Parx Casino to launch online sports betting this week

Bucks County's Parx Casino will become the second casino and operator in Pennsylvania to offer online sports betting.

Parx Casino in Bensalem this week will hold online sports betting test periods, beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, 2 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Wednesday, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Each will last through midnight of that day.

"If all is good, we would sign off for it to operate 24/7," Control Board spokesman Douglas Harbach told the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, anyone within the borders of Pennsylvania can set up an account and participate in live wagering.

SugarHouse Casino in Fishtown last month became the first operator in Pennsylvania to launch online sports betting. Its sister casino Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will hold test periods on Tuesday and Wednesday, Harbach said.
Parx Casino first began taking sports bets in January, three months after gaining approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, and a few months shy of a year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban against it.

Parent company Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment is currently constructing a permanent sportsbook as part of a $10 million expansion project. It's set to open this year.

Greenwood Gaming also retrofitted and added sports betting capabilities to its Turf Club locations in South Philadelphia and Oaks in Montgomery County. They were renamed South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook and website Oaks Race and Sportsbook.

Through May, sports betting in Pennsylvania generated $2.9 million in revenue on $35.9 million wagered, according to Control Board data.

About $573,163 of the wagering came from Sugarhouse Casino's online sports betting, which operated for three test days — May 28-30 — and one half-day of operation on May 31.

Since the first sports bet was cast in November at Hollywood Casino in Dauphin County through the end of May, Pennsylvania's 12 casinos collected about $19.7 million in revenue on $198 million wagered.

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