One of Pennsylvania’s premier gambling brands, Parx Casino launched its online sportsbook in June 2019, some five months after debuting a live book at its Bensalem property.
Parx’s online offering is powered by platform provider GAN, and is integrated with Kambi technology, which takes care of pricing and betting markets. Competitors PlaySugarHouse, BetRivers and others have also integrated the Kambi service, meaning that betting options between several PA sites are very similar.
Overall, Parx’s product excels in terms of design, game selection, mobile access and deposit options. However, we have noticed that the site has a tendency to turn up the vig a bit higher than its Kambi rivals, something we hope to see remedied in the future.
Read on for a full breakdown of Parx’s online and mobile sportsbook offering, and learn how you can maximize your welcome bonus and promotional opportunities.
Parx Sportsbook welcome bonus – May 2020
Parx is offering a risk-free bet of up to $500 to new customers who sign up either using the links found on this page or the promo code below. This is a separate offer from the $500 deposit bonus the site advertises for its online casino players.
Parx Sportsbook Online 29th May 2020 bonus code & details
|Parx Sportsbook Promo Code||None needed|
|New Player Bonus||$500 Risk-Free Bet|
|Online since||June 2019|
Breaking down the bonus
To receive your risk-free bet, first make a deposit of at least $10. To get the maximum, you’ll need to load at least $500 into your account.
The risk-free bet cannot be made in chunks, meaning that only the first wager you make will count towards the promo. Therefore, if you put a $450 money line wager on the Phillies, then wager an additional $50 on another event, only the initial $450 would be considered as the risk-free bet.
If your first bet doesn’t come out a winner, you’ll receive the same amount of your bet as a bonus credit. This cannot be cashed out immediately, though. You’ll need to wager the entire amount on another event in one shot in order to fully unlock those funds for cashout. If that bet wins, you’ll receive only the winnings from that wager, not the site credit plus winnings. Round robin wagers are not eligible and the bonus must be used within 10 days of inception.
The $500 promotion is enticing and similar to what’s offered by other PA and New Jersey online sportsbooks, but not quite as good as BetRivers sportsbook’s 100% deposit match offer with a 1X play-through. It also lags behind a true free bet offer, where players receive a 100% match bonus on their first wager regardless of whether it wins or loses. It’s still well worth the time, just not the absolute best.
Why bet at Parx’s PA sportsbook
- Universal access: With native apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, plus the ability to play from a desktop or laptop computer, gamblers can fire up Parx sportsbook and place their bets on any number of Internet-connected devices. As long as you are located in PA, you’ll find it easy to play from almost anywhere in the state.
- Dual casino/sportsbook bonuses: Instead of offering a single bonus for both sports bettors and online casino players, Parx gives patrons the chance to earn two welcome bonuses. That means sportsbook players can grab a risk-free bet, while also enjoying a separate and substantial deposit bonus for online slots and other casino games.
- Massive betting market selection: While Parx offers wagering on the usual leagues and sports, like MLB, NFL, NBA, and soccer, it also offers betting on less common markets, such as snooker, darts and even handball. Interestingly, Parx offers a few more markets than other sites that use Kambi as their sports tech partner.
- Shared sportsbook/casino wallet: At Parx, you won’t need to create separate accounts for your online sportsbook and casino play. Simply load money into your main account and you can easily switch between betting on sports and wagering on your favorite casino games. Not to mention, you can expediate the registration process by linking your land-based Parx Casino Xclub membership.
Special promotions and offers
Parx sportsbook is still in its early stages, but you can be sure that the operator is adding new features as fast as it can. Unfortunately, for the moment, you won’t find much in the way promotions other than the initial welcome bonus open to new players.
However, we have high hopes that Parx will jump on the bandwagon and offer the types of promos we are already seeing at other PA and NJ online books. Most likely, they’ll eventually roll out promotions like:
- Odds boosts: When the book takes a potential hit by intentionally setting odds which are better for patrons. For example, instead of the Eagles getting +150 on the money line, it could boost the payout up to +200.
- Deposit bonuses: Parx already offers a deposit bonus for casino players, but it’s plausible that it’ll do the same for loyal customers on the sportsbook side as well. With these promos, the book usually matches deposits by 100% up to a certain amount, giving a little padding to players’ bankrolls. However, there will undoubtedly be a wager requirement necessary to unlock the cash.
- Early payouts: Early payouts are a type of promo that both gamblers and the media have come to love. Imagine betting on a team to win the college football National Championship and getting paid before the kickoff has even taken place – that’s what early payouts are.
Apart from strictly online promos, we hope that Parx will eventually offer some sort of deals which integrates both its physical casino and online offerings, but for now we’ll have to wait and see.
Parx sportsbook loyalty program
Another major feature which Parx lacks (for now) is a loyalty program for its online patrons.
Loyalty programs are essential for online sportsbooks, and are a major reason why players keep coming back to the same site instead of taking their money to the competition.
Parx knows this very well, which is why it offers an award-winning loyalty program dubbed the Xclub at its physical casino.
Xclub members can earn an impressive array of perks by accumulating credits playing real money casino games. Patrons start at the Players level (999 credits or less), then graduate to Premium (1000+ credits) and finally ascend to Elite (7500+ credits).
Participants can earn anything from free slot play and complementary beverages, to tickets to invitation-only events, priority lines at Xclub and priority reservations for the casino’s dining and entertainment options.
Players can even earn points by shopping at select retail outlets via Parx’s exclusive online store, then exchange those credits for casino comp dollars.
We hope Parx will put the same thought into its online sportsbook/casino loyalty programs as it has with Xclub, possibly even combining the two together.
At present, players can link their Xclub rewards cards to their online accounts, but pairing the two won’t bring you any special rewards. Parx commented to Penn Bets that it was looking into merging its live and online programs, but nothing seems concrete at the moment.
Software platforms – Now available on iOS
Parx sportsbook makes it easy to place wagers virtually anywhere inside the state, no matter if you are relaxing in the comfort of your own home, sitting in a coffee shop in the Poconos or enjoying a game at Lincoln Financial Field.
Parx is available on all modern web browsers, meaning that laptop and desktop users can simply navigate to the site and make bets directly on the screen. There is no need to download any third-party software.
iOS and Android
Full-featured mobile apps are also available for iOS and Android-powered smartphones and tablets.
The design itself is clean and modern, with an entry screen that displays live games for easy access. The best slip is also smartly designed, rarely interfering with the main display. We do wish more bets were displayed from the main interface (like on desktop), but a simple tap on the game of your preference leads you to a screen that displays all available wagers for that contest, neatly categorized. This heavily drilled down approach works quite well.
When you tap the main menu button in the top left corner a screen will slide out, giving you access to promotions, leaderboards, support and a word on responsible gambling options (limits can be set by navigating to Account -> Limits). Hitting the account icon will take you to more options, even letting you make deposits and withdrawals right within the app.
A secondary menu icon displays a sidebar that grants quick access to in-play games and events that are starting soon, as well as all popular and key markets.
Overall the Parx mobile experience is extremely robust and allows patrons to manage their account just as they would using the full desktop site. The app even simplifies the sign-in process by allowing you to use the FaceID function – a nice touch.
If we had one minor quibble it’s that the app might be too visual, with icons so large that some pertinent info is forced into sub-menus. Also, loading times of certain screens may vary from device to device, especially if your WiFi signal isn’t the strongest.
Banking at Parx sportsbook
We were impressed by the number of banking options available at Parx, especially at launch. The only gripes we have are that no e-wallet options appear on the list, particularly the popular processor PayPal.
We especially hope to see PayPal integrated into as many sites as possible, although that could be delayed judging by the time it took for New Jersey operators to partner with the processor once it became legal in the state.
Even so, there are plenty of other methods to choose from:
- Visa/MasterCard credit and debit cards
- Parx Play+ Prepaid Card: Sometimes credit card deposits are rejected by banks due to confusion over the legality of online gambling. If you run into that problem, you can skirt the issue by depositing onto a Play+ Card using a Visa, MasterCard or checking account, then depositing money onto the sportsbook. You don’t even need a physical Play+ to make the transaction, simply sign up at the website.
- ACH (e-check) VIP Preferred: Make an instant deposit by signing into your online banking portal. This method features relatively high acceptance rates, instantons transferring of funds, and never any fees.
- Bank wire
- Cash at the Parx Casino cage: If you happen to be near Parx Casino in Bensalem, you can simply take cash to one of the casino cages and your deposit will appear inside your online account.
- Paper checks
- PayNearMe: Allows you to deposit at your local 7-Eleven, CVS or Family Dollar convenience stores. You’ll receive a code at the time of deposit which you will enter into your online account to receive your funds.
Now, are all of these options going to be viable for most bettors – no certainly not, but give Parx credit for being creative with its payment processing methods in the nascent days of the PA online gambling industry.
You can make your withdrawals via the following routes:
- ACH (e-check) VIP Preferred
- Paper checks
- Cash at the cage
- Play+ Card
At present, withdrawal turnaround times are not the best, with the operator often taking 3-4 days to approve a pending request. This was tested for both ACH and Play+ withdrawals. In our mind, a legal market should set a standard of roughly 24-48 hours for payouts.
Paper checks will take a couple of weeks to hit your physical mailbox.
Parx betting lines
If there is one true weakness of Parx’s online sportsbook, it would have to be some of the pregame lines. Like on PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers, the odds are set by Kambi. However, individual operators are allowed to set their own juice, and Parx sets its pregame VIG significantly higher (at times) than its rivals.
For instance, for a recent MLB game, the moneyline was set for +110/-134 on Parx vs. +114/-129 on Play SugarHouse. That’s a 9-cent differential, which is huge for a game that’s nearly a pick’em. For NFL games, Parx parallels the pregame lines from Bet Rivers and Play SugarHouse, but generally speaking, FanDuel Sportsbook offers better moneyline pricing. Totals and point spreads are the typical -110 for the most part.
Prop and future pricing is better, matching its Kambi competitors. Parx offers an extraordinary amount of wagers for most major market games, and goes well beyond the basics for its in-play betting menu.
Two-leg even odds parlays pay out 2.65:1, whereas three-leggers pay out +597 – that’s a touch better than FanDuel Sportsbook, and is tied for industry best. And for what it’s worth, the in-play lines are no worse than on other Kambi sites, but they’re not always good, often floating as high as 30-cents on even money bets. Players can shave off a few cents by shopping around.
One highlight is the Teaser+ pricing. The format is unique to Kambi powered sites in that individual games are used to calculate payouts, as opposed to adjusting around parlay pricing. As a result, we found the payouts to be stronger. Give Kambi credit here.
Still, while Parx is going to get by on its brand recognition for a long time, over the long-haul we feel that in order to seriously compete in what stands to be an ultra-competitive market, the juice might have to come down in spots, at least to the level of other Kambi sites for pregame lines.
Parx online sportsbook betting markets
Parx’s sportsbook software is powered by several different brands, including sports-focused provider Kambi, which serves as the backbone of the operation.
Kambi has become a major player in the U.S. sports betting industry is responsible for setting the pricing and betting markets for a number of different sportsbooks in both PA and the Garden State.
That said, Parx has managed to pack its software with even more betting markets than rivals BetRivers and PlaySugarhouse, both of which also use Kambi’s services.
At the time of this writing, Parx spreads bets on a total of 19 different sports – including the relatively obscure snooker, darts and handball markets – compared with just 13 at the above competing Kambi books. Here is a full list:
- Australian Rules
- Rugby League
- Rugby Union
Sports bettors will find all of the most common and popular betting types at Parx, including moneyline, futures, props, totals, spread, parlays, round robins, Teaser+, and more.
In addition, they’ll also be able to place what are referred to as in-play bets, which are wagers on whether or not an action will take place after a game has already started. These vary wildly depending on the sport. For example:
- Will a player score a hit on his current at bat? This up-to-the-second betting format was christened Instant Betting, and exists across all Kambi sites in Pennsylvania.
- Which soccer player will score the first goal of the game?
- Will a golf player hit a hole-in-one on the next swing?
Parx online sportsbook also offers early cash-outs on select bets. This allows bettors to lock up a smaller win, or incur a smaller loss, by opting out of a pregame wager before the event closes.
Note on Parx’s land-based sportsbook: For those who prefer watching the game at the casino sportsbook, Parx offers a unique feature called Betslip builder, which lets players fill out their betting slips virtually online. Once all of the patron’s bets have been selected, they will receive a special barcode which they can either take to a ticketing window or scan into a betting kiosk to place their bets quickly and easily.
Live sports betting at Parx Casino
After making do with a temporary sports betting facility for a handful of months, Parx debuted its much-anticipated state-of-the-art book in August 2019.
Located next to the Liberty Bell Gastropub, the book was built at a cost of around $10 million and features a stunning LED screen that wraps around half of the facility, a fully stocked bar, 12 self-service kiosks, with 30 more kiosks peppered throughout the casino.
Parx’s luxurious live sportsbook knocks the socks off some of the more modest books built inside the smaller casinos in the state, which is no surprise considering the property is PA’s leading casino revenue generator.
History of sports betting at Parx
While Parx was initially skeptical of online gambling in general, it eventually came around and got into the game. In fact, the property was the first PA casino to pony up the eight-figure fee to offer online slots, table games and poker, and the second to buy a sports betting license.
Once invested, the company began voicing reservations about how it would all be implemented, specifically in regards to the number of online sites or “skins” that would be allowed under each licensee.
In terms of online casino, Parx’s efforts failed. Pennsylvania gaming officials decided to allow unlimited skins, with the caveat that they prominently display the host casino’s logo.
The property had more luck in its fight against skins when it came to sports betting. Again, it lobbied the PGCB to restrict the vehicle, but this time it got a better result with the Board declaring that physical sportsbook licensees could host just one skin each.
Parx applied for its sports betting license in August 2018, 10 days after Penn National became the first PA slot licensee to do so. At the same time, the Greenwood Gaming-owned casino submitted a request to host sports wagering at one of its off-track horse wagering facilities, the South Philadelphia Turf Club (since rebranded the South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook).
Parx opened its temporary book in the midst of the 2018-2019 NFL playoffs and debuted its permanent facility in August 2019. Its online sportsbook went live a short time before the new digs were opened to the public.