The options for Pennsylvania online sports betting now include the biggest casino in the state.
Parx Casino began offering a PA sportsbook app throughout the state starting on Monday.
Two longer test days for Parx Sportsbook were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. After that, the sportsbook should be fully live and functional.
Anyone familiar with the SugarHouse sportsbook app that launched in late May will find a fairly similar product at Parx.
Getting to Parx online sportsbook
No apps are currently available to iPhone users due to restrictions imposed by Apple. Developers are working on an alternative but none is currently available.
Mac desktops and laptops, tablets can reach the Parx online sportsbook through a browser.
An app is available for Android phones and PCs.
Opening bonus for Parx sportsbook
Uniquely, a registered member is eligible for a risk-free $10 bet even without making a deposit.
There is no dividing the bet. You can only wait 10 days from signing up to place the bet.
Better still, Parx is offering a risk-free bonus of $25o with a first deposit. Just sign up, which is simple and straightforward.
There’s a unique feature: Setting limits
Players can opt to set limits from a list of options.
They include limits on deposits and time and also wager and maximum bet limits.
And you can also set a Reality Check reminder to remind you how long you have played and how much you have spent.
Only betters physically in Pennsylvania can wager on the site. The site requires a download that verifies that you are within state borders in order to place a bet.
Money options for Parx sportsbook app
Deposit options are:
- ParxPlay+, a prepaid card,
- VIP Preferred (ACH/e-check)
- Bank wire transfers
- Credit cards (Visa and MasterCard)
- Cash at the Parx casino cage
- A check
- PayNearMe (7-11)
Withdrawal options include:
- VIP Preferred (ACH/e-check)
- Cash at the cage
Rivers followed by testing its own sportsbook app
Doug Harbach of the PGCB confirmed Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh also initiated online sports wagering, beginning with testing starting on Tuesday.
Rush Street Gaming, the company that owns and operates SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, also owns Rivers, and the apps are similar.
Additional sports betting options should launch Pennsylvania apps before the start of football season.
That’s when mobile betting, with the option of in-game wagers, should really take off.
Kambi will power all three sportsbooks
Since Rivers shares operations and technologies, testing should take just two days for its latest offering, the BetRivers app.
All three sportsbooks are powered by Kambi, a European tech company with a large presence in Pennsylvania.
The betting lines and odds for Parx, SugarHouse and Rivers are all managed by Kambi, which has its North American headquarters in Philadelphia.
Rebranding SugarHouse to Rivers
Rush Street, which owns SugarHouse, is in the process of rebranding SugarHouse as Rivers Philadelphia.
All the signage and branding on the new Rivers property should change by midsummer. The estimated cost of the change is roughly $15 million.
But it is a worthwhile investment, according to Greg Carlin the CEO of Rush Street.
Creating a unified brand is another example of how we’re anticipating and responding to the competitive market for gaming.
Sportsbook apps expected to generate healthy revenue
It’s little wonder other sportsbooks are launching rapidly.
SugarHouse sportsbook took in a healthy $573,163 during its brief four day testing period. PlaySugarHouse.com grossed $38,753 across those four days, a hold of 6.8%.
Most of that time was a testing period. That meant limited hours of operation and no marketing.
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. It should outpace that easily in June.