Apple Store Issues Overcome, Parx Launches iOS Sportsbook App In PA

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Parx Casino made a critical move to keep pace in the burgeoning Pennsylvania sportsbook wars on Monday, launching the first made-for-PA iOS app.

Back on June 3, an update to Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines threw a wrench into various operators’ plans to go mobile in Pennsylvania, as the real-money gaming apps that iPhone and iPad users were already playing on in New Jersey were not up to Apple’s new code.

So while programmers were hard at work redesigning their sportsbook apps as native Apple apps, three sportsbooks — SugarHouse, Rivers, and Parx — went live with their online sites and their Android apps, leaving out iOS users, who last year accounted for 44.6% of the smartphone market in the U.S.

Now, Parx, which opened the second online sportsbook in the state on June 24, has an iOS app to go with its web-based and Android options, available for download in the App Store.

First of its kind, with asterisks

On July 19, Play SugarHouse cut to the front of the iOS line, in a sense, by informing customers of a workaround that involved downloading a geolocation app and playing on iPhones or iPads via web browser.

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When FanDuel Sportsbook launched in Pennsylvania two weeks ago, it became the first to offer an iOS app, by simply making its New Jersey app accessible in the Keystone State.

Now Parx has become the third mobile sportsbook in the state accessible on iPhones, the second in the state accessible via its own iPhone app, and the first in the state accessible via an iPhone app newly made for Pennsylvania to fit the App Store’s new guidelines.

The same betting markets, deposit and withdrawal options, and welcome bonuses that are available on the web version and the Android app are available on the iOS app. The welcome bonus is a risk-free bet, up to $250, upon first deposit.

The online casino first-deposit match offer is also shown on the app, though the casino games can’t be accessed in this iOS app yet.

Powered by GAN and Kambi, the Parx app offers smooth navigation (and a blue-ish color scheme that’s easier on the eyes than the greener hue seen on the web version).

For those who prefer land-based betting, Parx is just days away from opening its $10 mm permanent sportsbook, which figures to become a major destination for those near Bensalem, Pa., during football season. Penn Bets has learned that the grand opening will be this Thursday, Aug. 8.

In the meantime, making pre-game or in-game wagers from anywhere in the state just got a whole lot more convenient for nearly half of the potential customer base.

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Eric Raskin

Eric is a veteran writer, editor, and podcaster in the sports and gaming industries. He was the editor-in-chief of the poker magazine All In for nearly a decade, is the author of the book The Moneymaker Effect, and has contributed to such outlets as ESPN.com, Grantland.com, and Playboy.

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