parx sports betting site goes live. Expect plenty of promotions, including reload bonuses, special bets for big sporting events and cross-over promos for casino games too.
Advantages of Betting Online at Parx
Parx is the biggest and longest running casino brand in Pennsylvania. They have built a reputation over many years – and will undoubtedly want to keep this for their online betting activities. Add to this a partnership with GAN and I expect a high-quality site and mobile betting apps. GAN partner with some of the biggest international brands, providing a platform in app and responsive web format.
You can already bet using an app at Parx – though until the regulated betting site goes live this is only for placing bets at the physical casino. This experience should ensure that the platform runs smoothly from day 1.
By taking a look at brands in other states which use the GAN platform, we can get a good idea of how the layout of the Parx PA sportsbook and features will work.
The layout of the GAN platform has the standard 3-column look. This puts the list of sports / markets on the left, the wider column showing individual matches and betting lines in the middle – and your bet slip on the right.
At the top of the left column are the popular bets. These are headed by live matches, with the in-season leagues under that. As part of this list you’ll see an ‘Odds Boost’ icon. This gives you a daily boosted match (or parlay). Under this popular list is a sport a-z. Links to a betting guide, terms and conditions and responsible gaming information are under the a-z list.
A clean tabbed interface covers the middle section when you select a sport. For example, if you choose Basketball, you’ll find separate tabs for NBA, Live Betting and Euroleague. Under this the next games, futures, player futures and draft have their own sections. Individual matches have the main spread, total and money line bets visible, with a link for ‘more wagers’. That brings up an impressive list of player bets, doubles and totals options.
When you locate your bet, simply click on it to make your bet slip active. You can bet singles or go back and add further bets for multiples.
Overall the GAN platform is excellent. There are a lot of bets nested within each match – though the layout / main betting interface is kept clean and easy to navigate. While the example given is for NBA, the same system works for other sports – giving you access to a lot of leagues / international matches.
Apps at the Parx Online Sportsbook
Mobile betting apps already exist at Parx for their in-house betting. These allow you to set up your bets while outside the live casino. You can then place them at the live sportsbook via your phone when you are next on the premises.
The apps for the online sportsbook will be different from the current ones. I expect these to have full cashier and account functionality, as well as the full range of betting options. For iPhone / iPad users, you will be able to download the Parx sportsbook from the iTunes store. Android devices will require you to allow downloads direct from the Parx casino website.
Parx Online Sportsbook Live Betting
Live betting is available via the GAN platform and is expected to play an important role in the Parx sportsbook apps. This allows you to bet on matches as they happen. Lines will automatically update based on the game-state.
To find the live matches you can either go to the dedicated section (link at the top of the homepage), or click ‘live’ under the ‘popular’ list on the left. You can then drill down by sport. The simple single bets will be displayed for each match – with ‘more wagers’ leading to the more complex options.
Game Options: What Can You Bet on Using the Parx Online Sportsbook?
Odds on major leagues and international sports come via the Kambi system, giving you a huge choice of matches and markets within each match. While the popular list at the top left gives you the in-season leagues – a quick scroll down the ‘Sport A-Z’ will instantly show you just how wide the coverage is at Parx. Not only are the major leagues well covered, there is a huge depth of college sports too.
The best coverage is for the NBA, NFL, MLB, Hockey and Soccer. Each of these drills down into college games, player props and futures, overall champions and plenty of specials. The betting opportunities for Soccer quickly multiply. You can bet on the major European leagues, internationals and cup competitions – as well as MLS games.
You will also find motor racing (F1, NASCAR), golf, tennis, MMA, boxing, rugby and cricket covered in a lot of depth. Based on the NJ sportsbooks using the GAN platform, political and entertainment betting opportunities are not offered!
Types of Betting Available at Parx Sportsbook
Parx list the following types of betting as available at their live casino sportsbook. All these options will be available online:
Straight Bets and Props: This type of bet includes single outcome bets and includes moneylines, spreads and totals. Props are also included in this definition if they are on a single event.
Spread: In this format the team which is favorite to win is given a margin of victory, for example +6 points in a football match. To win this bet, that team would need to win by more than the 6-point spread. Bets can be in singles or multiples (parlays).
Moneyline: Betting on the outcome of a game, with the line expressed in terms of what you’d win for a $100 bet (positive) and how much you’d need to wager to win $100 (when negative).
Props: Here you bet on specific outcomes within a game. Examples include the first player to score, or a player scoring above a set number of points.
Parlay Bets: You’ll be able to add multiple bets to the same slip at Parx. This increases your potential payout – though your risk is also higher.
Teasers: Here you get more control over the spread with a 3+ leg parlay. In exchange for a better spread, you’ll be paid less. Teasers give experience bettors control while allowing bets on multiple matches.
Futures: You’ll find a lot of bets covering season-long outcomes (NFL champions, player of the year in different categories and so on) at Parx.
Live Betting: Many of the types of bet covered above can be enjoyed while a match is still in progress. This allows experienced bettors to hedge losses or lock in wins while the action is ongoing.
Once you drill down into different sports there are many more bets available. For example, golf allows pairs betting, tennis set-by-set and many sports allow you to bet on the top scoring players.
Parx Online Sportsbook Banking Options
You’ll be able to get your money deposited and your winnings out from the Parx PA sports betting site very easily. Based on the experience in New Jersey, Pennsylvania sports betting sites will have a long list of mainstream options available.
The easiest of all will be to use your credit or debit card. Regulated betting makes this as simple as making any online purchase – as long as you are within the PA borders. Visa and MasterCard will be welcomed.
Many bettors don’t want to associate their cards with gambling sites. For some this is for job-related reasons, for others the security aspects. For this reason, 3rd party systems including PayPal and Neteller can be used. These provide a link between your bank and the betting sites – for only a small fee. These eWallets can be used for withdrawals as well as deposits.
Cash payments, either at the Parx casino cage or 7-11 stores (using PayNearMe) are also expected.
Direct bank transfers may also be possible. eChecks (also known as ACH transfers) and Bill Pay banking options are available in other states.
Note that you’ll need to send a picture of your credit card along with Id documents when you make a deposit. This is part of the ‘Know Your Customer’ checks that all PA online casinos and sportsbooks will undertake.
Customer Service and Responsible Gaming at Parx Online
You’ll have several ways of getting in touch with the support team at Parx. They will be on hand to solve any geo-location, payments or practical issues with the sports betting apps and website. Expect to see some combination of live chat, e-mail and telephone support available around the clock.
Parx already has a social media presence. In addition to the traditional methods, you can contact them via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
Responsible gaming is a set of policies which protect anyone that might have a gambling problem. This is a must-have for all legitimate online gambling sites, including the legal PA sportsbooks. Parx already have advice and support on their live casino website. This includes links to organizations that can provide assistance, along with a list of questions that can help assess whether you are showing any signs. Responsible gaming also ensures that nobody under 21 is allowed to gamble.
When it comes to the websites, things will need to go further. With 24/7 access, the ability to set time-limits, deposit limits and to self-exclude will need to be provided. I fully expect to see this information clearly laid out with instructions from the go-live date.
About the Parx Live Sportsbook
Parx Casino Philadelphia and Racing is a huge live venue. They have enough slots and table games to compete with the biggest of the Las Vegas casinos – and dwarf other PA casinos. Along with a thoroughbred racing calendar, you’ll find more than 3,300 slots and 180 table games available. There is also a poker room. As of the end of 2018, a live sportsbook was added to the list.
The live sportsbook is a temporary room – located on the site of a bar within the complex. This is in place while a larger, permanent sportsbook is constructed. Hours of operation for the live sportsbook are from noon to 11pm Monday to Friday, with slightly extended hours at weekends.
You can place bets on major leagues, college sports and some international games (soccer, golf and others). There is a separate app already live which works at the Parx Casino Philadelphia live sportsbook. This is listed as a ‘bet constructor’. It can be used to find the markets and lines you want to bet on, and assemble them into parlays, teasers and so on. You will be able to place the bets constructed in this app when you are inside the Parx complex.
There are Kambi terminals inside the impressive sportsbook, which help you find markets and lines. You can follow the matches via walls full of screens showing feeds from the major leagues.
History or the Parx Casino / Racetrack and their Technology Partner GAN
This venue, located northeast of Philadelphia, has a long history. It started off as the ‘Keystone Racetrack’ back in 1974 – long before casinos were made legal in PA. A decade later the name was changed to Philadelphia Park’ – rebranding to the current ‘Parx’ in 2009.
In 2006 construction started on a casino, with the final license awarded at the end of that year. Renovations and expansions have continued to the present day. The latest addition is the ‘Xcite Center’ which includes the current poker room. The latest addition is the Sportsbook, which opened in December of 2018.
As well as casino gaming and horse racing, Parx includes a long list of restaurants, bars and a large events center.
GAN might not be the first name that comes to mind for online gambling – though you’ll find this UK based company has a huge global footprint. The provide a platform for gambling websites and apps in regulated markets around the world. This includes US sports betting sites in New Jersey, and casinos as far apart as Italy and the UK.
When you log on to the Parx real money sports betting website or apps, it is a GAN platform you’ll be using. Games in the associated casinos come from separate studios. These include big names like NetEnt, Scientific Games and Shufflemaster.