The Parx Casino has launched a new sportsbook at its location in Bensalem. It is also converting its current off-track betting location in the heart of Philadelphia and near the stadiums that house Philadelphia’s professional sports teams into a second full-scale sportsbook.
The online sportsbook that will connect to both Parx locations and customer accounts through its Xclub are coming later in 2019.
Sportsbook fact sheet:
|Land-based launch date:||January 2019|
|Online launch date:||Q1 2019 (estimated)|
New player incentives and bonuses
Partnering with Parx to run the new sportsbook is Kambi, a European-based company that runs sports betting operations around the world. They are recent partners with the new DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey, and the offerings there give us some 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 make that bet within 30 days of opening a new account.
Kambi puts time limits on many of its promotions and rotates new incentives into the mix on a regular basis. It’s expected that similar promotions and rotations will be offered in Pennsylvania.
Making the marriage between Parx Casino and the operators at Kambi is the longterm viability that Kambi brings through its experience in the online gaming world. A website connecting everyone in Pennsylvania to the sportsbook at Parx is coming, and if it’s anything like the web connection Kambi created for DraftKings in New Jersey, it’s going to be easy to navigate and filled with betting options.
The Parx Sportsbook website is set to be accessible on the latest versions of all available web browsers. In order to place wagers, the location of your IP address will need to be inside Pennsylvania.
A mobile app is also coming to both the iOS and Android app stores.
From the home screen, you will likely be immediately given options to put wagers down on that day’s biggest events. Several quick links should connect you to all the sports that are in-season. There will probably also be a banner across the top of the screen that shows you the latest promotions, offers, and bet boosters.
As with its mobile access elsewhere, there will be geolocation technology in place to ensure that you are within the borders of Pennsylvania. On the homepage, you should be able to check your location, troubleshoot if the location is wrong, and connect directly to customer support if necessary.
Players should also be able to manage their accounts through the mobile app – from registration, through making deposits and withdrawals, to placing all wagers.
Signing up for a Parx account
Assuming Kambi doesn’t look to reinvent the wheel for the Parx online sportsbook, registering should be a snap. On the current DraftKings website and mobile app, all that is required is the name, date of birth, physical address, phone number, email address, and the last four digits of the player’s social security number.
New signups will also likely be asked to choose a username and password and be given the opportunity to opt-in for what is called “strong authentication.” That’s another layer of security that sends a pin directly to a player’s mobile number each time a login is attempted.
Players should also be able to adjust account settings to limit deposit and bet amounts as well as set self-imposed cooling-off periods to ensure their betting remains within healthy limits.
Eligibility for a Parx account
Everyone in Pennsylvania who is at least 21 years old will be eligible to open an account and place wagers with Parx.
As per the rules laid out by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, all athletes, managers, coaches, referees, and other officials that can influence the outcomes of sporting events are allowed to open an account and place bets, but it is illegal for them to bet on events in which they are involved.
The Parx Casino runs a loyalty program called Xclub which offers a free $10 slot play for new enrollees, and like most loyalty programs, the more you bet, the higher the tier you obtain. Start off at Players level and accrue points over a six-month period to become either Premium or Elite. Maintain that level for another six months, earning rewards like free plays, complimentary top-shelf beverage service, and priority window service.
It’s expected that web and mobile sportsbook customers will be able to connect their Xclub memberships to their online accounts and receive points for every dollar they wager.
Other available promotions
In a competitive world like sports wagering, keeping customers engaged and finding new ways to place bets is the name of the game. Kambi understands this and will roll out a series of incentives and promotions to compliment the new offerings at Parx.
Current promotions from Kambi in New Jersey include a $50 bonus to account holders for referring a friend. They also offer sportsbook pools, which allow a player to put their abilities to the test against a pool of other players, netting prizes as high as $100,000 for an original $20 bet.
Pennsylvania law also differs from a few other states in that it allows wagering to take place on college sports teams in the state. So as the college basketball season begins to point to March, some sports- and team-specific incentives can be expected.
Deposits and withdrawals
Based on what Kambi has done in the past and what Pennsylvania currently has to offer, making a deposit into a new sports betting online account should be simple and offer multiple options.
Along with credit and debit cards, we expect Parx to roll out prepaid cards. Players will also be able to use PayPal, direct online bank transfer, or any of the hundreds of PayNearMe locations in the state.
If a player uses PayPal or bank transfer to deposits, and also uses it for withdrawals, then these transactions should be instantaneous. We expect prepaid cards to also work this way.
In the event that a player uses a deposit method with no corresponding means of electronic withdrawal, then bank transfers or electronic checks can be arranged through a player’s account.
Available wagers at Parx
Players can look forward to placing straight win/loss wagers on a moneyline or point spread. Users should also be able to play over/unders, parlays, propositions, teasers, and futures bets.
In terms of sports, wagering options include:
- Aussie rules football
- Cricket World Cup
- World Championship darts
In-play wagering, or bets that take place after an event has started, have become a favorite of players around the world. Because of that popularity, they are now a standard offering at all new sportsbooks. Kambi’s setup with its operations in New Jersey and around the world give it a leg up in the quality of the in-play wagering that will be offered by Parx.